Oh great they've seen the originals. Damnit Dualnames, stop chasing tail and making trouble for us- or I'll take you
apart pixel by pixel!
But seriously, thanks for the props guys- glad you like the Metropol art.
@Armageddon I sketch everything on paper first, color in photoshop using a tablet and then resize them to fit our resolution. It's the re-sizing that gives the images thier pixelated look. Below is a brief explanation of how I make them, with pictures. AGS can do any style graphics really. I just love low resolution (320-200), and I can work pretty fast for the detail needed at that resolution.
My initial concept, although for simpler Primordia sprites I usually don't concept them first, as the design isnt crucial- so I go from idea straight to sprite.
Pencil sketch on cheap 'Arttec' A4 cartridge pad, with a Steadtler Mars micro 0.3 clutch pencil with HB lead. And PVC free eraser. Scanned at about 150 dpi.
Added color in CS4 with mostly soft round brushes.
Shrunk in Microsoft paint (Usually to around 30% the original size) Then outlines are cleaned up and a few stray pixels fixed. I added a dark brown outline to this one too.