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

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Level 61 : 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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  • New-Person
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 14, 2019, 4:04 am
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?
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!!
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • September 11, 2016, 7:29 am
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. :)
  • 123_aqua_blue
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Artist
  • February 13, 2016, 10:45 pm
this is what i made folling the tutorial click this to see
  • Shquaz
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • February 29, 2016, 8:18 am
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
yea but i dont have a imgur account
  • Shquaz
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • March 3, 2016, 2:20 am
Just create an account. It's very simple
okey but there is a age issue well i could just lie
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 14, 2016, 3:11 pm
Aw I'd love to see it but for some reason the picture isn't working.  :(
  • Naschi
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • December 20, 2015, 5:00 am
Thanks for the tutorial anyways! <3 Imma Invite you to my realms server <3
  • Naschi
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • December 20, 2015, 4:57 am
Mine turned out really bad XD My Poor Skillz :(
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • December 22, 2015, 7:13 am
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!!
  • unikarn_
  • Level 40
  • Master Unicorn
  • September 25, 2015, 12:52 pm
Finish that ugly forehead... LOL
  • Prxfesor
  • Level 25
  • Expert Geek
  • September 2, 2015, 5:47 pm
Wow impressive :D *bows down*
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • September 3, 2015, 11:39 am
c: thanks MoMo!
  • Ceivii
  • Level 7
  • Apprentice Artist
  • August 2, 2015, 8:35 pm
Very helpful senpai   <3 maybe I'll use that to make a (detailed version) of your persona
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • August 3, 2015, 11:18 am
Thanks!!  ;o
  • Pines
  • Level 10
  • Journeyman Network
  • August 2, 2015, 6:17 am
I'll try this ;-;
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • August 2, 2015, 7:07 am
Go for it <3
  • bigvagh
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • April 14, 2015, 4:51 pm
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • April 14, 2015, 4:59 pm
woooo shrk
  • mayou
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Princess
  • April 9, 2015, 3:49 am
Awe, is's so cute! <3
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • April 14, 2015, 4:58 pm
Thank you very much! cx
  • Lil_Neko
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • March 27, 2015, 9:33 pm
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
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • April 14, 2015, 4:58 pm
Lol you're welcome! I think you'd only need one shade of each color; just layer them over the ends.
  • Chapstique
  • Level 1
  • New Ranger
  • March 27, 2015, 3:46 am
"Poofs away in cloud of potatoes" xD Great tutorial btw.
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • April 14, 2015, 4:57 pm
Lol, thank you!! x3
  • MCpro4u14
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Nerd
  • March 26, 2015, 9:24 am
1000th view :3
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • April 14, 2015, 4:57 pm
;w;
since my skin is a bunny w/ pokemon hat this will be hard
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • April 14, 2015, 4:56 pm
Lol yeah..
  • Fluffy11
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • March 17, 2015, 11:48 am
Thanks! I was just thinking about how to do that, oddly. .-. xD
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • March 19, 2015, 5:08 am
Well, there you go! I'm glad you like it :p
  • LIL_Danica
  • Level 68
  • High Grandmaster Senpai
  • March 8, 2015, 10:34 pm
very cute
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • March 9, 2015, 7:23 am
Thank you senpai  ;u;
This is creepy. I was JUST wondering how you did pixel art and then.. THIS! :D
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • March 9, 2015, 7:22 am
Yey :D
  • Astrallie
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Artist
  • February 28, 2015, 1:11 pm
Btw, how'd you make the pic larger?
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 28, 2015, 1:25 pm
On pixelartmaker.com you can choose the pixel size before you save it. I set mine to 20 pixels. :)
  • Astrallie
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Artist
  • February 28, 2015, 1:33 pm
okie c: Ty!
  • hihi12345
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • February 28, 2015, 5:49 am
how do you make a palette?I'm using pixelart.com
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 28, 2015, 5:53 am
Just make four shades of any color - lightest to darkest - to blend the highlights and shadows of whatever you're skinning/drawing.
  • Leeanne
  • Level 25
  • Expert Unicorn
  • February 27, 2015, 1:34 pm
I love how you did the hair :O

I'll be sure to make some later <3
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 27, 2015, 5:37 pm
Thank you!! I'd love to see them when you're finished cx
  • Leeanne
  • Level 25
  • Expert Unicorn
  • February 28, 2015, 5:54 pm
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
  • Ameer_
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • February 27, 2015, 12:47 pm
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 27, 2015, 5:36 pm
Awesome!! :D
heres mine i made

its really bad i know
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 27, 2015, 5:36 pm
It's so cool :o
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 28, 2015, 3:47 pm
That's awesome!!! How did you turn it into a GIF??
Easy 

I did say on my da in the comments to someone
  • Grimdark
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Artist
  • February 27, 2015, 4:32 am
I will make my OCs later. Thanks :3
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 27, 2015, 5:16 am
I'm glad you like it cx
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 27, 2015, 5:17 am
Thank you!! Love your profile picture by the way c;
  • Brydayy
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Geek
  • February 25, 2015, 7:07 pm
teehee so KAWAIII
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 26, 2015, 9:37 am
Thank yooouuu cxx
  • Reina_forever
  • Level 28
  • Expert Demolitionist
  • February 25, 2015, 3:55 pm
Cool!~ (I now have a way to make my friend suu jelly of me X3 tehe)
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 26, 2015, 9:36 am
Teehee cx
And thank yoouu ~~~
  • Plxnet
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • February 25, 2015, 3:47 pm
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 26, 2015, 9:36 am
Nice job, it looks really good!! :)
  • Plxnet
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • February 26, 2015, 1:32 pm
thanks!
Pretty well done. :3
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 26, 2015, 9:35 am
Heh, thanks :)
They look really cool, the art style has been made perfectly
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 26, 2015, 9:34 am
Thank you :)
  • eagoy
  • Level 48
  • Master Lava Rider
  • February 25, 2015, 7:28 am
Nice to read with pictures for an excellent tutorial.
  • Myraaa
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Sweetheart
  • February 25, 2015, 7:33 am
Thanks, I'm glad you like it!! ^_^

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