Yeah, cool, I'm looking forward to Barkley! Just need some animations now. Who's up for it?
I think he's got massive potential too
I hope you're aware that your sprites are phenomenally
impressive, but I'm also looking forward to seeing work from other, quieter, pixel-artists around here.
You're amazing, but having one person creating 50% of the sprite-work is a bit... well, demanding, perhaps?
Haha, thanks for the props!
But you are right, it's not only a bit demanding, it's practically impossible, at least not within a reasonable amount of time.
On the other hand, Card Sagas Wars
has massive amounts of sprites with lots more details done by mostly one sprite artist (with some contributors though).
However, I wouldn't want to be that guy and it would also miss the point with IB being a community project. I just think the larger the gap between coding progress and sprite work, the less people will be motivated to contribute, because they see IB as an impossible, over-ambitious project. Since I really would like to see it finished one day, I try my best to decrease this gap and keep other people interested and motivated by making continuous progress.
I would also love to see more contributions by other people, as I know there are many talented and skilled artists around here who do amazing work. Many of them have inspired me to work on IB and I feel like my skills have improved quite a bit since, if I may say so.
To me it's just important to try to somewhat satisfy the level of quality that Oracle (whatever happened to him anyway?) delivered originally, in the sprites as well as the animations. But even if some animations don't meet that quality standard in the first place, there always is the option to edit them and get a good result together. After all, IB is also here so we can learn from another, hone our skills and get good feedback by working together.
I think Barkley would be a very interesting and challenging, but not too hard character to animate. It'll be important that he's constantly moving, even when idling, by dribbling the ball and bouncing around.
However for now, I have my hands full with working on Turner anyway, so Barkley is definitely open for other contributors (not that this would mean you can't work on Turner too)!
So by all means, sprite away!