Now that I have a decent stock of colored tiles, I started work on my first 4×4′ 8-bit sprite. I always planned to use the original Mario for my first legit piece. I found a good reference image on DeviantArt
Gold for Arms and Feet
Looking pretty good… Oops I don’t have enough red. Probably would’ve been smart to count these out first.
I used some creative license and made Mario’s hat green. Who knows, maybe he gets tired of wearing the same red hat all the time. Unfortunately, it looks like I botched the skin color. It looks more orange than I had planned. I’ll call this “Jersey Shore” Mario.
So all in all, pretty successful from a functionality standpoint. The base and tiles worked pretty much as designed. It took maybe 40 minutes to lay the tiles. The only disappointment is with some of the colors I chose. It looks like I’ll need to start up the tile making factory again soon.