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Pixel art tutorial by medli20 Pixel art tutorial by medli20
Quick note: generally, the larger your canvas is, the HARDER it is to create pixel art. Start out with a smaller canvas. (less than 150x150 pixels.) This way, it will also be easier to catch any mistakes you make.

Quick pixel art tutorial.

Sorry if it seems rushed toward the end, but the psd file was starting to go over 400 MB and I didn't want Photoshop to crash on me, lol.

Also, here's what I was working on in this tutorial:

Tutorial on animating pixel art:

More pixel art:…
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Gladiatore79 Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Digital Artist
Congratulations great job !! Sent you to add your work in my group, thank you:
ArticWolfSpirit Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015   Traditional Artist
Very pretty
SaverCat Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Artist
what program is that?
treerain-bellabina Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist
Much helpful. Very help.Doge 
Synn0Nihm Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. This was very useful. 
Polish-Jaguar Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014
Very helpful! ^^
AmethystVixen Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Writer
The coloring on her is gorgeous! :heart:
This is really going to help me! ;)
HavickTheLion Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so pretty o.o
03122538 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks!! :D (Big Grin) 
mimawe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
KingGigabyte Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much ! This helped me out a lot 
j-lee-an Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome tutorial! Did you use sai to do it?
Im having issues making one with a
firewyrm2018 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this tutorial is a live saver.
Icy-Cami Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
do you think pixel art would be easier or harder with a mouse?
amy2544 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I use a mouse... I don't think it really matters but with a tablet it's easier to draw on it right away and draw the pixels, where else using a mouse requires lots of patience :P
Icy-Cami Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yea >.<
amy2544 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
And of course, lots and lots of finger work :P
Sarah-Herron Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for making this.
DJR3B3L Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What program did you use?
Sparkledfox Featured By Owner May 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Helped me a lot~ Thanks! <3
VioletteFoxx Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is a great tutorial, I'll definitely be referencing it!
One thing I don't quite get though is making the palette, may I ask for some advice on that?
ZMajoZDraws Featured By Owner May 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
wowowowowowow! i have been looking for a tutorial like this through a lot of time ( sorry my english is not so good ) this is perfect! i would certainly use it! THANKS you earn a watcher ;)
Meiima Featured By Owner May 16, 2014  Student General Artist
I'm sorry, but can I know the canvas size you used? I'm planning to do this on cs6 T u T
artisticallystrange Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very useful!  I plan on utilizing this when I decide to try some pixel art
Katviar Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how many dpi should it be if you're using photoshop :o and wnat to do things about the similar size like 150/300 etc. 
FaolanEternal Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hope this works on SAI XD
Foreverfoxwings Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do you size it down? I use ms paint. since gimp is broken.
miku20200 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
does this work on pixlr
Pastel-Cakes Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
Does this work on any art software ( I use a free one ._. Gimp...)
Uexielle Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014
Gimp is similar enough to Photoshop, sure~
As long as you know how to re-size, use layers, and use the pencil/eraser tools, you'll be fine~
(Yes, I realise you made this comment a while ago :P)
Pastel-Cakes Featured By Owner May 14, 2014
Ok, thanks very much~
hunnyflash Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I finally decided to try out pixel art after coming across this, thank you sooo much. It's amazing :D Referenced: 

A Hello Kitty ~Thank You~ by hunnyflash  
Betherno Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014
Thank you for the tutorial was really helpful!
neru-flaky Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist
Thank you so much! This is a big help, haha... Broken Fighting Dome (Kawaii Please) 
CocoaTheOmega Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
kewl, but  need a more detailed one that includes (starting paint tool size, exact sizing the frame and what program used) im sure that will provide what we mostly need ;3
CatNippa Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
how do I get the thing to be small and still look pixalated? For some-reason I can NOT get that . its such a simple answer too -.-. i'm sure.
combatraccoon Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial! Just tried my hand at pixeling an image today, this was very helpful! :D
Exilia2417 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
awesome, what program use to draw it??:3
Music00Melody Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Student Writer
OvercomeHirano Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This tuto helped me a lot, thank you so much! :D
YuukiNaoto Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Looking awesome, this will be a great help for my first pixel art tomorrow (:D
deathell1995 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
Quite useful for we newbies on PAs :P
But I found difficult on very small PAs (sth just less than 50px in size) that the details are so unclear ;(
TheDesignSlab Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Well, this explains it all! Does anyone know a good program to do this on?

williamRehndell Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice tutorial but i donīt under stand it so good ;( 
can i get some help ;)
Crystelite Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heheh. Nice tutorial ^^ I don't do the sketch though. I just draw it.
Ryan-Neal Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013
Can the pixel effect be achieved using line tool as well?
AdryanneGorden Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student General Artist
I finally found the tutorial im looking for! great job too! what programs do you use?
DarkSaber13 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks great ^_^ Thank you very much :)

What canvas size do you use? :) 

Sushirolled Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awah~ Your tutorial helped me get the idea on how to do pixel art so here's the link on how I did:
Thank you very much for making this tutorial! It's helped me a lot! Now I'm addicted to drawing this type of art... XD
5 seconds hug 
xxkaylaabooxx Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist

what exactly did you use? Also, how much are they/ it?


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