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Click "DOWNLOAD NOW" to get the FREE demo! It's the first page of the Base, in full. Includes stand, walk, run, push, pull, and jump animations, complete with 2 hairstyles, 4 outfits, and 2 hats. You can even use the free page commercially! If you like it, and want more, come back and get the full asset for only $19.98 ๐Ÿค—

THE CHARACTER BASE:

This is an animated base for pixel art characters in an RPG, farming sim, or adventure game. This is a "paper doll" style layered sprite system that uses separate sheets for clothes, hair, tools, etc. all with identical layouts so they can be swapped out at runtime. It currently includes the following animations in 4 directions (up, down, left, right) in 10 different skin tones:

  • PAGE 1
    • 1-frame standing
    • 6-frame walking
    • 6-frame running
    • 2-frame pushing heavy object
    • 2-frame pulling heavy object
    • 4-frame jumping
  • PAGE 2
    • 4-frame tilling soil, woodcutting, or mining
      • Hoe, axe, and pick sprites included
      • Bonus free bug net now available!
    • 4-frame planting seeds
    • 4-frame watering plants
      • Watering can sprites included
    • 4-frame pulling up crops (veggies sold separately)
  • PAGE 3
    • 8-frame fishing (cast, struggle, reel-in, show off)
      • Fishing rod, bobber, water splash, and sample fish sprites included
  • PAGE 4
    • 5-frame blacksmithing (only 2 directions, left/right)
      • Hammer and anvil sprites included
    • 5-frame climbing (in one direction, up)
    • Shocked emote (while facing down only)
    • 2-frame looking left and right while facing down
    • 2-frame drinking at a bar (facing left/right only)
      • Beer mug sprites included
    • 1-frame alternate idle standing (hand on hip)
    • 2-frame alternate idle standing (arms crossed, toe-tapping)
    • 2 chair-sitting poses
    • 2 floor-sitting poses
    • 4 sleeping poses (in one direction, to fit in Mana Seed beds)
  • Optional files (unsupported after version 2.4)
    • PAGE 1B (pole alt)
      • Full alternate of page 1 while holding a spear or polearm
    • PAGE 1C (2hwp alt)
      • Full alternate of page 1 while holding a 2-hand weapon

If that wasn't enough, this package also includes some significant extras:

  • Two different hairstyles (one male, one female) in 13 color swaps.
  • Two simple outfits: a pair of boxers and a bra/panties combo.
  • A big batch of color ramps for making your own compatible outfits.
  • Separated effect/tool sprites for making your own equipment.
  • Detailed instructions explaining animation order and timing.
  • The multi-layered multi-framed source file, to assist you in making your own outfits, hairstyles, and more (requires Aseprite). This isn't officially supported but is included for advanced users. Go wild, just don't ask me how to use it!

The character is around 32 pixels high, and each frame is isolated in a 64x64 pixel cell, arranged evenly on a grid. The asset currently contains six sheets of sprites, each one 512x512 pixels in total. The two included outfits each occupy six more sheets as separate layers that go on top of the base. The tool layers on five of the character sheets also have their own separate sheets. With all the color swap alternates, there are over 200 sprite sheets in this asset. If you are not using a layered paper doll system for your characters, you will need to do some image editing to combine the body/outfits/hair/tools into a single image.

This is a gender-neutral character base. You can draw your own outfits and hairstyles to represent both male and female characters. This asset includes one male hairstyle and outfit and one female hairstyle and outfit, as an example.


BOW COMBAT

This asset adds three new pages of combat animations to my Character Base. All these animations revolve around using a bow & arrow. Just like in the Base, all of the following animations come in four directions (north, south, east, and west-facing):

  • Drawing/sheathing a bow
  • 4-frame combat-ready idle
  • 4-frame combat-ready move
  • Firing an arrow straight
  • Firing an arrow up
  • Parrying an attack 
  • Evading an attack
  • Getting hit by an attack
  • Getting knocked to the ground
  • Lunge/leap forward
  • Retreat/leap backward 
  • Three different bow types, each with their own sprite sheets:
    • Shortbow
    • Longbow
    • Recurve
  • Two bonus outfits (the same ones from the Base)
  • Two bonus hairstyles (the same ones from the Base)

Some extras I've also included:

  • A text file explaining all the animations, along with some suggested timing.
  • Separate sheets with all the bow, arrow, and quiver sprites so you can set up your own custom animations.
  • Visual guides demonstrating which frames are used for which animations and when to move the bow or quiver sprite in front of or behind the character sprite.
  • The multi-layered multi-framed source file, to assist you in making your own outfits, hairstyles, and more (requires Aseprite). This isn't officially supported but is included for advanced users. Go wild, just don't ask me how to use it!

