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Earthworm Jim


Made this in 8 days. It was fun. Process below.

Earthworm Jim is a character created by Doug Tennaple. He has an awesome style and imagination, highly recommend his work.



I work very quickly here, just want to quickly capture what i want to do and get the motor running


Pass 1:

Start fleshing it out here. I have the body and arms on separate layers, i don't usually do this but his arms are doing different things at different rhythms so it made sense.


Pass 2:

start working his head in. kind of a tricky character in regards to the head because its actually way smaller than the suit he's in so he has to feel like he's in a hollow body. Bounce has to be at a different rhythm than the body.

I also have some frames here that i end up deleting.

I ended up not liking how little he squashes his head when he grabs it. i also found the facial expressions distracting and streamline them on the next pass.


Pass 3:

Okay now we're getting somewhere.

As with the pass above, you can see how i edited the head grab to have more squish. Earthworms are squishy. his head needs to be squishy also.

This is kind of a tricky gif because it features two loops (the idle and the jump rope) the jump rope is tricky because it doesnt start looping until way into it. the body loops mostly but his arms end up doing other stuff as the body continues to loop particularly as he's whipping his head back inside.


final product:

shadows come in here, and the final sequence is done. The transition out of the jump rope doesn't actually exist in the game, I wanted a fun way to break out of it, and whip his head like indiana jones and stuff it back in.

Probably the funnest of the parts of this gif. THE END!


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That’s pretty groooy dude

just one thing to say... GROOOOVY

I knew he wasn’t dead yet

nice work

Credits & Info

4.76 / 5.00

Aug 16, 2019
9:53 AM EDT
Pixel Art
File Info
600 x 400 px
352.1 KB

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