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Hardrockangel
01-02-2014, 04:22 PM
Come forth, all ye pixel-artists!

I noticed a lack in pixel-related threads, so ... *ta-dah!*
The purpose of this thread will be to share your pixel-art, or ask for critique on works in progress.
But first, some general info and handy links!


What is pixel art?

Pixel art is, by definition, art made one pixel at a time and you could essentially compare it to pointillism on a much smaller scale.
Rather than waffling on for an entire parapgraph, I'd advise beginning pixel-artists to take a look at this excellent tutorial (http://www.pixeljoint.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=11299&PID=139318#139318) over at PixelJoint. It covers all the basics, the do's and the don'ts and even explains a bit about colour-theory and how it helps when pixeling.


So ... which programs do I use?

The general answer would be: any program that allows you to use a hard-edged, 1pp brush. With that being said, some programs are better for spriting than others.

- Graphicsgale (http://www.humanbalance.net/gale/us/download.html): program specifically made to sprite in. offers both a free vrsion and a paid version, the difference being that you can not animate or save as .gif in the free version.

- GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/): while GIMP is more of an all-round art-program, it's surprisingly good for pixeling too. Bonus being that you can animate in the program too, for which I have once made a tutorial that can be found here (http://hardrockangel.deviantart.com/art/Animated-Avatar-Tutorial-178042627).

- Photoshop: I personally use photoshop (CS3) more for animating than anything else. Technically speaking, you can pixel in photoshop, but I have found the 1pp brush tends to sometimes skip some pixels on smaller canvases. It's workable, but not ideal.

- MS Paint: I hear from a lot of pixel-artists that they use the program due to it's simple interface. Have not used it myself, so I can not recommend or argue against using the program.


And that concludes this very basic introduction to pixel-art, though I may flesh it out a bit more with tutorials on how to pixel specific textures. That being said, while tutorials are a great thing, every pixel artist tends to build up a very specific style after a while so it's best to just open up your program and get a feel for the tools.

And: good luck!

BlissfulOblivion
01-02-2014, 07:39 PM
MS Paint is kinda nice because it's free and generally comes with Windows OS's.

Pixel art is really fun but I've never been very good at it :c

Hewge
01-02-2014, 09:53 PM
Hmm. Hmm. Not really tried pixel art. I've done arcade/pixel themed draws before, but never real pixel art.
I rememer I tried Graphicsgale one time, but found it real awkward to use, never used GIMP, though... holy carp that's a nice tutorial you made. o.o

Hmm. I might play around with these sometime soon.

Hardrockangel
01-03-2014, 12:30 PM
MS Paint is kinda nice because it's free and generally comes with Windows OS's.

Pixel art is really fun but I've never been very good at it :c

It's a matter of simply diving in and starting, really. To show a comparison of one of my first pieces and an (already outdated) updated piece:
http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2011/321/c/c/ccceada0c76996c73e5cfe0126734f08-d4ghlxt.png (http://hardrockangel.deviantart.com/art/Before-After-Pixel-Icon-2010-2011-269560145)

For good measure, I should probably do an updated picture of the same pixel again, because I have changed my approach to shading, colours and lines.
It's a constant process, much like drawing, really!


Hmm. Hmm. Not really tried pixel art. I've done arcade/pixel themed draws before, but never real pixel art.
I rememer I tried Graphicsgale one time, but found it real awkward to use, never used GIMP, though... holy carp that's a nice tutorial you made. o.o

Hmm. I might play around with these sometime soon.

If you do decide to play around with pixels a bit, you're always free to post them here and give me a poke to ask for some advice.
I wouldn't claim I'm an expert, but I can spot beginner-mistakes fairly easy. c:

Runefox
01-03-2014, 02:43 PM
I'm old school. I use Paint Shop Pro 7.02 and Animation Shop 3.04. Can't say I've really done a whole lot of it though; I was much more into it a while ago.

Hardrockangel
01-03-2014, 03:11 PM
I'm old school. I use Paint Shop Pro 7.02 and Animation Shop 3.04. Can't say I've really done a whole lot of it though; I was much more into it a while ago.

Whelp, I haven't heard of those programs before, it seems.
If you could do a quick-write-up of how they function, I can always link it in the OP, though! c:

Vae
01-03-2014, 03:20 PM
I usually don't have the patience for pixeling. It requires a lot, and I have almost none as a whole.


I did do this recently, of my Mario fancharacter OC ~DoNT STeaL!!!~ thing:

https://24.media.tumblr.com/3f9ad6043b47afcecb7cd615c87c833e/tumblr_myuarcd0ay1sonvd0o1_400.png

Left is the original size.
It's heavily referenced from (but not an edit of) the removed koopaling sprites from Super Princess Peach.
The outermost black line I did use a softer brush on, because the sprite sheet I used for reference had the same effect. But the rest of it's done by hand.

