"Life is too short to make bad art."

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

City Skyline - special tutorial

It's time for something new 
SPECIAL TUTORIALS 



This tutorial is a 14 page PDF step-by-step creation of the cartoony skyline shown above. It features the envelope tool to create the windows in a quick and easy way. 

Note:
The PDF can be opened in Inscape (or other vector tools) and the shapes are fully editable. 

You can use the art in your personal and commercial projects as long as you don't sell the art as is or in a bundle. 

This won't mean I will stop writing the free tutorials on this blog but for more complex scenes and detailed tutorials the new format just seems to be better suited.

Note:
There seems to be a problem with Inkscape on a mac. 
Serhat Gurel posted a solution on google+. 

hi if anyone is having trouble with the envelope extension used in this tutorial and is running mac osx mavericks - google eggbotcode or see this post


Being a PC guy, I can tell you if it works but it might just be worth a try. 




get the PDF for 0.99 US$

buy

  I setup the sale via Sellfy.com as a few direct orders I replied to ended up in the junk mail or reached me at less opportune times e.g. during the night - and I do try and get a little sleep - overrated as it may be. You can still pay via paypal but the handling will be done by Sellfy.com instead of yours truely. 

Let's see how this works out. I might change the rest of the blog at some stage. If you have experience with microtransactions and know a good platform to handle it, please let me know. 

25 comments:

  1. i cant find the PDF file, i paid via PayPal now Im not sure where can I find it :/. Please help

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    1. As soon as I get the paypal order I send out a reply email. Check your spam if you have not received it in your inbox.

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    2. got it! thank you !!!!:)

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  2. Thanks Chris.. these are awesome.. Glad to see you back :)

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  3. Gmail also thought your email should have been spam :-). Thanks for the tutorial, it's pretty simple but it gives awesome results. I'm a programmer and thanks to your stuff I can create "acceptable" art! :-D.

    If you plan on taking this further, you should probably think of using a free/open source e-commerce platform. It'll take an initial investment but then you'll be able to focus on more important things rather than attending to people's orders.

    Cheers again!

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    1. I should.. but seeing it all started as a fun project in my spare time and did grow from there. The spare time though didn't increase at the same rate ;)

      You are write though... I should look into a better automated solution.

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  4. "Your payment can't be completed because the receiver can't accept payments at this time.":(

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    1. That's not good... I will look into it right away. Oddly two sales must have gone through... Thanks, Guido, I will get back to you asap.

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  5. Thanks for the tutorial - paid for and absorbed. Worth every penny.

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  6. Oh nice, sellfy is pretty good. The ability to save directly to dropbox is a huge plus :D

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  7. Hello I'm a game developer and I need some game GUI stuff ( like Play buttons , game over text , pause/resume buttons,retry button) , I'll be happy if you make some for me.If you want text me here to give you the details :)

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  8. By the way, some additional comments.

    1) At this point you've done so many entries, you should consider some kind of organization system on the site. I mean I'd like to go back and easily read a lot of these, but the blogger system is a bit clunky.

    2) Your opengameart links from the past seem to have expired.

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    1. I fixed the opengameart links but need to find a better solution for the file hosting and the organization of the blog. In the end it boils down to time - and I rather spend the time writing new tutorials than fix the blog's shortcomings.

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  9. Paid and love it. Thanks for the awesome tutorial.

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  10. Hey Chris,
    I just had to tell you thanks for your amazing tutorials and taking the time to create stuff like this. I'm actually an illustrator, but I'm trying to teach myself how this all works so I can make art for my husband (the programmer) for our future games and your straight-forward tutorials are amazing. Especially your character animation tuts. Keep em' coming, man!

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  11. I am glad the tutorials help.
    Good luck with the games!

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  12. You might consider http://gumroad.com or http://itch.io as your eCommerce system. I've purchased quite a bit of art on both and they are very pleasant for the consumer.

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    1. Thanks, Dan. I will check those out. For now I decided to go with sellfy - due to the lower fees for micro-transactions.

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  13. Hello Chris, I came across your blog from google search engine.It really easy to learn through its week now that i have been learning using your blog.Thanks for the good job done.I will learning from the Giants(Chris) shoulder. Have a nice day greetings from Germany.

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  14. Hi Chris, the envelope tool is stretching my windows vertically by a lot more than they should be, do you know why this would happen?

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    1. Hi Kristy, if you use the envelopes from my tutorial pdf that can happen. Something seems to have been altered when bringing in the files to make the multipage pdf file. Could you try making new rectangles in inkscape and deform them but moving the nodes. Inkscape is acting a little funny with the envelopes if they are not 100% right.

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    2. Thanks for such a fast reply Chris! I had made my own rectangles but maybe created my quadrilaterals (orange bounding boxes) in the wrong direction, I rotated them 90 degrees and it seems to work now :)

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  15. I just buy it and I'm a happier guy.
    I was seeking for something like envelope for weeks.

    Thanks Chris :)

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