Refers to attributes of the visual elements of the game (the style).

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How much to pay for artwork in an indie game? [closed]

I am an indie developer and I need some detailed artwork. How much is reasonable to pay an artist for say 20 character designs? I know it depends on the artist's skills, etc, but I am wondering what ...
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Design sprites for games (iPhone game) [closed]

I'm not the very best at design, but I have looked for tutorials to design normal sprites for games (mobile devices), like background, ground and all that stuff in 2D. Are there any ...
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Outsourcing Artwork: Hourly or Per-Project?

I've hired people to produce art and graphics before, but only ever at a per-job rate and that has worked out well. This question is for both artists and the people who hire them: As a buyer, are ...
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Drawing to create game drafts

Man, I'm really bad at drawing... I feel myself really ashamed because I cannot draw even a little nice sword... :( The problem is, on game development (I will be on the programming part, relax!) I ...
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Simple game engines / development tools made with artists in mind? [closed]

I've been working in the 2d art side of games for a while now, and my full time job keeps me very busy on the art side of things, but I'm becoming more and more interested in learning to prototype my ...
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What is “pixel art”?

I'm interested in working as an artist in the game industry. Many job postings contain the phrase "pixel art". What exactly is pixel art?
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Should I go to a University or Trade school to be a Game artist?

Im a senior this year and I'm seriously looking at colleges that can help me get into the game in the Game industry. I've been told countless times it's better if I go to a University(Usc, Becker ...
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Tips and Tools for creating Spritesheet animations

I am looking for a tool that I can use to create sprite sheet easily. Right now I am using Illustrator, but I can never get the center of the character in the exact position, so it looks like it is ...
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Style/technique to focus on for creating visual art assets efficiently

I'm mostly a programmer, but I'd like to be able to do competent work on other parts of games I make when working on solo projects. What I'm specifically asking here is what sort of techniques or ...
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Opinions on using AE and/or Flash for 2D animation?

I am each day making the art in illustrator more complete and now comes the time where I decide to invest in an animation program/route. I hear at times for people to use Toon Boom but the problem is ...
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Importing real world models into a game engine

What are the hardware and software tools required to import physical worlds into a game engine? Can i use a HD camera to do that? What do the popular game engines support?
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Programmers/Designers: working with artists

Expanding on this question, what information do I need to communicate my artistic goals for a game to a professional artist? Assuming I'm an indie programmer. and I've found or hired an artist to for ...
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How to create an endless scrolling background?

I need to add a scrolling background to a my game, the image is 512x512px. It's for a car game with two way traffic and I want to be able to cross over to the opposite side and drive against the ...
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What are some cool examples of procedural pixel shader effects? [closed]

What are some good examples of procedural or screen-space pixel shader effects? No code is necessary; I'm just looking for inspiration. In particular, I'm looking for effects that are not dependent ...
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How can I improve or replace my programmer art? [closed]

Say I'm a programmer who has done his own sprites or 3d models which would fall into programmer-ish kind of art. What steps can I take in order to improve or replace my own art?
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Graphics for non-Graphics Designers [closed]

Are there resources for programmers with little to no graphics design talent, but still want to make good-enough graphics for their own programs? I'm interested in both 2d and 3d computer generated ...
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Rendering SVG art directly in XNA

Suppose I have a bunch of 2D art in some vectorized format such as SVG. Is there an easy-ish way to render that directly without having to implement a full SVG renderer myself? Of course I could ...
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Which tools are artists using out there and how for game development to produce the material used by game programmers?

What processes, tools, methods are used by game artists to prepare materials for the programmers? I am interested in tools (ie: photoshop, pixelmator, etc for drawing) and also how they are used ...
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What tools do you use for 2D art/sprite creation? [closed]

What cheap/free tools do you use for 2D art and/or animation? I don't really like Gimp's interface, Paint.NET is limited and GraphicsGale is sort of archaic. Cosmigo ProMotion looks like it could be ...
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How do I find artists to work on my game?

I ask "how" rather than "where" because there are undoubtedly lots of artists that are just plain lousy or unreliable. Let's assume both paying and non-paying (mods, free games/open-source) ...
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Where should I go looking for low-polygon 3D assets? [closed]

The biggest problem for me as a game programmer (who isn't also an artist) is getting good quality 3D models. I have checked out some of the 3D model market places like The 3D Studio and Top 3D Models ...
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How to become a Game Artist?

If I understand correctly, there are two major kinds of artists involved in game development - 2D and 3D. I think I somewhat understand, that if I want to go 3D, I should learn some 3D modeling ...