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#1 Spencer Brower   Members   -  Reputation: 100

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:35 PM

I am really bad at drawing and my handwriting is awful. I am trying to make a 2d game but I can't find an artist to do art for me and I can't find enough sprites online to get my game off the ground. If I tried hard enough, would it be possible to learn to be able to draw pixel art in a reasonable period of time? Again, I am very much not an artist although I would definitely like to be.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 04:51 PM

I'm not much of an artist either. My handwriting is terrible as well.
It takes some time to become a good pixel artist, but you can definitely do so - it just won't happen overnight,

I personally find it difficult to do character / enemy sprites, but after investing some time in it, I find I can do weapons and tileart decently well.
(Here's an example of my current level - not professional, but passable for a decent indie game)

For character sprites, I suggest you knock up some crummy temporary ones until your project is farther along, and then towards the end of development when you're showing your work around, hopefully a compassionate artist would step forward. You could show your almost-completed project on a pixel art forum requesting help.
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Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:09 PM

okay, thank you. Know any good places to start learning?

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:02 PM

I'm also terrible at creating graphics, but I've found vector art a lot easier to work with. If you're not set on using pixel art, then check out Inkscape, its free.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:47 PM

I have photoshop, as well as illustrator, so i don't need any programs. I just suck at art.

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 02:24 PM

okay, thank you. Know any good places to start learning?

Just google for some tutorials, glance through them, and then start practicing.
Here's two near the top of google:
Mark's Pixel Art Tutorial
Derek Yu's Pixel Art Tutorial

You get better by actually doing it. The best way is to actually have some real task to do and not a contrived task, so work on actual art you need, and keep pressing forward. Towards the end of your project, yea you'll need to re-make your earlier work since your skill improved, but that's a good thing not a bad thing since it shows growth.
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#7 Tomer Zix   Members   -  Reputation: 104

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Posted 23 March 2012 - 07:58 PM

Hi, I'm a fairly good artist. I won't be able to devote all my time to this game because I am still in school but I can make some sprites for you. Here is some of my work.
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You can contact me at tomerzix@gmail.com. Please give credit for any sprites you use. Thanks.




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