Aseprite Top Down Pixel Art Character Design and Animation Part 1 – Tutorial

Aseprite Top Down Pixel Art Character Design and Animation Part 1 – Tutorial


What’s up Game Developers? CouchFerret here, and today I’m gonna walk
you through my process of how I draw and animate a new character from scratch. I’ll be doing all 8 directions for both walking
and running animations. During the video, I’ll explain a few things
in each phase, but sometimes I’ll be quiet so you can enjoy the process and the chill
music. If it sounds fun, then stay with me, and consider
subscribing with the bell icon so you won’t miss any future videos of this game. Cool, let’s begin! The first thing I’m doing here is a horizontal
and vertical scale for my characters. It’ll help with their sizes. Now, I’m picking a color from the middle,
and blocking out the character’s shape. I started without a vertical mirror, but then
I turned it on because it helps a lot to create the front view of the character, which will
most likely be symmetrical. I’m defining the character’s face with a yellow-greenish
color and trying to figure out the placement of the eyes. He’ll also be a bit slimmer and shorter overall. Later I’ll also have a taller version of him,
too. I put a few pixels of shading on his face. Shading him with a darker blue really gives
him form. He looks strange and alien, but I prefer sketching
with a color gradient instead of grayscale. And if we look it as a game from the 80s,
then it isn’t strange at all. I’m switching to a white background to have
brighter colors for the face. Although I don’t like working with a pure
white background, it can make my eyes tired fast. To have a few variations I’m making a taller
and slimmer version of the character. By scaling his head a bit smaller on the Y-axis,
it makes him fit the Top Down perspective better. I’ve picked the second one, and I’m doing
the side view and a 45-degree view. But first, I’m changing his shirt color because
he is too blueish overall. A bit of shading gives him form too. Sometimes I zoom out too see him from a distance and get a feeling for how he will end up in the game. Also, the Preview window is a huge help in
this too. I’m shading his hair similarly in all views
so he won’t look strange when turning around. And I’m making a backside view too. I think these four views are enough to grasp
the idea and I’ll be able to choose the best one in the end. I’m copying this concept to try out a different
body shape for variety. Because the original archer in the game was
wider than this newer concept, I’m making the new one thicker too. Instead of doing the different views, I’m testing out
how tall he should be. I think the smallest one looks appealing. So I’m going forward with him and creating
a couple of hairstyles before making all the different views for him. Now I’m making the 4 different views for the
smaller variation so I can compare it to the taller one in the end. He isn’t just smaller but he has a bigger
chin too. In the side view he looks way too rounded,
like a minion from Despicable Me, so I’m making a slimmer version from the side view. I let this project rest for a day. It’s always good to rest your eyes for a while. Working too much at one time on one piece
can make you blind to its obvious flaws. The next day his eyes looked misplaced in
the front view. So I’m moving them closer to the center. I kind of prefer the taller version. But before coloring him, I’m making a bunch
of hairstyles just for fun. I’m planning to have customizable characters
in the game, so you can make your own character and play as him or her. I’m not satisfied with all of them but the
Mohawk one looks quite fun. It will definitely make it into the game. Now I’m moving into Photoshop to adjust the
colors. You can do the same thing in Aseprite or almost
any other drawing software, it’s just a habit for me to do this phase in Photoshop. I’m mostly playing around with the Hue but
sometimes with the Saturation and Lightness as well. After I’m satisfied with the colors, I’m copying
him back to Aseprite to start working on his animation. As the first step, I’m working on a turntable
animation for the character to have a good base for the running and walking animations. After I’ve finished all the views for the
turntable, I’m putting them together to have an animation out of them. It’ll help with finding a few flaws to fix. I think the turntable ended up being pretty
cool. It only needs a few fixes with the hair and
it’s done. That’s much better! It’s time to animate! I’m starting with the front facing run animation and I’ll be moving counter-clockwise with the animations. The main difference between the running and
walking animations is that the character jumps up slightly during each step while running. And also the arms and legs are a bit more
relaxed in the walking animation. I’m preparing the timeline for all of the
animations and tagging every 6 frames with the given animation’s name, so we will be
able to play the animations back in an endless loop. Here, I’ve noticed that I forgot to fix the
shading on the character’s shirt and his quiver’s strap, so I’m fixing it quickly before moving
to the next few animations. I’m done with most of the animations. For the remaining ones, I can just modify
the existing animations to get the opposite side. That’s it for today folks! Next time, we will continue the animations
by giving him a bow and a quiver. We will be working on the shooting animation
as well. I think at the end of the next episode we
can wrap it up and export him into Unity. So be sure to subscribe and leave a thumbs
up! If you have any questions about what you have
just seen, feel free to ask and I’ll try to answer all of them. See you next time!

