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    Posted by skeddles at 4/6/2015 9:56:00 AM | 0 comments

    Isometric grids can be very helpful for creating isometric pixel art. They will help you draw straight lines and keep your objects aligned. Here I will teach you how to create your own.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 4/5/2015 2:42:00 PM | 0 comments

    An explanation of how racing games are designed to give the illusion of movement, with a focus on programming and 16-bit era arcade games.

    Good for hobbyist programmers and game artists.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 4/5/2015 9:41:00 AM | 0 comments

    Wikipedia has a list of color palettes for many retro consoles, including demonstration pictures and palette templates. It also comes with information regarding technical limitations.

    Good for those trying to emulate a certain era with accuracy.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 4/3/2015 1:36:00 PM | 0 comments

    A tutorial site to learn basic web-based progamming languages, such as HTML and CSS.

    Good for complete beginners who want to create their own websites.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 4/3/2015 1:25:00 PM | 0 comments

    A comic series about hypotheticals, the modern world, life lessons, relateable characters, and what it means to really be a person.

    The art style is extremely detailed, blending realism and exaggeration into a cartoon style. The writing teaches you about well-rounded characters that can carry the story on their own. The plot of each comic teaches you that you can reach all types of subjects while not even needing more than two characters.

    A top-tier comic series that will influence you for the better should you decide to read it.

    Posted by Jinn at 3/31/2015 9:52:00 PM | 0 comments

    GifCam has a nice idea where the app works like a camera that stays on top of all windows so you can move it and resize it to record your desired area. When you’re ready, just click a button to start recording.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/31/2015 1:15:00 PM | 0 comments

    A fun browser based Voxel tool, exports in PNG and GIF formats. Also available on mobile devices.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/31/2015 12:19:00 PM | 0 comments

    Voxel Builder is an open source tool that lets anyone design and edit 3D voxel (cube) models easily, right in their web browser.

    How it works

    Use the Builder to create and edit voxel (AKA cube) models.

    When you are done, export it as a PNG file (from the menu in Builder).

    You can manufacture your critter using either a 2D printer or a 3D printer.

    2D printer

    Visit this page and drop your critter PNG onto it to generate pages. Print the pages so that each layer is a different page on a color printer. Then use scissors and glue to assemble each layer!

    3D printer

    Visit this page and drop your critter PNG onto it to generate a 3D printable STL file.

    At this point in time there are over 1400 creations that have been made with Voxel Builder. Any of them can be loaded into the ndarray-stl demo.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 3/31/2015 9:17:00 AM | 0 comments

    A basic introduction to pixel art, featuring tips, tools, and techniques for beginners who are new to the medium.

    See also his tutorials linked at the bottom of his post.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 3/31/2015 9:01:00 AM | 0 comments

    An in-depth study of cinematography, character design, backgrounds, and animation techniques that is very useful for all art fields.

    Recommended for aspiring animators and directors.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 3/27/2015 7:26:00 PM | 0 comments

    A free game development program that lets you create games without any coding knowledge.

    Free program has a few limitations, though it's good enough for independant use.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/27/2015 8:21:00 AM | 0 comments

    Fast tutorial about how you can easily replace different colors in MS Paint.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/27/2015 8:16:00 AM | 0 comments

    In this tutorial I will show you how to save pixel art. Saving is definitely one of the most important things and I have seen how someone messes up his work by just saving to wrong format a lot. So, I hope this tutorial will help you all.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/26/2015 9:58:00 AM | 0 comments

    "Hello and welcome back to my blog!

    This time something a little different – I commissioned a guest post about designing a tile-set from a studio who specialise in pixel-art. After searching long and hard to find exactly the right style I was after I settled on a company from Poland called Blackmoon design. Check out their site, its pretty cool looking. Anyway, here is their post:"

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/26/2015 9:44:00 AM | 0 comments

    For the generation that grew up on NES and SNES there's something endearing about the video game graphics of days since past. And with the rise of indie game development in recent years, 8-bit pixel art saw a resurgence in popularity. Call it the nostalgia factor, but I think it serves as a reminder that we don't need to use bleeding edge technology as long as games are fun and engage our imagination.

    I tend to make pixel art primarily because it's easier for me to animate and draw sprites pixel by pixel than it is to try and draw them out with a tablet consistently. I have to say making pixel art is one of those things you gradually get better at and so I've come up with helpful hint for anyone looking to make 8-bit pixel art.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/26/2015 9:40:00 AM | 0 comments

    Great site! You basically choose your desired sex, pose, level of nudity and length of time and it’s like having a life drawing class with a warm up and everything!
    They also have similar resources for hands and feet, facial expressions and animals.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/26/2015 8:58:00 AM | 0 comments

    This massive pixel art tutorial is written by Fil Razorback from LesForges.org. You can find the original tutorials here. A big thank you to Fil Razorback for allowing OpenGameArt.org to translate these tutorials and archive them here!

