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Tutorial: Creating Game Art Assets by DerekLaufman Tutorial: Creating Game Art Assets by DerekLaufman
I'm working on my new game and I plan to share a lot of the work along the way.

This is my process for creating background assets for the game. Hope you guys find this helpful!

If you care to find out more about this game follow twitter.com/Halfbot on twitter or go to www.halfbot.com/ and sign up for the news letter. 

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Scarrillo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015   Digital Artist
Man this is great! Thank you for sharing
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DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
no prob!
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I've been looking for something like this for ages. I taught myself how to make sprites but I had no idea how to make background elements. Thanks for sharing this!
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
glad i could help!
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:iconstridersoryu:
StriderSoryu Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Very cool. Great tips too. Thanks.
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No prob!
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:iconprimeless:
Primeless Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014
instafaved! love ur gallery!
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, thanks:)
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:iconwinggal:
Winggal Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Student Filmographer
This is very helpful! Thanks for taking the time to make this!
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austindlight Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Came across Bullet Age today and then found my way here. Love your art. Very clean, silhouettes read well, colors pop. Good stuff! Wanted to ask what you're using for animation.

I did work on an indie game once and they had me create each frame as a layer in Photoshop, so the devs could then plop it in Unity. Didn't seem like the most efficient way of doing it. Been dabbling with Flash and After Effects, just not sure which program I should sink more time into.  
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DerekLaufman Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I use a combination of Spine (esotericsoftware.com/) and Photoshop. I create the art in photoshop but then the final animation in Spine. They have some great video tutorials on their site. Check them out. 
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austindlight Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very cool. I'll give this a look, thanks!
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WildFactorGames Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Very nice color and atmosphere, well done!
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconlovk1y:
lovk1y Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love games which looks like this one!
but can't find any information about this game on site :(
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It won't be out for another year. We're in the process of creating it. 
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:iconlovk1y:
lovk1y Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
can't wait to play it!
btw if you interesting I worked 2 years on classic 2d game for iOS which should be released soon!
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wow that looks really awesome! Let me know when it's out and I'll download it:)
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:iconlovk1y:
lovk1y Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
agreed! :)
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toonsanimemanga Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey Derek, This is absolutely amazing.  I really want to take my art in this direction so I would LOVE it if you were to share more of this process. I haven't forgotten about the interview that I want to send your way either I'll try to organize that this week if you're still keen. Would really like to show some of your process on my website and how people get into what you're doing.
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DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I'm pretty busy atm but shoot me an email and we might be able to set something up. 
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toonsanimemanga Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've been playing around tonight trying to recreate this tonight to some degree Derek. In terms of your lines are you hand drawing all of them or do you go point to point with the brush or line tool to make this? Are your colors on top of the lines to make the lines disconnected or do you just color in parts of the lines after you're done?
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DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
For the line art a hold shift at times for some of the straight lines but I don't do that for all of the lines. I alternate to keep it feeling loose but still having some control. The lines are on top and all one color. 
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MrStimpson38 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
Thanks for the post, Derek!
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No prob!:d
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Spetacular work!! :clap:
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
cheers:)
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:iconemerson-fialho:
Emerson-Fialho Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Artist
Same to you, good friend!
Keep up at the great work!!
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Cinderell-o Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
infinity thanks :D
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Cinderell-o Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
now i see: you are the creator of Blocks Cometh XD right?? i love your game!!!
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Indeed I am! Glad you like the game!! :D
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:iconkukkiisart:
KukkiisArt Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
That looks supercool *O*
Thank you for making a tutorial it's so interesting to see.
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
no prob!
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:iconjoysuko:
joysuko Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Awesome design! Thanks for sharing the process!
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!
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:iconnilo-cortex:
Nilo-Cortex Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Insta-inspired!
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome:D
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:iconandreusd:
AndreusD Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great tut Derek! Hope the game plays as well as it looks...  ;)
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Haha thanks:) 
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:icontheshadowhatter:
TheShadowHatter Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Writer
looks like a cool game. looking forward to this coming out in the future.
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you:)
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:iconkai-zee:
Kai-zee Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wow
this is really great
thanks c:
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure :)
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:iconlazaroruiz:
LazaroRuiz Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
very cool

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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Cheers:)
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megatron17 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks man:)
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FinoRaptor Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANKS! infinite thanks! :D
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:icondereklaufman:
DerekLaufman Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
My pleasure:D
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