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Where can I go to find a game graphic artist?

I'm pretty good programmer, and I want to create new pixel-art-game. I know how to program, visualise and optimize the game. But I can't draw! I think there is a lot of people like me... So.. I'm looking for an artist, who can draw pixel-art sprites.

Where I can find "free" pixel-art artist, who just want to create a game (I think that he should have the similar problem, but instead of looking for artist he looks for programmer).

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marked as duplicate by doppelgreener, Noctrine Sep 27 '12 at 0:11

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I guess this question belongs to careers.stackoverflow.com/, also there already are some duplicates here. –  Ali.S Feb 3 '12 at 12:49
I found it very tough to find an artist. I really recommend you push yourself and learn art. Good art just has to be stylistically similar, not necessarily high quality. –  ashes999 Feb 3 '12 at 13:11
I have think about it. And I think that I don't have enough free time to improve my artist skills. I just can make good code, art is not for me now. –  Pavel Ryzhov Feb 3 '12 at 13:27
I'm voting to close this as a duplicate of Where can I go to find a game graphic artist? –  doppelgreener Sep 26 '12 at 10:57

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I found this by chance looking up an art project however I may be able to help in your search. I’m a pixel artist who has started learning game hypertext codes. Long story short I’m too lazy to code but I still want to use my pixel art for games. I only have two main rules:

1) The game has to be open to the general public (so my art is not wasted)

2) I would like the game to include a link to my DeviantART page (Because as the first comment said it’s doing "something pro bono in order to gain exposure" as in to advertise)

Some of my old work http://matthewmc685.deviantart.com/gallery/30843758 (page of old work) http://matthewmc685.deviantart.com/art/DA-8-bit-Challenge-291255561?q=gallery%3Amatthewmc685%2F12892762&qo=5 (double click this image to zoom in)

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Thanks for that answer, I like your pixel art. So, we can work together. Also I accept with your rules. I will mail you soon. –  Pavel Ryzhov Jul 20 '12 at 4:43
Would you mind resending the Email to mcairns685@gmail.com because the email i used for this site had a typeo and is full of spam. –  Matthewmc685 Jul 29 '12 at 14:07

As Valkea mentioned, the PixelJoint and Pixelation fora are good sources for finding pixel artists. You might also try the GDNet forums.


“Unpaid” posts on these sites tend not to be terribly well received. You’ll need to make a very compelling case to convince anyone to work for free, and you’ll get what you pay for. What many developers don’t know is that pixel art is extremely time- and effort-intensive, and animations and tilesets are especially taxing.

The good pixel artists will ask for their worth—a relatively high hourly rate times many hours of work. In my experience, making all of the pixel art required for a complete game will take at least as long as the programming. At best, you might find an upcoming artist looking to do something pro bono in order to gain exposure.

Programmers seeking artists seem far more common than the reverse. If you are serious, your goal as a developer should be to make a fun, high-quality game, even if it looks crappy. With a demo, you can demonstrate to artists that you’re not just looking for someone to give you free artwork, and that you have the skills to possibly make it worth their while.

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You are right! I will make demo of game, and demonstrate that to artists... –  Pavel Ryzhov Feb 4 '12 at 3:39

As I did in this more general question, I would recommend to ask on "pixel art" forums:

Then you can try on forums dedicated to "game creation":

And finally on "art & design forums"...

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Thank you! It's good solution. Around me only programmers, and I forgot, that there is artist forums too ;) –  Pavel Ryzhov Feb 3 '12 at 13:06
I would also have a look around the Tigsource Forums, those guys love their pixel art :) –  dbomb101 Feb 3 '12 at 14:30

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