Developing 2D Character Art for Games

Are you a student who wants to learn what it takes to create character art for video games? Well this eight-part virtual workshop is could be just what you are looking for.

New Media Manitoba in partnership with Creative Manitoba is proud to present Developing 2D Character Art for Games. This eight part workshop series, led by an industry professional, kicks off March 2nd and runs till April 13th. Students will have the unique opportunity to learn about making art specifically for video games. From the initial rough sketch to implementing the final character art into a narrative game engine students will take in the whole process.

The workshops cover:

  • How to use digital art tools to sketch, make clean line art, and build up colour and value.
  • Art fundamentals such as anatomy, perspective and colour theory.
  • Designing expressive poses and facial expressions.
  • How to use basic scripting in Ren’py to display character art, print text, and create menus that allow the player to choose where the story goes.

The virtual workshops are scheduled for Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and will run on:
March 2, March 9, March 16, March 23, March 30
April 6, April 13, April 20 (Final Presentation)

Instructor Bio:
Amy Gerardy is an illustrator and game developer currently working as a freelance artist. She usually has a variety of projects on the go, from making prints and books to marketing materials and art assets for games. She’s contributed her art to numerous projects as a frequent game jam participant including several that have grown into larger titles such as Sort the Court and Mirror Mortis.


How to apply:

  1. Read through the program details of the Program Discipline for Interactive Media –  Video Game Design here.
  2. Read through the application.
  3. Download the nominator form and have it completed by a teacher or unrelated adult familiar with you/your work. (*required)
    Note: If you are under 18, download the permission form and have it completed by your parent or guardian. (*required if under 18)
  4. Collect requested supporting materials: resume, samples of your work etc.
  5. Fill out the online application and attach all supporting materials. Be sure to include your name on any attached file names. It is recommended that you use Google Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer. You are be able to save an incomplete application to continue later.

If you have questions at any point during the application process, do not hesitate to contact [email protected]