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UPDATE: 10-22-18
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NOTE: All images are either converted to PICO-8's own palette automatically or are manually converted.


I thought I would create a thread for people who need sprite assistance from other artists. The only recommendation is that it uses the PICO-8 palette and by default is 8x8 pixels in size.

I'll start off. I currently have a crossbow image I drew for the game I am working on:


But I really want to have a blunderbuss instead. As you can see it is not your basic gun and has a wide opening at the front.

Can you help me ? Can you draw this effectively in an 8x8 pixel format ?

Also, I'm a bit of an artist myself and either draw the image from scratch or color sprites from old games I have:

So if =YOU= need some help with some of your sprites, I may be able to draw it or I've drawn it in one of my image libraries already.

Here is a rough list of one of my image archives directories, that which contains many games I have not yet written but have drawn the images for it - designed specifically 8x8 pixel work in GFA-Basic (which I no longer use nor does it run in Windows 8).


P#56303 2018-09-06 15:48 ( Edited 2021-11-19 23:31)


Here is a nice digital font for good science-fiction games. The characters are 6x6 pixels so you can get a good outline around them.


I'll try to add something new in here every day.

SOURCE: "Aliens" Gameboy

P#56312 2018-09-06 16:27 ( Edited 2018-10-22 15:35)


Here's another one. This is an attempt at Times New Roman. I wanted to use it for where text was important, like for text adventures and stuff. Not sure if it came out quite well enough.

Also includes 2-arrows useful for navigation.


Placing them in PICO, use as you like. :)

SOURCE: "Fun & Games" Game Gear

P#56395 2018-09-07 21:27 ( Edited 2018-10-22 15:36)


Here is a 3-tone font with bonus lowercase letters. Uses 3-different colors per letter to give a nice shaded effect.


SOURCE: "Final Fantasy Adventure" Gameboy

P#56417 2018-09-08 16:55 ( Edited 2018-10-22 15:36)



This is nice to have, one of the great sprites from my collection from an older RPG. Can you place it ? Converted for use in PICO.

You may want to recolor them. Each are 16x16 pixels so you can fit 8x8 of these individual sprites on the screen.

Hero, Hank.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy Adventure" Gameboy

P#56460 2018-09-09 20:13 ( Edited 2018-10-22 15:37)

nice fonts!

P#56481 2018-09-10 12:22 ( Edited 2018-09-10 16:22)

Thanks ! Feel free to contribute, beepyeah. I'll be posting some more from my collection later today.

Hope to see you there !

P#56482 2018-09-10 12:29 ( Edited 2018-09-10 16:29)

almost looks like a character from the gameboy ff series

P#56484 2018-09-10 13:52 ( Edited 2018-09-10 17:52)

It is ! You've got a good eye ! I'll be posting a few more today. There already is a great Super Mario clone out that uses the original graphics of the classic NES special.

Would be nice to have someone (I can do it) post the sprites to older games for use in non-commercial Pico projects.

P#56489 2018-09-10 14:20 ( Edited 2018-09-10 18:20)

im surprised i recognized it, i literally played that game for one hour before trading it to a kid at school for pokemon red

so 20 years ago

P#56490 2018-09-10 14:22 ( Edited 2018-09-10 18:23)

It's good stuff, VG. I didn't know if you guys would want any Pokemon sprites over time. There's a LOT of those. :D

P#56491 2018-09-10 14:29 ( Edited 2018-09-10 18:29)


Here's the next set:


Recolor or decorate w new colors as you like.
I'll do a new font for tomorrow.

Samson the soldier.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy Adventure" Gameboy

P#56505 2018-09-10 19:03 ( Edited 2018-10-22 15:37)

couldnt you save sprite space by mirroring about half of those?

P#56507 2018-09-10 19:36 ( Edited 2018-09-10 23:36)

You could indeed !

Outside of the Blue player above, these are encoded as only 3-different images, as you mentioned. I figured anyone who wants to use them can delete their mirror counterparts if they so choose.

I'm encoding them as eight in here though so they are ready to go for anyone.

For if instead someone want to use all 8 and have easier coding without dealing with mirroring, or perhaps they are confused by writing code that handles mirroring, then they are more than welcome to use the whole unedited table.

