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Pixel Art Tutorial- What the heck is pixel art? v1 by Pix3M Pixel Art Tutorial- What the heck is pixel art? v1 by Pix3M
With groups like :iconthepixelartists: and :iconpixels-unlimited: in mind, I saw a need to make a more succinct version of that wall of text I made earlier.

Thanks to:

:icontheovision:*TheoVision For his starwars piece [link]
:iconsilverquetzal:=SilverQuetzal For her bird: [link]
:iconcyangmou:*Cyangmou For his apple: [link] (I took his ref picture as an example of an obivously-not pixel art example as well)
:iconjoruri-chan:=Joruri-chan For her Vaporeon icon: [link]
:iconladydeven:=LadyDeven For her frozen fish: [link]
:icon1sh0t:=1SH0T For her commissioned journal doll: [link]
:iconmodethewoulfie:*MODEthewoulfiE For her art of her fursona: [link]

Above works were used with permission.

And links to my own examples:
Demifiend icon: [link]
Adult Scootaloo: [link]
(The little pony-Curly sprite isn't uploaded to deviantart ^^;)

I will also be sure to make changes when needed. Any suggestions?
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:iconsonaakali:
sonaakali Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015
Thank u
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Huggleduck Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great way of defining pixel art! Love it.
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Felizias Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Erm, I have a question: If you use non-traditional media (e.g. opacity settings), what category can you use on DA? ^^;
There is a customation :pointr: icons category but what if it's not an icon? :?
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014   Digital Artist
As far as I know, the categorization is mostly a matter of just simple common courtesy, and letting a deviation be eligible for a DD.

I don't think the categorization system knows about 'fuzzy' pixel art that uses pixel art and other tools that don't belong to this medium. You can probably just put mixed media pixel art into the pixel art folder and nobody would probably care anyways..

Except for snobby purists...
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Felizias Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, ok. :P
I had one, two people hint me to this so I thought there might be a better way to deal with this. :XD:

Thanks anyway. :)
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EquinoxTriz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist

CURLYYYYY



Cave Story..? >.<

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DavellaHippygeek Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this! I want to get into pixel art and it's surpringly difficult to find a complete beginners guide.

This has helped so much :)
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jasetro Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Im actually making a tumblr about a knight named pixelboy....not much is know but it looks good
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VranzTheBlighted Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This might come in handy ;)
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Lacroa Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Amen to this. It's annoying explaining pixel art to someone over and over again and keep submitting to the pixel art section of the group =_=
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MiningForDegus Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Hmm, it's a bit much to think about. I see I'll have to study this more.
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maverickmam Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is MS paint a good program for pixels?
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:iconchigbi:
chigbi Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
actually its a rlly good program, i personally use it. it has all the required programs. u could find my pixel apple tutorial for ms paint if u need help in it. 😉
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   Digital Artist
It has everything you need, but I wouldn't recommend it since it doesn't have keyboard shortcuts. I use graphicsgale, but I know others who use GIMP and grafx2
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maverickmam Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok.(i was making a pixel and i was wondering if its ok to use ms paint.Ill probably use graphicsgale or other programs that make good pixels next time)Thanks for the information.:)
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EtherealDragon Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
A very good program for pixel art is Paint.Net!
You can get it for free from here: [link]
;)
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maverickmam Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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Faeyurne Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
'Tis sad day. I am not a "pixel artist" ;m;
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:iconpix3m:
Pix3M Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Digital Artist
How? Your works dont look like something which can be drawn without zooming in. Aside for non-traditional tools, it unmistakenably pixel art
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Faeyurne Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
More like an oekaki/pixel hybrid. I don't agonize over every little pixel, the general shape and feel is more important to me =w=

