Monday, March 28, 2011

Another Round of Final Fantasy VII Sprite Patterns

Hello! I feel like I've been posting more than usual the last few days, but it's been interesting, so I don't mind doing it. For today, I decided to finish a couple more Final Fantasy VII related pattern requests, so I made some Phantasy Star II style sprites of Zack Fair and Cloud, in his charming Playstation style outfit. It was slightly distressing to me that, out of all of the times that I've sat down to make sprites from these games, today was the first time that it occurred to me that, instead of digging through fan sites and wikis to find reference images of the characters, I could just grab the games involved and open their respective instruction books, but at least I figured it out eventually. Regardless of how these patterns were made, however, here are Zack and Cloud, posted in the same image in the name of paper conservation!

With that pattern posted, I don't really have anyone else's finished work to write about, but since we're on the topic of Final Fantasy VII, and Crisis Core in particular, I figured that this was as good a time as any to post a finished image of the sprite of Genesis I posted here. It really was a pattern that I'd done for myself, since no one at all requested him, but almost as soon as I had it charted, I decided to stitch it, with a jacket made in lovely variegated floss. This has been done for at least a month now, but hopefully, that doesn't make posting it now any less reasonable, since that's obviously a massive content concern here.
I'm pretty much out of stuff to write about for now, so I'm going to head elsewhere for a bit. If you guys have any pattern requests or stitch, bead, or otherwise craft any of the patterns on this blog, let me know! I don't turn down many chances to post here, so it would be really cool. I hope you are all having a good start to the week and continue to do well on all of your crafting endeavors.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sprite Patterns of Brock and His Ladies

Hello! My post here tonight will likely not be very long, since I'm really sleepy, but last night, a user named Kelly commented saying that a sprite of Brock from Pokemon would add to the completeness of her life. I am not at all sure if this is what she meant, and if it's not, I will make a more proper pattern. When I did a bunch of Phantasy Star II style Pokemon sprites, however, Brock was included in the set and just never made it up to the blog, making now the best possible time to post him. It seemed boring to just post one tiny pattern tonight, though, so I also charted some sprites I'd done of Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny to put up alongside him! In the context of Pokemon, Brock certainly wouldn't mind being in their company, and even without that, I was pretty happy with how Jenny and Joy's sprites came out. Rather than just sit here and type about the patterns that I'm about to post, however, I think it would be best if I actually went ahead and posted them!

With these three Pokemon sprites posted, the next set of Phantasy Star II sprite patterns I post will probably be fulfilling some Final Fantasy VII requests, hopefully including Zack and a traditionally outfitted Cloud to match him. I want to do a few for the anime that I'm currently watching, too, but since the three series I'm in the midst of are Voltron, Robotech, and Black Butler/Kuroshitsuji (I'm covering all of my potentially misspelled bases with that one) I am not sure that these patterns will be desired by anyone other than myself. If you want any sprite patterns like this from any of the things listed above, or anything else, for that matter, let me know and I will do my best to make them! It's a lot of fun to make these, and they're nifty to stitch, too, so I don't mind at all.

I think that I'm done for tonight, so if you do any crafts or other nifty things with these sprites, I would love to see your finished work. Other than that, I hope your weekends are going well and lead into a nice next week!

Friday, March 25, 2011

A Not-Very-Wild Deerling Cross Stitch Pattern Appears!

Hello! I don't know if my post for today is going to be very long, but I have a pattern to post, so I figured that I might as well put something up here while I'm immobilized by the egg foo young I ate for lunch. As I type this, I am considering having a stitch-in at the local comic book store, which I guess would not be very logical as far as normal logic is concerned. I went to the store's Facebook page to check on a relief for Japan fundraiser they were holding tonight, though, and saw someone complaining that they'd added a scrapbooking section to the back corner of the shop. I commented back, stating that I used the paper for origami paper and was glad to see it alongside a comment that if you collect things made of paper, you probably don't want to mess with crafters armed with fancy scissors, but I'm still a bit bothered by the fact that some of the Magic players, despite the fact that the scrapbooking supplies do not detract from their games or their stock of cards, seem to be unhappy to have crafters in the store. Because of this, I think it would be interesting to head in with my cross stitch supplies, plop down at a table, and start doing crafts right then and there. I'm a fairly regular customer, so they can't throw me out because of that, and if I were stitching a Pokemon or a manga character, they couldn't even say I was going against the store's theme. It is a rather immature sort of plan that I should probably think through, but it's probably a better idea than just yelling and making a lot of incoherent noises.

