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Free Crash Course by ryujin2490
Free Crash Course
Get your FREE 4-Part Crash Course on How to use Adobe Illustrator for Mobile Game Art.

I will go over the big concepts you only need to learn and get up and running in using Adobe Illustrator and start creating game art.

If the quality of mobile game art interests you, feel free to opt-in here:
Flat style icon freebie : Nosferatu by ryujin2490
Flat style icon freebie : Nosferatu
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This "flat style" is really trending, so I decided to create one character in this style. Can you guess who he is? This is also a challenge from sketch dailies, which is to create artwork related to Nosferatu.

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Vector Rocks Freebie by ryujin2490
Vector Rocks Freebie
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Hi guys, this is the first of many episodes of my creating mobile game art in illustrator.
Here I show my workflows the really speed up the art creation process.

My process is pretty simple, and with proper understanding of values, lighting, shadows, highlights and composition, I am sure you will be a proficient vector artist too

Vectors are used on a WIDE i mean WIDE, variety of media, be it animations, games, presentations, prints and other media forms. And I think adobe illustrator is one of the most used tools for this, though I know some out there that are awesome also.

Some mobile games art only require simple shading (gradient are often used too).
In my time lapse, you will see that I only use 1 main color value for the base color, and just take advantage of the blending modes to create shading. I mainly use screen and multiply for this, but you can also try out the other blending modes.

I also take advantage of adobe illustrator's isolation mode, which can be enabled by double clicking on a shape or group. With this technique I can edit different elements of an illustration or game art without having to worry about selecting other art work that I don't need.
I can create my shadows, highlights and other tertiary details as I work inside a group or in isolation mode. I can then flip, scale , rotate any group after exiting isolation mode. And I am able to populate any game scene just by reusing this groups that I made. If i need to edit one element I would just double click it again. That's it plain and simple :)

One tool that I use 101% is the awesome shape builder tool, its just like the pathfinder panel, ALL ROLL INTO ONE. I can merge shapes, divide, extract by just using this tool. It really speeds up my workflow ten folds!

Also don't forget to create custom keyboard shortcuts that you feel will help you make faster game art or illustrations. The faster we are the more artwork we can create, and with no quality loss. We just do the same thing in the fastest way possible.

Here are my personal keyboard shortcuts. This shortcuts are what I use on a daily basis and have has let me create fast artwork.

Ctrl + R = Reflect *really handy when making symmetric shapes.
Ctrl + alt + O = offset path, one of the best tools for creating borders and trick shapes.
Shift +S = screen blending mode * one of my core shortcuts and tools.
Shift + D = Multiply blending mode * also one of my core shortcuts and tools.
Ctrl + E = Expand * flatten artwork, outlines or groups. this is aweee..someee.
Keyboard keys 1~10 = Opacity 10% -100 * I can easily set the opacity of art work with this keys.

Illustrator Shortcuts
Shift + M * do I need to explain this? :) check out the video on how I take advantage of this tool
ctrl + y *illustrator's handy tool to see all vector shapes in wireframe mode,  awesome in finding hidden elements that got lost in the void, err artboard.

I also try to add real world shadows and always keep a basic lighting setup in mind.
With this guide I can create more appealing artwork which has more realism (not realistic) to it.
I can add soft shadows, ambient occlussion shadows and other small details that make a mobile game artwork WORK :)

Of course you can use this workflows and tips on any kind of vector artwork you are doing. For portraits, logos, shirt designs, print, type and many more.

That's basically it! If you have questions, tips and other suggestions so we can help our fellow buddies, please do comment below. Subscribe and like the video. Sharing is caring guys!

Hey, I will also upload the files I created as freebies, so you can see how I really made it.

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Game Icon Creator by ryujin2490
Game Icon Creator

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Speed Up your game icon creation process with this Game Icon creator. Features smart objects that auto resizes the icon and strictly follows the app store standards and naming convention. This is both a game icon starter kit and action-based icon creator!

Design your game icon in minutes. The smart object contains several game icon themes to give you a quick start. Mix and match the icon theme backgrounds and icon insets and you are ready to go. You can also import your game icon or character. If you already have a design and want to export and slice it just import your files, run the export actions included and you are good to go.

Submit your icon in minutes. The package contains a fully layered PSD file , photoshop Action to export the final icon design (rounded and square corners). All retina ready and iOS 8 compatible.

What you get. - Fully layerd PSD. -Photoshop action to export your final design. -Detailed video tutorial. -Help file for your reference.

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  • Mood: Joy
  • Listening to: the script
  • Reading: manga, blogs,tutorialss
  • Watching: soul eater
  • Playing: with design, typography, color. !!!
  • Eating: nothing much actually
  • Drinking: water, wheeW!
I can't quite explain it, but one day I woke up, gazed to my point and shoot and said to my self,. lets hit the streets! So now, everymorning, everyday, when I go to work, I take picture of people I meet and see on the streets.
And I really enjoy the short traffic on my way to the office , as I need to walk [not really that far] but this gives me chance to be in the crowd, see interesting people doing sometimes boring or sometimes interesting things. I like the thrill I get when compositing a scene, pre staging a scene, and those "decisive moments" on a street. I feel like im in control of it all , and I really like it, btw I am also a designer so this hobby really jumpstarts my creativity ahead of the day.

Well ill be uploading some shots i like. im sorry for the quality and some blurred images .but you get my style. Im planning to upgrade to a higher end compact cam., or a neat entry level dslr.


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MonotoneMinimal Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013
Hi Rafael,
thx for joining :iconurbanlifephotography: and W E L C O M E!
If you have any questions, dont hesitate to send a note.

Greetings from Cologne
ryujin2490 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much!
Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello! :wave:

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alexandrephilippe Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Thanks for the fav;)
lara-marie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
raffy!! na watch din kta forgot to watch you dati haha see your artworks soon :bounce:
Cherazor Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hello. :D Thanks for the fave on my posing guide. I'm glad you liked it!
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Cherazor Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aww, well I'm glad to hear that you think do. Good luck with your cosplay! :D
Pinku-the-chan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2012
thanks for the fave! ^^
wormyish Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks for the watch!
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