A beginner's guide to creating artwork for 2D video games

Discover how easy it is to make graphics for 2D video games
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (131 ratings)
9,133 students
A beginner's guide to creating artwork for 2D video games
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (131 ratings)
9,133 students
We will create a range of 2D art including static and animated graphics, character sprite sheets and tile sets. By the end of this series you will have a complete range of artwork to be able to create your own video game as well as the skills to continue to create your own graphics.

Requirements

  • You don't need any previous experience, and you don't need sophisticated art skills. All you need is a computer and a mouse. The software is free to use online.
Description

Hello and welcome to a beginner's guide to creating artwork for 2D video games. My name is Pete Jepson and I am a game design teacher. I have taught this subject for over four years. I have put together this series to show you how easy it is to make 2D artwork. It's based on sprites and characters I made for a 2D platform game.


You don't need any previous experience, and you don't need sophisticated art skills. All you need is a computer and a mouse. The software is free to use online.


In this series we will create a range of 2D art including both static and animated graphics, as well as character sprite sheets and tile sets. By the end of this series you will have a complete range of artwork to be able to create your own video game as well as the skills to continue to create your own graphics.


I hope you enjoy this series. If you have any questions or comments post them in the Q & A section and I will get back to you as quickly as I can.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginners who have little or no experience creating graphics for video games. This is also useful for people who know how to make games but find it difficult to create the artwork.
Course content
6 sections • 54 lectures • 2h 2m total length
  • About this section
    00:27
  • My Website
    00:04
  • Introduction to the course
    00:50
  • Standard sprite sizes for our game
    00:43
  • Introduction to the software
    05:53
  • About this section
    00:23
  • Moving platform
    01:50
  • Granite block
    01:40
  • Falling block
    02:44
  • Wood platform
    01:18
  • Ladder
    02:42
  • Crumbling block
    03:19
  • Weak wall
    01:57
  • Push button
    01:27
  • Sensor button
    01:16
  • Extra life pickup
    02:23
  • Extra time pickup
    01:39
  • Jelly Bean pickup
    02:23
  • Box and Key
    02:57
  • Dynamite
    01:35
  • Level door
    04:34
  • Arrow
    02:12
  • Arrow spawn
    00:51
  • Water drop
    04:58
  • Water spawn
    00:47
  • Spikes
    03:49
  • About this section
    00:10
  • Flamo enemy character
    03:34
  • Main Player Part 1
    02:51
  • Main Player Part 2
    01:16
  • Main Player Part 3
    03:26
  • Main Player Part 4
    01:40
  • Main Player Part 5
    02:00
  • Main Player Part 6
    03:14
  • Main Player Part 7
    02:57
  • Main Player Part 8
    02:50
  • Main Player Part 9
    04:47
  • Main Player Part 10
    01:09
  • Fire Boss Part 1
    03:57
  • Fire Boss Part 2
    02:00
  • Fire Boss Part 3
    03:46
  • Fire Boss Part 4
    04:18
  • Fire Boss Part 5
    06:01
  • About this section
    00:08
  • Star Icon
    01:53
  • Menu door icon
    03:25
  • Music icon
    01:36
  • Sound Effects icon
    01:26
  • About this section
    00:23
  • Tile sets part 1
    02:28
  • Tile sets part 2
    01:32
  • Tile sets part 3
    01:44
  • Tile sets part 4
    02:50
  • Other courses
    00:14

Instructor
Game Design Tutor
Pete Jepson
  • 4.5 Instructor Rating
  • 584 Reviews
  • 28,317 Students
  • 11 Courses

I am a qualified teacher and I have been teaching game design for over 6 years. I have been using Unity since 2013 and I have produced a series of courses showing people how to create games and animations using this game engine.

With over 22,000 students from over 157 Countries around the world, my courses are helping people learn and create at the same time.

I am completely dedicated to helping you on your learning journey. If you have any questions or require any help I am always available and will respond quickly.