I started with the basic armor but kept it close to that pose from the official artwork for Super Metroid because I knew I'd eventually sprite that version of the Varia. It was deceptively tough to sprite the tilted helmet on the Varia sprite.
The sprites' gallery page on my website has a "work progress" animation showing steps of my making the basic Power Suit.[link]
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