27 thoughts on “Aseprite Top Down Pixel Art Character Design and Animation Part 1 – Tutorial

  1. How does Aseprite compare to Marmoset Hexels?

  2. do you need a stylus for pixel art or a mouse is fine?

    Also how do you make it so that when you create a second version of the character, the character is recognisable as the same person? Thanks, great video!

  3. Dude you're so awesome for making this tutorial. Im making a side project game with a friend and you're super helpful

  4. Thx for korea

  5. Thanks you
    im Russian 😀

  6. It's very hard to follow your tutorial. I am new and not very experienced with drawing and using these programs. It would help a lot if you slowed down a bit an explain what you are doing. By the way, thank you for the tutorials they are helpful cause I need to learn how to draw and animate sprites.

  7. Him:Whats up game developers

    Me: :O he called me..A game developer 😀

  8. Hey everyone! 👏 👏
    I'm happy to announce our community Discord server , come and join us : https://discord.gg/dac7sr2
    And also, you can get all the Sprites and Project Files by supporting me on Patreon : https://www.patreon.com/CouchFerret

  9. I really want a tablet or pc

  10. Whats your original language? Because your accent sounds like when a Hungarian speaks English 😁

  11. What's that music in the background?

  12. Amazing work bro. I learned so much. Thank you.

  13. noice

  14. Could you please show a sprite sheet of what the finished animations look like please? Just for a few seconds or something so i can pause it and compare lol I could keep up until the animation part came up, and even at .05x slow speed the video goes too fast for me to follow

  15. What name of application?

  16. Amazing video dude! I’m a total newbie and I could understand it very well.
    And your voice speed is just the ideal, it really helped me to comprehend, as my mother language isn’t the English.
    Looking forward to engage on the pixel art and animation.
    Thank you very much!!

  17. I consider myself a naturally talented programmer but I can't draw for the life of me. This style of minimalist pixel art seems doable though, will definitely look into it.

  18. i do i only need the free trial just to make the character that i want, copy and sent it to GIMP/PS and then save it, the free trail doesn't allow you to save. is that correct?

  19. The music if funky

  20. Great tutorial, how long did it take in real-time?

  21. A silly question:
    what do we do if we need another character sprite sheet? do we build another from scratch or what?

    it's a great video btw, thank you.

  22. Very nice video and advices!

  23. Just discovered your videos – I love how you see all the try & error you're doing while creating the character. Thanks for the videos!

  24. Thanks you for this tutorial, it's great!
    But I'm already struggling on designing a Character. Currently i got basic bald Guy without any details, but i got all 8 standingdirections done. But i really can't draw any detail. For example when I try to add hair, or a mage-hood, or a helmet or anything, it doesn't look good. I already tryed to restrict myself to a 4-8 color-palette but i just can't get the hang of it. Do you have any Advices on that? I'm already thinking about using a 24×24 Sprite, but then I'm afraid that it's to hard to animate for the beginning.

  25. How you export your sprites in the photoshop?

  26. I just started making pixel art and I am completely new to it. But your videos really do help out a lot 😀

  27. Add Korean Subtitles!!!!!

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