Pixel Art Tutorials

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Post » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:53 pm

hey guys. i think this is my first post here? hopefully there'll be many more. been using the free version of construct 2 for a couple weekshaven't dont much yet other than tutorials, but i love it so far.

primarily i am a pixel artist and the reason i came here in the first place is because i like to make graphics for games but can't program for sh*t

but i'm working on a big pixel art tutorial and i figured i'd post it to share with you guys so we can get off on the right foot

as of now i have the first few sections done. i wasn't originally going to post this but it's probably gonna be a LONG TIME before this thing is actually finished, so i'm going to release the sections in a blog format: they'll be updated whenever I create a new one. i'll update this topic whenever i make a new part, too.

because they're pretty long and have a lot of images i'm going to link to them, but i'll give a description.

Introduction
http://finalbossblues.com/pixel-tutorial-introduction/
just the introduction to the series: it outlines my goals and philosophies


Thinking in Color
http://finalbossblues.com/thinking-in-color/
mostly this article covers some of the very basics: color terms worth knowing. it's sort of introductory into the next section

Read Between the Pixels
http://finalbossblues.com/read-between-the-pixels/
contrast! this section goes into detail explaining how to get the most out of the contrast between your colors

Using and Choosing Colors
http://finalbossblues.com/using-and-choosing-colors/
this is a big oneit's all about color choice and creating a color palette. this is the tutorial that is most often requested. so hopefully a lot of people will find it useful.

Form and Light
http://finalbossblues.com/form-and-light/
on the subject of creating sprites by thinking about their three-dimensional forms and how the light hits them

i'm also using the same site for my writing tutorials and if i create any free game resources i'll set up a section for them.

i would appreciate not only feedback on these articles, but also SUGGESTIONS and REQUESTS. i have some very speficic ideas about where I want to go next, but i'm gonna leave you with an important question:

what do you want to see in a pixel tutorial? noise2012-01-03 19:36:13
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Post » Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:48 pm

+1 for emphasizing contrast. It really is one of the most important things in pixel art.

Here's a sprite I made a while back. My final version was the second from the right, then a friend of mine recolored it. Pretty big difference, eh?



What I'd really love to see is more tutorials on STARTING a sprite. Once I have an outline or rough figure of what I'm going for, it's pretty easy to finish, but I find getting that outline in the first place to be really difficult.Tokinsom2012-01-02 15:20:08
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Post » Tue Jan 03, 2012 7:35 pm

hey man that's a great image. i love seeing progressions like thatwhat an awesome example of how the colors make a huge difference.

i finished a new tutorial today. i'm glad that you want to see some more about starting sprites, because that's exactly what this covers:

http://finalbossblues.com/form-and-light/
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Post » Wed Jan 04, 2012 5:50 pm

Awesome material, Noise

I've fav'd it and will be repassing for sure!

Great work!
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Post » Fri Jan 06, 2012 1:06 pm

Great stuff, I also quite appreciate your articles about writing,I'll be following your blog closely!
...but this is mostly psychological. Check my devlog
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Post » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:42 pm

Good read, Show me more stuff tho! Some really nice sprites, it would be nice to see some of the other stuff you have done.

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Post » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:28 am

Thanks a lot for this, it's a great resource! I especially find the "Choosing Color" section really useful. Palette construction is something I still don't completely understand, but this helps clear things up for me.

My new go-to site for pixel art. Keep 'em coming! :)
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Post » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:05 pm

Interesting stuff, thanks for that Noise.

You have a nice colour pallete - i really like the way you set it up. If you take requests I would personally like to see you expand a bit more on what colours go together and those that clash (and why).

P.s You have definately come to the right place :) Ive used so many engines and never really grasped much but here things seem to make sense.
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Post » Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:37 am

This is good stuff. I was thinking of doing something like this, but looking at what you've got makes me realize how little I actually know on the subject.
Keep up the good work, I'm looking forward to more.
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Post » Tue Mar 13, 2012 1:55 am

I've been searching for materials on how to learn making quality sprites to start my project, and i couldn't even start because i don't know a thing about sprite creation but your guides will definitely help me out on my way to becoming an indie game developer. Stipipoy2012-03-13 01:56:06
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