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!
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. However, submissions here should NOT be shaded "anime style." This style does not draw attention to the pixels in the art, and in fact, is considered lazy shading in many art circles, including pixel art circles.
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
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.
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.
Join us on Discord: discord.gg/DNu9k4a
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:
Dolls of any kind
Anything made from a base, even your own base.
Vector/"Drawn" (Not paying attention to the pixelness of pixel art)/Anime Shaded/Oekaki art.
Anything that is not made 100% by you from scratch.
You are allowed to submit any of your own work as long as they meet the above requirements.
Please note that we do NOT accept favs. This category serves as an archive in order to highlight artwork that has marked us.
Since our group has grown, we have decided to not accept lazy work, we now only accept work that is made with effort.
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.
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!
Animals and Creatures - living or animated beings, includes pets and monsters with minimal background, focused on the creature.
Animation - highly animated scenes and works with animation as key feature.
Buildings and Vehicles - isolated buildings and vehicles.
Comics - anything that tells a story.
Gamedev - mockups, animations, assets and screens related to games.
High Definition - realistic pixelart.
Icons and Avatars - includes emoticons and stamps.
Newbie - folder containing novice level pixel art (pillowshading, jaggies etc. go here)
NSFW - everything with mature filter goes here ie. sexual or sexually suggestive art.
Objects - objects, things and stuff i.e. misc.
People and Characters - people and creatures with developed story behind them.
Resources - pixel art related ressources for others to use ie. palettes, tilesets, bases.
Scapes and Scenes - pictures with detailed background and scenes e.g. battle scenes, 2 or more characters.
Tutorials and Steps - help others learn to make pixelart.
Weapons and Armor - combat related objects, medieval and futuristic.
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!
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