A collection of where to find solutions to all of your visual art needs:
- Find existing art assets
- Notes on creating art
- If you’re entirely new to video game art
- Map Editors
Where to find art assets:
Has Gaphics has sprites and textures for indie developers.
Open Game Art Free to use and free of copyright.
Glitch has put up all of their art assets up for free after their game shutdown.
TurboSquid has a large collection of models from $1 and up.
TF3DM has a large (but sometimes copyright breaking) collection.
WireCase is chock full of models.
This experimental model stuff could be promising.
There is always blender, which you’re going to love.
Notes on creating art
So you want to make your own art, eh?
Check out Pyxel Edit for your pixel-art creating needs.
Turn photographs into pixel art at Super Pixel Time.
Some resources on improving your art skills:
- Gamasutra has 5 tips for making great animations for 2D games.
- Here’s a great post on Reddit that outlines tools for 2D art creation.
New to art?
For an introduction to making game art check out this discussion about 2D art on OpenGameArt.org.
Tiled is a great 2D map editor for creating top down, isometric, and side scrolling levels.
OGMO is Windows-only toolset for creating levels.
The Fantasy World Generator is free and is exactly what you think it is.
ProFantasy Software has a selection of tools for sale to build worlds, campaigns, and cities.
Icons are things like menu images and elements of the heads-up display for your game. They are used extensively in RPGs.
The NounProject has simple free icons.
Game-Icons has a good collection too!
If you need video for your project you should check out the Prelinger Archive. They have a large collection of films in the public domain.