P#56509 2018-09-10 22:03 ( Edited 2018-09-11 02:03)

(09-11-18) TUESDAY


Here's a nice uppercase and lowercase set for you.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy Legend 1" Gameboy

P#56547 2018-09-11 20:06 ( Edited 2018-10-22 15:38)

(09-12-18) WEDNESDAY


Here is a good sprite, a young woman with a pretty headband, once again in 8-sprites - recolor as you like and she is ready to appear in your game !

Adrienne the amazon.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy Adventure" Gameboy

P#56596 2018-09-12 23:02 ( Edited 2018-10-22 15:38)

(09-13-18) THURSDAY


No game is complete without monsters ! Here's a few to keep your players sharp.

Recolor as you like them.

Mushboom, Rabbey, and Devilboy.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy Adventure" Gameboy

P#56630 2018-09-13 18:47 ( Edited 2018-10-22 15:39)

(09-14-18) FRIDAY


You may need MIRROR plotting to complete this cleanly rotated fighter plane.
Let me know if you'd like me to extend this sprite set to 64-characters including mirrors instead of just the 32- as it is now.

SOURCE: "1942" Arcade original

P#56697 2018-09-15 01:10 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:15)

Thought I'd try a hand at that blunderbuss you were asking for earlier. One for icons and one for gameplay.

Since you're sharing some fun useful pico images, I also threw in some generally useful stuff I made a while ago -

  • a 4-frame "Coin Collect" animation
  • a 4-frame "Explosion" animation
  • Shovel-Knight sprites (2-frame Run animation, 2-frame Shovel animation)
P#56705 2018-09-15 19:15 ( Edited 2018-09-15 23:15)

How nice, DevRaccoon. Thank you ! That's just what I'm looking for.

I'm working on a paint program for everyone right now, but after that, I can definitely make use of that wonderful blunderbuss you drew for my monster hunt game !

P#56708 2018-09-15 19:47 ( Edited 2018-09-15 23:47)

This is not today's sprite selection, I just thought I would take a crack at manually rotating the key single plane sprite myself - maybe it's better ? I'm not sure.


P#56715 2018-09-15 21:30 ( Edited 2018-09-16 01:30)

(09-15-18) Saturday

Okay, here's a nice converted explosion, a la 16x16.


And an enemy jet 32x16.


Small enemy.


One more, and that's all for this evening.


SOURCE: "1942" Arcade original

P#56716 2018-09-15 22:00 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:15)

(09-17-18) Monday Morning

Sorry guys, I was dozing off yesterday. Let's make up for it now.


These take a lot of space, granted, but you get some very smooth rotation with them.

Here are a few more racing car attributes:


Tonight, I'll post some all new RPG sprites, doubt you've ever seen them anywhere else before. :)

SOURCE: "Road Fighter" 8-bit NES

P#56786 2018-09-17 12:33 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:16)

(09-17-18) Monday Evening


Can you place where these came from ?

Here is the front for a status and a back-head for a front-view combat.


See you tomorrow with new images !

Scott the swordsman.

SOURCE: "100 World Story" 8-bit NES

P#56831 2018-09-18 00:00 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:17)

(09-18-18) TUESDAY

Here is a good game for a type of "Fantastic Voyage" sideview shooter.


Equally weird enemies:


And a big boss enemy:


SOURCE: "Abadox" 8-bit NES

P#56874 2018-09-18 23:58 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:18)

(09-19-18) WEDNESDAY

Here are some very distinctive sprites, good for all kinds of adventure games.


I'll post more on this line tomorrow.

Hero and heroine.

SOURCE: "Phantasy Star Adventure" Game Gear

P#56914 2018-09-19 23:21 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:19)

(09-20-18) THURSDAY

Some more full-color sprites, different styles.


