I really like pixel art, but I’m no pro. I decided to do 256 Points anyway. I used to spend a lot of time editing Pokemon sprites and making Frankenstein’s monster-esque trainers and Pokemon, but I thought I’d stick with today’s theme and go Animal Crossing. So here’s my boy Bob the cat.
Like my previous project, this was done in paint.net. I pretty much just used the color sampler and the pencil tool for it, given that it’s 16×16. I started by opening up a teeny-tiny canvas and toggling the grid (which makes it so much easier to look at). I grabbed a reference picture of Bob from the Animal Crossing Wikia so I could pull colors and make it look at least a little bit like him.
Then I got to drawing. I used the circle tool to make his head and the rest was freehand with the pencil. I pulled another sprite from the AC wikia for reference material, but it was 32×32 and I also just didn’t like it very much. You can see it up in the corner being lonely.
As for Bob’s pose – his personality in the game is “lazy,” so a lot of his dialogue is about being sleepy, eating, and living a generally laid-back and slow-paced lifestyle. I thought it was appropriate to have him relaxing with his hands (or paws) behind his head and his eyes closed. Having closed eyes also saved a bit of room on his face for his goofy mouth.
I did end up shifting him one pixel to the right and giving him a left elbow after all was said and done – the single blank column on the righthand side seemed wasteful.