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Welcome to FreeDraw!

FreeDraw-PixelArt Group Icon by realrhebok
Welcome to FreeDraw-PixelArt!

This group is specially designed for pixel artists who create their own, unique art from scratch. Whether this is isometric, non-isometric, characters or landscapes, this group is to display your custom pixel art.
Please see the rules below to get started!

Fdpa 1 by realrhebok
Defining Pixel Art:

Pixel Art is defined as art made completely pixel by pixel.
No fading tools should be used, no soft brushes, no anti-aliasing - unless it was created by hand.
These restrictions allow to create pixel art in nearly any software dedicated to editing raster graphics, starting from basic MS Paint and ending with advanced software like Photoshop or GIMP. There are however softwares dedicated solely to pixel art, like GraphicsGale, GrafX2, Aseprite and many, many more.

Pixel art should draw attention to the pixels. It should be fairly obvious that the art was created using pixels. Shading can be simple, like isometric art, or old video game art, or complex, attempting to copy other art styles by dithering.
As pixel art style comes from graphics for old computers and gaming consoles, with very limited memory and computational power, it is important to pay attention to color count. Unnecessarily high number of used colors is detrimental and can result in rejecting or pushing submission to Newbie category.

A good thing to remember is...
Not all art made with pixels is considered pixel art.

Trivia - In fact, every single piece of digital art, rasterized or rendered in case of vectors and 3D respectively, is made out of pixels

Fdpa 2 by realrhebok
Defining Free Draw:

A freely drawn picture is a picture drawn completely from scratch. That means the artist drew the picture from a blank canvas. No dolls or bases, can be used, even if the base belongs to the artist.

References are perfectly acceptable, as long as they are not traced.

Exceptions to this rule are the folders: Comics, Gamedev, Ressources, Tutorials and Steps.

Fdpa 3 by realrhebok
Becoming a Member:

To become a member, simply click the "Join Group" button in the blue bar at the top of the group. All membership submissions are accepted automatically and you can submit your work to our gallery immediately!

Please see the submission rules and guidelines before submitting.

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Join us on Discord:

rhebok's note : The group's Discord is officially "dead", I'm running another active server if you want to join :

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Please note that this group is geared ONLY toward custom work. This does not mean that you cannot use references, but you cannot use exact copies of your references.

We DO NOT accept:

:bulletred: Dolls of any kind

:bulletred: Anything made from a base, even your own base.

:bulletred: Vector/"Drawn" (Not paying attention to the pixelness of pixel art)/Anime Shaded/Oekaki art.

:bulletred: Anything that is not made 100% by you from scratch.

Submission Rules:

:bulletgreen: You are allowed to submit any of your own work as long as they meet the above requirements.

:bulletgreen: Please note that we do NOT accept favs. This category serves as an archive in order to highlight artwork that has marked us.

:bulletgreen: Since our group has grown, we have decided to not accept lazy work, we now only accept work that is made with effort.

:bulletgreen: It does NOT matter how "good" your pixel art is. We accept all pixel art as long as it meets the requirements and rules. If you're new to pixel art submit to the Newbie folder. More info here.

:bulletgreen: To submit your work, PLEASE go into the gallery and submit directly to the folder it belongs to. If you don't know which folder it belongs in, please contact an admin or moderator. Thank you!

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Gallery Folders:

:bulletblue: Animals and Creatures - living or animated beings, includes pets and monsters with minimal background, focused on the creature.

:bulletblue: Animation - highly animated scenes and works with animation as key feature.

:bulletblue: Buildings and Vehicles - isolated buildings and vehicles.

:bulletblue: Comics - anything that tells a story.

:bulletblue: Gamedev - mockups, animations, assets and screens related to games.

:bulletblue: High Definition - realistic pixelart.

:bulletblue: Icons and Avatars - includes emoticons and stamps.

:bulletblue: Newbie - folder containing novice level pixel art (pillowshading, jaggies etc. go here)

:bulletblue: NSFW - everything with mature filter goes here.

:bulletblue: Objects - objects, things and stuff i.e. misc.

:bulletblue: People and Characters - people and creatures with developed story behind them.

:bulletblue: Resources - pixel art related ressources for others to use ie. palettes, tilesets, bases.

:bulletblue: Scapes and Scenes - pictures with detailed background and scenes e.g. battle scenes, 2 or more characters.

:bulletblue: Tutorials and Steps - help others learn to make pixelart.

:bulletblue: Weapons and Armor - combat related objects, medieval and futuristic.

:bulletblue: Review - questionable works go here for admins to wonder if to deny or relocate.

Comments and Critiques:

FreeDraw highly encourages constructive criticism for its submissions, so if you want your art to be critiqued in order to improve, this is the place for you!