Heather the helper and her fortune telling sister, Tanya.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#56953 2018-09-20 23:20 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:19)

What am I doing now ? I'm working on writing a proper input function. And WOW, it's not easy. Seems I put one project on a backburner to work on another - a part that's needed for it - and then work on ANOTHER part - that's needed for THAT part. ==SIGH==

Anyways, I'm taking a break. here's your art submit for today:

(09-21-18) FRIDAY


Hero and young adventurer.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#56984 2018-09-21 22:40 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:20)

Hey, can anyone help me here ? I'm trying to write a fairly intuitive key input routine that can recognize multiple keystrokes in addition to keys being held down and registering their values based on the time held.

Try your hand at it. I'm always interested in seeing different methods on handling questions and ideas.


Other than that, have a great weekend, and here is your submit for today:

(09-22-18) SATURDAY


Tommy teenager and Jorel the journeyman.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57011 2018-09-23 00:28 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:20)

Missed Sunday again, darnit. So you get two today. One now, one for later.

(09-24-18) Monday Morning


White wizard and black wizard.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57034 2018-09-24 12:04 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:20)

Breaking the pattern a bit. Here is a good typeface for adventure games and RPGs.

(09-24-18) Monday Evening


SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57062 2018-09-24 23:50 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:20)

(09-25-18) TUESDAY


Stone golem and spring fairy.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57106 2018-09-25 23:26 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:21)

(09-26-18) WEDNESDAY


King and queen.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57147 2018-09-27 00:08 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:21)

(09-27-18) THURSDAY


Counsel and princess.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57190 2018-09-27 22:12 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:21)

(09-28-18) FRIDAY


City guard and street punk.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57241 2018-09-29 00:30 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:21)



Old woman and old man.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57294 2018-09-29 23:50 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:21)

Monday Afternoon


Bikke the buccaneer and Matoya the mage.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57346 2018-10-01 13:30 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:22)

Monday Evening


Samuel the scholar and young Skylar.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57380 2018-10-02 00:52 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:22)



Darren the dwarf and ... um ... Fred the Fire Demon. There ya go. Say, "Hi" Fred.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57445 2018-10-02 23:25 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:22)

dw817 do you know how to add timers? also Great stuff and the blunderbuss I might know how to make that dream, reality...

P#57464 2018-10-03 09:37 ( Edited 2018-10-03 13:37)

Sure, shouldn't be that difficult, Hendini. Let's see ...

  until t!=stat(85)
until forever

Basically every time that STAT(85) changes, you have counted 1-second.

P#57477 2018-10-03 12:29 ( Edited 2018-10-03 16:29)

I know I add to this daily. Got some medical stuff to take care of. Will return, try and catch up then.

P#57498 2018-10-03 21:47 ( Edited 2018-10-04 01:47)

That code isn't compatible with my maze game which you helped me with for snapping. I tested the code and it is not compatible with my game.

P#57509 2018-10-04 12:20 ( Edited 2018-10-04 16:20)

Hi Hendini. Sorry I couldn't get around to this sooner. Was in the hospital - heart trouble.

Anyways, let's see ...

That's actually pretty straight forward. If you want to have it with _UPDATE(), that would be THIS code:

function _init()

function _draw()
  if stat(85)!=t then

function _update()

Hope This Helps !

P#57553 2018-10-05 11:21 ( Edited 2018-10-05 15:21)

That sucks glad to hear your better.

P#57664 2018-10-07 19:44 ( Edited 2018-10-07 23:44)

Try it with my maze project. It doesn't work that's what I want. Halp. Feel Better. Don't Die.

P#57667 2018-10-07 20:26 ( Edited 2018-10-08 00:26)

Best advice today. I won't die. :)

I updated your code. You should have working timer in your maze cart now.

... and I'm a bit behind in my sprite submit. Will put together one now.

P#57692 2018-10-08 16:01 ( Edited 2018-10-08 20:01)

(10-08-18) MONDAY


Melody the mermaid and Otto the overlord.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57693 2018-10-08 16:21 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:22)

(10-09-18) TUESDAY


Karen the caretaker and Reginald the wiseman.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance

P#57768 2018-10-09 23:42 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:22)

(10-10-18) WEDNESDAY


Salty the Shipmaster and Cecil the scholar.

SOURCE: "Final Fantasy - Dawn Of Souls" Gameboy Advance


P#57817 2018-10-10 23:31 ( Edited 2018-10-22 16:23)

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