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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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ForrestFawns Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oooooo! You've made this look incredibly simple but so elegant!  I'm completely mesmerized!  Beautiful work! I will be trying this as soon as I possibly can!
Arronsyaoran Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wonder if anyone's tried Pixel Art with low Resolution limits and Palette limits. You can make a SNES-Quality Pixel Art using only the 64 NES Library Colours, which is what I'm working on now.
ragingqueer Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2015
FattyBearWorkshop Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2015  New Deviant Student Digital Artist
thank you this tutorial is really helpful.
megaener Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
Really good tutorial and straight to the point.
SenXIII Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015   Traditional Artist
This is also a good tutorial, I really learned from it.
MissMayhem011404 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks sooo much!!!! :D:D:D
Solapi Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015
So cuuut! :D Thank you for this tutorial, very helpful ^-^!! 
puffableness Featured By Owner May 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Very useful tutorial. Thanks :3
Akioneko Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
uhhh... may I just ask? ( i'd really appreciate it if you answer back :33) when i do my pixel art,then save the canvas and the photo.... it comes out blurry and it's really annoying because It dosen't look right plus when i post it the canvas looks REALLY small, and i have no idea how to zoom it in or anything. so you have any advice for my problem??
luis-angel Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
THX!!!!! lonk lonk Vivi Vivi favorite llama favorite llama  Heartbeat La Toy Bonnie Spin rainbow party rainbow party N00b / 1337 N00b / 1337 foxy blink 
Kaho-folie Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh merciiiii merci beaucoup x3 Thanks x1000 
Zoba22 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
THANKS!!!!!!!!! <3
qSolar Featured By Owner Edited Mar 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
Fantastic tutorial. Where have you learned the basics and how long did it take you to reach this far? I know you can't get like this without a lot of practice, but I'm just curious.

P.S: Ignore my pictures, they're troll.
mephaly Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, it's really good. I'm new with pixel art, then this tutorial helped me a lot.
baka-espada Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Student General Artist
how did you re size your sketch??
Gladiatore79 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015   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  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful! ^^
DameVulpes Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014  Student Writer
The coloring on her is gorgeous! :heart:
This is really going to help me! ;)
HavickArt 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?
laokei Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
im a tablet user but personally it is easier to pixel with a mouse
you have more precision when placing pixels
but thats just my opinion
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?
laokei Featured By Owner Edited Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
they use photoshop
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
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  
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