Posts Tagged ‘art’

The Art of my first Ludum

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Monday, December 12th, 2016 12:43 am

Hello, my programming half is busy plugging away to get things working but, since I unfortunately have run out of time on my end, I thought I’d share the art I’ve done for our game.  You should see it up for judging sometime tomorrow I imagine.

I painted everything from scratch for this game, so all assets were created in a matter of hours since I also had other responsibilities during the weekend. They’re a bit rough but I think, at the small sizes, they get the job done.

I didn’t have any time to do concept art so I just dove right in and developed the yellow knight, which is why his run animation doesn’t work in both directions and he’s a bit more detailed than anything else. I’m not sure if he’ll show up in the final product. Originally this was the player character and you would be in a room with loads of monsters teleporting into the room (the glowy frames) and assaulting you.

Second was the monster, which ended up looking better than I thought it would.

Because of that, and time restrictions, we flipped the game on its head by deciding that the player would be the Spider-thing defending its nest from smashy humans. The humans keep spawning in from the entrances around the ‘cave’ running to kill either you or your eggs. Every few kills you will spawn an egg, and the eggs act as your life. Your only attack is a ‘acid spray’ AOE near-melee range attack. The death frames could be better but I like the goop puddle last one!

 

Anyway, I hope you enjoy and since this is my first Ludum Dare entry I’ll be looking closely at other games to see how you handled the art!

 

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Change of plans

Posted by (twitter: @DarkCisum)
Sunday, December 11th, 2016 10:50 am

So after I didn’t get anything really done yesterday, I decided to skip streaming and started thinking about a different idea that I’ve since been working on. Not fully sure how it will end up, but I at least feel better about this plan than I felt during the hours and hours of stream where I didn’t progress at all.

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I’ll make sure to report back once I feel more comfortable that this idea is actually doable. For now, back to “art” creation. :)

Update # 1: Game jam gone right?

Posted by (twitter: @chrysedev)
Saturday, December 10th, 2016 9:24 am

So we’re in (Wat?…)

We woke up late due to doing some work and talking about life from 9 PM to 6AM

since LD starts at 10AM in our timezone.

Officially starting by 6pm which is almost half a day gone.

Here’s how we started:

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With 5 boxes of pizza! What a way to start the jam with some Dinner Jam.

With the hard part of the Jam done (the eating part…)

we’re down to the dirty and gritty bits, we’ve made progress with our game. Sure it’s only a mockup but hey, better than doing nothing while waiting for the other assets to be completed.

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More updates on the game later / tomorrow.

Hope you enjoyed the eye candy (-referring to the pizza)

Day 1 So Far

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Sunday, August 28th, 2016 3:22 pm

Do you like Chinese food?

What could do the ancient Chinese men with a rocket and some gunpowder?

Unmistakably shot himself toward the stars!

A launching game about an especially bored Chinese and his massive rocket, the prototype(some squares gliding) is nearly finished, and we also got some art done.

He's staring right at your soul.

He’s staring right at your soul.

So far so good, we expect to get something playable for tomorrow and maybe a demo for you to play.

Thank you for you support guys and lets have a great LD!!!

Adding graphics!

Posted by (twitter: @Cirrial)
Sunday, August 28th, 2016 11:35 am

Hi guys! Added sound and states and some more of an ending condition, and I drew a bunch of art, which I’m slowly putting into the game now. Things are on track! The art is super simple because it’s been a while and I’m rusty.

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Friday, August 5th, 2016 10:50 am

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Cat Tidying Continues

Posted by (twitter: @mahalis)
Saturday, April 16th, 2016 8:55 pm

Taking a break from code to figure out the scene layout. Cats arrive via the pneumatic tube on the left (because where else would they come from?), you poke them into the shape you want on the table in the middle, then you place them in the box on the right. Once the box is full, a lid—with a bow on it, natch—drops on, the box moves off, and a new one appears. Thoughts?

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Neko Katadzukeru: Cat Tidying

Posted by (twitter: @mahalis)
Saturday, April 16th, 2016 6:38 pm

Things seem to be going well, so I figured I’d pause for a minute to post some progress. Got the basic interactions working last night and this morning, then put together some preliminary art and probably-final music. The premise of the game is that you have a box and an assortment of very flexible cats, and have to arrange the latter to fit into the former before time runs out. Here’s what it looks like (and sounds like) so far:

Getting better!

Posted by (twitter: @cptalbertwesker)
Saturday, April 16th, 2016 12:27 pm

I am finding it hard to believe that it is already 6pm! Waay too much time has passed already, but I have now progressed into the realms of drawing!! I’m fairly pleased too! Perhaps this nice asset will give a clearer picture of what I am making (compared to my last image!)

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More screenshots from story mode

Posted by (twitter: @Slothakiin)
Monday, December 14th, 2015 3:14 am

There’s even more over on my Twitter haha…today was fun! Final game coming tomorrow!!

Art! Music!

Posted by (twitter: @mahalis)
Sunday, December 13th, 2015 3:07 am

Spent the morning getting some background music together and the rest of the day working on art. The music I think turned out pretty well, though it’d be easy to spend ages more tinkering with it; the art’s looking all right, but there’s still a lot of visual flourishes and whatnot I plan to add if there’s time. Onward!

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Cut scene artwork!

