"Life is too short to make bad art."

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Create clouds using circles in Inkscape

This tutorial is a quick answer to a request about how to make make clouds. I have a lot of other tutorial series to finish but this one seemed like a nice little task while enjoying my last day in London.

So... let's get started with circles... :) Keep in mind that this is just one way to do it and you might prefer handdrawing them or using the pen tool and creating the curves manually.
I quite often use these 'quick clouds' for layered backgrounds - usually with a few layers of mountains, trees or even city skylines on top. 







I hope this will help with the creation of clouds and improve your backgrounds. I had a lot of fun writing it - even with all the other tutorials on my mind and still not being as fit as I would like to be.

Note:

I am still without my main work machine and the better microphone making it hard to record a video tutorial. The laptop I am working on is just not ideal with it's insane resolution.  

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Creating 2D Special FX in Inkscape - part1

It took a little longer to get back into the right mindset and find some peace and quiet to start with the requested special effect tutorials.
I quickly discovered that there is not too much on the topic out on the internet and the area that can be covered is huge. 
I will try and break it down into small and easy to follow sections and make a several tutorials on different aspects of visual effects that can easily be created using Inkscape.

Let's start with motion trails/ light trails. They display the path the object is moving and help create the illusion of movement and direction in still images. In animations it's often used to exaggerate or define the character of a fast movement.

In this tutorial I will use two shapes to show the motion: a triangle shape for straight movements and a curved, modified version of it for spins and swings. 

Fighting scenes often use the motion trail to bring out the movement of the character or his weapon. A swinging sword is a perfect example.

The effects on the weapons will look even nicer in animations and I will show the use of them in the next part of the series.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I did writing again - even if the topic turned out a lot tougher to break down than I expected when foolishly agreeing to cover it. :)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Anguna GBA - a surprise from the past



I got mail today - old fashioned snail mail. A small parcel arrived out of the blue from an old mate. It contained my very own copy of Anguna for the game boy advance. The game was an indie game project Nathan Tolbert and myself worked on some 10 years ago...

and now Piko Interactive released the game.
 It contains a nice bunch of pixel art and animations - keeping the limitations of the GBA in mind. 
The box will look nice on the shelf along with 'Garfield and his nine lives' for the GBA and 'Impossible Mission' for the Nintendo DS.
    

Does it mean I am getting old, when enjoying a trip down memory lane? No... you don't need to answer - I am old... :)


Monday, April 25, 2016

Status update:still around and kicking... sort of...



It's been a while since the last post and I have been working on new tutorials but the going is slow... really slow at the moment. One of the reasons is a new medication I am trying to help me fight the pains and aches (after last years problems I want to add some chemical helpers to my tool kit to avoid prolonged periods of not being able to function).

So far it's been more about the side effects than actual pain relieve. I am hoping it will get better soon as it's driving me bonkers and I can't wait to be functioning at normal levels again.

Please stay tuned. The next tutorials will come (hopefully very soon). 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Back to the basics - Building art assets with squares

Here's the second tutorial 'Continue the fun with squares' as a video tutorial. This time it's all about squares as a building block for the game assets. Using the square as a shape and as a path (converted to manipulate the nodes) is an easy way to create art assets in Inkscape (or any other vector tool for that matter).

I am using inkscape v.0.91 - a free and versatile vector drawing program ( get it here ) on a windows pc. There might be small differences when using the program on a mac or with linux ( mainly as far as shortcut keys goes ) but those changes should be minute. 

Note:
The process used in the tutorial can easily be achieved in other vector tools like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw as well. The commands might be named differently and sometimes the workflow varies a little but it should be fairly easy to follow the tutorial even if you use a different program.

This video is an introduction to using inkscape's basic square tool to get started with game art creation. The vidoeo shows how to create more complex shapes using squares as the starting element and rotate, skew and deform them.

 




I hope you enjoyed the tutorial as I will continue to record some of the older but still popular tutorials as video tutorials. 

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Back to the basics - video tutorial using circles in inkscape

It's been a while since I first started to write tutorials on game art, yet the very first ones are still popular. After receiving a lot of request to cover those early steps in a video tutorial, I finally sat down and made a video of the first tutorial 'Let's get started with circles'.

I am using inkscape v.0.91 - a free and versatile vector drawing program ( get it here ) on a windows pc. There might be small differences when using the program on a mac or with linux ( mainly as far as shortcut keys goes ) but those changes should be minute. 

Note:
The process used in the tutorial can easily be achieved in other vector tools like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw as well. The commands might be named differently and sometimes the workflow varies a little but it should be fairly easy to follow the tutorial even if you use a different program.

This video is an introduction to using inkscape's basics and the circle tool to get started with game art creation.

 



I hope you enjoyed the tutorial as I will continue to record some of the older but still popular tutorials as video tutorials. 

Note:
I am working on new and more advanced tutorials (the special effects and the animation with spriter tutorials as voted by you) as well. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Votes are in... looking ahead...

Thanks for voting on the topic for the next tutorials. It was a close vote and I will cover both topics with the most votes. 


  • Special effects in inkscape
    Creating visual effects for explosions, weapon swipes, magic spells, etc. I have to admit I don't have a clear outline for this one and will have to play around with inkscape for a bit to come up with a good tutorial on the subject. 
  • Animation in Spriter
    This tutorial is something I already started and the outline is pretty clear. I will use the assets I recently made free as part of the 3 million views celebration. The skeleton will be part of the tutorial (series of tutorials) for sure. Maybe it will start with the robot from the complete gameart tutorials for the basics and then step up to the skeleton. I will cover walk, run, jump, attack and die as the essential animations used in games. 

Thanks also for all the other requests. I will cover some of them for sure, while other requests don't quite fit this blog as they focus on pixelart (a huge area of tutorials I could think of as well). 

At the moment I am trying to overhaul the blog, add the Spanish and French translations (I might add German while I am at it) and record some of the earlier and most popular tutorials as youtube videos. I just finished the 'starting with circles' and 'continuing the fun with squares' and will post those in the next couple of days. 

I am still trying to get a good workflow happening with my new work laptop. Installing the essentials, adjusting the settings and working out how to deal with the massive screen resolution (which results in tiny text and icons in some programs - not good for old guys with fading eye sight).

Have a nice, sunny and peaceful Easter!
I am in Germany to spend it with my family and surprisingly even some sunshine. ;)