The bows and quiver each come on their own sprite sheets, and your game will need to be able to switch the equipment to in-front-of or behind the character sprite during some animations. If your engine doesn't support paper doll mechanics or dynamic layer swapping, you'll need to use an image editor to set up these sprites before you use them. The three bows all come in five different color palettes. The arrow & quiver comes in eight color palettes. The body sprite and the two free hairstyles all come in the same color palettes found in the Character Base (that's ten skin tones and thirteen hair colors).


SPEAR COMBAT

This asset adds three new pages of combat animations to my Character Base. All these animations revolve around using a spear or polearm, and include the following actions, all in four directions:

  • Drawing/sheathing a spear
  • 4-frame combat-ready idle
  • 4-frame combat-ready move
  • Slashing attack
  • Thrusting attack (2 versions)
  • Parrying an attack
  • Evading an attack
  • Getting hit by an attack
  • Getting knocked to the ground
  • Lunge/leap forward
  • Retreat/leap backward
  • Three different polearm types, each with their own sprite sheets:
    • Short Spear
    • Winged Spear
    • Halberd
  • Two bonus outfits (the same ones from the Base)
  • Two bonus hairstyles (the same ones from the Base)

Some extras I've also included:

  • A text file explaining all the animations, along with some suggested timing.
  • Separate sheets with all the weapon sprites so you can set up your own custom animations.
  • Visual guides demonstrating which frames are used for which animations and when to move the spear sprite in front of or behind the character sprite.
  • The multi-layered multi-framed source file, to assist you in making your own outfits, hairstyles, and more (requires Aseprite). This isn't officially supported but is included for advanced users. Go wild, just don't ask me how to use it!

The polearms each come on their own sprite sheets, and your game will need to be able to switch the weapons to in-front-of or behind the character sprite during some animations. If your engine doesn't support paper doll mechanics or dynamic layer swapping, you'll need to use an image editor to set up these sprites before you use them. Each of the three weapon sprites comes in five different color palettes. The body sprite and the two free hairstyles all come in the same color palettes found in the Character Base (that's ten skin tones and thirteen hair colors).


SWORD & SHIELD 

This asset adds three new pages of combat animations to my Character Base. All these animations revolve around using a sword & shield, and include the following actions, all in four directions:

  • Drawing/sheathing the sword & shield
  • 4-frame combat-ready idle
  • 4-frame combat-ready move
  • Forehand slashing attack
  • Backhand slashing attack
  • Thrusting attack
  • Shield bash attack
  • Parrying an attack
  • Evading an attack
  • Getting hit by an attack
  • Getting knocked to the ground
  • Lunge/leap forward
  • Retreat/leap backward

Some extras I've also included:

  • A text file explaining all the animations, along with some suggested timing.
  • Separate sheets with all the weapon sprites so you can set up your own custom animations.
  • Visual guides demonstrating which frames are used for which animations and when to move the spear sprite in front of or behind the character sprite.
  • The multi-layered multi-framed source file, to assist you in making your own outfits, hairstyles, and more (requires Aseprite). This isn't officially supported but is included for advanced users. Go wild, just don't ask me how to use it!

The sword and shield each come on their own sprite sheets, and your game will need to be able to switch the equipment to in-front-of or behind the character sprite during some animations. If your engine doesn't support paper doll mechanics or dynamic layer swapping, you'll need to use an image editor to set up these sprites before you use them. 

In addition to the sword, there's also an axe and mace, and the shield comes in three varieties. Each of the weapons and shields has five total color swaps. The character sprite comes in each of the ten natural skin tones found in the original base, as well as the two free outfits and hairstyles (the latter coming in thirteen color swaps).


OUTFITS & HAIRSTYLES

There is a pack of add-on hairstyles and a bunch of outfit add-ons also included in this asset, but they are totally optional. I urge you to make your own original outfits (either by yourself, or hire a freelancer), but you're welcome to use what I have here if you want. Unfortunately, though, I haven't finished all of them. Here's a breakdown of what I've made:

  • Outfits that are fully compatible with all Base and combat animations:
    • Peasant Farmer Pants & Hat
    • Forester Pointy Hat & Tunic
  • Outfits that are ONLY compatible with the non-combat Base animations:
    • Peasant Farmer Dress & Bonnet
    • Angler Pants & Rain Hat
    • Blacksmith Apron & Bandana
    • Cloak & Hood
    • Alchemist Coat & Goggle

For the Hairstyle Pack, I originally planned to make 10 different hairstyles, but I only finished half of them (look for the graphic to see which ones are done). And those 5 I completed are only compatible with the regular Base animations, not the combat add-ons. However, you should be able to copy/paste the hair sprites from similar frames in the Base to fill out the combat animations.

