Tank Tutorial

Here's a quick tutorial on a cute and cartoony tank requested by one of the members on a game development forum.

When you scale in Inkscape holding SHIFT+CTRL down allows for the ratio of height to width to stay intact - which is rather helpful at times... 

Remember to keep moving and overlapping parts separate when exporting to bitmaps - eg. keep the barrel in a separate image file from the body in order to manipulate it via code later on.

Animate the tank by rotating the wheels and move the tracks along by modifying the nodes of the track shape. Four or five different images of the wheels and tracks should be enough for an animation.

One of the key elements to speedy art creation is reusing elements you have build earlier (e.g. the tanks headlines might look really good on a vintage car as well  or the cogs can be part of some clockwork). 

Enjoy and keep those vectors bend.

Get the source art (svg file) (includes the cartoony and more realistic tank) of this tutorial for
USD 5.00


Chris Hildenbrand

2D game artist, pixelpusher, vector bender, face turner for over thirty years. I worked on more games than I can remember... The most recent release is "Super Crossbar Challenge" for iOS (Android coming soon) with Shattered Box, Fredbear Games and PlayPlayFun.


  1. nice tankies
    can u post one about making a creature a dino or some wild animal :)

  2. Fantastic as always. Please do an explosion one soon!

    Maybe sometime consider youtubing a lesson.

  3. I love your tutorials. Please keep them coming.

    Also, I wouldn't mind paying for screencasts. Maybe following the same model of .

  4. (The comment system ate the URL: "the same model of PeepCode dot com")

  5. awesome ,thanx......and post more plz

  6. As always: well explained, simple and just awesome!
    +1 for the animal idea (already thought about that when I saw your DeviantArt page ;) )

  7. can u link me ur deviantart page?

  8. how could I give an effect of movement on the mat?