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Pixel Tutorial: Beach Background by ClefairyKid Pixel Tutorial: Beach Background by ClefairyKid


THIS TUTORIAL IS FOR YOU TO LEARN FROM, NOT TO COPY OR TRACE OVER PIXEL BY PIXEL.

Base of the doll featured at the end: [link]
Base of surfboard is a QBee.com exclusive

This is a tutorial that shows how I made my beach background for my Beach Baby Doll. It's got a lot of ideas that can be used for other beach and waterscape scenes, such as the kind of hues for the water and the sky and when to dither and when to AA. It is NOT an explanation of colour picking, dithering or AA themselves, but involves those things. Watch out for tutorials in the future for those things specifically, I simply can't cover them all in one tutorial :faint:

:bulletred: Does require the user to have small, basic knowledge of terminology such as "dithering", "AA" and "hue". Therefore I would recommend this for intermediate difficulty and above. :bulletred:

Tools: PS CS4, Pjuk Hand Pixel Font, Pjuk Simple Pixel Font


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:iconsonicus1000:
SonicUS1000 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice job, but it's hard for me using Gimp and Paint. ^^;
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Pixel art is the same no matter which program you use, they are all hand placed pixels.
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:iconsonicus1000:
SonicUS1000 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I can see it now.
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Sugary-Cakes Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student General Artist
hey where's the background for this tutorial?It's perfect for this animation im making.
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Umm.. it's my artwork, it's not for you to go cutting up into pieces for your own art, it's actually a tutorial to learn to make backgrounds on your own. Please don't steal my work.
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Sugary-Cakes Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student General Artist
oh ok.I was just wondering because i can't find any beach sprites at all.
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ethereal-foxx Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really good and I could never do it exactly like you haha! I used it to help me with this, just with my own style and spin on it: [link]
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013
Glad you liked it c: Nice work C:
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:iconethereal-foxx:
ethereal-foxx Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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animelife4ever Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the great tutorial
backgrounds are a weak area of mine
but my first try isn't too bad [link]
thank youss :heart:
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ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2013
Maybe try varying the angle of the ocean itself, since that same one isn't always right for every perspective, but I looove how the sky is going, awesome work C:
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:iconanimelife4ever:
animelife4ever Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you~
Yeah the beach did look a little weird, thanks for the advice!
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emiemi345 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! It really takes a lot of patience to execute this properly, doesn't it? :D
This really helped me with the background for [link] Thanks! :heart:
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
It does, but it's worth it C:

Oh you mean in picking the colours?
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:iconemiemi345:
emiemi345 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I meant the whole thing (doing the sky, the ocean, etc.) :D ;P
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ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
Oh I see, because I couldn't see dithering, so I wasn't sure if meant colour picking or if my eyes are really bugging out (which they do from strain sometimes haha )
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emiemi345 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just used the tut for the ocean/sand. :D
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xMeganiumx Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those waves look like PMD2 (when the Krabby blows the bubbles at the beach) lol..did you draw them?


Thanks, though the only thing I was interested to learn from was the dithering effect.
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012
Uh I don't rip sprites if that's what you mean? :lmao: I pixel it all myself, but I rely on a lot of manual aa to make things look ok :P
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xMeganiumx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ik i just said it looks like the waves from PMD2 when the krabby blows bubbles

Yeah I didn't know there was AA in Pixel art D:
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ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012
Manually placed, not autmatic yeah c:
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xMeganiumx Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ohhh owo
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Jellybeanbitz Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Professional General Artist
coool will have to give this a go. thanks hun
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012
Glad you like it, comment with a link to something if you do give it a try, I'd love to see c:
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Sylvaur Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is SO MUCH helpful!^^ I actually used only the sky part, because in what I'm going to do does not... well, include sand and water. ._. the only term I don't understand is "AA". =_= If it's not hard to you, could you please clear it up? :iconumplz:
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ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
I know, that's why I wrote in the description "can be used for things with sand OR water OR sky" and why I wrote "It is NOT an explanation of colour picking, dithering or AA themselves, but involves those things. Watch out for tutorials in the future for those things specifically, I simply can't cover them all in one tutorial"

Please try and bare with me, I WILL do my best to write a tutorial for each aspect but at the time, it was easiest to make a beach/sky one because that's what I'd just worked on ^^;
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Sylvaur Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, I don't need another tutorial, actually. This one was pretty much helpful itself. :dummy:
Thanks to your tut, I made this: [link]
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
WOWOWOWOW I LOVE IT!!!
That's awesome, I made a new folder so I can fav things people make with my tuts etc, :la: Make more emotes your amazing at them :love:
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:iconsylvaur:
Sylvaur Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, thank you!^^ And of course I will. :) Do I link you or something?
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
You don't have to, but you can if you like, it might help others who want to make a sky like that find out how to do so :aww: But I'm not fussed c:
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Sylvaur Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll put a link in the description .u.
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Naw thanks :hug:
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Luraia123 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student General Artist
THIS. IS. PERFECT.

Somuchhelp ;A;
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Hehe that makes me really happy that it might have helped someone learn something new :aww: Link me to stuff that the tutorial helped with if you like, I'd be interested to see how it came out :aww:
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tiny-paper-stars Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
useful! I've always found beaches and so avoided drawing them. I might try now :aww:
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ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Aw that's great, I'm glad I made it seem less intimidating for you c: I don't know where the idea to do a beach scene came from, the only thing I actively avoid is human faces/figures and I'm trying to fix that a little with learning to doll :P
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tiny-paper-stars Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah I know what you mean. I avoid furniture. the irony is practice makes perfect :XD:
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
Yep! :lmao:
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tiny-paper-stars Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:D
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:iconemily-the-wolf:
emily-the-wolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
That is big helpful, I know how to draw beach by MS paint now :D
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Aw, I'm glad to hear it helped :hug:
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dhik-a Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Ooh nice!
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I have no idea, I've only ever made on tutorial before and it was for photo-editing :lmao:
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dhik-a Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
I think this tutorial is nice - as I said before. Now I'm waiting for a dolling tutorial. :eyes:
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:iconclefairykid:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Haha, who me? Miss only ever made two dolls ever? :lmao:

We will see :eyes:
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dhik-a Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
B-b-but your dithering style is awesome for a person who had ever dolling for twice. :noes:

Umm.....I'm waiting on it. :eyes:
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ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Haha, I've got a lot of pixelling tutorials on my mind, so never fear, I'll do some dolling ones when I've had a little more practice, I feel I could only offer advice on jeans and bikinis! haha
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