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How to start with pixel art

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Published: May 5, 2009
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The beginning...
aka how to start with pixel art


After I got a Daily Deviation for How to make a victorian house? I decided to make a tutorial series about pixel art. As always you have to start from the beginning and this is it, tutorial about how to start with pixel art. As some of you don't have a photoshop then I decided to make this tutorial about pixel art and MS Paint. I hope you enjoy it.

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If you think that you didn't understand this tutorial fully then you can always send me a note and I will answer to you.

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:house: Pixel Art Basics
:pointr: How to start with pixel art
:pointr: Difference between isometric and non-isometric pixel art
:pointr: How to dither in pixel art
:pointr: How to make shadows and light sources in pixel art
:pointr: How to add textures to pixel art
:pointr: How to make a pixel transparency
:pointr: How to save pixel art
:pointr: How to make round objects in pixel art
:pointr: How to use reference in pixel art
:pointr: How to replace colors easily (MS Paint)

:house: Pixel Art Exterior
:pointr: How to make a victorian house?
:pointr: How to make a pixel tree
:pointr: How to make a pixel roof
:pointr: How to make a pixel house 1
:pointr: How to make a pixel house 2

:house: Pixel Art Interior
:pointr: How to make a pixel bed
:pointr: How to make a pixel chair
:pointr: How to make a pixel table
:pointr: How to make a pixel couch
:pointr: How to make a pixel tile
:pointr: How to make a pixel countertop
:pointr: How to make a pixel refrigerator
:pointr: How to make a pixel bar stool
:pointr: How to make a pixel stove
:pointr: How to make a pixel flowerpot
:pointr: How to make a pixel lamp
:pointr: How to make a pixel nightstand
:pointr: How to make a pixel aquarium
:pointr: How to make a pixel fireplace
:pointr: How to make a pixel cupboard
:pointr: How to make a pixel carpet
:pointr: How to make pixel curtains
:pointr: How to make a pixel kitchen
:pointr: How to make a pixel bedroom
:pointr: How to make a pixel living room

:house: Pixel Art Characters
:pointr: How to make a pixel eminem 1
:pointr: How to make a pixel eminem 2
:pointr: How to make a small pixel character/sprite

:house: Pixel Art Text
:pointr: How to make pixel text

:house: Pixel Art Objects
:pointr: How to make a pixel gemstone
:pointr: How to make a pixel flower

:house: Pixel Art Premium
:pointr: Basics of Pixel Art

Pixel Art Tutorial Series is currently the most popular thing on my page. The idea behind this is to take suggestions from the community and try to make a tutorial out of these things, helping out fellow deviants along the way. You can also find my pixel art tutorials in groups like #TutorialsForYou, #TutorialsClub and #PixelCommunity.
Here is a list of tutorials in my Pixel Art Tutorial Series, tutorials which are underlined and bold are already ready tutorials that you can read, other tutorials without the underline are tutorials that will be posted in deviantART in near future.
You can also suggest new pixel art tutorial series by commenting on my profile page, on these tutorials or by sending me a note.
Enjoy!
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typintyposHobbyist Digital Artist
oh this is very useful! thank you for these!
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HanaJokaProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for this tutorial :D
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OneGirlStudiosHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a ton for this! I made my own version :)
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Thanks!
I liked the use of the green line as a reference for the drawing!
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vanmallHobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
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HiroAnimationStudent Digital Artist
Is it bad that I prefer ms paint over photoshop for pixel art?
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vanmallHobbyist Digital Artist
I prefer MS paint as well. :)
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HiroAnimationStudent Digital Artist
Cool.
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StopAtTheEdgeStudent Digital Artist
I've been wanting to start with pixel art for a while and I think I've found a goldmine with your tutorials, thank you! <3
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vanmallHobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome to hear that! :aww:
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AquasProductionsHobbyist Digital Artist
Does it fold out into a conveniently placed bed?

Alphys Icon 
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vanmallHobbyist Digital Artist
:lol:
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AquasProductionsHobbyist Digital Artist
sans winking 
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ClanverwalterHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks so much for the tutorial - .:Happy star:. 
Made it: Water Cube
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NightOwl86Hobbyist General Artist
This may sound silly but this is the first time I've actually been able to make a decent cube, so my thanks for that! I'll be looking at the rest of your tutorials ^^ A friend who does pixel art reccomended it to me :) 
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vanmallHobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
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SharkFlyerHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
This will help me a lot.:) (Smile) 
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vanmallHobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
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MaybewinkHobbyist Artist
Can you please do this with a grid next time? 
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vanmallHobbyist Digital Artist
Good idea. :)
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KirBaraStudent General Artist
very helpful
thanks :)
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vanmallHobbyist Digital Artist
:aww:
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MakaylafashionHobbyist Digital Artist
This is really great! 
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vanmallHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you. :aww:
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