Thanks for the cc. I see what you mean- I also do think I probably could have done better with the claws or the front legs with the Minareon sprite, and I have to admit I kinda have a sweet idea of a pose I could try if I go back and review it (which I probably will). As for sketching out an outline, I usually do. It's one of the first things I do, but I can kinda see what you mean about sticking to basic shapes. I'll try and take that into account in the future. As for the Froakie sprite, I kinda semi-based it on it's official sprite so I guess that doesn't really count, but I think for the Minareon sprite it's because I was trying to imitate the anatomy of the Eeveelutions to an extent (I did use Leafeon's sprite as a reference) so that's probably why it's a bit different in terms of shaping. I'll take into account the stomach and ear too. Thanks for the positive comments about the palette too- I have to admit when spriting usually the darkest palette (excluding black) is pretty close to black anyway, making it a little redundant. I'll have to work on that. I also sketched out a couple of concepts for Minareon and tried to refine it before spriting so I'm glad it payed off somewhat.
New sprite for now~ A revamp of Estelle because I didn't really like the old one. xD
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"A revamp of the old Estelle sprite since I found it kinda meh. I definitely like the new one more. She's actually holding her sword now (it's a short sword- that's why it's tiny ) and has ashield on her back. I like the palette more too. Anyway, enjoy and stuff~
Estelle- "The Iron Maiden."
Gym Leader of ??? City
Badge- Gear Badge
* Magneton lv 33
* Skarmory lv 34
* Steelix lv 34
* Aggron lv 36
Desc.- Estelle is a very strong-willed lady who maintains both a family life and gym. She also has a deep love for history and dresses in a medieval fashion to reflect this. She is one of the oldest Gym Leaders, and her attitude and personality reflect this. She is very wise and is a refreshing change from the previous female Gym Leaders, as she has a very loving and kind attitude. At home she has her husband and her two older children.
THESE SPRITES ARE NOT FOR PUBLIC USE! Thank you."