Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's A Dib and Gaz Cross Stitch Pattern!

Hello! It's been less than 24 hours since I posted a really long blog here, and I just finished writing a new game review, which I'll link to later, so I don't think that this'll be my longest post ever. Earlier in the afternoon, though, I went to The Spriters' Resource, a site which I don't think I could link to enough, and they had a ton of sprite sheets from Nickelodeon games posted in today's update. I didn't think one way or another about most of them, since I never really watched a lot of the cartoons that have been on the channel in the last few years, but one of them, a sheet of miscellaneous characters from Invader Zim, instantly had me opening Pattern Maker. Without further aimless chatter, here is today's pattern, featuring Dib and Gaz from Invader Zim!

As far as stitching this pattern goes, I have to say that I think it would be sort of a pain. There are 19 colors, the majority of which are barely used, and though I think that it would be very possible to change the floss colors used, I don't think it'll be extremely easy to do so. That being said, I am totally going to make this, since, even though I haven't watched Invader Zim for a while, I think that it's a very entertaining show, and Dib was my favorite character, no matter what the DVD commentary had to say on the subject. If you guys decide to make this, you'll have to let me know how it goes, aside from all of the usual "Oooh, send in a photo!" stuff.

Like I promised, today's post was not very long, so I am off to do some other internet stuff now! Have a happy rest of St. Patrick's Day and revel in the fact that my pattern for the day has no green at all!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Pirate Style For Cross Stitching, In More Ways Than One

Hello! Before I get too far into today's post, I have to preface it by saying that long-time readers of this blog, or at least readers as long time as they can be in regards to a blog that's been around for less than a year, should have noticed that if there's one thing I like making cross stitch patterns from more than fighting games, it's badly made downgraded versions of the same fighting games. (I am not counting the Neo Geo Pocket Color version of these games in this paragraph, because I think that maybe, without that machine, there would be much less blog here.) Whether these downgrades are perfectly legitimate Game Boy ports or Chinese pirated versions of the games for the NES/Famicom, it is almost inevitable that they will blow (though I do like the Game Boy version of World Heroes), but I usually am very fond of the graphics. With the Game Boy games, I enjoy the graphics because I think it's fun to see the bigger and more menacing characters from their respective arcade games look like the Powerpuff Girls, and with the NES bootlegs, I'm just impressed when a character shows up looking sort of like its console counterpart.

Though making patterns from these games worked out for me for quite a while, it almost looked like the fact that none of these games had been made for a decade was about to stop me from making further stitching patterns. However, thanks to the power of computer art programs and a stack of printouts of sprites I took out of the pirated NES fighting games, I was able to make new graphics to match the old bootleg games just so that I could make new patterns of them for this blog, which I'm sure is very exciting for everyone reading this tonight. To make these patterns usable, I had to use a larger amount of colors than they'd have on the NES, which I didn't think was a big problem, since I usually recolor stuff anyway, but other than that, I stuck to a lot of  the characteristics that the games had, including characters that were around 64 pixels high, a general lack of detail, and outlines on everything. That's all sort of boring to go on and on and on about, though, so here are the first two patterns of this set!

Since King of Fighters is my favorite of the fighting games I play, a statement which I am sure is very shocking, I started out by making some characters that are in King of Fighters XI, the game in the series that I have played the most recently. I picked B. Jenet both because I'm a dork and the thought of using the pirate girl for the faux pirated sprites made me giggle and because when I use her, I can totally kick a lot of people in the face, while I picked Ash Crimson because I think it's funny that one of the main characters is a total jerk.

In regards to actually stitching these patterns, though I haven't specifically made either of them yet, I've made a couple of other patterns like this and, though they were fairly easy, they didn't really get boring like some patterns do. Therefore, I am assuming these will be the same way, though I should be able to report back on what really stitching them is like before too long.

Since I strongly suspect that I've entered the land of incoherent rambling and have already accidentally published an unfinished version of this post, I think that it is probably time for me to stop blogging. However, if you made it through all of this and still want to make one of these patterns, or any of the others on this blog, for that matter, send me a photo of the finished project and I'll post it here! Until then, have an enjoyable week and a good evening on the day that you end up reading this sentence!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Second 8- Bit Lady Gaga Cross Stitch Pattern, And Much Dressier This Time!

Hello! After yesterday's post, I really have no choice but to be a bit briefer with today's, though I am not sure there's anything wrong with that. Plus, since last night was turn-your-clocks ahead night, I'm sort of out of it today, leaving me short on coherence and the will to type, which will also shorten this post by a bit.

