Pixel Art Tutorials

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  • hey guys. i think this is my first post here? hopefully there'll be many more. been using the free version of construct 2 for a couple weeks?haven't dont much yet other than tutorials, but i love it so far.

    primarily i am a pixel artist and the reason i came here in the first place is because i like to make graphics for games but can't program for sh*t <img src="smileys/smiley5.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

    but i'm working on a big pixel art tutorial and i figured i'd post it to share with you guys so we can get off on the right foot

    as of now i have the first few sections done. i wasn't originally going to post this but it's probably gonna be a LONG TIME before this thing is actually finished, so i'm going to release the sections in a blog format: they'll be updated whenever I create a new one. i'll update this topic whenever i make a new part, too.

    because they're pretty long and have a lot of images i'm going to link to them, but i'll give a description.



    just the introduction to the series: it outlines my goals and philosophies

    Thinking in Color


    mostly this article covers some of the very basics: color terms worth knowing. it's sort of introductory into the next section

    Read Between the Pixels


    contrast! this section goes into detail explaining how to get the most out of the contrast between your colors

    Using and Choosing Colors


    this is a big one?it's all about color choice and creating a color palette. this is the tutorial that is most often requested. so hopefully a lot of people will find it useful.

    Form and Light


    on the subject of creating sprites by thinking about their three-dimensional forms and how the light hits them

    i'm also using the same site for my writing tutorials and if i create any free game resources i'll set up a section for them.

    i would appreciate not only feedback on these articles, but also SUGGESTIONS and REQUESTS. i have some very speficic ideas about where I want to go next, but i'm gonna leave you with an important question:

    <font size="5">what do you want to see in a pixel tutorial?</font> <img src="smileys/smiley4.gif" border="0" align="middle" />

  • +1 for emphasizing contrast. It really is one of the most important things in pixel art.

    Here's a sprite I made a while back. My final version was the second from the right, then a friend of mine recolored it. Pretty big difference, eh?

    <img src="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/17634050/Mech_Stages.png" border="0" />

    What I'd really love to see is more tutorials on STARTING a sprite. Once I have an outline or rough figure of what I'm going for, it's pretty easy to finish, but I find getting that outline in the first place to be really difficult.

  • hey man that's a great image. i love seeing progressions like that�what an awesome example of how the colors make a huge difference.

    i finished a new tutorial today. i'm glad that you want to see some more about starting sprites, because that's exactly what this covers:


  • Awesome material, Noise

    I've fav'd it and will be repassing for sure!

    Great work!

  • Great stuff, I also quite appreciate your articles about writing,I'll be following your blog closely!

  • Good read, Show me more stuff tho! Some really nice sprites, it would be nice to see some of the other stuff you have done.

  • Thanks a lot for this, it's a great resource! I especially find the "Choosing Color" section really useful. Palette construction is something I still don't completely understand, but this helps clear things up for me.

    My new go-to site for pixel art. Keep 'em coming! :)

  • Interesting stuff, thanks for that Noise.

    You have a nice colour pallete - i really like the way you set it up. If you take requests I would personally like to see you expand a bit more on what colours go together and those that clash (and why).

    P.s You have definately come to the right place :) Ive used so many engines and never really grasped much but here things seem to make sense.

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  • This is good stuff. I was thinking of doing something like this, but looking at what you've got makes me realize how little I actually know on the subject.

    Keep up the good work, I'm looking forward to more.

  • I've been searching for materials on how to learn making quality sprites to start my project, and i couldn't even start because i don't know a thing about sprite creation but your guides will definitely help me out on my way to becoming an indie game developer.

  • What do you use to create and edit your pixel art projects.

  • I love your tutorials! I'm sure anyone learning pixel art would be quite happy to see more from you. You have a way explaining properties of color and perception to make them easily understood and immediately applied. Can't wait for your finalized work!

  • Great stuff!

  • Awesome tutorials,,, very objective and creative. thanks man.

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