Xavier Running (redux)

Xavier Running (redux)

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Title: Xavier Running (redux)
Pixel Artist: ben2theedge  (Level 1 Jukyu :: 1216 points)
Posted: 4/16/2008 22:44
Statistics:  60 comments    232 faves    0 avatars

This is a remake of a character I made last year. The design is changed almost completely and so has my animation technique (both hopefully for the better, heh heh)

(Side note: this animation is intended to be used in a game. The sword was animated with a rotation tool to simulate how it would look if rotated by code in a game, although based on feedback I'm now reconsidering that design choice. The rest is of course traditionally animated.)

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syedahumna56 (Level 2 CGA) @ 6/4/2022 12:24


HappyToHappy (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 9/23/2021 06:44

Nice Work!

Unknow0059 (Level 2 Quiet One) @ 4/13/2020 21:56

Rotating that thing must've been hell. 

Amazonite (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 2/16/2020 20:44

Good job!

GoddessTheia (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/19/2018 08:06

Super smooth animation, especially love how the hair flops around. 

BeepBoopBopS (Level 1 Rookie) @ 8/4/2017 11:06


upper0 (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 8/4/2017 07:01


MasterGrand (Level 4 Deputy) @ 4/4/2017 09:50

nice work

RebeaLeion (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 3/12/2016 14:29

I would <3 to see you in work and techniques that you are using. this is so good.

Volrak_Rutra (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 7/23/2015 20:05

that leg movement and slight left to right movement is just so smooth

Bossdaddy (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/22/2015 15:14

Really cool

JustinGameDesign (Level 8 Marshal) @ 4/4/2014 07:21

The roations doesn't detract anything for me. I like this animation a lot.

kkndrip (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/23/2012 05:58

 awesome run cycle. love every detail of it!

GormenGhast (Level 5 Detective) @ 1/20/2011 10:52

Every time I see this I think how awesome it is. You'd think I wouldn't see it very often on a website full of pixel art, but it seems to be following me.

Mister Troid (Level 1 Rookie) @ 12/29/2010 17:22

NobleValerian (Level 6 Manager) @ 12/29/2010 13:47

 nice animation, not a fan of the sword though

gripfire123 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 5/26/2010 12:49

this guy is just cool. when he runs i think its totally awesome. u get a thumbs up!

Slemsvamp (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 12/5/2008 19:25
I could see him run for hours, super smooth

Soloque (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/13/2008 13:52
The animation is very smooth!

saggiofilosofo (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/3/2008 07:00
Great animation! Exellent!

PresidentLeever (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/23/2008 06:12
the little orb on the sword looks like it is liquified in the anim, but still very nice.

Fool (Level 6 SWAT) @ 4/22/2008 17:58
Nice animation.=) Something strange going on on the end of his sword comparing  to the rest.
Oh, it was already mentioned.=)

pain (Level 9 Nidan) @ 4/21/2008 04:38
nice one ... some big sword :D ...

Saboteur (Level 4 Shichikyu) @ 4/20/2008 21:10
In this context (on a pixel art website) the auto-rotation looks crappy.

In a game setting, it would be entirely understandable. Honestly, I'd keep it autorotated in the game, as it's bound to save you quit a bit of work and leave more opportunity for more techniques and stuff.

Metaru (Level 8 Brigadier General) @ 4/20/2008 09:36
in any case i was questioning your animation, yet only Gil's statement that this 'deserves' a lot of praise.

ben2theedge (Level 1 Jukyu) @ 4/20/2008 05:42
Whoah, apparently I missed a court date, so to speak! :p

I failed to mention the use of rotation because I honestly didn't think it was a big deal. My work is influenced greatly by Treasure games which use scaling/rotation constantly so I never thought of it as being unorthodox when used in moderation, but I suppose it's all subjective. (Plus the same thing can be done by moving areas of pixels by hand, it just takes much longer) However technique and self-imposed rules aside, apparently most people just think it looks ugly, so maybe I need to reconsider the benefits/disadvantages of having a sword that can be rotated independantly in the game engine.

I do hope that no one thinks I was trying to "cheat" with this. Those who know me from Pixelation know that I'm a disciple of traditional animators like Richard Williams and Chuck Jones, and anyone who studies the animation can see that aside from the sword it's been animated using proper traditional hand animation techniques, and every frame is fully redrawn except for the head and the sword. So obviously I'm more interested in animation quality than trying to cut corners.

I will amend the description to satisfy anyone who is bothered by the use of rotation, but I'm more concerned with the fact that it sticks out as unpleasant even to people who are less strict with the definitions of "pixel art".

DJD (Level 4 Button Man) @ 4/20/2008 00:25
Tools or not it looks crappy in it's current state next to the other parts of the animation. I think that should be the most fundamental worry. Most people will use dirty tools to make things look better, but in this case it doesn't exactly work that way.

I agree with met that there should be a disclaimer, and I agree with Gil that this should still be allowed on the site (with the disclaimer.) Ben put enough work into that animation that I believe he wouldn't cut it short by rotating possibly the easiest part to animate. Therefore he didn't use dirty tools for the reason of cutting pixel art  short. Naturally then he did so for the purpose of the game, and I don't think we should require him to remake the animation with that part pixel-rotated just because we want to see what it could look like in game.

