Similar intentions to my Blanka piece, but with a different Street Fighter II character.
Reddit post here: www.reddit.com/r/PixelArt/comments/7cm1s9/oc_im_glad_you_liked_my_blanka_it_got_me_pumped/
This is really nice. And has a good freshness about it. I may actually prefer it to the real Capcom sprites.
My G-d, what a shame to blame someone without carefull preparations!
At first, I thought just the same thing, why there is a sprite from the game, what is the difference.
But then I went to Google, searched some sprite-bases and now I can only say - well done, it's just awesome piece of practice. I like it very much.
Here's a side by side comparison of the real sprites and of my own.
As you can tell, I used the original SFII palette, and eyeballed a few parts from the Alpha 2 and SFIII sprites, and there is a similarity with the CVS2 sprite.
And here is the reference, which I used to sketch out the sprite: static.gamespot.com/uploads/scale_medium/gamespot/images/2009/features/sf-thenandnow/2137736-003c.jpg
You may notice that I report sprite rips, splices and edits on a regular basis on PJ, and I have enough integrity to not be a hypocrite.
Google image search "chun li sprite sheet". One of the animation frames looks exactly like your image, just a little recolored and resized.
Could you back that up with any proof?