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This is an animated base for pixel art characters in an RPG, farming sim, or adventure game. It currently includes the following animations in 4 directions (up, down, left, right) in 10 different skin tones. 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. Here are all the animations this asset includes:

  • 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

      ... and maybe more coming in future updates! 

      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.

      Over time I may add new animations to this base, and the price might go up, but if you purchase it now, you'll get those future updates free of charge. See update history for information on how far we've come.

      This is a gender-neutral character base. You can use 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. I will release new outfits and hairstyles for this base over time, but they will be sold separately. 

      If you need some more animations, you can pick up these official expansions:



      Here are links to the official outfits currently available for this base:







      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 9 days ago
      StatusReleased
      CategoryAssets
      Rating
      Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
      (18)
      AuthorSeliel the Shaper
      GenreAdventure, Role Playing
      Tags16-bit, 2D, base, Characters, mana-seed, Pixel Art, Retro, Sprites

      Purchase

      Buy Now$23.99 USD or more

      In order to download this asset pack you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $23.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

      20.01a - Character Base 2.4a (comp. v01).zip 3 MB
      free bug net add-on.zip 6 kB

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      Im just curious, the 23$ is for the base, archer, spear, and so are separated ones.. i need to buy everything in parts, right?!

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      correct. There aren't any combat animations in the Base. Those are sold separately.

      I want a character who uses a dagger.

      Do you have any plans for that?

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      I might add more animation packs after all the outfits have been updated, but not before then.

      The set is fantastic, nothing to say, I put 5 stars for how spectacular it is. But is it possible to insert a simple 3x4 frame animation (walk)? A 6x4 animation is difficult even with the base for the less experienced (or at least for me). (It would be fine even if it is an add-on package to pay for).

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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. 

      (2 edits) (+1)

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

      I do plan on expanding the Base in the future (horseback riding for one, and maybe more combat packs), but I need to finish updating the outfit add-ons first. I am encouraging other artists to make and sell their own outfits and hairstyles for this Base. I am currently helping one artist create a set of armor which will be available soon. I urge you to do the same, so low budget teams have more options without the need to commission custom outfits.

      what program do you use to make the arts?

      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 there. I bought this one and am thinking of using it as my main character. First: i noticed the fishing pole is missing 2 sprites entirely (the last 2, left direction catch) and in 1 frame its only the line but not the pole (up direction third frame).

      I will be needing a bunch of clothes for these though as i want some customization options for my player character and am thinking of finding an artist for that. Would you allow the artist that would do this to later sell the clothes as package, or however he / she wants, on itch.io or somewhere else (without the base body and as long as he / she links to your character)? This might be relevant to find a price point for the work so i am curious about it before actually hiring someone. 

      Thank you for your great work!

      Hi there! Thanks for alerting me to any potential issues. I will investigate the fishing rod and update if necessary.

      As for selling compatible outfits, that's something I would need to talk to the artist with after seeing their work. So I can't promise you anything now.

      okay but you dont rule it out as a possibility, right? that means i could tell the artist that he / she might be able to sell the outfits after sending you their work and getting your OK. I will let the potential artist(s) know to contact you after they got something to show. thank you for your reply! 

      oh and one other thing: im not sure if intentional or not, but all other animations that have left / right have the other side included as well, even if its mostly a mirror. but the bar drinking frames just have left facing. not a big problem, as i just copied and mirrored them but you still might want to include them to complete it.

      I think the bar drinking animation is fine as is. It was a special request, and there's no room on the sheet to add a mirror. The existing blank cells are already reserved. You should be able to handle the mirror in-engine rather than copy/paste.

      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

      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˜

      (+1)

      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!

      (3 edits)

      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.