All posts tagged: free game graphics

List of Game Artists

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A very large number of game developers come to Lostgarden looking for game art. (Apparently I’m on the first page of results if you search for ‘free game art’) Of those folks that show up, some are happy to find my collections of free art.  A whole slew of other write me asking if I can make art for them.  Unfortunately I haven’t done contract art for decades and now pretty much exclusively focus on […]

Danc’s Miraculously Flexible Game Prototyping Graphics for Small Worlds

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Don’t you think it is time for some new free graphics? The originals The original set of miraculously flexible prototyping graphics have been out there for a couple of years now. In that time, they’ve been used in mini-MMO’s, shooters, RPGs, platformers and dozens of various projects that lurk in the dark squishy nooks of the ever fermenting, communal indie mash. However, they had some issues. They were in a format that wasn’t readily accessible […]

How to bootstrap your indie art needs

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A goodly number of indie game developers are lured into Lostgarden.com by the free game graphics. Every few days an email pops into my inbox, “Hey, could you draw the graphics for my cool game design idea?” I’m honored more than you can imagine when I get such a letter and they mean a lot to me. Unfortunately, I have my fingers in so many projects at the moment that squeezing in an additional graphics […]

Tree scribble

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I’ve been filling notebooks with extensive sketches of worlds built out of a single homegrown tree. Houses, monuments, clouds, vines and more, drooping, draping and bursting forth in a blossom of growth. Last night I had a chance to jot down some of the graphics in Painter. My few hours of effort resulted in a basic tree trunk, some foliage and a little girl. Overall, I suspect this would be a pretty easy game concept […]

CuteGod: A prototyping challenge

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It is once again time for a prototyping challenge! The rules are the same. You are an elite programmer that wants to make something fun without spending ten years in art school learning how to draw stick figures. I provide some easy-to-use graphics and an intriguing game design for you to riff upon. Send me the links to your masterpieces and I’ll post them for folks to enjoy and critique. This time, we are tackling […]

Danc’s Miraculously Flexible Game Prototyping Tiles

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RPGs love PlanetCute  So do platformers… One of the commenters on the SpaceCute posts wondered what would happen if you visited one of those delightful spa-like planetoids that decorate our little galaxy of cuteness. Well, now you know. Here is a new set of graphics I’m dubbing “PlanetCute” These are Lowest Common Denominator graphics. I put the challenge to myself: “What is a graphical style that is attractive, but are useful to both the widest […]

Thoughts on Silverlight, Expression and Games

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I just got out of the packed keynote for MIX 07 in the surreal universe that is Las Vegas. The event was set in an enormous hall at the Venetian with four cinema sized screens dominating the stage. You could see individual pores on each speaker. A band on raised stage was rocking out to sweet accordion music set to what appears to be lyrics about pickles. All around me are masses of developers, designers […]

Free game graphics: Tyrian ships and tiles

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I stumbled across a personal treasure this weekend. Tyrian, the ancient vertically scrolling shooter from long ago still happens to have a fansite. While browsing through their forums, I noticed that Jason Emery, keeper of the Tyrian flame, had made the source code available and folks were actively digging through it. My thanks go out to whoever ripped the graphics from the source code and posted them as PNGs. Somewhere in the mess of moving […]

Lost Garden License

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Many of the emails I receive ask questions about licensing my designs and artwork. In order to clear up any issues (and save me some emailing!) I’ve created this licensing page. When you see reference to the Lost Garden License, it refers to the items listed below. Basic License All licensed items use the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. In short, you can use and modify any images and design covered by this license provided […]

More free game graphics

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Here is another set of free game tiles for a 2D Zelda-like RPG that I discovered lurking on my hard drive. These were created for a prototype title so there are only a few sets completed. These would make a great start if you are in need of basic graphics for your next great game. Wilderness Tile Set Interior Tile Set Village Tile Set For the time, these were rather high tech. The shadow tiles […]