Pixel Art

Awesome Pixel Art Awesome

Awesome Pixel Art is a repository specifically dedicated to creating and learning pixel art, as well as providing links that help you get engaged in the community! In pixel art, every placed pixel has importance in creating the envisioned graphic. Below you'll find help links ranging from basic introductory elements to color and animation tutorials. There are plenty of points of inspiration in games, animations and among other artists!

Tutorials

Basics

Color

Animation

Inspiration

Games

  • Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island - Play as Yoshi carrying Baby Mario, platforming through a dangerous world. The painted feel and soft pastel colors create an hearth-warming handmade style that breathes the charm of a children’s book.
  • FEZ - Explore a 2D retrofuturistic world by rotating in the third dimension. The minimalistic style, bright vibrant colors and dynamic lighting bring the 16-bit era into the future.
  • Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP - Laid back adventure in a bronze age mountain wilderness. Dreamy soft colors in a living world affected by moon phases.
  • Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove - Classic action adventure with an 8-bit retro aesthetic, taking the looks of a modern NES game.
  • Hyper Light Drifter - Top-down action in a sci-fi world that radiates light and warmth. Using a colorful palette and kaleidoscopic neon yet setting a grim ambiance.
  • Owlboy - Explore a detailed steampunk world in the clouds. With it's range of endearing animations and expressions the world and it's characters come to life.
  • Stardew Valley - Manage a farm from a top-down perspective and engage with a charming and cheerful world in 16-bit.
  • Starbound - Travel across vibrant, colorful and expansive galaxies, including creative dynamic animations.
  • Void Golf - Shoot giant pieces of space rock into black holes, using gravitational fields, physics-defying walls and wormholes in a minimalist top-down view.

Videos

Other

  • Lospec palette list - Collection of color palettes for pixel art with examples and artist information.

Community

Artists

  • eBoy - German, pixel art group founded in 1997 by Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital. They are regarded as the “Godfathers of Pixel Art”.
  • Paul Robertson - Australian, creating cute, sometimes cosmic and psychedelic, and sometimes weird nightmarish pixel art.
  • Syosa - Japanese, girlish style using bright and organic color palletes creating cute humans and animals.
  • Thomas Feichtmeir - Australian, dark and mature: fan of knights, dinosaurs, pirates, epic beasts, anatomy and history as well as everything twisted and weird.
  • Toyoi Yuuta - Australian, capturing small animated scenes of everyday life in unsaturated colors.
  • Slynyrd - American, game designer with tons of material, game specific knowledge and mini-tutorials.

Hubs

Editors

  • Aseprite - Paid and source-available, works on Linux, macOS and Windows. Awesome UI with a lot of nifty tools to ease pixel art creation.
  • Pixen - Paid, works on macOS and iOS. Superb OS integration, create pixel art on a tablet using pressure-sensitive drawing.
  • Pro Motion - Paid with trial, works on Windows. Advanced features tailored to creating pixel art for games.
  • GIMP - Open source and free, works on Linux, macOS and Windows. Not specifically for creating pixel art but is more than capable to do so.
  • Piskel - Open source and free, works in the browser, on Linux, macOS and Windows. Easy to try out in the browser saving sprites online.
  • rx - Open source and free, works on Linux, macOS and Windows. Minimalist and keyboard driven with animation support.