I've decided that I'm never going to finish these last updates (combat animations for the 5 outfits and hairstyles), despite my original intentions. These packs used to be sold separately, but I'm now including them all here at no cost (and even lowering the Base price), by way of apology. I hope there are no hard feelings ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™

If you're a talented artist and would like to finish the missing outfit animations so that others may use them, I can compensate you in commission credit for your efforts. Contact me (on Discord or Twitter) if you're interested.


THIRD-PARTY CONTENT

Here are some unofficial add-ons made by other artists that are specifically designed to be fully compatible with this base. The creators of these assets (and no others you might find elsewhere) have my approval to sell these, but you'll need to contact them directly for support or questions.







 

Note: If you purchase this asset, you are free (and encouraged) to draw/add your own hairstyles and outfits to go on this base for your own game. I would probably be OK if you sold small additions or compatible code, like the ones pictured above. If that sounds like something you'd be interested in, please contact me to discuss what you have in mind.




Updated 14 days ago
StatusReleased
CategoryAssets
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(21 total ratings)
AuthorSeliel the Shaper
GenreAdventure, Role Playing
Tags16-bit, 2D, base, Characters, mana-seed, Pixel Art, Retro, Sprites

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FREE Mana Seed Character Base Demo.zip 479 kB
20.01a - Character Base 2.4a (comp. v01).zip 3 MB
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free bug net add-on.zip 6 kB
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20.08b - Bow Combat 3.1.zip 1 MB
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20.10a - Spear Combat 3.2.zip 2 MB
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21.07b - Sword & Shield Combat 2.2.zip 2 MB
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twin-blade sword.zip 219 kB
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20.01c - Peasant Farmer Pants & Hat 2.1 (comp. v01).zip 925 kB
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20.01c - Peasant Farmer Pants & Hat 2.1 (combat animations BOW, ONE, POL).zip 862 kB
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20.01d - Peasant Farmer Dress & Bonnet 2.1 (comp. v01).zip 1 MB
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20.04a - Angler Pants and Rain Hat 2.1 (comp. v01).zip 964 kB
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20.04b - Blacksmith Apron and Bandana 2.1 (comp. v01).zip 872 kB
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20.05d - Cloak & Hood 1.3 (comp. v01).zip 2 MB
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20.11a - Alchemist's Coat 2.1 (comp. v01).zip 663 kB
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21.10a - Forester Pointed Hat & Tunic 2.1a (comp. v01).zip 690 kB
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21.10a - Forester Pointed Hat & Tunic 2.1 (BOW, ONE, POL).zip 734 kB
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21.01a - Hairstyle Pack v0.5.2 (comp v01).zip 3 MB
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how to make and sell your own outfits.zip 780 kB
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Yo seliel i'm bored  and  i know you respond quick so, what is some advice on a good game?

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Your one of the only pixel artist, who i'd actually willingly spend money on the art it's so  detailed  yet so simplistic.

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How much do you make from all the pixel art, and what keeps  you going as a pixel artist?

I make enough. I love it.

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lol you sound like my mom when i ask her about her age

Your mom sounds cool ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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lol

this is so cool! possibly one of the best asset packs i've seen on itch.io, will definitely be using this soon :DD

That's great to hear! ๐Ÿ’š

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I've never seen anybody sow seeds or water plants quite as aggressively as that naked man. Love it!

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If you're gonna do something, do it with gusto ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Good day. Is there a possibility if I could have a single character base sheet to see if I could work with it? I am planning to buy the full pack, but I want to be sure if I can work with the whole mana-seed collection.

Thank you.

There currently is no free sample, but I'm considering it ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Alright, thank you. Once I have a sample, it would be easier for me to see if I can use it and if I can. I'd buy the whole collection.

There is now a free demo, check it out! ๐Ÿ‘

Thank you very much, Seliel.

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So I've been pondering how to leave this review for a couple of days now. I figured I would leave it here on the page for the base, since that's the starting point for the entirety of Mana Seed.

I don't have much to criticize, to be perfectly honest. The artwork is beautiful, the characters are well animated and the animations are plentiful. There are even animations for fishing and farming, if you have an inkling to make a character catch a fish or harvest turnips.

I love these sets. I think they are spectacular. Sel;el has done a marvelous job. 

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Thanks for the kind review! I'm glad you appreciate all my hard work ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

what program do you use to make the arts?

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I use Aseprite, exclusively.

Hey Seliel!  Hope you're well!  Was thinking how great it would be to get two-handed swings (for a great sword or the ax) and similarly how that would be good for tree chopping.  I suspect the current ax animation is more akin to the Harvest Moon stick or log chopping than a tree, right?  Or am I missing something?  Thanks and great work as always!!

