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Spriting Fakemon Tutorial V.3 by The-Godlings-Rapture Spriting Fakemon Tutorial V.3 by The-Godlings-Rapture
EDIT 1 (Day of submission): Fixed some spelling errors and added a section over background colors (thanks to ~Involuntary-Twitch)


Total revamp of my spriting tutorial from my old account. Hopefully this'll be the last time I have to make this ._.

Like I said many times in there, PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE and study the official sprites. And not just the official Pokemon sprites. Any pixel art you see study it. Maybe you can pick up how someone sprited fire, or did fur... then apply what you know onto your own sprites. That's how I taught myself over these last 6 years.

there's some things I wanted to go into more detail about, but I was afraid of making this thing waaaaaaay too long. It's already long as it is... also ignore any typos D:



Here's some tutorials I used to help me understand certain concepts. Use them, they're helpful!

[link] by *purplekecleon
[link] by ~sashas

Color Palettes
[link] by ~Kiwinuptuo (having a bad palette is unavoidable for Pokemon sprites btw, so don't fret about it)

Light Source/Textures
[link] by ~Andcetera
[link] [includes color theory] by *Ostwyn

[link] by ~Kiwinuptuo

(I'll add more if I find any)

Thanks for reading, and remember to favorite and comment! I'll try to help you if I can if you have questions or whatever!
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MechaDeka Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought GBA sprites could have up to 15 colors?
Win-Aug Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016
thank you very much! but could you tell me the number of your pen?
Plasma2001 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2016
Hey guys, I'm trying to make these games called Pokemon Blitz and Pokemon Tesseract but I can't find any spriters. I would make my own but I'm terriible with sprites. So if you want to help me then you can.
Effuret Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can make you a commission. 25 points, and i'll do you icon, back and front, back and shiney front.
LumenBlurb Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wanna do Fakemon again, like old times, and this is gonna help me in a way. Thanks.
ariieve Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this tutorial isnt just good for fakemon. I really wanna do some pixel images of my characters and this really informed me on how to pull it off!
Pajaroespin Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015  Hobbyist
NoisyPixel Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014
Thank you very much, this tutorial is amazing!
I've created my own fakémon following your suggestions.
This is my first sprite ever, comments will be very appreciated!

xcheat Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
thanks for the effort 
animecrazymad Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really helpful, I am really trying to create my own!
abyssalisk Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow thats sorta complex, but I like the way the sprites came out
BobbertM Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im sorry to bump such an old post, but i use this tutorial a lot when playing with pokemon stuff. its very helpful! i do have on issue with it however. where did you get 12 as the color limit? i went and disected ho-oh's sprite from emerald and saw it has 15 colors (including the bg.) before that the sprites were on an extremely limited palette, so i know you arent getting 12 form back then. you are right in 3-4 shades for each color at most, that holds true.
DCFDTLdude Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is so useful! I used it to make this!…
BlazeDark Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you for this tuto, it helped me a lot ^^
blackdragon298 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student General Artist
thanks for making this, it helped a lot, i'm only just getting into making fakemon, and so far, my fakemon were looking a little "cartoony" so i think i might keep what i've made in a folder, and start again with this as a reference
Mr-Asquith Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Thank you, this looks pretty amazing. I wouldn't look forward to redoing what I've done for a certain project, but your pointers make a compelling case. :XD: 
anakareninart Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot! I like a lot how you explain it! n.n
craptastics Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
This is incredibly helpful! Once my Leitoh Regionfakemon pokédex is on its way to completion, I'll absolutely use this to make sprites.
dawgs9 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! It will really help a lot!
pidro Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
TheSpriterMaster Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Student Interface Designer
This tutorial is really helpful!Can you criticize…
snowflake247 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013
Awesome tutorial! Primitite and Ifritspen are pretty cool too :)
happypenguinrock Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Student Artist
Spliceing parts from other sprites is acturlly a good thing to do. (Ever heard of splices?)
TheSpriterMaster Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Student Interface Designer
but it can make you lazy and it is unprofessional.
LumenBlurb Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yet you can use it if you are having a hard time with trying to make it right. I mean, I have to use Poochyena's head to help me out with my water starter. Luckily, I drew over the head's shape and began modifying at points.
ebanotatsumasa Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

you are brilliant

Now I will venture trying to translate everything to Portuguese. =)


você é genial

agora vou me aventurar tentando traduzir tudo pra português. =)
jthalls Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey rapaz tem como me passar a tradução?
ebanotatsumasa Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Não cheguei a traduzir, fui me guiando pela img mesmo. =(
Varion-The-Shadow Featured By Owner May 24, 2013  Student Artist

I think I've done pretty well using this tutorial :meow:
Dashing-Tophat Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Wow this.
Helped so much you have no idea !!!
I will try this tonight and hope for the best c8
SuperSarcosmic Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
Lol, but I liked Primitite's awkwardly long snout. ;P

It was very helpful to add eye/texture examples, as well as other resources. Thanks for the tut.
xxmaddog9899xx Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks man. My Pixelmon's/Pokemon Sprites/Fakemon are getting better now.
TheSpriterMaster Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Why is infritispen facing 3/4 to the right?Its not facing its foe at all :/
SuperSarcosmic Featured By Owner May 6, 2013  Student General Artist
It's not facing the foe, but it is glaring at the foe and getting ready to attack. I think some of the Pokémon sprites do this, too.
Skullswithlures Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are a genious The tutorial is very helpful I just hope what I make isn't too big
CobaltTheFox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used this tutorial. It's my first time spriting. :3 [link]
DayDreamerAkiko Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
I noticed this tutorial was the hardest but useful,I can now make fakemon!
Watch-it1337 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
Thankyou very much for the tutorial :D
ZoruaXGuy2013 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
helped me A LOT
frillyfins Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student General Artist
This is very useful! I love how well you explained everything! :D
ahmad2334 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I never really made scratch sprites by myself but i'll try with this tutorial.
Gyarados10 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
What are the tools in PhotoShop substitutes?
Cooper1995 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Student
it's pretty much the same, i think the DS game sprites have a 80 x 80 pixel size border. if that helps :)
Evonyx3 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
awesome tutorial ! helped me alot thanks !
rockiecuff Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
Does meloetta have more colors or more value?
rockiecuff Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
this is useful
halopisiter Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012
dude you are the best explainer i have seen the fakemon you did look like actual pokemon nice job
archefluxx Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Loads of help, thanks!!
LemonSama Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Student General Artist
this is interestting....
TikiTiel Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012
Hey, I used this (This is absolutely wonderful and fantastic btw! A HUGE help!) and came up with this:
I don't really scratch sprite much (My other scratches are utterly horrible) so I feel this is very good for my level. Could you provide some crit on things that need work? Like my shading, I think I messed up on it.
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