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How to Make Cool Little Simplistic Pixel Art People Things!!!

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avatar xKvinnan
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
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please excuse the unprofessional title.

Anyway, hey everyone, it's Myra with my first blog in a LOOONG time!!  This one will be a TUTORIAL, about how to make the little pixel art people like the one I use for my profile avatar!  You can make the full-body option like I show here, or you can crop it out and only use the head {like I did in my avatar}.

I use pixelartmaker.com to make my art, but you can use whatever program you like. 

Alrighty, here we go!

Step 1:  Make your palette.
You'll need one skin hue, four hair hues, two shirt hues, two pant hues, one eye color, and however many shoe hues as you want. {There's no eye color in the shown palette because I'll be repurposing the shirt color.}
palette
Step 2:  Make the head.
Make a 5x5 square of skin for the face, and add two dots one pixel away from the bottom to be the eyes.  Make neck accordingly.
head
Step 3:  Start the hair.
Outline the head, excluding the corners, with the darkest color of your hair palette.  Extend hair as long as you want it, then fill the rest in.
head
Step 4: Finish the hair.
Fill in that ugly forehead with some more hair, in whatever design you like.  Put a spot of the lightest color in the thickest part and shade outwards.  Add some streaks in the bottom part of the hair.
head
Step 4:  Make the body.
Put a 3-pixel piece of the lightest shirt color beneath the neck, and expand to 5 pixels below that.  Make the shirt as long/short as you want.  Color half of it dark shirt color and extend shadow as needed.  Put a pixel of skin color at the end of each sleeve.
body
Step 5:  Make the legs.
In the space between the hands, making them three pixels wide, extend the legs as far as you want in the lightest color.  Color the middle "column" of pixels your darker pants color.  {Knees are optional.}
body
Step 6: Make the feet.
This step is obviously pretty easy.  On the bottom of the outer two "leg" pixels, place a dark shoe color pixel.  Extend feet with a light shoe color pixel. You can change this to make boots or other shoes.
body
Optional Step 7:  Make a background.
Using any color you want {I recommend using a color other than what's in the palette, unless you want your little person to blend in}, outline the whole body.  Fill it out into a rectangle and you're done!  {Shadow is optional.}
finished

Thanks for reading this!  I hope it helps you make your own little pixel, uh, thingies!! MYRA OUT *poofs away in cloud of potatoes*

