Getting started with pixel art!

Let me start off by telling you that I’m not a pixel art expert. I’m just a regular guy. To be honest, I have done pixel art but that was over 25 years ago, and I would not really call it art. I was 10 years old and I created black and white pixelated images of superheroes that I liked.

Lo and behold I have seen the rise of pixel art in the past year. And I love it. But how could one start creating pixel art from no real experience? I asked a twitter group but I go little to no reply. Next up, Google search. I found a couple of cool tutorials on that explained the basics of creating shadow highlights also called dithering. That seemed just the right place to start.

I also found out that Photoshop is used the most in pixel art tutorials, however using Microsoft Paint will do just fine. Since I’m fairly familiar with Photoshop and I saw a couple of essy tutorials on how to set up my basic grid, I decided to give that a go.

So, what to draw? I want to create something really really cool, however cool stuff is usually really really difficult. So I decided to go for something simple first. In a previous post I shared how you can create your own graphics in PowerPoint and we did not start out with very difficult things, we created simple items.

So again this time I started out with simple items a monitor, computer, that kind of stuff. Check out some of the stuff I did below.


As you can see this looks pretty cool and it was really easy to make simple lines and bringing the whole piece together. It’s important to know what you are going to draw so making a quick sketch can really help you out. Alternatively you can grab a simple picture and trace it. Tracing is a great way to learn how to draw.

Once you feel comfortable drawing basic pixel images start with something more challenging or try adding more detail. For some reason I long to draw superheroes once again…

So that’s it, open Photoshop, Microsoft Paint, or any other graphics program that you’re comfortable with and start trying to create simple items. Go ahead, you’ll love it.


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Jeff Kortenbosch

Jeff is a performance-focused learning professional that believes in making learning relevant again!

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