Fdpa 6 by realrhebok

Previous admins:
ThKaspar, RA-Meenan

If you have any questions, please contact:

Admin: realrhebok

Moderator: Flying-Snake

Gallery Folders

Dying Breed by paintpixelprint
/// by 6VCR
Remake of a remake of a remake of a remake by RHLPixels
Shop Bg1 by fool
Animals and Creatures - pets, monsters
039 - Fire Dog Fakemon by WilsonScarloxy
038 - Fire Dog Fakemon by WilsonScarloxy
036 - Fierce Grass Bear Fakemon by WilsonScarloxy
037 - Fire Dog Fakemon by WilsonScarloxy
Buildings and Vehicles
Rose Gold Rocket by Eternaios
Euro Truck Simulator by Millkydad
Aztec Temple (PixelDailies) #Temple by BizmasterStudios
Cloudy Cityscape by Eternaios
Hero oh Hero pages 1 - 4 by Neoriceisgood
Hero oh Hero pages 5-7 by Neoriceisgood
Flyin' D #5- His Wisdom and Knowledge Enlightens by RHLPixels
Flyin' D #4 - A Curious Discovery by RHLPixels
Gamedev - mockups
Happy Farmlands! by ConceptMike
Homecoming by CoffeeHun
Demon's Castle Dracula: Castlevania(Halloween day) by hansungkee
The Legend of Getsu Fuuma(Halloween day) by hansungkee
Icons and Avatars - emoticons, stamps
[F2U] Desert by Legendarypixel
[COMMISSION] Lillypad by Legendarypixel
[F2U] Sword by Legendarypixel
For a friend! by CoffeeHun
Mushroom festival by YuukiMokuya
Hamburger by YuukiMokuya
Colored carp pond by YuukiMokuya
Hotdog wagon by YuukiMokuya

Mature Content

[NSFW] Killing Bites, Ratel, FanArt. by BadLemonsXI

Mature Content

Retro girl by Sagana666

Mature Content

Aqua Butt by NanaelJustice

Mature Content

Nadeko's Butt by NanaelJustice
People and Characters - sprites, portraits
Woolo - Pokemon by 8th-GradeF
Root Of All Evil by JestanDA
Lord Boros by yoKdsR
Torterra Sprite by KingOfThe-X-Roads
Ressources - palettes, tilesets
GB Windows by MafiaLace
GB Doorways by MafiaLace
Roofing 1A by MafiaLace
Exterior Walls-1 by MafiaLace
Scapes and Scenes
Kenshi FanArt, Chief, Simo by BadLemonsXI
308-Mega Medicham by PumpkinPastel
[COMMISSION] Studiooneeight by kicked-in-teeth
Tutorials and Steps
Neutral Tones by RHLPixels
Weapons and Armor
Mini Babes by Jackaloops
High Definition - realistic
Valkyrie by YuukiMokuya
Greetings fellow artists!

We created new folder, Animation. If key feature of submitted work is animation please use this folder. That does not mean that anything animated should go in there, it depends on personal feeling of authors and group staff.

For example like this excellent piece to draw your attention:
Rolly Rocket by Valenberg
(Great work by Valenberg)

Cheers, Flying-Snake!
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We accept affiliations with other pixel art groups and with groups formed by active members. Send a note to realrhebok if you have any questions!


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realrhebok Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I wasn't aware this has been accepted into the group, thanks for letting me know, I will remove it.

As you may know it can be hard to check on every sprite that gets submitted to the group and I am sure that whomever let this happen didn't know the details.

Thanks again.
LuisChamat Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2018
Yeah sorry for coming out as I did. I'm too used to SNK/CAPCOM sprites and the bases were pretty obvious to me.

I will let you know if there's something else, with less of a fuss.
augustelos Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Hobbyist
Hello, in regards to your colleague, I'll be pulling out the work to rework them before posting again here on Deviantart to avoid problems. The intention was just to make a pixel illustration of the characters of my friends from the RPG Storm Lasting campaign so that it was as faithful as possible.
LuisChamat Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018
Ok, that's understandable but you have to credit your sources and other artists, is just a matter of respect.
Lady-Pixel Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Thankyou so much for making me a member:happybounce: 
Flying-Snake Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welcome aboard! :)
1-800-bri Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i submitted these 2 drawings and i dont know if u accepted it or not.. galactic art. (I think) by derpydraawer   some pixel art. by derpydraawer  
Flying-Snake Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At this moment they were rejected due to wrong folder submission.

And please avoid saving pixel art as jpg, it can kill great work with built in compression :(
Png format works best.
1-800-bri Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok, thanks.
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