New Perler bead art! (Pokemon, Splatoon, and Legend of Zelda)

Happy New Year, everyone! It’s been a while since my last post, and I was hoping to have one final book discussion before 2016 was over. I read through the ttyl series (or Internet Girls series, as it’s apparently been called) last month, but it took longer than I thought it would. I just finished the final book the other day and I’m hoping to have a post about it before the week is over.

However, I’ve also made some new Perler art in the past month that I wanted to share! The first three were made as Christmas gifts for friends, so let’s take a look!

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The first one I made last month was the Pokemon Espeon, who was first introduced in Pokemon Gold/Silver. It was one of the new Eevee evolutions, and a counterpart to Umbreon, Eevee’s other new evolution. While Umbreon was one of the new dark types and represented the moon, Espeon here was a psychic type and represented the sun. The friend I made this for loves Espeon, so I looked through sprites of it from different games and chose one I thought she would like. This particular one is from Pokemon Diamond/Pearl, and I chose it because it looks like a meowing cat, which my friend is also a huge fan of.

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The next Perler project I did was another Pokemon one. Here I made Vileplume and Oddish attached to each other. The friend I made this for loves Vileplume and used one in her party when we played through Pokemon Red/Blue together last year, so making this particular project held double the meaning for me. I made an Oddish with it because I had an idea to make a mommy and baby Pokemon together and wanted to see how it came out. I was originally going to have Oddish on top of Vileplume’s head, like it was riding on the petals, but I thought it wasn’t going to look good so I ended up putting Oddish slightly in front of Vileplume instead.

These particular sprites came from Pokemon Silver. An interesting thing about the entire Oddish family in the earlier games is that although their artwork depicts them as having grayish-blue body tones, some of their sprites depict them as all black. These sprites did something interesting and kept hints of the blue in the otherwise black bodies, and I thought they looked really stylized and pretty badass. I knew my friend would appreciate something like that, so I chose these sprites to go with.

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My next project is the squid mascot from Splatoon, a team-based game for Wii U. I finally purchased one last year, my first new video game console in eight years. One of the games I’ve really enjoyed is Splatoon. You’re paired up with other players to form teams of four, and your goal is to cover the most ground with a paint-like ink. You play as Inklings, characters that look mostly human with the exception of their hair, which are squid tentacles formed to look like hairstyles. However, you can turn into a squid at anytime, which is mostly used to travel quickly through ink you’ve splattered on the ground.

One of my friends and I have been playing Splatoon online together once every week or so lately, and I thought he would appreciate a Perler piece from that game. Since it’s an HD console game, however, there are no sprites to use, so I took an image of the mascot squid and put a grid over it like I’ve done a few times before. I think it came out rather nice, although I think the spots on the bottom came out a little too blocky.

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Finally, I made some smaller Perler art for myself. These are some characters from The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening for the Game Boy. Link’s Awakening is a game I haven’t played through entirely since I was a kid, despite being a big Zelda fan. There was no real reason why, either; for the past few years especially, I’ve always said I should replay it soon but for whatever reason I never did. Three or four years ago, I started a new file but stopped halfway through, again, for no real reason.

So about a week before Christmas, I was getting nostalgic for some of the games I got for Christmas in 2002. That was probably the best Christmas for me for a number of reasons, but gift-wise, I got very lucky and got three Game Boy Advance games and four Gamecube games. I wanted to play one of those Game Boy Advance games again, and I chose the port of The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, originally for the Super Nintendo. Now, I’ve played through this game many, many times since then, and although I always enjoy revisiting it, it’s unfortunately one of those games that I’ve played to death and feel like I just go through the motions while playing. I beat it in a few days, but I was still feeling nostalgic and still in the mood for a 2-D Zelda game. So I finally decided that this was the perfect time to finally revisit Link’s Awakening after so many years.

I could go on about my recent experience playing Link’s Awakening, but that’s probably better saved for its own separate post. The short version is, I loved it! It was so charming for a Zelda game, and since I haven’t played it fully since I was a kid and only had vague memories from then and a few let’s plays I’ve watched, it felt new. Anyway, I really wanted to make some Perler characters from this game, so I made a bunch of either my favorites or from characters I thought looked interesting. I think my favorite part of making these was that I had found this slightly off-white, almost ivory colored bag of Perler beads that I usually reserve for shades of gray, but here it’s perfect for how white appears on the Game Boy, making these Perler pieces feel extra retro. 🙂

Well that’s all for now! Stay tuned for my Let’s Talk Books on the ttyl series, and possibly even a Link’s Awakening post shortly after that! Thanks everyone for reading, I hope you’re having a great week, and I definitely hope you’re going to have a great year! 🙂

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New Perler Bead Art!

Whew! It’s been a while since I uploaded any new Perler bead projects. But I’ve got six new ones to show off today, so I guess that makes up for it.