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02/14/2019 9:04 am
Level 1 : New Miner
New-Person
Hello, I know I am a good bit late to this post but I was wondering if I could use this technique to create a character for a game im making?
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09/11/2016 7:43 am
Level 22 : Expert Spelunker
ZiggyStarDusted
Alot of people dont think they can pixel art. But really this is very very very very basic pixel arting! :D
You can start pixel arting and just make things 10 times better than this! :3 Just mess around with it!
It will look great!!
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09/11/2016 11:29 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Believe me, I've improved a lot since I posted this, lol. Look up the Space Exile open world 2D game on the PMC forums; I'm doing the graphics for that. :)
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02/14/2016 3:45 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Artist
123_aqua_blue
this is what i made folling the tutorial click this to see
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02/29/2016 1:18 pm
Level 20 : Expert Dragonborn
Shquaz
You may upload pic on imgur cause you are just opening your picture in your computer and just linking it. It's not hard to explain but still tried xD
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03/03/2016 7:12 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Artist
123_aqua_blue
yea but i dont have a imgur account
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03/03/2016 7:20 am
Level 20 : Expert Dragonborn
Shquaz
Just create an account. It's very simple
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03/03/2016 7:39 am
Level 4 : Apprentice Artist
123_aqua_blue
okey but there is a age issue well i could just lie
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02/14/2016 8:11 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Aw I'd love to see it but for some reason the picture isn't working.  :(
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12/20/2015 10:00 am
Level 1 : New Network
Naschi
Thanks for the tutorial anyways! <3 Imma Invite you to my realms server <3
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12/20/2015 9:57 am
Level 1 : New Network
Naschi
Mine turned out really bad XD My Poor Skillz :(
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12/22/2015 12:13 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Aw no, I think that looks quite good!  And thanks so much for the Realms invite ;o; I'll play with you as soon as I possibly can!!
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09/25/2015 4:52 pm
Level 42 : Master Unicorn
unikarn_
Finish that ugly forehead... LOL
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09/02/2015 9:47 pm
Level 29 : Expert Musician
Prxfesor
Wow impressive :D *bows down*
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09/03/2015 3:39 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
c: thanks MoMo!
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08/03/2015 12:35 am
Level 20 : Expert Artist
Ceivii
Very helpful senpai   <3 maybe I'll use that to make a (detailed version) of your persona
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08/03/2015 3:18 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Thanks!!  ;o
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08/02/2015 10:17 am
Level 27 : Expert Network
Pines
I'll try this ;-;
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08/02/2015 11:07 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Go for it <3
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04/14/2015 8:51 pm
Level 1 : New Network
bigvagh
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04/14/2015 8:59 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
woooo shrk
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04/09/2015 7:49 am
Level 11 : Journeyman Princess
mayou
Awe, is's so cute! <3
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04/14/2015 8:58 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Thank you very much! cx
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03/28/2015 1:33 am
Level 3 : Apprentice Explorer
Lil_Neko
thanks so much for the tutorial! it's very good c:
she kinda looks like wendy corduroy from gravity falls, just a little bit... hehe c:
btw, my oc might have ombre hair so do you think i'd have to use four hues for both colors or just 2 of each color?? idek
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04/14/2015 8:58 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Lol you're welcome! I think you'd only need one shade of each color; just layer them over the ends.
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03/27/2015 7:46 am
Level 2 : Apprentice Ranger
Chapstique
"Poofs away in cloud of potatoes" xD Great tutorial btw.
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04/14/2015 8:57 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Lol, thank you!! x3
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03/26/2015 1:24 pm
Level 20 : Expert Nerd
MCpro4u14
1000th view :3
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04/14/2015 8:57 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
;w;
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03/24/2015 5:11 pm
Level 5 : Apprentice Archer
BlueTheHunter
since my skin is a bunny w/ pokemon hat this will be hard
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04/14/2015 8:56 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Lol yeah..
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03/17/2015 3:48 pm
Level 1 : New Explorer
Fluffy11
Thanks! I was just thinking about how to do that, oddly. .-. xD
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03/19/2015 9:08 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Well, there you go! I'm glad you like it :p
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03/09/2015 2:34 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Senpai
LIL_Danica
very cute
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03/09/2015 11:23 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Thank you senpai  ;u;
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03/01/2015 3:23 pm
Level 25 : Expert Network
SunFlowerBloom
This is creepy. I was JUST wondering how you did pixel art and then.. THIS! :D
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03/09/2015 11:22 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Yey :D
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02/28/2015 6:11 pm
Level 40 : Master Artist
Astrallie
Btw, how'd you make the pic larger?
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02/28/2015 6:25 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
On pixelartmaker.com you can choose the pixel size before you save it. I set mine to 20 pixels. :)
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02/28/2015 6:33 pm
Level 40 : Master Artist
Astrallie
okie c: Ty!
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02/28/2015 10:49 am
Level 1 : New Miner
hihi12345
how do you make a palette?I'm using pixelart.com
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02/28/2015 10:53 am
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Just make four shades of any color - lightest to darkest - to blend the highlights and shadows of whatever you're skinning/drawing.
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02/27/2015 6:34 pm
Level 25 : Expert Unicorn
Leeanne
I love how you did the hair :O

I'll be sure to make some later <3
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02/27/2015 10:37 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Thank you!! I'd love to see them when you're finished cx
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02/28/2015 10:54 pm
Level 25 : Expert Unicorn
Leeanne
Okay here's the pixel art. It sucks but it's my first one :P
I made it of my skin that I use in MC
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02/27/2015 5:47 pm
Level 3 : Apprentice Explorer
Ameer_
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02/27/2015 10:36 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
Awesome!! :D
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02/27/2015 11:02 am
Level 45 : Master Wolf
orchidcrystal
heres mine i made

its really bad i know
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02/27/2015 10:36 pm
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Sweetheart
xKvinnan
It's so cool :o
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02/28/2015 7:19 pm
Level 45 : Master Wolf
orchidcrystal
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