Game Development Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for professional and independent game developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm looking for high quality original 2D sprite collections which are animated where appropriate. (IE not simply collections I can buy, we want original work).

I've had a look online but am struggling to find out where I can hire such people!

  • Where do I find such people?
  • How much should I expect to pay?
share|improve this question

closed as not constructive by Trevor Powell, Tetrad Jan 30 '12 at 2:15

As it currently stands, this question is not a good fit for our Q&A format. We expect answers to be supported by facts, references, or expertise, but this question will likely solicit debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion. If you feel that this question can be improved and possibly reopened, visit the help center for guidance.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

this question is valuable, it should be reopened! – dagnelies Apr 11 '12 at 18:14

I asked a similar question a while back. It was suggested to me to look at the DeviantArt Job Offers Forum - Credit to André Paramés

share|improve this answer

The Lost Garden blog ran a post a few months back where game artists could self promote. Quite a nice a list was generated as a result - List of game artists

share|improve this answer

The question that lists free existing sprites sets may not give you want you want directly, but you might consider using it to track down the authors of some sprites you like the look of and approach them to see if you can work out a contract with them for some custom sprites.

How much you pay probably depends on the artist, the type of work you want, how you want to handle the process of providing/requesting tweaks to the art, et cetera. To give you an example, while I have not contracted with artists for sprites before, I have done so on logos. I ended up paying anywhere from $50 to $300 for the final logo in both high-resolution vector form (and a few bitmap renders) and the rights to use it where and how I needed to. The final logo was the result of about a week, off and on, of back and forth iteration between myself and the artist.

share|improve this answer
"The final logo was the result of about a week, off and on, of back and forth iteration between myself and the artist." You are the nightmare client. Ugh. I have clients like you ALL THE TIME. bitter taste in her mouth – user31215 May 27 '13 at 21:33

The Help Wanted forums is great place to search. When I've searched for artists in the past (paid and unpaid), I've usually received replies within a couple of hours.

share|improve this answer
Here is the new link to them: – KisnardOnline Mar 11 '15 at 16:56

The pixelation forum, they are dedicated to pixel art and have a jobs section.

share|improve this answer

Try the game maker community,

They have quite a few good pixel artists there, quite a few who also will animate. The downfall is that you have to be very selective about who you pay, because the range of people who say they are "good" ranges all the way down to 8 year old noobs.

However one major benefit, is that for individual pieces of art, you can tend to post a request and get half a dozen to choose from, and payment is very rarely required.

share|improve this answer
Thank's for the tip but we're actually a competitor for them so this wouldn't go down too well! – Tom Gullen Jul 27 '11 at 15:39

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.