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Pixel art tutorial - shading / textures + examples

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Thank you all for the favorite in advance!:rose:

Premium Content contains all textures ready to print in 300dpi 27x13cm sheet - it's considered more as a support, no need to Purchase to use it :nod:


Here are examples of how to do pixel art shading and textures in different way than using the ugly dithering method! :la:

I finally redid this "tutorial"! I added examples to the actual sheet, and I added a few more examples of texturing (sand, tree trunk / wood, bricks, fabric). I've spend like 1000000 hours on searching for proper examples, then cropping it, signing... I'm dead now :stare:
Of course these are just rough examples of only few of textures, not an exact way of how to do things. Also, I used only two colors, but don't hesitate to use more of them. And please do not copy the style of artists provided in examples!

And one more advice form me: watch some digital paintings as examples as well! They are not as different from pixel art as it seem to be! :)

Hope you like it! :la:


Artworks used as a reference: (Deviation thumbs here)

Fish scales
 owlPixel: Betta Fishmermaid babeOwlKeeper of the pearls
Long fur
Fox-wolf lineart:CO: Don't touch the hair (400x400 pixelart)Ciel - PixelRuin SpiritAnartia
Short fur
Blue RoseEspressoCafe Animated Pixel DollSymphonicBreathe Deep, Fall Down{ArtTrade} - azzai Journal Doll
Feathers
sunshine.:CO: Frozen heart{ArtTrade} - azzai Journal DollBlue RoseBlack Phoenix
Snake scales
Snake Game teaser  ●MermaidFiends of the Lower planesToothless pixel 'sticker'Dragon Boss
tree top 1
A Dragon and His PrincessBridge to EdenCottontail PixelsEternal -screenshots-Game Mockup
Tree top 2
Pixel Waterfall BG.  ●CountrysideHarmonia ScreenshotRunning Through AmedetPirate Theme Sidescroller
Wood
RapunzelLegend Of The Hidden Templedemonsroadkill market, unfinishedPixel Vignette: Who are you?
Grass cartoon style
Art Trade: Polka-Pot  ●Pixel - Welcome Home MockupSpirit Master BackgroundTake a rest
Grass
Adventures with Al and Mary~ WHOOPS Oz is angrySnake Game teaserMysterious OneLegend of Iya Starting Locationescape
Clouds
serenityDistant LandsMysterious OnePirate Theme SidescrollerCaelum Citadel
Rock
UnderwaterStone pillarsHeavenRolling Stone AnimationBeach
Metal
Breakfast Kitis045M1911A1Pixel Jungle ArtilleryStranded
Sand
Comission - desert background045Dream houseCaravanroadkill market, unfinished
Stone bricks
Pub 1Snowfall WonderGothic Dieselpunk - Concept MockupMosquito's Insomnia Title ScrePlatformer mockup[wip]
Fabric
Alone in the Dark: A Point and Click AdventureEtoile pixelIso dresser and TVKrile ffv for Final Fantasy Collab BrasilNath
Tree trunk
Mossy MarshPixel Vignette: Nap timeescapeFall MockupMysterious One
Water
Water Ball IconRetro TealJust a break - GiftIso-Tile Testing (WIP)
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macklemazeStudent Artisan Crafter
Can I know the terms of use of the texture if I buy the 'Textures for Printing' ?
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UszatyArbuz Digital Artist
Eh, you know, it's considered more as a support / "donation", I just had to include something relevant in the Premium Content pack. Basically same as for the main file, you can use it as a reference. Definitely "no" for directly copying textures :P
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XxRadioactiveHeartxXHobbyist General Artist
Spiceroll You might want to use this if you never have before! (You most likely have seen this, though).
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SpicerollHobbyist Digital Artist
I haven't, actually! I was looking for pixel tutorials yesterday too haha, you sure know how to read my mind! 
Thanks for showing me this! I'll definitely be peeking at it :>
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XxRadioactiveHeartxXHobbyist General Artist
W O W. Awesome! I'm looking forward to all that this can teach you. (: Super glad I could help you out. <3
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SpicerollHobbyist Digital Artist
wow I just repeated what I said earlier its time to rest
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SpicerollHobbyist Digital Artist
<33 I'll definitely be peeking at it!
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Internal-PoisonHobbyist Digital Artist
could "long fur" be considered hair in some cases?
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UszatyArbuz Digital Artist
Yeah why not :) It's not very strict tutorial. Just a loose guidelines :)
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Internal-PoisonHobbyist Digital Artist
ahhh okay that makes sense
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GigadweebStudent General Artist
Thank you a fuckton for this resource.
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Glad you like it ^^
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ThystynHobbyist General Artist
Pretty awesome work, gathering all this together.  Thank you so much :)
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UszatyArbuz Digital Artist
:)
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TheCrazyCatCowHobbyist Digital Artist
So useful! thank you so so so much 8D
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UszatyArbuz Digital Artist
:hug:
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KazzyTheKittyHobbyist Digital Artist
Super helpful! Faved!
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UszatyArbuz Digital Artist
Glad you enjoyed :)
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goosetoothHobbyist General Artist
Your amazing at pixel water wow!! Also this guide is very helpful to (for water only sorry , ,) if anyone is interested ^u^ www.drawcentral.com/2013/09/ho…
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UszatyArbuz Digital Artist
Thank you!
It's a nice tutorial indeed :)
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sognodragoHobbyist General Artist
this is so cool!! Would be super useful since I struggle with some general nature texture. 
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UszatyArbuz Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :huggle: I'm glad it helped :)
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DracoThunderwingsStudent General Artist
Dang, this tutorial makes me want to start doing pixels! These look great! Thank you so much for taking the time to gather these together for us!
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UszatyArbuz Digital Artist
Haha thank you so much! :D
If you want to begin your journey in pixel art I suggest to join our group PixelChallenges where we make weekly challenges in pixel art in given theme! everyone are welcome and we always give some prizes :meow: We also provide tutorials and we accept all pixel arts too :)
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