The first three are main characters from Suikoden II, an RPG for the PS1. Personally, I’ve never played it before. One of my favorite YouTubers, Lucahjin, did a let’s play of it last year. I was kind of indifferent to it at first, but after rewatching/listening to it this past summer, I got more into it. This was around the time I first started making Perler bead art, too. After making NES and SNES sprites, I wanted to see how sprites from the PS1 would look, so I tried these guys out.

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Riou

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Jowy

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Nanami

I made these a little over a month ago and decided to send them to Lucahjin as fan mail. Admittedly, part of the reason why I didn’t post these until now was because I wanted to send them out first, and I didn’t ship them out until a couple of days ago. Oops. Hope she likes them!

So after I made these, we sold our kitchen table because we weren’t taking it with us when we moved. I didn’t have a good space to work on any more Perler bead stuff until a couple of weeks ago. I was going to start making the Dragonball Z project I told my friend I’d make him, but since it had been a while since I’d worked on anything, I wanted to warm up with something small first. I decided to make a Pokemon from Red and Blue.

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Draw me like one of your French girls… sorry, couldn’t help it. 🙂

Snorlax was my favorite Pokemon when I was a kid. I honestly don’t know why, maybe because it made a cool plushie and toy, maybe because it was rare and it took me a while to figure out how to catch one, who knows? I used to have this big Snorlax pillow-plushie thing, too, but I gave it away to a friend that moved because at the time she liked it more than I did. It’s still one of my favorites, but I don’t know if it’s the favorite.

This thing wasn’t a small warmup, though. This thing was huge. In retrospect, I don’t know why I was expecting it to be small; I knew it was probably going to be almost as tall as the protagonist, rival, and Prof. Oak pieces I made a little while ago. But I’m still surprised how big these sprites came out for Game Boy sprites.

It also had a lot of trouble sticking together after ironing. Like, a lot of trouble. I don’t know if you can notice from the photo, but some parts are over-ironed while others aren’t ironed enough. I eventually just tried taking the small chunks of half-fused beads and ironing them to the proper places instead of ironing the whole thing over and over. And I keep looking for tips for ironing bigger Perler bead pieces, but I can’t find anything besides variations of the basic instructions for normal sized projects. Does anyone have any ironing advice for bigger pieces? I’m still kind of new and would love to know a better way to tackle this.

While waiting for Snorlax to cool in between ironing sessions, I made Ramza from Final Fantasy Tactics.

Ramza, as he appears in Chapters 2 and 3.

Ramza, as he appears in Chapters 2 and 3.

Final Fantasy Tactics was one of my favorite games in high school. Poor translation aside, I had a blast playing it with one of my friends. During our junior year we played through it at the same times and compared notes to see how each of us was approaching the game and what kind of characters we were using. The music was phenomenal; it was completely orchestrated and in my opinion, outshines every other Final Fantasy game I’ve played in the audio department. That’s not to say the others games have bad music, absolutely not, but this game… well, this game’s soundtrack just does something magical to me. Even though I’ve lost a lot of interest in playing RPGs over the years, I recently played through this one for the first time in at least six years and am proud to say it’s still fun for me.

Last up is another Pokemon. After working on Snorlax, I noticed that bigger pieces without a lot of limbs or other, smaller areas protruding out tend to take more time and heat to fuse properly. I wanted to pick another Pokemon that was roundish in its basic shape, so I chose another favorite, Clefairy.

AH SO CUTE <3

AH SO CUTE ❤

I don’t really know why, but over the years I’ve noticed my favorite Pokemon tend to be normal types. A lot of these tend to be really cutesie, too. Whatever the reason, Clefairy and its evolution Clefable have joined my list of favorites during the past couple of years. This was smaller than Snorlax, about half the size, and I didn’t have nearly as much trouble. There were still some pieces that wouldn’t fuse, but that was normal; nothing to the degree of Snorlax. I didn’t really do anything different, except maybe use a little less force while ironing so the colors wouldn’t bleed. I don’t know why I had an easier time with Clefairy, it may have been half the size but it was still decently large. Is it because of the colors? Do darker beads give more trouble for people? I’ll have to keep an eye out for that during future problems.

Well it’s good to be back doing Perler bead stuff! I’m settling into the new house, but there’s still a lot left to unpack. I have some writing things I want to get done soon (including stuff I’ve been working on for the blog), and I’m expecting my hours at work to pick up with the holiday season breathing down my neck, not to mention I’m scrambling to finish up my reading goal for the year (25 out of 30 books, it’s gonna be close!), so I don’t know how much attention my Perler bead projects will get. I’d like to make at least one thing each week, but we’ll see. I’ll probably post some more once I have a few ready to show off. I can’t stress enough how helpful this has been for dealing with depression, so give it a shot if you need something to take your mind of things!

Hope everyone’s having a healthy week! 🙂