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/26/2015 8:54:00 AM | 0 comments

    Piskel, free online sprite editor. A simple web-based tool for Spriting and Pixel art. Create pixel art, game sprites and animated GIFs. Free and open-source.

    Pixel art and animated sprites

    Remember the good old 2D games and their beautiful sprites ? With Piskel you can create your own in a few clicks.

    Live preview

    Piskel gives you a live preview of your work.
    You no longer have to guess how it will look like when it's done : you see it !

    Your gallery

    Keep track of all the sprites you created.
    Everyone can see your public gallery, but you can keep any sprite you want private.

    Offline versions

    Offline builds are available for Windows and MacOS. Checkout the download page.

    Export to GIF

    Since we're animating images, might as well share them as animated GIFs.
    So yeah.

    Open Source

    If you want to contribute or check the code, everything is on Github.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 3/25/2015 10:23:00 PM | 0 comments

    A private (unlisted) image and file sharing service that creates links for your files to share with other people. It can also capture a portion of your screen or a full window, and be uploaded instantly.

    Especially good for sharing your work with a few people, though the URL can be posted publicly.

    Posted by Lone Scout at 3/25/2015 5:56:00 PM | 0 comments

    A series of tutorials for making (mostly) isometric pixel art. It covers the basics, to more complex structures. Good to practice already existing skills.

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/25/2015 9:11:00 AM | 0 comments

    Pixel Dailies is a pixel art group I started on twitter in mid 2014. Based on the successful art group Sketch Dailies, Pixel Dailies (PD) is a place for people to practise their pixel art by doing pixel art every day. Under such huge time constraints, you can’t afford to endlessly iterate on a piece, rather you just have to get it done and move on to the next day. Personally I’ve found my pixel art skills to improve significantly, and PD has allowed me to meet other pixel artist enthusiasts from around the world. The contributors to PD vary hugely in ability but we’re a friendly and supportive bunch. The themes are different every day and we try to cover all the interesting keywords. Some past examples have been #animal,  #rocky#leather, #pirate, #dungeon_monster, #timemachine, and #steampunk.

    Rules We’ve got a few simple rules to keep the group fun and focussed. We only accept art that’s done specifically for Pixel Dailies, within a few days of the theme being announced. There are a number of existing communities  (PixelJoint, DeviantArt, pixiv, tumblr) that are more suited for a general portfolio or pixel art discussion. We also only accept pixel art as defined here. So, for example, art that has been post-processed with a filter or processed with software is out of the question, though there are occasional exceptions.

    If you’re interested in joining in, then make a twitter account and follow Pixel Dailies. Then, when a theme is tweeted, simply upload your artwork with the tags “@Pixel_Dailies” and “#pixel_dailies” and the theme. You can also just search #pixel_dailies on twitter to get a huge collection of previous artwork. Here is a small selection of some of the better pieces submitted to the group.

    Posted by TreebuildPR at 3/24/2015 8:44:00 PM | 0 comments

    Our Pixel Art enthusiast team was tinkering with a 3D printable pixel art creator app, and it will be a privilege to have you guys feedback on the user experience. 

    Here is the beta version for you guys all artwork made can be export and saved or sent to be 3D Print.

    Hope you guys like it :]  Let me know what you think!

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/24/2015 8:46:00 AM | 0 comments

    piq is a free online app for creating pixel art. It's fun, easy to use, and it's simple to get started - even if you've never made pixel art before! You'll also find:

    • an active, social community
    • a growing gallery with over 25000 free to use pictures
    • a friendly pixel art forum
    • weekly contests to win
    • over 50 achievements to earn

    Posted by 8 Bit Dreams at 3/24/2015 8:43:00 AM | 0 comments

    Web browser based sprite program.

    This is an open source pixel art drawing tool by me, jennmoneydollars!

    Posted by Ego at 3/23/2015 2:28:00 AM | 0 comments

    A published ebook of pixel art tutorials available on Amazon. Costs $0.99 for 8 lessons (plus three appendices) over 207 pages. In-depth explanation of topics from "what is pixel art" to "clusters" to "color theory" and "style," with easy-to-follow language and an abundance of pictures. Great for the brand new pixel artist and the veteran alike!

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