Rhynn picked up the pencil as soon as she was physically able to, and never put it down again. She currently focuses on pixel art, but is trying to brush up on her digital painting skills and general art skills at the same time. In her daily life, she's a canal boat skipper in Amsterdam.

The Basics of Pixel Art: Limitations

In this series of articles, we look at the very basics of pixel art; things you should know before jumping in. Want to just go ahead and jump in anyways? Have a look at our series of tutorials, but be aware you’re missing out on some important knowledge. This series consists of four articles: What is Pixel Art Tools Saving Limitations (this article) Limitations are your friend! At its core, pixel art is all about limiting yourself. First off you already limit yourself in tools, as you can only use tools without automatic anti-aliasing. Historically, pixel art is about limiting… Continue reading

The Basics of Pixel Art: Saving

In this series of articles, we look at the very basics of pixel art; things you should know before jumping in. Want to just go ahead and jump in anyways? Have a look at our series of tutorials, but be aware you’re missing out on some important knowledge. This series consists of four articles: What is Pixel Art Tools Saving (this article) Limitations Working File vs Showing File As you may know, images can be saved in different filetypes, each with its own properties. There are two main categories of filetypes with regards to pixel art: working files, and showing… Continue reading

The Basics of Pixel Art: Tools

In this series of articles, we look at the very basics of pixel art; things you should know before jumping in. Want to just go ahead and jump in anyways? Have a look at our series of tutorials, but be aware you’re missing out on some important knowledge. This series consists of four articles: What is Pixel Art Tools (this article) Saving Limitations Program Requirements One of the cool things about pixel art, is that you don’t need fancy, expensive art programs to make it. Many great pixel artists use MS Paint or other such basic programs. All that matters… Continue reading

Drawing the Line: the Outlines

You know about the basics, checked out the first steps, and prepared a sketch to work from. In other words, you’re ready to start putting down your first actual pixels! We’re going to get started with the outlines. First we’re going to have a look at the basics of pixel lines, and then we’ll apply what we’ve learned to the sketch we prepared in the previous lesson! The Right Tool It’s important to pick the right tool for the job. For pixel art, this means any tool which can make a single-pixel dot, without any automatic anti-aliasing. Anti-aliasing is what… Continue reading

The Power of Layers: An Introduction to Layers

When I was around seven years old, I first started using Photoshop. It was only on version 4 back then and I barely understood the program at all.I played around with it in much the same way I had done in MS Paint before then; I certainly didn’t know about the existence of layers. Being so very young, I quickly got bored with how limited it all felt to me. Then my older brother told me about something called ‘online tutorials’ – and a whole new world opened up to me. It didn’t take long at all for a tutorial to… Continue reading

Learning Pixel Art: First Steps

If you’re learning pixel art, there are some things you need to know first. We’ve already looked at the history of pixel art and what it actually is in a previous article. Now we’re going to have a look at some more general knowledge about pixel art, and what you already need to know and be able to do. Pixel art’s easy, right? Well – yes and no. It’s pretty easy to get started with, since the software needed for it can be extremely easy to work with and acquire; Microsoft Paint is perfectly fine for beginners. But it’s a… Continue reading

From Sketch to Finish: Preparing a Sketch for Pixel Art

You’ve learned the basics and had a look at the first steps. Now it’s time to learn about making your own. For me, a finished piece of pixel art often starts with a sketch. It’s entirely possible to just start without first making a sketch to work off of, but in my opinion you can never go wrong with laying down your foundation first. But how do you go about preparing a sketch, whether it’s scanned or drawn digitally, for making into pixel art? Sketching Preparing a sketch for pixel art actually already starts while you’re sketching. It’s very important to… Continue reading

Mastering the Photoshop Pen Tool

Adobe Photoshop’s pen tool is incredibly versatile, but difficult to master. It’s perfect for creating smooth shapes- any shape, whatever you can imagine! The pen tool can not only create new shapes; it can also make very smooth lines, make very clean selections… the list goes on. The functionality expands with new versions of Photoshop, too – so this article may not always be completely up-to-date. The pen tool does all of this with vector paths. Paths are, simply said, guidelines which the program can follow to do certain things such as making a selection or creating a line. Paths… Continue reading

My resized image looks muddy: Vector vs Raster images

If you want to make digital art, it’s good to be aware of vectors and rasters (sometimes called bitmaps). But what are they? In short, they determine how your image is built up. Let’s have a closer look at each. Raster/Bitmap A raster image is made up of pixels. Zoomed out it looks like a smooth image. But if you zoom in really closely on a raster image, you’ll see a grid (or raster) composed of pixels. Since pixels are the smallest possible size on a computer, resizing a raster image is somewhat problematic. Making it bigger means that what… Continue reading

What you should know before you learn how to draw

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So, you want to learn how to draw? Congratulations, you’ve taken your first step on the path of an artist. Before learning how to draw While some artist may have consistently been working on their skills from the moment they could hold a pencil as a child, for many this is not the case at all. For most people, drawing was simply something they made you do at school, or which you sometimes did with parents or relatives to keep you busy.But now you’re here, so you probably want to get better at it. Right now you probably feel as… Continue reading