The old http://www.gamedev.net/topic/257345-tutorials-downloads-check-here/ tutorials & downloads sticky topic is unfortunately broken, and a lot of the links were outdated before that. With your help we'd like to create a new and up-to-date version, but this time we'll be keeping the 2d and 3d stuff separate -- <u>this topic is for 2d tutorials and resources only</u>!
Please post links to anything you think should be included below -- this can and should be anything that you feel is helpful for learning to create 2d art, including stuff on pixel art, drawing, concept art, art theory, and anything else that might fit. You can find the matching topic for 3d resources http://www.gamedev.net/topic/641913-3d-tutorials-and-learning-resources/ here.
Note that this is not a discussion topic, and any questions or comments may be deleted -- we're looking to build a list a valuable resources here! All relevant links will be edited into this first post, and once it's a reasonable size most of these original instructions will be edited out.
http://www.gamedev.net/page/resources/_/creative/visual-arts/the-total-beginner’s-guide-to-better-2d-game-art-r2959 The Total Beginner's Guide to Better 2D Game Art
http://www.gamedev.net/page/resources/_/creative/visual-arts/better-programmer-art-r2594 Better Programmer Art
http://makegames.tumblr.com/post/42648699708/pixel-art-tutorial Derek Yu's pixel art tutorial
http://www.petesqbsite.com/sections/tutorials/tuts/tsugumo/ So you want to be a pixel artist? (Tsugamo's tutorial)
http://www.pixeljoint.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=11299 The Pixel Art Tutorial (http://www.pixeljoint.com/ Pixel Joint forum resource)
http://2dwillneverdie.com/intro/ 2d will never die (http://2dwillneverdie.com/tutorial/ direct link to tutorials)
http://gas13.ru/v3/tutorials/ Pixel Art & Photoshop tutorials
Pixel Art -- Specific Techniques
http://www.gamedev.net/blog/492/entry-2255532-how-to-destroy-an-airplane/ How to destroy an airplane
http://www.elitepigs.de/blog/archives/17 Optimizing tilesheets
http://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/basic-color-theory Basic Color Theory
http://colorschemedesigner.com/ Color Scheme Designer
http://www.evolutionarydesigns.net/blog/2010/08/27/color-palette-generators/ 19 Color Palette Generators
http://www.idrawdigital.com/2010/04/tutorial-foreshortening-tricks/ Art tutorial -- contains lots of stuff, but especially good tips on lighting/how to light textures
http://www.itchy-animation.co.uk/tutorials/light01.htm Study of light
http://perspective-book.com/drawing-painting/perspective-draw-tutorial-vanishing-points.html How to draw tutorial: perspective and vanishing points
http://www.idrawdigital.com/2009/01/tutorial-anatomy-and-proportion/ Tutorial: anatomy and proportion
http://www.idrawdigital.com/2010/04/tutorial-foreshortening-tricks/ Tutorial: foreshortening tricks
Classic 2d animation
http://www.angryanimator.com/word/tutorials/ Angry animator tutorials
http://www.awn.com/tooninstitute/lessonplan/lesson.htm Larry's Toon Institute
http://www.androidblues.com/visualperception.html Perception and Composition
http://www.vgmuseum.com/ The Video Game Museum (collection of visual material -- screenshots, cover art, ads, etc.) from mostly 90s video games)
Edited by JTippetts, 02 March 2014 - 04:44 PM.
Cleaned up the tags.