|The original stocking design|
I already knew which pixel sprites I wanted to use: the felyne from Monster Hunter for me (because I'm a monster-hunting, cat-loving fool) and one of the dragons from Bubble Bobble for Dexter (because that's one of the first NES games I ever played and Mario is overused). After much deliberation, K chose Simon Belmont from Castlevania:
The problem was I wanted to stay in the same color palette as the rest of the stocking. That meant limiting my colors to red, green, white, and black. Should be easy, right? Somehow, none of the color replacements seemed to work. If I made his hair black, then that means his clothes and eyes would be green or red. It just looked... weird.
So in the end, we went with the much simpler design of Simon Belmont from Castlevania II. I found the pixel sprites online, recreated them in Microsoft Excel, and then experimented with the colors till they looked right. Check out my Christmas-style pixel sprites:
|Simon Belmont from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest|
|Felyne from Monster Hunter|
|Bub (or Bob) from Bubble Bobble|
If you've got a hankerin' to do any of these sprites in Christmas colors, feel free to download the source files here:
PDF file for Christmas sprites
Microsoft Excel spreadsheet of Christmas sprites
Have any of you made Christmas stockings for yourself or your family? I'm curious what they look like and how you personalized them.