More 2D gameart houses - creating an iconic barn

It's been a while again... and despite the best intentions and plans, I found it hard to get motivated to write the next tutorial. I am trying to come to terms with the 'it's all free' attitude of some of the readers of this blog. It's free advice, yes... and if you have problems following them, ask and I will try and answer as good as I can... but copying and pasting my work and handing it out as there own is not what these tutorials are about.

Anyway... After the last tutorials about the buildings, there was a request for a farm/ barn (along with a few others I hope to work on soon). The iconic image of a farm is the red barn. This tutorial is about creating one using Inkscape. The same approach will work in pretty much all vector design tools and even some of the bitmap tools. The names of the tools and functionality might vary slightly but if you know the basics of the vector tool of your choice, it should be easy enough to follow this tutorial. 

As with all my tutorials, it's about variations, additions, playing with the elements to create your own work. Have fun!

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. Disappointing to hear there are people out there who are effectively stealing your work.
    I imagine that would be extremely demotivating :(

  2. Yeh, sorry to hear that :( You're tutorials are pretty much my only go-to resource when it comes to game art, so I really appreciate your efforts. I dig the minimalist style of these buildings.

  3. These tutorials are fucking impressive, keep up the good work !
    (Sorry to hear that you're being stole)

  4. Great work as always Chris!

    Sorry to hear some people have been passing your work off as their own - if it is the graphics sheets they are using, perhaps a watermark on the sheet might help? With the website url also, so any nefarious users may at least end up sending people here!


  5. Great tutorial as usual. I would like to see a haunted house version with some spooky backgrounds (tombstones/iron fences/etc). I understand your frustration with people stealing your work. Unfortunately thats the internet for you, but don't let it effect the work you do here. Thanks for a great site. Carey