Archive for March, 2009

First of all. I made this tutorial in November 2008, but somehow I forgot to publish.

In April I described how to design outlines for pixelart purposes. Today I decide to show how to break “square” outlook of tiles. So we will challenge an almost inmposible shape – spiral tower. Moreover that spiral construction will be tilable and allows us to build the tower with unlimited height.

Tools:
– Inkscape (www.inkscape.org)
– GIMP (www.gimp.org)

1. Lets try to draw “gear” in Inkscape. We will use for that [polygon] tool.

spiraltower-001

2. Duplicate our gear-shaped object, and rotate it.

spiraltower-002

3. Convert it to perspective view by changing height to 70%

spiraltower-003

4. Now add colour (I think white is best choice) to each “gear” and move it like this:

spiraltower-004

5. Now all we need is just correction of distribution. We do that because we want our tower to be vertically tilable. Remember that 32×32 grid is very helpful. Notice that I mirrored whole shape, because right side of it was darker – and now it will be easier to manage correct light and shadow effects.

spiraltower-005

6. It’s done. Shape on the right is our base tile. And who said that was an “impossible shape”?

spiral-tower-shape

If you got any questions, just ask in comments.