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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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Huggleduck Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Great way of defining pixel art! Love it.
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? :?
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...
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. :)
EquinoxTriz Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013  Hobbyist Artist


Cave Story..? >.<

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 :)
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
VranzTheBlighted Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This might come in handy ;)
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 =_=
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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