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Pixel Art Tutorial - Basics for Beginners by Gasara Pixel Art Tutorial - Basics for Beginners by Gasara
I've been asked rather a lot recently how I make my pixel art, what program do I use, how do I make avatars..? I thought about making a quick little tutorial explaining the hows of my pixel art but then it occured to me that some people might need a little more than that. Some of you might not have the first clue of what pixel art is or how you go about making it but still want to give it a go. This tutorial is for you guys. If you've played around with pixel art before or have read other tutorials then you probably don't need this but if you've never seen anything beyond someone's icon on dA then please pull up a chair.

I also just want to say please don't be put off by its wordiness. I'm a very visual person, I learn better from images and diagrams than descriptions, but for some reason my tutorials seem to end up as a wall of text. I think it's somewhat justified in this case as I've tried to explain things rather then just saying 'this is how you do it, you don't need to know why'. Sometimes that extra information can be beneficial.

I always think of Delia Smith in situations like this, when she started her How To Cook programme and spent half an hour explaining how to boil an egg. People called it condescending and ludicrous but the fact of the matter is if you don't know how to turn on a cooker and heat water to boiling point then simply telling you to 'put an egg in a saucepan of water and boil it for five minutes' isn't going to help you at all. Sometimes you really need to explain everything. I love you, Delia ♥

I really do hope some of you find this useful. Remember though that this is just a guide based on what I know of pixel art and how I work with it. You'll naturally develop your own techniques over time and how you colour will reflect how you might colour digitally or paint traditionally - and all of that is perfectly okay. Wonderful, really, because uniqueness is great. And like I mention in the tutorial, there are loads of other things you can look into if you're interested, such as anti-aliasing, isometric pixel art, creating palettes... There's so many great ways to work with pixel art, and so many wonderful things to create. So good luck, guys, and remember to have fun.

Oh, and if you create your first piece of pixel art using this tutorial then I really would love to see. Feel free to link to it in the comments so I can take a look. :tighthug:

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--> Pixel Art: Basics for Beginners
--> Pixel Art: Animation for Beginners

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I'm posting this tutorial up in time for Gasara's Birthday Celebration Contests. Hopefully some of you will be able to join me in making March pixelicious and joyous!
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:iconargentea-pluvia:
Argentea-Pluvia Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your tutorial is really helpful! Love I made this pixel: [Link] 
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
I'm happy you found it useful - thank you!
Your pixel art looks amazing! ♥
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:iconargentea-pluvia:
Argentea-Pluvia Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! 
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OwlSips Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  New member
Can you do a tutorial on making pixels in the dA muro?
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:iconrichardmillers:
richardmillers Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  New member
Gimp is free so you should download it. o: It's safe too!
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
I haven't really got any experience with Muro. I wouldn't know how to do that I'm afraid. Sorry, my dear.
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:iconowlsips:
OwlSips Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  New member
Ok,
That's ok
:3
I'm new.
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Adzuma Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
can;t wait to break out the wacom tablet and give this tutorial a shot, just wondering though; Are you using the vanilla gimp, or are there some addons that i will need to have for this tutorial?
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:icongasara:
Gasara Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
No, this is just the basic version. No add-ons, scripts or anything. :D
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yusay Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014
This tutorial is awesome! You explain things very well :D I just have one question about moving the image in gimp though. I selected the picture with the rectangle select tool and then used the move tool to try to center the picture, but it moves the whole layer with it. Do you know how to move the image without moving the layer? ^^;
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