Anyway, a little under a month ago, I posted my first 8-bit cross stitch pattern of Lady Gaga, which I'd made and stitched on a rather boring day, and which I thought came out fairly well. When I posted it here, though, Dawn of Anime Stitching suggested that I make a pattern of her in her "cloud outfit," which is the best way I think it can possibly be described, from the Brits. It may have taken quite a while to actually do it, but here it is!

Because the outfit in this pattern is quite a bit more extreme than that of the previous pattern, this is a few stitches taller than the last Lady Gaga was. Other than that, however, it uses the same base sprite,  so they should work nicely together as a set! I haven't stitched it yet, so I can't say much about actually stitching it, but tonight I'm planning to finish up a standee of Nei from Phantasy Star II and jump into this one as soon as I'm done. The backstitched veil is the only thing I have any concern about, but if it doesn't work out, I'll redo the pattern and do a correctional post. If it does, this'll be the last you ever hear about it. Doesn't that sound nice and threatening?

I don't have much else to type about now, so I suppose I'll be off to do other stuff on the internet! If you guys decide to stitch this stunning pattern or any of the others on this blog, please send in a photo to be featured right here! Other than that, I hope you guys have a good week and good luck with all of your current stitching projects!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

A Catch-Up Post From Dork Stitch- Cross Stitch Patterns and Origami Star Paper Included!

Hello! It's been two weeks since I last posted, and even now, I'm not at my chattiest, but I have a lot of stuff to post today and want to make a dent in it! I have to start things on a not very fun or crafty note before I get the spiffy and nerdy stuff posted, though, which today includes school uniforms and fairy maids, so please bear with me. This blog, Dork Stitch, and all the patterns and other things that I post on it are made on a very not-for-profit basis. Though a few of the patterns on here are my original work, the vast majority of them are fan art, and since I didn't create the characters and games they come from, it is not my place to sell patterns based on them. Since I put them up here, I suppose that there's really nothing I can do about it if people decide to make them to sell, since this allows the patterns to float about in strange corners of the internet. Still, because this blog is not an area for selling things, I do not feel good about posting about fan art, with patterns from this blog or not, that is for sale. If it is not for sale, I'll write on and on about it without a second thought, but if it is, even though it might be really nicely made or interesting work, I don't think it fits this blog very well at all. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank all of you for reading through that dull, but necessary, slog of a paragraph.

Now that all that's over with, let's get on with some cross stitch patterns and origami star folding paper! For the sole reason that I want this thumbnail to come up next to the text on Blogger dashboards, I think that I'll start with the cross stitch pattern. Even though it's been two weeks since I last posted, my interests have not drastically changed, so it is of a character from an SNK fighting game, with today's lucky victim being Kisarah Westfield. I have to admit that I've never played Aggressors of Dark Combat, the game that she's originally from, though I'm sure that, given the chance, I would sit there for hours, mindlessly fascinated by it. I have, however, played a lot of Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, another more recent game that she's featured in. Because I really like the game and character, I decided to make and start stitching a five-color pattern of her, similar to the Disgaea patterns I've posted here in the past. However, I'm actually posting her here, despite the pattern's large size, because the five color format and her fairly standard schoolgirl look make the pattern highly customizable and fairly easy to stitch. Anyway, here is the pattern!

Now that the pattern is posted, I can move on to today's origami star folding paper, which today features the character C-Mond from the arcade game Puchi Carat. I know that, in terms of game complexity, I should not be as fascinated as I am by dressed up versions of Super Breakout, but I am capable of sitting and playing them for hours on end. Sorcerer's Maze for the PS1, which actually has no sorcerers or mazes whatsoever, is probably my favorite of the genre, but since I've gotten Taito Classics volume 2, I have played a lot of Puchi Carat. Plus, C-Mond is a cute character, and she matched the color scheme I wanted to use for origami stars that day! Without much further ado, here is the origami paper itself! (The sprites used on this paper came from The Spriters' Resource and were ripped by the always invaluable Ragey, while the template for them was made by Deviant Art's Blackheartqueen!)

Anyway, I'm done with this for now, and all the things that I have to say at the end of every other post also apply to the end of this one! Thank you for putting up with all of the boring chatter at the start of this post, and I hope to have many more posts here soon. Have a good weekend and a nifty St. Patrick's Day!