Anyway, that had very little to do with the actual content of this blog, so I now have a lovely cross stitch pattern to present to all of you! As some of you may have noticed at some point during your reading this blog, I am rather fond of Pokemon, so when one of my brothers got Pokemon Black/White (I'm behind, so I got Soul Silver instead) and the art collection that came with it at Target, I bothered him until he let me borrow the folder for the purpose of making some patterns. I haven't done much with it yet, but on the way to some faux NES sprites I was working on, I did make a pattern of a Deerling, which is one of the new Pokemon, for cross stitch and needlepoint that I'm posting today. Since there are four different color variations of Deerling, not counting the shinies, I've charted it with the floss colors listed for each of the different seasons to avoid missing anyone's favorites.
I was pretty happy with how this came out when I first made it, so I did a needlepoint version of it the next day, which was better than I expected. I didn't really use any of the standard colors, since I found a green variegated craft thread that I thought would be cute, but if you want to see what a stitched version of this chart looks like, I guess my version of it could be easily considered an example of what it could look like.
Now that I've posted a pattern and the finished version of said pattern, I don't really have anything else for you, so I suppose I'm done for today! If you have any requests for future patterns or make any of the patterns featured on this blog, though, I would love to hear from you and see your finished projects, no matter what the format is. Since Blogger's comment system is not the best in the world, I couldn't respond directly, but last weekend, I heard from a Minecraft player who said that they'd used some of the patterns from here in the game, and if you guys have done anything like that, I would be really excited to see any screenshots or other images of such work! Until then, though, I hope all of you have a good weekend and are enjoying your respective crafts!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Super Lame Touhou Cross Stitch Pattern and Some Cool Perler Work

Hello! Tonight, I envision myself loading artwork from Pangya, a golfing video game that I have a strange obsession with, into my various digital art programs, doing a ton of editing, and coming out with a brilliant and lovely pattern that I'll be able to needlepoint and pin to my wall within just a few days. Since I also envision this plan being a total bust, I have decided to start the evening by making a blog post here, so that I can look back and see some sign of my own productivity.

To start the rest of my post, I have to explain how I got to the pattern I'm about to post, which should not be terribly difficult. I play a browser based RPG called Stella Quest L, which is really fun, and in it, you can occasionally win a pack of trading cards or other anime merchandise, which the guy who runs the game will then mail to you. Through this, I won a pack of trading cards for the Touhou games, which are extremely high quality and feature some really cool artwork. The only odd thing about me winning these cards is that, despite the prevalence of the characters from them in fan art and in other corners of the internet, I had never actually played a Touhou game, so I decided to try them. This would have been really spiffy, except for the fact that I don't really play vertically scrolling shooters that often because they make me feel depressed and somewhat inadequate at pushing buttons in order to stave off the death of a virtual person. (I do play Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting quite a bit, and have gotten okay at it, but I am such a dork that the SNK theme amuses me so much that I do not mind my constant, horrible deaths at the hands of sparkly projectile weapons.) I do, however, really, really like Breakout type games, like Puchi Carat and Sorcerer's Maze, which I know all the kids are into these days, so when I played the first of the Touhou games, The Highly Responsive to Prayers (a title which I might have wrong), I was transfixed. I still totally sucked at it, but it was really fun, somewhat confusing, and in a genre that I've spent way too much time playing. Because of that, I spent this afternoon picking apart screenshots of it to bring you guys this not-that-thrilling pattern of the game's heroine, Reimu!

After sitting and reading, or at least scrolling, through all of that, I bet you guys are wondering where the pattern is, so I suppose I will go ahead and post it. She ought to be really fast and easy to stitch, so she would make a good project if you want to finish something in a hurry, and the colors are simple enough that she ought to be suitable for needlepoint (which I intend to use it for) or Perler beads!
Now that I'm done typing your ear off and posting a pattern, it is time for us to enter the next phase of this blog post, since I have some really cool Perler bead work based on patterns from here done by Deviant Art user Tabescent! (I reckon that if you click on those differently colored words, it'll take you right to her Deviant Art page.) If I had just randomly seen her page, I would have been really impressed by the fact that she perlered a cassette tape, which makes me want to perler a mini disc or something, but she did some extremely spiffy versions of December's patterns of Knives Chau, of Scott Pilgrim fame, and Misty from Pokemon! Some smaller photos of these projects can be found directly below this text, but if you want to see the full sized versions, I recommend a trip to her Deviant Art profile!
For now, I am done blogging, but I shall be back with more patterns and, hopefully, more photos of finished work before too long! If you guys have pattern requests or decide to use any of the patterns here for your personal crafting, let me know, and I will do my best to make your pattern or feature your finished work right here! Until then, I am off to attempt the Pangya needlepoint pattern that I currently see in my head!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A Fancy Vocaloid Pattern and Some Lovely Finished Projects!

Hello! Tonight I was very tempted to log on, post an 80 stitch tall cross stitch chart of Cathy from Top Hunter, say bye, and leave without much more typing or anything involved. I decided that I wanted to stitch Cathy for myself before posting the pattern, though, since I know interest for that sort of thing is very high in this day and age, so that plan totally went out the window. Instead, I've decided to use this post to showcase some very cool work from readers and to post a pattern I made this afternoon of Meiko, who, as you may have guessed from the title of this post, is a Vocaloid.

