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Hey. Yeah you. Are you... bored? Do you want to watch a pathetically choreographed fight that's very reminiscent to when 'Dragonball Z' first aired on television? Sound mixing that'll make your ears bleed? Camera work that'll make your eyes roll in all 360 degrees?

Well, sorry - we don't have that. What we do have is an excellent, well-crafted animation made by @KiidXIII It's a sequel to one of his previous animations - appropriately named 'Metallix vs Dark Sonic'. Get ready for a fight that'll make you feel like you're watching a high quality anime as this is easily without a doubt one of his best work yet! Go check him out!



Links:
Metallix vs Dark Sonic (Original)
Metallix vs Dark Sonic 2 Teaser
Metallix vs Dark Sonic 2

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Challenge Cup 4 has just finished, and we had received many spooky sprite entries.

We're now holding a vote to determine the best submissions among these entries. You can select your top 3 by voting at the poll. Make sure you selected 3!

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We recently just launched Challenge Cup 5, if you want to get in on the latest community challenge!
Hey guys! JPG here with another article and this time on some animating news. As of recently, a fellow user @xKAreloadedx has completed his entry to ScrewAttack's series 'One Minute Melee'. You can check it out via the links posted below!

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Special thanks to xKAreloadedx and tell us what you think of his animations down in the comments below. Peace! ^^
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Interesting Beyond The Pixels #1
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Tendril Critter Creation Process

First things first, I got my line art and base colors down. As you may notice, I left the hair very rough and the bottom blank; this is because I know the tendrils are going to be wavy and crazy so I don't want to confine them to a line art. I find it easier to let the waves and curls happen while I do the coloring; I will go over the technique used later. I also replaced all of the inside-line-art with the base colors. I don't like using line art inside my piece, takes up valuable space that could be used for details.

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Next I went in to the actual shading. You may note that several changes took place in the process such as shape and palette. I chose to make the darkest part of the hair the second darkest blue I used in the blue tendrils to both tie the two sections together as well as create a little contrast with the red hair.

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Before I press forward, let's look at the technique used for shaping and shading the hair. The following steps are very important for understanding the making of the whole picture since the whole critter is made up of long hair/fur and tendrils.
The technique can be time consuming, but really very simple. I started with making the general shape I wanted with the darkest shade. Next, I refined it and added the tendril shapes I wanted. Keeping my lightsource in mind, I repeated this step in layers using the next color on the color ramp from darkest-lightest. Once I finished each layer, I went in and cleaned the shapes and applied AA where necessary; that's the only brutal part really is the cleaning up.

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So from there I finished the rest of the creature's body using that same technique. You can see again that many changes were...​
#Official Nex Youtube
What's up guys? We now have a Youtube Channel where we'll be featuring various videos from our community. If the staff spots an animation that really stand out in the animation section we'll offer the uploader a feature on our channel. We also feature challenge cup animations on our youtube as well, so be sure to take advantage of that. The channel isn't limited to just animations. If you have exciting footage of a project we'll support those types of submissions as well.

Here a couple that have been featured on our channel




You're also free request a feature by PMing myself, @JPG or @YungBlaze. If the video is up to standard you'll be featured.​
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If you're browsing through the sprite section, make sure to check out these galleries the next time you pass by. These are 5 really cool sprite galleries you just have to check out. Our new series will take a look at some talent within our sprite community and feature them in our article.

5. Fat Piranha's Den

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In @Yuuta's fishbowl you'll be able to find a range of sprites that have quite a bit of personality. The artist is a funny guy and that comedic aspect shines through quite often. You'll also find some interesting revamps of retro sprites. You can view more of Yuuta here

4. Windi's Haunted House

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Unfortunately in Windi's Haunted house you won't find any ghosts or goblins... but you will find a ton of badass sprites. @Windighost's work is smoothly shaded and has a unique style. The artist seems to sprite a wide range of fan art so this is definitely a place worth stopping by! Check him out here

3. Le Galleria De Pixel

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This gallery is just badass. @The Phinx displays a very impressive catalogue of pixel art. He's got sprite sheets, one shots, and gifs. There's a ton of variety...​
Hey JPG here, and I am happy to bring you guys the third edition to our NGS news! We're still going strong and I am proud to say that this is an exceptional community so far - so kudos to you all!

With that being said, let's get to it! So as of recently, we hosted the 'Challenge Cup #3'! Special thank you to each and every one of you that participated. If you missed out, you needn't worry as 'Challenge Cup #4' is here! You can put your talents - be it spriting or animating - and expand your horizons! Want to sprite? Well how about spriting a 'kawaii' yet spooky witch? Or if you're animating, let's see if you can take the challenge of making 'Tetris' interesting! Check it out now, right here: Challenge Cup #4!

We at NexGen Sprites encourage those who are artistically active to aspire and improve their works. And if those works are recognized for showing such improvement - we'll show it off on our official NexGen sprite pages! If they are really good, fill in a form and send it to one of our administrators! @Vegi6ix
DeviantArt! <<< For pictures and still-framed work!
YouTube! <<< For animations!

Now as one of them, I am proud to announce that the NexGen sprites had an increase in staff! But it's not enough as our DeviantArt page in need of mature moderators who can help out! Are you interested? Well, speak to our administrator about it and see if you're fit for the role! @Vegi6ix Our current goal is to expand our reaches and advertise the forums so we can bring in more people to add to our wonderful community!

And with that, I am done with this hefty post. I am really glad to be a part of this amazing community so take this as a personal thank you to you...
Our website was experiencing an error yesterday and wasn't available for some time. The issue has been resolved and we apologize for the inconvenience.

In the future when these situations happen please contact myself, @SonyStevo or @YungBlaze.

You can always reach me on my deviantArt. Just PM me and I'll act accordingly.

SonyStevo can be contacted via skype, all the messages go directly to his mobile device so he will see them immediately. His skype: mistah-stevo

Yungblaze can be reached here: yungblaze@nexgensprites.com

Alternatively you can also PM @NΣRO @Lord Saturn if the site is still working. They will forward the message to us.

Generally speaking something big like the site going down, isn't something any of our staff would not know. This is more if you want to reach us and get an update on the situation. Or if you want to ensure it's been brought to our attention.
Hey there! Bringing up good news for this promising month, and we start out with Challenge Cup 3 - be sure to check and pick a challenge! Also, take a look at last month's CC2's Digital Duet winners, congratulations for all those who gave it a try and will participate this month too!

Aside from official stuff, our community is working on several projects! Ever wanted to become a potato? It's obvious you did! In Mashed Up you'll fulfill this dream! Other fangames are also needing feedback and/or members in their developing team, so be sure to check our Collab Room / Projects section if you are interested.
Wanting to learn some new stuff to improve your works? This month we got some new Tutorials for spriting, comics and animation, kudos for everyone who's been helping to build this section!

Thanks to everyone who's been advertising our site, your help is essential to keep our community growing! We've been studing which of our methods are being more effective, and telling us how did you find our community will give us a good notion.

And at last, be sure to join the NGS deviantART and we'll be back soon with more news! See ya!
Our community has been growing strong recently, thanks to the advertising the staff and the members have been making. You can use this topic to tell us how you came across our site (by direct invitation, our deviatART group, etc.), and this way you'll be also helping us to analyze and improve our methods to bring more people to our forums!