My main goal with the art style of The Amazing Adventure was to create a world that would be atmospheric and make the player fell like taking a walk inside the game. I therefore looked a various art styles and finally came up with my own style as can be seen on the images below.
The amazing artists on Youtube sure did help med a lot. Learning about light setting, depth and colors on my own would have taken much more time and I seriously doubt, that I could have created the art below without their guidance. It’s truly amazing what you can learn on YouTube for free if you are willing to put in the hours.
Painting the background art for a 2D game
I used lot of different tools in Photoshop for creating in this image, but mostly it comes down to an understanding on depth, light and composition. I started out by creating a the background primarily thinking of layering the colors to create the illusion of depth. Using the right brushes helped creating the trees and jungle foliage .
Finally I added the foreground. For creating the foliage I downloaded some free foliage brushes online and changed the brush settings to match my needs. I then flattened the image and did an overall color correction to give the final picture more warmth.
Do notice that I knew Photoshop very well before hand. So all my work was in learning to paint better, not getting to know Photoshop. I spend around 14 days following tutorials, testing out various things and thereby finding the art style for the game.