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Shortest definition ever:
A grid of colored pixels where each pixel is important
Back in the day, computers weren't as good and pixel art
was our best option for displaying graphics
Now we have other options,
but pixel art survives as an art form
My dad really loves haikus
The goal is to use
very few syllables to
paint beautiful scenes
I really love pixel art
The goal is to use very few colors and very
limited space to paint beautiful scenes
The best way to learn is to make some yourself, so...
remember Space Invaders?
A frame is a still image
By displaying frames in quick succession we create the illusion of movement
Let's try making a more complex sprite
We'll start with just the outline
and the basic blocks of color
Two strategies to get a basic outline:
1. Fiddle with some lines, then fill them in
2. Sculpt some color blobs, then outline them
When drawing lines, avoid jaggies!
Use loosely-connected groups of pixels instead
Once we have the basic shape and colors, we want to add highlights and shadows to make our sprite appear 3D
Choose a direction for your light source
Usually the light is coming from above,
to the side, and slightly in front
The decision of how many colors to use is up to you!
But in general, only add a color if it will
meaningfully contribute to your piece
The colors you choose for highlights/shadows can be arranged from dark to light to form a color ramp
A complete palette is just a bunch of color ramps
By finding colors that can be used in multiple color ramps, you lower your color count and create visual consistency
Y'all are beautiful pixel artists now!