In order to add a character to our game, we need to either use a pre-existing sprite that we have rights to or create a sprite first.
To create a sprite we will need graphic design software or image editing software, like the one shown in the following screenshot:
There is a wide and diverse range of software of varying features, ease of use, and prices. The most well-known and widely used image editing software in the game development industry are: Photoshop, Xara, and Paint.NET. Paint.NET is free to use and can be downloaded from http://www.getpaint.net.
Once we have downloaded the software, we create our character ...