Since it seems to be the best, or, at the very least, the most normal way to do things here, I will start by posting the pattern! I have a lot of stuff ready, or almost ready to post here, but since I hadn't been on with a new chart for a couple of weeks, I wanted to post something somewhat cool and impressive. I'm actually not sure that a cross stitch pattern of a Vocaloid fits that bill at all, but I thought it might end up being spiffy, so that's what I set to work on. As the basis for the pattern, I used the character design for Meiko that was done for an event on Tinier Me, an online game that I know is pointless but am still sort of fascinated with, because it was cute and fairly simple. Even without a massive amount of detail, however, it was difficult to fit everything I wanted into a manageable chart size, so I decided to use some backstitching and see how that turned out. I want to stitch it fairly soon, so if it goes poorly, I may post a fancy sheet of corrections! For now, however, here is the pattern of Meiko! I hope that you guys like it.

With Meiko now able to float through the internet, it's time for me to post about three really cool finished projects done by people who read or at least at one point looked at this blog! Our first finished project comes from Deviant Art's mysterious indieposernerd, who may or may not be my sister who is in the next room as I type this. After I made the cross stitch pattern of Oshawott, one of the most recent additions to the Pokemon family, she decided to needlepoint it on some plastic canvas that she'd originally gotten for the Black Swan project. It was quite a change in subjects, but the Oshawott came out looking really nice, with a large size, neat stitching, and a super-bright variegated yarn background. Here is a small version of her stitching, but the full sized Oshawott can be viewed on her Deviant Art page!
While we are on the subjects of Pokemon, Deviant Art, and stitched versions of patterns from this blog, cross stitcher Lil-Samuu, who does tons of cool video game related work, made three of the Phantasy Style II style sprites of Pokemon characters! Her subjects in this case happened to be Ash, Gary Oak, and Ritchie, who all look charming in cross stitches and Anchor threads on an understated white Aida cloth. (I think my descriptions of these pieces are starting to give away that I am sleepy.) As it was with Oshawott, a small version of this can be viewed below, with the full size image and a lot of other cool cross stitching visible on her Deviant Art profile page!
Seeing as tonight's post has had a ton of variety, it only seems right to follow the already featured needlepoint and cross stitch projects with Youtube user TheVada14's Perler Bead version of one of the Dragon Quest III style Lady Gaga patterns posted here at Dork Stitch. I found this video a bit accidentally, so I don't know if the artist responsible will see this, but the Perler piece itself is really well made, all flat and pixel-y and such, and the video itself is really cool, featuring Lady Gaga's song "Just Dance," which makes infinitely more sense than setting the image to a harpsichord piece. I am going to try to embed the video here for all of you to see, so here's to hoping it works!

In the event that the Lady Gaga perler bead video posted in a functional manner, I am done blogging for tonight and hope to be back soon with more patterns that some of you may find interesting! I have not forgotten about all of your requests, though I am strongly considering going through all of my comments and making a list of them so that I know I haven't lost track of anything. Also, if any of you decide to make Meiko or any of the other patterns featured here, I would love to see and show everyone your finished work! With all of that said, I am done for now, so I hope all of you are having a relatively good day.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Backstitch Only Pattern of Queen Emeraldas, Because I Know the World Was Dying For That

Hello! Tonight is one of those nights where, despite the fact that it is late and I don't really have anything to say, I have made up my mind to do a post here, and, therefore, I am typing away into the Blogger posting window with the eventual goal of putting some sort of craft pattern on the Internet. The easiest explanation for this is that my sister and I are currently watching Voltron and Robotech on Netflix, since both shows are very entertaining. I know that this doesn't sound like it could lead to the posting of cross stitch patterns, but a while ago, at the local mall, a sporting goods store was trying to sell off their comics, and I got a Robotech comic out of their 99 cent bin. In the same bin, they had some old Star Blazers comics, and I also got one of those, which I used as a reference for a backstitched project that I did of Queen Emeraldas, the pattern for which is what I'm posting tonight!

It is entirely possible that the world may have been a better place before I let everyone know how my brain worked.

Anyway, I thought this would be a cool pattern to post because it's really fast to stitch and, at least in my opinion, looks sort of cool, like a tiny frame from a manga. I got both of the stitched models pictured on the pattern itself done in one morning, despite my somewhat ill-advised choice to try stitching with craft thread on 14-count Aida. It didn't come out too badly, but it was a massive pain. I think the biggest problem with it is that, as a graphed version of a drawing I did based on a drawing someone else did of Queen Emeraldas, it's really simplified, but that's kind of why I liked it in the end. I'll let you decide how it looks for yourself, though, by finally shutting up and just posting the chart!

I don't have much else to post for now, so, since I think it's best to stop myself from rambling much more, I'd best be going! I hope that all of you have had a nice start to March and that the month continues to go well, especially in regards to all of your current crafting projects!