Hey Seliel, I suck at color palettes and want to start making characters for your tilesets, but dont want to mess up the colors. Could you provide the color palette used for your assets so we can use them when creating characters?

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Open the "color ramp samples.png" file included in this asset. It's got a bunch of suitable color palettes for skin tones and clothes you can use.

Same one from when you asked this last year ๐Ÿ˜…

Thanks Seliel. I havent bought the assets yet doing it this weekend :) Im very glad to see the sword animations and new tilesets. They look sweet AF keep up the great work!

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Can you provide an underlay showing how to separate these?? Ugh, haha they are all on one sheet with no indication of which is walking, dashing etc. 

I only see 3 Jumping frames and also 2 dashing? Am I missing something. I love it the art otherwise

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Please read the accompanying text files I provided to explain all that.

If you're still having trouble, come to my Discord server (link on the product page) and you can get some direct help from me or other devs who are using the Base in various game engines.

Okay thanks for the reply

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Would this be considered top-down view (buildings interiors etc?) im new to pixel art stuff and just wanted to ask someone who knows what their doing would appreciate a reply! :)

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As opposed to side view, yes, I would say so ๐Ÿ˜Š

Sorry if this has already been asked, but would this work for an RPG Maker MV game?

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It was not made with RPG Maker in mind, so it would require some plugins to use to its full potential.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/32139093

Thank you so much for the fast reply and information! 

Is there a pdf inside? Can I change it to custom?

The sprite sheets are PNGs. You can make edits.

Hello. Nice sprites! Just wondering what the dimensions are?

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The character is around 32 pixels high, and each frame is isolated in a 64x64 pixel cell, arranged evenly on a grid. The asset currently contains six sheets of sprites, each one 512x512 pixels in total.

Thank you for taking the time to reply, your art is amazing. Reminds me of Secret of Mana! Very gorgeous sprites!

Hey Seliel, asked this on the wrong place a week ago, wanted to ask you if you are working on sword combat or spells for this asset :) 

Hi! Yeah, sword & shield is on the agenda. Might have that one in June or July. Spellcasting I will most likely get to, but I don't have a plan for it yet.

Very reminiscent of Seiken Densetsu 3. Nice pixel art!

Sorry to ask, what size are these sprites?

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The character is around 32 pixels high. You can find that and more information on the product description ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry idk how I missed it! xD thank you <3

Seliel do you plan to do any course or online classes? I will buy your assets and would love to learn to make more of them :)

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Sorry that's not something I have an interest in, but you can find me in my Discord where I can provide feedback if you share some art or maps you made.

If you sign up for my Patreon, I sometimes share works-in-progress or stream my art process (though admittedly not often).

Absolutely in love with your work. I am learning pixel art and game dev and this is incredible. Would you be able to provide a color palette that we could use to expand the assets? I am a beginner pixel artist and im terrible with color theory at the moment. 

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There are actually a bunch of 3- and 4-color sample ramps already in this asset, so go wild! ๐Ÿ˜

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How to use Animation Sprite Sheet?

This sprite sheet is mixed order

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I'm sorry, I don't understand the question. The animations are all in order. There is also a text file in the archive that may help you understand how to use them.

Hello, Seliel. I just wanted to clarify before I purchased. Does the pack also include the fishing pole and farming tools? Very nice work!

Yes it includes the fishing pole, hoe, axe, pick, watering can, smith's hammer & anvil. Just about everything you see except the fish ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘

Thank you so much for your quick reply! 

Would likely buy this and all of the other Mana Seed asset's if only there was some sort of 4-directional swing animation. Either way, beautiful work!

I'm guessing by "swing" you're referring to an attack animation? I'm actually starting combat animations this month, and there will be a lot more than swinging a stick!

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Yes exactly, attack animations (my bad, I should have been more clear). That is awesome to hear, I'd really love to use these to prototype some basic action RPG combat similar to Secret of Mana or Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Do you plan on doing them so that the weapons themselves will be separate layers/paper-doll style? Or did you have something different in mind? Either way could work for me (as long as they support 4 directions), just curious. I look forward to seeing what you come up with!

They will have the weapons and effects on separate layers, just like my outfits. Should be pretty cool, look for another update soon ๐Ÿ˜Š

Awesome! Just purchased this pack :)

Is the fishing animation 4 direction's?

Yup, currently everything is 4 directions except the blacksmithing animation.

good work, thanks

I would like to learn the way you animate your 2d charachter. Do you have a YouTube channel =) ?

I do not have a YouTube channel, but I do stream my process fairly often on my Discord channel, though only patrons may connect to the stream.

Hey, will you add some attack and spell casting animations? Or make some in a extra package to buy? Thank you :)

Yeah I'll definitely be adding combat animations eventually. I have all sorts of animation updates and outfit add-ons planned over the next couple years.