Free graphics

Rapid PrototypingI am a programmer at core and, I guess like most programmers, I am not a very good or proficient artist (even if I did some web design in Photoshop or Flash, games are different). Therefore, when I want to do some game programming, I always struggle to have something to display and I always end up searching online for resources (preferably free).

In this post I would like to mention a couple of sites that helped me a lot when experimenting with ideas and prototypes and when needing some graphics resources.

First of all there is http://www.reinerstilesets.de/ which is just great. This guy, Reiner Prokein, just put on his site, for free, a ridiculous amount of graphics both 2D and 3D for people to use. The image on the side is a screenshot from a project that uses map tiles, vegetation and character sprites from his website and they are just great.

Then there is http://opengameart.org/ which is a great initiative in that it attempts to bring together artists to create a community that donates graphics for the “helpless” programmers like me. And the result is impressive: they have a huge collection and lots of them are licensed under some sort of creative commons license.

And last but not least, the impressive work of Daniel Cook on http://www.lostgarden.com/. He gives away not only graphics collections but even full game designs and ideas for others to do and all he wants in return is… glory 🙂

Well, it looks like there is hope for hobby game programmers after all. Check out these sites if you didn’t know them already and prepare to be amazed.