2D Game Artist: Design Pixel Art From Scratch Online Course
Learn How To Make 2D Art for Video Games Using GIMP. Master GIMP's interface & Create Greate 2D Art From Scratch.
GIMP is a super powerful, free, 2D art package. It's also 'open source' which means it's owned by the community, and constantly updated. Most of the features of the much more expensive Photoshop are available, giving you the power to create industry strength 2D art.
The challenge with this package is it can be intimidating for beginners, especially those who don't have much confidence in art or drawing. We make learning from scratch easy with our simple step-by-step process.
Even if you have no prior experience in drawing, or computer art, we'll take you from the very basics. By investing in a structured course like this you'll learn faster and more effectively than on your own, just check-out our latest reviews.
We provide challenges in every video to cement your knowledge, an active community of students and instructors to help you if you get stuck, and continuous updates to the course to improve the learning journey.
How is the course structured?
- We start by helping you master GIMP's interface
- Then we constrain you to just 8x8 pixels, to get you started
- Moving on we add colour, contrast and more to bring your images alive
- In section 2 we increase our canvas to 32x2 and beyond
- By the end of the course you'll be able to create great looking 2D icons.
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Also included with the course...
- Access to our thriving community forum, and live chat server
- Use of our custom built texture sharing service
- Daily responses to your Q&A.
2D artwork is in demand, and now's a great time to get into GIMP.
Ben & Michael
What you'll learn on this course:Master GIMP's powerful interface
- Convey meaning through shape and colour
- Use GIMPs fundamental drawing tools
- Work with layers for complex images
- Create gradients, drop shadows and reflections
- Organise and professionally export your work
- Work to a specification like a pro
- Create pixel art assets for your games
- Create your own character
- Becoming a digital artist
Ben has a degree in computing from Imperial College London, and a physics diploma from the Open University.
He started working for himself at the age of 15, and never looked back. He's explored careers as varied as being a commercial pilot, stunt-man, rock climbing instructor, and more. None of these provided a continued challenge, and stable income in the same way technology did.
After building and selling a home computer support business, he became an angel investor and business mentor in Cambridge UK. He fell in love with teaching game development through one of his investments, and now spends all of his time sharing this passion with people like you.
He can't wait to help you experience the fulfilment, and financial freedom, that having a deep understanding of technology brings.
So why not start learning to make games with him and the GameDev.tv now?
Course Curriculum (18+ hours)
PreviewIntroduction To Section 1 (2:03)
StartGetting GIMP Installed (3:19)
StartGetting Comfortable In GIMP (16:50)
StartHow To Share & Ask Questions
StartUsing GIMP At High Resolutions (6:36)
StartBlack And White Outlines (13:45)
StartAn Outline Story (11:24)
StartExporting Your Work (12:53)
StartIntroduction To Value (11:26)
StartA Splash Of Colour (13:11)
StartSection 1 Wrap Up - Congratulations! (1:17)
PreviewSection 2 Introduction (1:13)
StartWorking To A Specification (9:44)
StartDrawing Straight Lines (6:53)
StartIntroduction To Layers And Alpha (17:57)
StartUsing The Eraser (13:29)
StartUsing Pallets For Consistency (14:23)
StartUsing The Paintbrush And Airbrush (17:19)
StartQuickly Selecting An Existing Colour (8:33)
StartFilling An Area With One Colour (20:00)
StartUsing The Selection Tools (19:05)
StartShading With Gradients (14:57)
StartMoving Images And Layers (9:08)
StartRearranging an Image (4:14)
StartModifying Your Selections (11:13)
StartUsing Selection Modifiers (12:15)
StartCombining Multiple Images (11:11)
StartMaking A Composite Image (7:41)
StartMoving Selections (9:03)
StartDrop Shadows and Reflections (11:46)
StartFloating Selections (8:10)
StartKeeping Yourself Organised (12:11)
StartCreating A Game HUD (8:47)
StartSection 2 Wrap Up (1:50)
Frequently Asked Questions
"This course was so much better than expected when I first started. It's brilliant and thorough and easy to get along with!"
Chin Jieh Chen
"This course has so far been a great introduction to making pixel art with GIMP. The challenges provided really help to reinforce my learning (do them!) and I found that I was gradually getting more fluid in working with GIMP. That being said, the best part about this course is the instructor. He is highly motivating, energetic, and encouraging, and that makes me want to continue and learn more about pixel art!"
"Drawing was never my strong suit let alone animating, but with this course I am getting more confident with it. If you're not confident in drawing 2D art like myself this course can definitely change that."
"I have had experience with 2d drawing before. And I really needed to increase my skills in drawing 2d for video games so I can make one. I have reached the half way mark and my skills have improved massively. With the experience I have had with this teacher before I am confident I will get everything I want from this course."
"Great course Ben. Very clear and detailed instructions on the fundamentals of digital art. I would not in a million years of figured the power of Gimp without these tutorials and it will be a great reference to refer back too. Thanks and well done, will now check out your Blender course."