Unless you’re lucky enough to have the skill of a coder and the talent of an artist (d@$# you!) you’re going to have to find your game art somewhere else than under your pen.
While hiring an artist to create the game artwork exactly the way you want is the best way to go, sometime you just want some art right now to get started in creating a game.
In the following (admittedly long) video I walk through three web sites that offer some great artwork — especially for people who are just getting started in game development. You have available professional artwork for free (or real cheap).
And while you can use stick figures in your game (at least initially), I always think it’s more fun to be working on a game that LOOKS like a real game. Placeholder art just doesn’t have the same feel.
Grab something to drink and watch the video below. Like I said, it’s kind of long at 15 minutes — but if you’re a coder who wants to work with nice-looking art, I think you’ll find it worth watching.
PS – Look around the second site I mention — there’s a LOT of artwork that Danc has created under the same license as the stuff I show in the video. RPG art, shooter art, etc.
PPS – Feel free to add links to other neat game dev art sites in the comments below.