Sunday, October 10, 2010

Super Mario World


For my nephew's 1st birthday, since he's now 1-UP!

16 x 16, 1/4 inch pixels (tiny!!)

My niece will be getting the 3-UP moon, but that's next month.

Apologies for the rough photo, my normal camera is broken...

EDIT: Shirt in action:

When asked, my niece thought the mushroom was a robot. :)

Monday, August 31, 2009


It seems like I've been doing fewer shirts recently, but this entry is still sprite related! These are magnets made with Perler beads.

Final Fantasy V

Super Mario Brothers 3

Perler beads are placed onto pegboards and then heat-set using an iron. The beads come in many different colors, so I was able to use SNES sprites for these magnets (the Mario 3 magnets are from the SNES remake, for instance)

They're quite fun for making a scene on your fridge...

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Kirby Hoodie

Whoops, that isn't a sprite, is it?

I had a pullover hoodie that unfortunately got a stain on it. I was going to throw it out before realizing this was a golden opportunity to get creative!

This is the design on the front (it goes right over the handwarmer/pocket)

...and then this is on the sleeve (stain got there too :( )

Here's some work in progress shots - I had to work to cover the stain, so in this case the design was influenced by needing to cover certain parts of my 'canvas:'


This took a lot of time (and paint - I think I used every matte color I own, and still had to mix a few colors besides!), but at least I don't have to buy a new hoodie...

Monday, March 2, 2009

Final Fantasy


49 x 50 grid, 1/2 cm pixels. Blue dragon enemy sprite from Final Fantasy 1.

This shirt has an interesting history, mostly because it took me so long to complete. I actually started it not too soon after I had completed the Earthbound shirt, hoping to have it done in time for a birthday. Needless to say I didn't exactly make the deadline. I only got through about half the black outlines before becoming very frustrated with the shirt, so I set it aside. However, every time I started a new project here was this half-finished shirt, sitting there accusingly. So I finally swallowed my pride and finished it. Now my friend will finally get that birthday present...

I again made use of some metallic fabric paint that I had picked up. I don't think I'd ever use more than one metallic color per shirt - any more than that and it would get a little too gaudy.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Super Mario Bros. 3


I do have to notice I've done a few from this game already - then again, it's my favorite platformer. I think there's probably a good number of people out there who can agree that SMB3 was an amazing insight into just how deep and enjoyable a game can be by combining a simple concept and gameplay with fantastic level design. Hearing some of SMB3's music remixed in the soundtrack of Super Mario Galaxy made me very, very happy.

(I must apologize for the poor photo quality. This one really doesn't compare to seeing the shirt in person, the colors are much more vibrant, and there's only so much iPhoto can do to a shot. I normally take my photos at night when there's less ambient window light, but this one was an early morning photo. At some point I'm going to make a whitebox so I can take some more decent photos, or maybe just catch a few of these shirts in use!)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Super Mario Bros. 3


Happy New Year!

This is my first shirt where I've taken a little extra creative liberty. There are no flying Bloopers in the game, but I took the Blooper sprite and added the wing sprite seen on a lot of other flying characters. It's for a friend who shares an in-joke about flying squid.

As of this photo I haven't heat-set this shirt (I'm trying some new kinds of paints), but I like this design because it was very simple with 2 colors. I'll have to see if there are any other black and white sprites out there.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kid Icarus


It's Pit from Kid Icarus and, most recently, Super Smash Brothers Brawl. This shirt's going to a guy who is pretty much the physical embodiment of Pit (explosive enthusiasm), so I think this design was pretty fitting.

Sprites that lack those nice contrasting borders are tricky. He's got a bow and arrows there, in case you weren't sure.