That tends to make my projects on the larger side. Well, at least the newer stuff.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013   Digital Artist
The oekaki/pixel hybrid which I drew the line was the pony art. That's the sort of scale which things start becoming an oekaki. Your art is not that size; it requires a bit of pixel-level care to be even readable.
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Faeyurne Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
To be honest, that's mostly because I haven't bothered to post my newer stuff. The older stuff I have is most assuredly pixeled... at 800% because I'm blind
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TogemissEve Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
This tutorial is the best. It personally don't feel like things are "pixel art" just because they have a binary outline and flat coloring (like some pictures in my gallery I guess?) but I agree some pieces are debatable! And I love how you established that it's not a set-in-stone definition but there are still some clearer characteristics and stuff. just. gahhh.
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008AE6 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
I'd rather call this "Why your art is not pixel art" and show some deviants here :fork:
I can't imagine one to use it for starting drawing as it only shows mistakes but doesn't show correct ways to pixel.
Also when reading this artcle i was absolutely bewildered with diagram. I was always taught that examples must illustrate clearly what you are saying.
I'm really sorry if my comment hurts you, but i think that clumsy tutorals even from brilliant artist are harmful for beginners. That's the reason i stop myself from making a tutorials.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
This tutorial isn't aimed at those unfamiliar with image editing technology, but mostly those who are aware of what pixel art is, but may have different mental pictures of what it looks like. I only called it a tutorial so it is more likely that somebody will find this when they search around for pixel art tutorials.

My diagram was made with an intent to say that it's the amount intent put into each pixel via drawing them individually. I also used a variety of styles to show that what makes something pixel art has almost nothing to do with how visible the pixels are. If people paid attention to the label on the X axis, I think the diagram did a good enough job of that.

It would be possible to add a section on correct ways to pixel, but I trust that people will be smart and know they need to work suitably small and draw with mentioned tools on the very top.
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008AE6 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Well, you may be right, it was only my personal opinion. I haven't said you tutorial to be useless, mostly i misunderstood word "tutorial" :surrender: .
You may ask some groups to add link to tutorial for better decription what pixel art is (ex in section "why you disapproved my brilliant piece"), they should also want to improve art quality here in general.

Also, if you want to ask me what tutorial i want you to write, i'd asked you about your palette choice, AA and dithering. That's your strength, definitely. First, you manage to use both of them in one icon, and second, you know (or feel) where they should be used and where not.
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013   Digital Artist
I don't consider dithering my strength. I hardly use it. I could write other tutorials on colors and AA, but with an understanding that I'm probably not a master of either of those. Plus, there's other stuff besides those that needs to be covered somehow that I don't see in other pixel tutorials.

Also, it's not that I'm trying to get groups to use this guide as a guideline, but those two groups literally needed something easy to show what is pixel art and what isn't. I admin pixels-unlimited so this becomes a convenient copy-paster. The-pixel-artists once posted a journal about how they need to start main sure only pixel art gets in, but I remarked that it's funny that even their features folder has a couple of things that isn't purist pixel art.

All other pixel art groups, I'm not terribly concerned for now. Maybe submit them to pixel groups but I won't bother with their business.
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RenaTurnip Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
I didn't see this until now?

I really don't pay attention to anything around me <_<
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Digital Artist
Me neither. I find myself spending less time paying attention to stuff.
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cliselle Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMEN!
And your pixels are amazing, by the way! ^^
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TanteTabata Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Very interesting and useful!
Thank you for this :hug:
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sare36 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Pixel art - the best art form for perfectionists. Ever.

Because you should actually micro-manage all of the pixels! :la:
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GadgetTR Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really nice to see something like this. People missing the point of pixel art has always gotten under my skin.
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cloudylicious Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
This tutorial is really great - it's easy to understand (because of your great explanation and the examples)
I'll use this as a guideline for our group - I hope you won't mind that c:
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Digital Artist
I would encourage it. It would be a shame to be a pixel art group that technically isn't quite a pixel art group ;p
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Fox-E Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Man, this is such a great example. =D
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Drache-Lehre Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a great job on this, very useful and informative. :)
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petiteUlis Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
Great explanation, I hope you'll be successfull in spreading the word !
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Pix3M Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Digital Artist
Yeah, I had to stick the phrase "Pixel art tutorial" for better chances that it would show up on dA's search engine.
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addiiict Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
What can be said here? FREAKING AWESOME.
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KirikoSoul Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks really helpful :)
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