Lachlan's misadventures in games programming

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Prototype Graphics

6/29/2011 12:52:00 am Posted by Lachlan No comments

I've heard it said before that most people who attempt to make indie games are generally either Artists (of some form), or Programmers. When they're people like me - making games by themselves, that generally involves loving one and struggling through the other - Programmers need art for their games to look pretty (unless they're making a Roguelike or Old-School Interactive Fiction), and Artists need programming to bring their pieces to life. Unfortunately, I lean towards being a programmer, and I'm not particularly good at either. Except music - and even then, generally outside the realm of Video Game music.

I've got a few ideas for what I'd like to make next. Unfortunately, they inevitably involve needing artwork of people. So - I've made the first version of my Prototype Dude. He's made in inkscape in a nice, scalable vector format. He is simple to edit, and simple to change, and simple to modify to new purposes. I think I'll use him when programming these learning things, and the prototypes of games to see whether they are fun or not. If I decide to go all the way with one, and try to make it commercial, then I'll either embrace the simplistic style or replace the graphics with more complex art - which may, or may not be done by me.

So far, I've done a Walk-cycle. Its an old-school 3 frame walkcycle - which doesn't look great at higher resolutions but is certainly passable. I might bump it up (particularly the side walking) to 5 or 8 frames later.

This is him so far. He may be updated, but its a start. If anybody would like me to put up the SVG for you to use, let me know.

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