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Hi, I just joined.
I'm now working on my first game. It's a 2D platformer built around a unique gameplay mechanic. I have a programmer I'm working with and I'm drawing out some ideas for level designs.
However, I'm a bit unclear on how doing art for a game works. Do I draw sprites in MS Paint? How exactly does one go about creating art for a game? And where can I find somebody who can create game art? Does it have to be a pixel artist who can draw characters out of pixels in applications like MS Paint, or can anyone who can draw produce art that can be used in the game? I really don't know how game art works so any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks.

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Hi, I just joined.
I'm now working on my first game. It's a 2D platformer built around a unique gameplay mechanic. I have a programmer I'm working with and I'm drawing out some ideas for level designs.
However, I'm a bit unclear on how doing art for a game works. Do I draw sprites in MS Paint? How exactly does one go about creating art for a game? And where can I find somebody who can create game art? Does it have to be a pixel artist who can draw characters out of pixels in applications like MS Paint, or can anyone who can draw produce art that can be used in the game? I really don't know how game art works so any help would be much appreciated.

Thanks.


This is a question you need to put to your programmer. For 2D games I mostly use transparent .png files (because you can layer things on top of one another) however there are other options. But your art format is really dependant on what engine/language/programmer you are using.

As far as art is concerned, there are many places to try:

- TigSource Artists
- Pixelation - Index
- http://www.pixeljoint.com/
- Game Artist Forums

Are just a few.

The most import things you need to decide immediately are size based. How big is your game? How big are your sprites? Artists need this information in order to judge how much work is involved in a piece. As far as style goes; each artist is individual but most prefer a particular style. Its up to you at the end of the day to decide how you want the game to look (and sketching is a great way to communicate this to artists).

However you may want to produce some art yourself - paint is fine but there are lots of free programs with a little more utility, like gimp or paint.net

Try discussing with your programmer what file types they need and giving him some placeholder art so he can get started, whilst you search for an artist.

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