Pseudo 3D car/vehicles etc etc

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Have you seen my example on creating random fractal clouds? The same principle is used to produce random terrain, like a rocky planet or whatever. Same to produce remote random fractal mountains, looking realistic because they are fractal. However I am convinced that using REAL pictures skillfully yields the best results.  Could you describe the game a bit? The context, principle, goal, any preview?
On the day the atom is a cube I will start believing in the square pixel.


If I could get (only) an animated ball, I want to do a cross between Eliminator and Trailblazer as that wont need split roads.

If I could get hold of appropriate sprites, I would like to do a 45+ stage racing game (with a few dead-ends, of sorts).  The game idea being that you have taken a bet to race from Penzance to the top of Unst, within 24 game hours, using only coastal roads.  You are also given a limited amount of money for paying speeding fines if you get caught, or you find yourself on a ferry to France (and have to pay to get back); for ferries to Unst or for "cheating" to pay for a freight plane to various locations.

I was thinking of setting traffic density based on UK work times.  The same with day/night and weather effects.


I see, so the grand plan is more of a rally game then a race-against-others.
Let us know how the search is going on. :good:


So far, its not going anywhere  :(  It seems to be incredibly difficult (or even nigh on impossible) to find any open sourced appropriate graphics.

I do have some alternative game ideas though instead, including a remake (and update) to Spots.


Hey haven't been around in a while because I ended up doing a Halloween game in MX.

Anyway... have you tried checking out any of the asset sites out there for things like Unity and other game dev kits?

Some might have licenses prohibiting use outside of that specific tool but most I think do not. I am sure on the Unity Asset store you can find a ton of good models and other content. And since I am not a "fan boy" of any one kit and just a fan of game dev in general I see nothing wrong with it.


Unity Asset Store assets are all covered by "you can only buy this asset if you are using it within Unity" license. The easy way around this, is to use the specific assets support email address to contact the creator. Most will sell you their asset outside of the asset store via a PayPal gift. Nice way to avoid the Unity fee + tax as well.


"It is practically impossible to teach good programming style to students that have had prior exposure to BASIC.  As potential programmers, they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration."
(E. W. Dijkstra)


@bigsofty that is a good way to go. Also many times these asset sellers have a website that sells the product or have them on generic 3rd party sites. There is a good amount of free stuff just on the Unity asset store and most people I think would just be happy to have a game use their work. That way they don't feel like it was a waste of time.


You may have already used these not sure. For 3D models I like to use the dedicated 3d model search engines.

A couple that are good are:

3D Model Database

There are a ton of sites out there with 3D models including free stuff but using these search aggregators is a lot more efficient way to find stuff I think.

Hope some of this stuff helps!


For the heck of it I made a top down car and tried to keep it very simple as far as details go so it can be easily recolored and have any decals or other details added.

If it is useful at all then feel free to use it because the only reason I made it was in response to this thread.

Unfortunately, I just now realized finally what you are after. You are not wanting models at all nor top down cars.
You are talking about a 2D sprite car much like Outrun. Wow, I was really dense.

Still... with 3d models you can just bring them into Blender or whatever your choice of 3D modeling app is adjust the viewpoint as needed then render it out. Rotate the car as needed render it out. So I still think 3D models are probably your best bet.

The next time I want a break from my own stuff I may take a shot at making a low color sprite car Outrun style.
Just not sure if that will be in the next week or next year. lol

Of course, I am not an artist. Just a programmer that has some art skills developed over the decades of working on game projects.
Probably someone around here can knock out a very cool 3d behind the car sprite for you!

UPDATE: Okay, I needed a brain break so took a shot at making the car from the behind it perspective.
Of course, really the viewpoint should be moved up above the car somewhat. But this is a step in that direction anyway.
At least from behind the car there is more shape(s) to show so it a more interesting image overall. From directly overhead a vehicle is fairly plain. At least based on the reference images I used.

