Creating an Apache Helicopter
Inkscape tutorial – complex
Here’s something close to my heart – an Apache helicopter design in Inkscape. Ever since creating the art for HeliAttack 2 and 3 back in 2003 and 2005, I fell in love with helicopters. They just make great game assets.
Back then it was all pixeled and took what seemed like forever to create. In the game, there were a few helicopters with limited variations.
Creating a similar object in vectors allows for easier manipulation and variation. As a result, animations are a lot easier to create and way more flexible.
This tutorial looks a little bit more complex than the previous posts. Still, I tried to break it down into easy steps and simple shapes. I hope it worked.
As with all the tutorials prior I use squares and circles and deform them rather then ‘hand-draw’ the shapes. With the body of the Apache-style helicopter, it might be easier to ‘just draw’ the shape with the straight lines tool. Opposed to placing squares and modifying them later. However, it takes a little more skill to get the shape right that way.