I used the binary brush / tool in Sai for this.

piņardilla
01-03-2014, 04:06 PM
I'm marginally better at pixelling than any other form of art, I suppose.

I did this for Loafy when he suddenly reappeared and wanted Goomy/Fez crossover art:

http://i.imgur.com/9ZHnjwS.png

Signy
01-03-2014, 07:31 PM
Due to underway periods I'm relegated to using an ipad, mainly because there just isn't enough room for my labtop. I've been playing with the Pixaki (http://pixaki.com/)app. I'm still kind of figuring it out, but I kind of like it. I haven't completed anything worth sharing yet.

Runefox
01-03-2014, 07:54 PM
Whelp, I haven't heard of those programs before, it seems.
If you could do a quick-write-up of how they function, I can always link it in the OP, though! c:

They're old. Like really old. Like 2000 old. They're closer to older versions of Photoshop than anything else, and the only real advantage they have is that they have a pixel-perfect brush size indicator and supports custom palettes if you're into that. The major reason I use them is they're super quick to launch and have a lot of common features. It is a paid program that's still being sold, but newer versions focus on photo editing and come with some really heavy copy protection that I don't recommend getting into. Unfortunately, the older versions, to my knowledge, are not still being sold... So that's a tricky situation. I can't really recommend it for that reason.

Krespo
01-03-2014, 08:29 PM
I'm marginally better at pixelling than any other form of art, I suppose.

I did this for Loafy when he suddenly reappeared and wanted Goomy/Fez crossover art:

http://i.imgur.com/9ZHnjwS.png

And it still warms mein heart :3c

Back when I was realllllly into RPG Maker, I used a sprite editor to design my own characters. For the life of me I cant remember the name of the program, but it made adding subtle animations easy and had a live preview function. Kinda want to track it down now.

JiJi
01-04-2014, 06:56 PM
I use pixelesque and Pixel art on adroid to start ideas, then Photoshop CS5 to finish them.
I'm a massive noob though.
https://www.weasyl.com/static/submission/cc/f6/e7/0e/7e/ef/jiji-311681.submit.35066.gif

Here's my latest doodle, I want to rework it, make the cup rounder, sort handle out etc.

Hardrockangel
01-04-2014, 07:07 PM
I use pixelesque and Pixel art on adroid to start ideas, then Photoshop CS5 to finish them.
I'm a massive noob though.
https://www.weasyl.com/static/submission/cc/f6/e7/0e/7e/ef/jiji-311681.submit.35066.gif

Here's my latest doodle, I want to rework it, make the cup rounder, sort handle out etc.

The only thing I'd tell you to look out for is "fat pixels", where you get unintended clusters like at the edges of the cup, instead of neat lines.
I'm loving the animation though, looks smooth as hell! :D

JiJi
01-04-2014, 07:10 PM
The only thing I'd tell you to look out for is "fat pixels", where you get unintended clusters like at the edges of the cup, instead of neat lines.
I'm loving the animation though, looks smooth as hell! :D

Yeah I forgot to mention I work in like a 100x100px grid at the moment, I just resize for online (I don't know why..)
Resizing has costs but I'm glad I discovered how to do it without the blur!

Socks the Fox
01-04-2014, 09:25 PM
If I might, another program I like for pixel art is Usenti http://www.coranac.com/projects/usenti/

It was originally developed for creating GameBoy Advance sprites, so some of the options are geared towards that (namely exporting) but it gives you the option of saving as 16 color PNG, or 256-color, and you can export the palette to use in other pictures easily. The palette management is awesome, click a color and use the sliders to set the new color. Often I end up ditching the default selection. It also lets you gradient between two colors, and gives you foreground (left-click), background (right-click), and awesomeground (middle-click).

I use it for my Minecraft skins.

Hardrockangel
01-04-2014, 09:31 PM
If I might, another program I like for pixel art is Usenti http://www.coranac.com/projects/usenti/

It was originally developed for creating GameBoy Advance sprites, so some of the options are geared towards that (namely exporting) but it gives you the option of saving as 16 color PNG, or 256-color, and you can export the palette to use in other pictures easily. The palette management is awesome, click a color and use the sliders to set the new color. Often I end up ditching the default selection. It also lets you gradient between two colors, and gives you foreground (left-click), background (right-click), and awesomeground (middle-click).

I use it for my Minecraft skins.

The fact that it can actually "force you" to limit your colour-count to 16 is something that has now effectively sparked my interests.
I can't wait to give it a go and tinker with it a bit. c:

DeerKnight
01-17-2014, 07:00 PM
I have really really really loved making pixel art lately, I don't know why..I just find it more easier for me sometimes
but then its sometimes difficult but that makes it even more fun because it's challenging

Hardrockangel
01-19-2014, 08:47 AM
I have really really really loved making pixel art lately, I don't know why..I just find it more easier for me sometimes
but then its sometimes difficult but that makes it even more fun because it's challenging

I find pixel-art easier to start working out palettes that I can later apply to paintings and drawings, for some reason.
Plus, while a foundation in anatomy is a good thing to have for larger pixels, you can still make something that looks great without having to know where each muscle and bone of a figure goes (especially on smaller canvasses, as there's simply not the space to do a detailed anatomy).

lanternlovers
01-19-2014, 09:41 AM
Oh man, I got some stuff to post but I cant post images until my block is off. Nice stuff everyone!