Maybe we can make it a community project and someone else will do the next camera adjustment to put the vehicle into the proper perspective.

I need to get back to work on my own project.


Thanks for that - what I need to do get a 3D editor so I can save as a bitmap.  The ball I use is very nice, but needs to be reduced in size a lot - which, will, of course, affect quality.


Hey just wanted to let you know... I checked today and it is not correct that you can only use the assets from the Unity asset store in Unity projects. They grant you a worldwide license to use the assets in any game project or multimedia etc regardless of what it is made in. The exception is for the official Unity assets made by Unity themselves. Assets from the official tutorials and so forth. Those can only be used in Unity projects.

So there is a ton of great stuff over there you can use.


This is a rather crude idea but if you have a digital camera, you could make photos of matchbox cars.


@Corax that is actually a great idea. Not to use them as taken (digitized) but to use as references.

Every programmer can draw much better than they think they can. The biggest reason most cannot draw very well that I have seen is because they don't use reference images. And yet every artist I know does use reference images. Many references in fact.

It is how I was going to do the above and behind drawing next for the car. Literally get up in the back of my pickup and take photos of the car. Then turn the wheel in the car and angle the car and repeat. With those as reference images I could then draw a car in the view needed. But not just sit there and start drawing with no reference. A matchbox car would be ideal. Just put it in the viewpoint you need then draw it. Turn it (and wheels too if possible) and draw it. A radio controlled car would be even better probably.

The second biggest difference I've seen between artists and programmers is the amount of time they spend on an image. I've done a lot of programmer art. And worked with several artists on projects. I'll draw a tile in 2 minutes or a character in 10 minutes. They'll draw a tile in 5 to 15 minutes and a character in 30 minutes to hours. One artist I know who does fantastic work told me he can easily spend up to 1 hour just on the arm of a single animated character sprite. The entire character may take a full day's worth of effort.

So.... use references and take your time! You'll probably find you can make much better game graphics than you think you can!


Yep, I agree, but about time, the scale you said seems to me that it should be way way way higher.
Maybe if that relates to the time needed to pull out the ´tech´ work you need to achieve the art, it still sounds a bit low.
But making full art as a creator requires the time with the references, research and a lot of try outs, unless you get a layout, like a publicity agency.

You can and should put up some method into it, deliver layouts, mockups, references, place holders, achedule and planned scoped work to your artist so that he knows what it is about, it gives confidence. Then it will be less about creating and more about executing, then it can be fast and cheap.

But seriously, if you don´t deploy anything at all, no artist is going to take the go, unless unexperienced chaps looking for a chance to portfolio, in which case, the stakes on getting it done is doubtless (but I like the option, to work with new people). Be aware of the daily price of art execution (not creation), at a somehow competent level, should be around 200-800 dollars freelance.

I agree you should also look into it, some styles are easier to pull by oneself, and many cases can fit your bill.
The photograph choice is great, you will have to do some clean up on photoshop later, but I like the idea. :good:

Anyways, if you can advance your game idea, code and all, with place holders, the better the chance someone will pop up, since at that time things will pretty much be on scale as the code dictates.

When looking for something you don´t wanna do yourself and commercially, the more done on your part before you ask, the better.

I can lend a hand to you Mr. T should you need it for something to get the game and coding more advanced, like a layout/place holder to art.
Time is an issue on my end as I am the freelance artist I just described, I can´t promise anything, but I have good will.


Quote from: Corax on 2015-Nov-12
This is a rather crude idea but if you have a digital camera, you could make photos of matchbox cars.
Excellent idea! Forget the "crude", it's a v.good technique. Some great digital artists start drawing on paper, they scan the paper, and make the clean, digital, image on top. (who was this guy showing how he designs some great buttons for GUI?)
So yes, use the picture as a guide, draw/modify on top, and finally remove the guide.
A longer focal lenght flattens the subject, weakens the perspective. It could be an advantage for 2.5D sprites.
On the day the atom is a cube I will start believing in the square pixel.