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Game Art for Non-Artists

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Game Art for Non-Artists

Like to make a game, but held up somewhat by the practical issue of having absolutely no artistic ability whatsoever? Here's a list of tools to help you.

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Like to make a game, but held up somewhat by the practical issue of having absolutely no artistic ability whatsoever? Yep, we feel your pain. Quite thoroughly indeed. But here’s a series of videos to watch that might help you fake it enough to get by –

2D Game Art for Non-Artists

  1. Introduction
  2. Sky and Mountains
  3. Making Happy Little Trees
  4. Earth Blocks
  5. Awesome 2D Grass
  6. I Wanna Rock
  7. Creating our Buzz Saw
  8. Character

‘Course, those of us who are really non-artists need some more help than that. PixelProspector is an excellent resource for all things related to indie game development, and specifically for graphics they set out the options

  1. Create Graphics by Yourself
    1. Graphics Programs
    2. Tutorials (Drawing, Animation, Pixel Art)
  2. Get Graphics from someone else
    1. Download Assets (Royalty Free Graphics)
    2. Hire Graphic Designer
    3. Big List of Fonts
    4. Big List of Icons

which does pretty well cover the options. Other interesting link collections for the artistically challenged:

Game Programming Wiki’s Game Content Resources

Freebies For Designers – Icons, Vectors, Photoshop Brushes, Stock Images & Templates

Best Sites For Getting Free Vector Art Images – 35 Of Them

40+ Websites Providing Useful and Free 3D Models

Cool Text: Logo and Graphics Generator

Any particular goto resources for finding art as a substitute for any kind of talent that you rely on, Dear Readers?

UPDATES:

Complete Blender Game Art Tutorial. From zero experience to 2D or 3D game ready asset

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game dev ,web dev ,game art

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