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What is Pixel Art? [Index]

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 3:35 PM
This as initially going to be one very large article, but I decided it might be easier for everyone if I split it up, it means I can get onto releasing bits that are done without people having to wait for the slower sections, and hopefully means you'll end up with a neat little index of resources that you can go to for almost anything Pixel Art related. It also makes it much easier for new sections to be added later, if new ideas come up. This will be updated with links to each part as I get them up (please be patient if the section you want isn't up yet, I'll do my best!).

The Definition of Pixel Art

What is Pixel Art? What tools "count" and what don't, and what sorts of differences are there between normal Digital Art and other areas?

Tools and Programs

What programs are useful, and what features do they have? What tools can I use and which do I need to stay away from?

Anti-Aliasing - Manual VS Automatic

What is AA and how do you go about using it the Pixel Art way?


What is it and how can I go beyond the usual checkerboard pattern?

Hue Shifting and Picking Colour Palettes

How to make the most of the colours you use and how to make them vibrant and contrasting.

Things to Avoid: Banding & Pillow Shading

Isometric VS Non-Isometric

How do I know if my piece is Isometric and if it's not?

Pixel Art Mis-catergorisations

What goes in Pixel Art and what does not?

Tutorials and Resources

Learn new techniques and ideas for shading, outlines, dithering, AA, animation and so on.

What does Pixel Art look like?

Does it all have to look the same? Examples of different styles which express the variety and creativity that can be achieved despite the limitations and restrictions sometimes imposed on Pixel Art as a medium.

Pixel Art Groups

The Pixel Art community and how you can get involved.

Pixel Art Beyond DeviantART

Other places where you can become a part of Pixel Art communities and see great Pixel Art.

Pixel Art DDs

How to suggest and what is looked for in a potential DD piece.

Pixel Art Myths

Getting to the bottom of myths of rumours about Pixel Art.

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IridescentStardust Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I support all these and hope to see mroe of them in the future ;u;
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Urp I've been feeling so bad, my mind hasn't gotten into the right space to plow through them yet and I really want to get a move on //major guilts
21stUser Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Student Artist
Do you mind if I use this in a squidoo lense? I'll put a link and credit it.
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Umm.. I'm not super sure what that is, but this is just an index of articles I'm writing, there's nothing actually here XD I'd rather my dA writing was kept within dA regardless though.
21stUser Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student Artist
Alright thanks anyways ^-^
Arichy Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
miontre Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Excited! :eager:
ClefairyKid Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
Ichitoko Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
This is going to look epic! I'm excited. :'D
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