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

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

The Basics of Pixel Art: What is Pixel Art?

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 (this article) Tools Saving Limitations What is a pixel? Unless you’re reading this as a printout, you’re looking at pixels right now. Your screen is made up of tiny little dots: pixels. A pixel is the smallest possible dot a screen can… Continue reading