I am art illiterate. I can’t draw anything and I am extremely clumsy when playing with FREE tools such as Inkscape or Gimp. I am not color blind, but I am very color confused – so I almost always wear black, think black, and favor black in whatever concepts I might work. That’s OK – we all have our limits – but when you dream about making games, especially experimental ones with no budget for anything, that is a huge problem.
However, many say that art is 1% talent and 99% hard work. So even for art illiterate people like me, there could be a chance to create at least some decent art placeholders. But HOW?
Here are a few amazing 2D art tutorials that I gathered over time, targeted to people like me:
THAT is a site you want to remember. Chris is however quite a prolific teacher, so here is how I got to know about him: 2D Game Art For Programmers Part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. These tutorials are pretty much all you need to make decent 2D art for your game, but Chris followed up with additional lessons that will help you create amazing stuff. His site is simply a treasure! Now, there are many awesome artists out there, but few with the talent to share their knowledge than this guy. Chris, in the unlikely event you ever get to read this, thank you so much for your work!
That is another site you might want to bookmark! While Chris provides in depth 2D art tutorials for all kinds of things, Dennis concentrates on UI elements such as buttons and mana orbs, but the tutorials that he provides are easily extendable to all kinds of UI. Everything is presented graphically and step by step.
The only question that remains is: should I dare show off the results I could manage with these tutorials? 😀