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Awkward Pixel Icon Tutorial

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So, I think I said I'd make one months ago,
and now I finally have many months later =v=;
I'm sorry if its not very good/unclear OTL;
It's my first real shot at a tutorial and I'm a pixel noob myself :iconlazycryplz:

Also, please excuse any typos and grammatical mistakes
since I'm grammatically challenged orz //sobs

ahhh ya, I hope this is useful ; v ;

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Anspire's avatar

Hello! Thanks for creating such a good tutorial! I am an aspiring artist and YouTuber and your tutorial was featured in one of my videos bit.ly/2aJws9v

If you like it and are a pay-it-forward type of person, I would appreciate a little help getting the word about my channel out. Anyway, keep up the great work! [i]: free cactus bun icon 

Celuthien's avatar
This amazing!!! Thank you so much!!! :happybounce:
MalimooTheOriginal's avatar
This helped me so much!
Thank you! (Here's mine: :D )
FrozenTimez's avatar
no problem! I'm glad you found it helpful!! ´ ▽ ` )ノ
FantasyEverythingEve's avatar
What website did you do that on?
rimuu's avatar
I was just going to start doing some pixel art for the first time so this helps me a ton. So awesome! QuQ
FrozenTimez's avatar
Thank you! I'm glad it was helpful ´ ▽ ` )ノ!!
CherushiMetsumari's avatar
Aw, this is a very nice tutorial! :heart:
FrozenTimez's avatar
Thank you ` 7 `!! <3
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Sparkkiez's avatar
WOW! thanks for doing this tutorial! I am so going to try out this pixel thing :)
FrozenTimez's avatar
you're welcome! ´ ▽ ` )ノ
good luck with your pixeling endeavors!
Sparkkiez's avatar
Thanks! I'll try to improve my pixel ar tore :)
saruwarui's avatar
This is really helpful thanks!
FrozenTimez's avatar
you're welcome! I'm glad to hear that it was helpful > v <!
evie2001's avatar
What are you setting for the pen tool you used to sketch the icon? ;w;
FrozenTimez's avatar
I use the brush tool set at a 1px hard round brush * v *)ノ
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Misutesu's avatar
Thank you for making this tutorial .. so helpful OuO
FrozenTimez's avatar
of course! I'm glad you found it helpful!! ´ ▽ ` )ノ
Misutesu's avatar
but uh .. I have questions. Is there any rules for making pixel ? and how to stay in one palette?

thank you ,,u.u,, 
FrozenTimez's avatar
ahaha I must admit that I don't exactly know the 'rules' myself since I'm just an amateur--I still have a lot to learn too ;w;
(plus this tutorial is super outdated so I probably broke a bunch of rules in it OTL;;; )
but ahh, okyi has a little explanation about pixel art on her tumblr here (she's a fantastic pixel artist)
She has a lot of other great tips tagged under #tips if you're interested~

As for staying in one palette, I don't do this personally (though I probably should ahaha), but I know many artists select their palettes beforehand and then stick to that palette as they actually draw. An example of that is in this tutorial~.

I hope that helps! ´ ▽ ` )ノ 
Misutesu's avatar
thanks for the info. its really helpful to me ^--^. so its like that I have to know how to play with colours right ? but uh .. I did my pixel icon based on your tutorial (but I think it looks kinda weird but I like it) and I tried to stay in a palette (and its really hard to me).

can you give any opinion or maybe some tips to make it nicer?
thank you again ,,u.u,, you're really nice to me.

link: fav.me/d7acuur
FrozenTimez's avatar
haha I know what you mean. I don't really use a palette since I know it'd be hard to stick to it xD
Your icon looks great though!
As for some tips, hmmm~
Since the hair is white and the skin is a light shade, they kind of blend where the two meet, so maybe make an outline for the hair that's darker? I tend to outline the major areas of my icons so they stick out, but that's just me. sorry I'm not all that great at giving advice ahaha;; just keep practicing and you'll eventually get to something that your like´ ▽ ` )ノ
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