How to design games with an Artist's eye
Good Video Game design is not just about fast action and challenging beasts and creatures. One of the most important, yet most overlooked aspect of video game design is the believability of the world the game takes place in. When designing a video game you don’t have to be a great artist but you do have to think and see like one.
There are things that you wouldn't even think of that artists know and see. Do you look at a building and realize the design of it? Do you see the play of light on the house next door. Do you realize how this light changes through the day. You can start to look at the world the way an artist does. And it will dramatically increase how good you are at making video games. Awaken the artist within you and look at the world around you. There is much to be learned that you can apply to the world of video games.
If you are beginning with the quest to make a video game and you are looking for practice then I recommend you take these Four steps. They begin with the center of where you are and spread out in concentric circles:
Step 1: Do a copy of the room your computer is in. Make it as realistic as possible. .Add the furniture and windows. Even add the computer. This exercise is terrific because it develops your video game making skills and it also helps you to really look at things. You look at a chair in a whole new way when you have to redesign it for the game world.
When you are trying to design video games try to see things in a new way. Think about the light and how it changes. Think about the colors of things and how the colors within a scene interact with each other. Notice the flow of structures and the way people move within and around these structures.
Video game design as an amateur can be a very rewarding and a very fulfilling pursuit. But it is a skill and as with any other skill one of the best ways to learn is to look at the work of the masters of the craft. By this I don’t mean just look at other video games. To see the world you are building with the eye of an artist you should look at the works of master artists like Rembrandt, DaVinci or even Frazetta. All of the things they do will teach you how to visualize your video game world in ways that will bring it to life.
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