Emotional Explosives...

This tutorial started out with some illustration request and I got a little carried away with the facial expressions I could add to a simple bomb. I thought I might just share the fun and turn it into a tutorial.

Like most of my tutorials this one starts with basic shapes - circles and squares and simple lines. If you are new to the tutorials it might be helpful to read from the beginning. Even though they are not in a special order some of the skills used here have been explained in a more detailed way in earlier posts. 

With the basic elements in place it's a matter of working out the expressions you are after... Adding different mouth shapes, squinting or enlarging the eyes.

I will add a page or two with the facial expressions here soon. For now I want to finish another tutorial I have been dying to complete first - a cartoony helicopter to take me back to one of my favorite jobs (doing the (pixel) art of HeliAttack 3 in 2005).  

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did - and believe me I really missed doing tutorial art and writing these little posts. 

Get the art (png files) of this tutorial for

As a special treat to make up for the long time between tutorials I uploaded the explosives as PNG-images in 256x256, 128x128, 96x96 and 64x64 pixels to be used freely in your projects. 

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. Great tutorial, thank you. The same thing you could tho with other vector drawing programs and even with flash. The tools are very similar.

    1. Thanks... I do try and keep the tutorials simple and use inkscape as an example as it's a free tool... I know a lot of the readers of this blog have recreated the tutorials with Adobe illustrator and it works fine...

  2. Thanks for posting a new tutorial, any tips on how to create a 2D game background? or tips on depth perception in a 2D background?

  3. Great tutorial. In tune with the fall season, it would be cool to do a halloween background tutorial.

  4. Awesome stuff, Chris! Love the kegs!

  5. great tutorial, thanks for sharing Chris :)

  6. Hey Chris,

    First off I want to say that your tutorials are a immense help! Even if we are on 2 different programs. Could I ask for a mushroom cloud for this specific tutorial? That would be cool.


  7. These tutorials are fantastic. I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge like this. Thanks!

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  9. Hi Chris. Your Tutorials are the best in the net.

    I really love to see your great experience and your fantastic ideas. Also thanks for the shared emotional explosives...

    Do you also have them as a donated svg?

  10. Hi Chris,

    Thanks for yours tutorials. They are great!
    I would like to know if the png images of the emotional explosives are free for commercial use, with credit, of course.



  11. Hi Chris,
    This is the best tutorials.
    I try repeat but in 6 step I can't find light objects. I would like to know where it is in inkscape?


    1. Hi Vladimir... Sorry... there is no light objects. I just added the two light icons to illustrate the idea of where the light comes from for the illustration.