I think both met and Gil and everyone else understand that and probably agree with that, I'm just saying that at this point the fault lies on Ben for not mentioning that in the description. Ultimately it could have merely been a slip of the mind, not some darker intent. Either way this will get resolved as soon as Ben remedies the description and we can at least enjoy the animation for what it's worth.

Gil (Level 6 Major) @ 4/19/2008 22:25
I'm not a fundamentalist and I'm using a lot of dirty tools in most, if not all of my pixel art. I just can't stand copying of other people's work. The fact is that this site has a set of rules that need to be followed, but I don't think this piece is breaching any.

All my animations use similar rotation effects, I just clean them up, because I can, but here it's impossible due to the game's nature. That said, I don't see any NPA elements in this piece anyway, the rotation tool used is a clean tool, such as the fill bucket, which is allowed as far as I know.

Metaru (Level 8 Brigadier General) @ 4/19/2008 21:31
the walking cycle is as smooth as hell, so it deserves all the praise i could give to it.


If you think about it carefully, as you mention(and hope to notice also), the rotation of the sword was created by his game's engine. therefore, not by him. now tell me, what's the difference between the rotation of that sword is artificially rendered by a game engine's algorythm and a software rendered sprite rotation?(such as graphics gale, for example, or tracing a 3d model). isn't our (yours and mines) sacred rules of pixel art that any automated effect shall not be used for the creation of a pixel art piece? surely, you (or he) can argue that this was part of the game's mechanics and its completely  normal whiting the game's nature. but I can mention several authors arround that have worked on similar pieces wich doesn't need such thing to acieve the same result(the first example that comes to my mind would be adarias or Frankie).

why do I mention all this stuff? because you're talking me that this piece deserves A LOT of praise(your use of caps in specific words reminds me Richard Simmons article about orphaned works, ironically, for me to notice how important such thing is) and it does confuse me that you, being such a extreme fundamentalist of pixel art 's basics as me hadn't noticed such thing.

I do have to state clear that I don't have anything agaisnt you, i do not pretend to sound ironic or sarcastic, I do not have anything agaisn't this piece. past has taugh me that this discalimer lines must be always put at the end of such comments.

taquito143 (Level 5 Killer Klown) @ 4/19/2008 12:48
it have a real movement to body, i like it

Brokencode (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/19/2008 10:05
very cute

Gil (Level 6 Major) @ 4/19/2008 09:15
I just happen to know that fact and noticed that people were commenting on the bad movement of the sword, so I thought I'd help out, as this sprite deserves A LOT of praise.

Metaru (Level 8 Brigadier General) @ 4/18/2008 21:55
shouldn't he mention such an important fact by himself? are you some sort of secretary?

Stickman (Level 7 Sheriff) @ 4/18/2008 14:03
Nice and smooth, just the way I like it:)

Gil (Level 6 Major) @ 4/18/2008 10:43
He mentioned on Pixelation that the sword is rotated by the game engine, that's why it doesn't look as good as the rest. Just mentioning so people stop commenting on it's wonky nature...

Pocket Clouds (Level 1 Gangster) @ 4/18/2008 03:06
It have a REAL movement of body. Great!

Pietepiet (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/18/2008 00:07
This is delicious

DJD (Level 4 Button Man) @ 4/17/2008 19:05
Really fluid stuff, I love those legs.

happy bacchus (Level 1 Thug) @ 4/17/2008 17:26
Excellent Animation AND Walk Cycle, I love this kind of small sprites

blueleds (Level 1 Rookie) @ 4/17/2008 16:55
Excellent run cycle.

warleygp (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 4/17/2008 14:30
the animation is perfect. Very good!

schrumpfkopf (Level 4 Team Leader) @ 4/17/2008 12:30
excellent sprite

skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 4/17/2008 12:28
Zomg, this is so ownage.

TheBlackMarket (Level 4 Button Man) @ 4/17/2008 12:11
This run cycle is completely radical. I love it. The way the sword rotates when he runs sorta bothers me; the rotation is spot on, but it's still rough looking.

Hatch (Level 3 Hatchikyu) @ 4/17/2008 10:38
I don't like the way he turns his head (it seems to me that people simply don't run like that), but it's totally ace otherwise.

sword tip etc.

AdamPlays (Level 6 SWAT) @ 4/17/2008 09:04
Hot!!!  The movement of the weapon is fantastic.

Metaru (Level 8 Brigadier General) @ 4/17/2008 08:17
the tip of the sword needs a revision. as badassbill mentioned below, its a victim of the rotation tool. it appears that its shape gets distorted as it moves.

Nora (Level 1 Depressed) @ 4/17/2008 08:01
The smoothness is outrageous!

Hapiel (Level 11 Bonsai) @ 4/17/2008 07:58
is he carrying a sword? Exept that that thing makes him a little unballanced, this is really one of the best animations I have ever seen, if not the best running animation ever!

The character runs really smooth and realistic!
Great job!

Darth Mandarb (Level 10 Operative) @ 4/17/2008 07:48
the subtle motion of the face and hair really sell this for me!  Great job!  The "sword" thing looks a little off ... but probably just because it's so much bigger than everything else.

The running animation is tops though!  Great job!

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