Hardrockangel
01-19-2014, 09:45 AM
Oh man, I got some stuff to post but I cant post images until my block is off. Nice stuff everyone!

You should be able to post links etc. as soon as you make an introduction that surpasses 140 characters, if I'm correct. c:
Also, have some recent pixel-work with these teeny-pixels.

https://www.weasyl.com/static/media/a3/64/0d/a3640d5eb894122c4d196bced23f76b022beb4252df409b07b 27f4da768a5812.gif (https://www.weasyl.com/submission/340123)

lanternlovers
01-19-2014, 10:17 AM
Those tiny pixels are just wayyyy too cute.

Also, seems like my cap is off! Wooh!

Just a note, a lot of these pixel foods were designed with a white bg in mind so if their edges kinda look weird that's the reason why TvT.
a WIP on my kitty waitress, Chai Bean: http://i.imgur.com/wz3E4GI.png
most recent thingerboppers:
http://i.imgur.com/SeMAoOp.png
http://i.imgur.com/HkrdRuT.png
http://i.imgur.com/m8fogX0.png
http://i.imgur.com/Zz18F91.png
http://i.imgur.com/zbxqByc.png
http://i.imgur.com/toSIWjT.png
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OLD ASS STUFF
http://i.imgur.com/6oBBv0Q.png
http://i.imgur.com/SNDIjZN.gif
http://i.imgur.com/mEzeO7X.png

Hardrockangel
01-19-2014, 10:51 AM
Those tiny pixels are just wayyyy too cute.

Also, seems like my cap is off! Wooh!

Just a note, a lot of these pixel foods were designed with a white bg in mind so if their edges kinda look weird that's the reason why TvT.
a WIP on my kitty waitress, Chai Bean: http://i.imgur.com/wz3E4GI.png

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Thanks!
Also: I love the palette on your pieces and how you're shading the tail on your kitty waitress. Fabulous work! c:

lanternlovers
01-19-2014, 11:02 AM
thanks and also thanks for the follow! I've been having a tough time, but I've been trying to emulate syosa's style!

Aster
01-20-2014, 04:28 AM
My all-time favourite pixelling app is Pixen (http://pixenapp.com/) (for OS X). It was freeware at the time I got it but, sadly, that is no longer the case. Still, I am just glad to have something significantly more lightweight than Photoshop. Otherwise, I use a niftly little program called Paintbrush (http://paintbrush.sourceforge.net/) (also for OS X) to emulate MS Paint's limitations when doing MS Paint challenges. There is just something fun and wholesome about making ridiculously tiny and/or pixelated images.

I blame the fact that MS Paint '95 is what got me hooked on graphic/web design as a small child :P

I would post some of my stuff, but none of it is particularly noteworthy. And most of it is just game resources.
Y'all are insane with your detailed, enpixel'd images. There's a lot of good stuff in this 3-page thread.

Hewge
01-20-2014, 05:50 AM
Wow! Such neat pixels everywhere!

Kanagrooboy
01-21-2014, 03:25 PM
What a great resource! Thanks for putting that up! Decided to try my hand at it myself last night. :3

https://www.weasyl.com/~kanagrooboy/submission/364671/ka...grooboy-coffee-get.jpg
Though it is supposed to be decidedly 8-bit in its style, I do hope to improve more in it. It's a really fun style to work in.

piņardilla
02-04-2014, 07:24 AM
http://i.imgur.com/r9j6aE3.gif

A 16-color palette for future Wesley emoticons (or other pixel art I suppose) for anyone to use. Mainly pulled from the logo on the bottom right of the forums page, since I guess that's the most "official" version of Wesley.

Top row for fur colors, bottom row for hat/vest colors, red for tail paint splotch and blue for eyes.

Medical Meccanica
02-10-2014, 08:44 AM
Kickass, a pixel art thread!

I've been doing pixel art ever since I discovered you could edit Pokemon sprite rips. it's been something like 10 years now. ('course, I'm a mediocre artist on average, so my work is much less than most people who've done art in earnest for 10+ years.)

I've been seeing pixel art get more popular on weasyl and I've been asking people if they want critique, since there are a lot of common slip-ups made by people who only show their work in general art communities like dA, FA and Weasyl compared to people who get involved with pixel-specific communities like Pixeljoint, Pixelation and VGR. Also it's a good way to get the community going.

If we're posting WIPs...

http://imgur.com/ZWk2B7R.png