Posted by (twitter: @Slothakiin)
Sunday, December 13th, 2015 2:56 am

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I’ve been working on the artwork for the story mode of my game since I finished the core gameplay elements earlier today. I love how it’s turning out so far!

Background Art

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Saturday, December 12th, 2015 7:29 pm

 

Making progress on backgrounds. The game is going to center around airships so, as the artist/designer of our pair, I’m going to be spending a lot of time drawing clouds :)

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Super Snack Time! Post-mortem

Posted by (twitter: @stellardoordev)
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 1:04 pm

Play the game here!

We were a team of four people this time, though one person had to leave after the first night, and I was busy Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Since we were especially limited on time and resources we really needed a simple idea. Besides, I like simple ideas because it’s easier to focus on making one concept polished and fun. Of course all of our initial ideas were very complicated, until…
The player-plant

Once we had the idea, and we knew it was going to be a parody, then the issue was how to do the art in a way that paid tribute to the source without copying it. I do a lot of traditional/fine-art (My work: http://alwaysfromlife.com/) and I’d been thinking for a while that it would be interesting to do a game in a very painterly style. I did some quick sketches of mario in ArtRage and then used Aseprite animate them and export a tilesheet. It looked pretty good so we decided to go with it:
Painted Spritesheet for the

 

Even though we wanted a more organic look to the game, I decided to use Tiled to create the level, because that would make it easy to experiment with different layouts, and the excellent Tiled2Unity tool would generate the collision meshes for me. Once I had the level laid out in a way that worked well with the bouncing marios, I used Tiled’s “export to image” feature, and Ian used that as a reference to paint the lovely background that you see in the game.
Painted Background

Probably anyone who’s used Unity for 2D has made the mistake of leaving the “fixed rotation” option off on your sprite’s rigidbody and then watching your character spin and flop around unexpectedly. For this game I wanted mario to have a silly, clumsy quality, so I left it off intentionally. The challenge then was getting a reasonable amount of these clumsy marios to the end of the level. I used several invisible triggers to tell mario when to jump. Each trigger had a percent change of triggering, so we would end up with marios taking random paths through the level.

Marios moving through level
While Jesse made a mario spawner and worked on the plants, I painted the title screen as quickly as possible. I’m sure I didn’t spend more than 20 minutes on it. My plan was to hand paint the title text as well but that just would have taken too much time.
Quickly painted title screen

At the end of Saturday we were at the testing stage, and while it was already making us laugh (a good sign!), we had a lot of ideas for how to make it better. I assumed I wouldn’t have time for any of them. But Monday morning I was determined to add them. I added the “withering” plants feature and the heart counter as ways to add challenge and excitement to the game, and Brian added a score counter and cleverly tied the rate that marios spawned to your score, which leads to a hilarious avalanche of marios if you get far enough. At this point I think it went from being a silly game to one that was actually fun to play.
Many marios

Of course I always forget how stressful the submission process is, especially when you’re already exhausted from lack of sleep. But in the end I’m very happy with what we made. There’s only a couple of minor things I would have done differently. Much gratitude to my team, and to everyone who has left feedback!
Adam

Play the game here!

“The Admin of The Dungeon -In a MMORPG-” Post-mortem: The idea

Posted by (twitter: @@DatamoshGames)
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 12:22 pm

Hello everybody! How are you today? We are feelin’ good! We are Datamosh (a small indie studio, from Argentina) and this is… frankly, I don’t remember. But it is not the first time we take part in a Ludum Dare jam.

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Our team consist of a 2D artist (me, Kaeru) and a programmer (Pablo). I think this time the idea stroke us by surprise and in a very organic way. In about an hour after the theme was announced, we had a very clear approach of what we wanted to achieve. The final result is far from perfect, but we feel that is nice, friendly and approachable. Our biggest concern is always to come up with something way over the top or “overworked”.

I want to share some quick tips in -what I think-, had a very good impact in our productivity:

  • We have better and much experience than previous jams (this is obvious, but I have to write it down)
  • We also took part of the LD32 a couple of months ago, so I think we were familiar with that “set of mind” required for a jam
  • So, we kept it “simple”. And focused on the original scope of the project.
  • Based upon experience, by taking a look at our previous games; we optimized the speed of the 2D art by sticking to a SMALL 32×32 tileset for characters.
  • Better time management AND good resting!
  • We took the theme in a less “abstract” way than previous jams. We were more “literal” this time.
  • Whisky -sorry, scratch that-

So, was this your first jam? How did you came up with your idea? Remember, you can play and rate our LD33 game!, leave yours in the comments below!

 

 

Creating Brood’s Art: Environments and Interfaces

Posted by (twitter: @seconddimension)
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 6:35 am

Brood Title Screen

Brood screenshot

Written by Adam D., a team member in Second Dimension Games. We created the game Brood for Ludum Dare 33. I’d like to apologise for the length of the article, but I wanted to be thorough and hopefully some people will find it helpful and informative.

I’m very pleased with our entry into this LD (play it HERE), it was a close call but I managed to come back for another competition. We all worked together on the game concept, but my specific role was to create the environment artwork, the UI, main menu (and help screen) and the large monster. I also got the chance to do some animation, specifically the tentacle animation, which made for an enjoyable change. I thought I’d write up my working process for designing the screens and environments of Brood for anyone that was interested.

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