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The Planet Minecraft Group Picture! + How to make your own character!
An art blog dedicated to the PMC Group Picture-Project!
Forum post: https://www.planetminecraft.com/forums/pmc/events/planetminecraft-group-picture-613106/

The Planet Minecraft Group Picture! + How to make your own character!
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The Planet Minecraft Group Picture! + How to make your own character!


What is the PMC Group Picture?
And what's the goal?

- The PMC (PlanetMinecraft) Group Picture is a piece of art made by TomConn and Wolf_with_Scarf. It uses a pixel-art style, heavily inspired by the Minecraft Biome Vote videos, to portray an array of different members from the PlanetMinecraft community. The goal of the project, is to have a poster-seized community picture, which you can print out at home, and hang as a neat decoration somewhere in your room.

Short history of the picture
and why it failed at first

- The idea of a group picture was sparked in October of 2017 with the rework of the GreenLeaf Creative server. On the server, there was a reward called "The Wall of Awesome!". It was, simply put: A group picture of the most active and most well-known members of the server. It did not have anything near the known pixel-art style which the PMC Group picture had. Instead, the Wall of Awesome looked like this:

Wall of Awesome


- Around 2019, with the opening of GreenLeaf Creative, the idea for a PMC group picture was set into motion. On the 17/07/2019, the first PMC Group Picture was opened up! With a total of 92 people wanting to be a part of the picture, with a few unaccounted members. Only 11 members made it into what would eventually become the final picture.

- I completely underestimated how many people would want to take part in it, as well as how much work each character took. So eventually, I abandoned the project and started learning how to do Pixel-art. Pixel-art seemed easier and faster to make, due to it's simplicity and focus on only the most important details.
Soon I would stumbled over the Minecraft Biome Vote videos and got a kick of inspiration to create a similar style for my characters. I ended up with the character design that is used in the successful rendition of the PMC Group Picture.

The first characters I designed was my own Minecraft character, and my girlfriend's Minecraft character:


I then used these characters to create 3 different character templates:


And eventually ended up with a satisfying result.

- On the 09/07/2020 the PMC Group Picture was reopened with this being the very first rendition of the picture. Only featuring a few friends of mine, but it laid the groundwork for the new PMC Group picture!

The first rendition of the PMC Group Picture (09/07/2020)


- After the release of this picture, Wolf_with_Scarf joined the effort and helped create a few characters, as well as creating the wolf-based template. At first, the threshold for players to be in the picture was set to 50 players in total, however, after only 1 month active, over 100 members had already posted their IGN and wanted to be part of the picture.
So, as to avoid there being no goal, the threshold of 50, was changed to be a goal of adding 50 players in the first picture before adding a new section, and on the 05/09/2020, we hit the goal of 50 players!


First 50 players to be included in the picture! (05/09/2020

- As of today ( 15/01/2021 ) this blog containing the history, as well as showcases from this project has been made public, even though the very first draft on this blog, was made 2 months ago.



The history of the picture is still on-going!
Make sure you become part of it! :)


How to make your own character:
in 5 steps.

Step. 1 - Acquire software, Skin, and Template.

You will need 3 things to start off your character:
- A photo-editing software that has a layer and opacity function (I personally use GIMP 2.8)
- A screenshot of the skin, or just the skin file, that you want to create a small version of.
- And you'll need to download the Skin Templates.


As soon as you have installed the photo-editing software, taken a screenshot or acquired the skin file, and you've downloaded the templates, then you can move on to Step. 2 of this guide.


Step. 2 - Layer setup.

Open your photo-editing software and go to the layers section.
Start off by making 4 different layers. Name them as follows, and place them in the order shown below:
Name:ShadowPlacement:Top layer

Pixel-art Character
Second layer

Template
Third layer

Skin
Fourth layer

Example: Layer setup in GIMP 2.8



Step. 3 - Coloring and outlining


- To start off, you should focus on getting the basic colors of the character down first. That means that details such as hats, horns, chains, or anything alike should not be the first priority. Instead, focus on the big colors like the skin-color, color of their outfit, pants, and shoes.
Example: Basic coloring


- After laying out the basic colors, you now need to add an outline to the character. Choose a color from the basic coloring you've made. Then make that color a little darker on your pencil and draw along the outside of the colors. This creates a darker outline which makes it easier to see the shapes of the character.


Example: Outlining character



Step. 4 - Adding detail

- Now it's time to add the details. Just like with basic coloring: Go for the biggest details first. With the example character, that would be the hair. The clothing of this character is rather simple, which means there is no need for further detailing than the basic colors.


Example: Adding hair


- After adding the biggest and most obvious details, you can sort of do what ever you want from here on out. Detail as you please, and once you're satisfied with the result, then you can move on to Step. 5

Example: Complete Detail



Step. 5 - Shadows

- Select the shadow layer (The top layer) and make your pencil a pitch black (HTML_notation: 000000) Then start marking all the areas where a shadow would fall. If the character has a jacket on, there would fall shadows on some parts of the jacket. There would fall shadows right under their heads, on the back of their hans, and various other places.

Example: Raw shadow


- When you are satisfied with the result. Select the Shadow layer and find the Opacity button. In GIMP 2.8, the button can be found in the top of the Layer menu. It looks like this:



Turn the opacity down to around 21% +/- and then go grab yourself a cookie, because you've done a good job and made your very own tiny Minecraft character :)

Example: Opacity = 21%




How I make your character:
Small timelapse.

I myself don't always get a tutorial, and I personally find timelapse videos more helpful. That's why I recorded myself drawing one of the characters and made it into a timelapse to help you get a better idea of how to make your own character!



(This blog is being updated alongside the progress that is being made for the actual Group Picture. However it will only be updated when there is something very noteworthy which changes.)



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02/22/2021 12:18 pm
Level 15 : Journeyman Pirate
TNTFortify
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What software is in the timelapse?
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02/22/2021 3:23 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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If you check the section: "Step. 1 - Acquire software, Skin, and Template."

One of the first things I mention is that I use GIMP 2.8. It's an older version of GIMP, but it's the one that works best for me :p
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02/21/2021 12:50 am
Level 1 : New Explorer
GemedetAdept
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Here's my submission! I thought it would go well near the Nether portal but the flint & steel is easy enough to remove if not.
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02/21/2021 7:10 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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It looks amazing, and I love the idea with the flint n' steel! :D
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02/10/2021 3:19 am
Level 24 : Expert Pixel Painter
MobAndPlayerSkinUploader
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Here, its mine (using paint.net)

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02/10/2021 3:22 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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Looks awesome! I'll make a few modifications to make it fit better with the style, but awesome job! :D
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02/10/2021 3:23 am
Level 24 : Expert Pixel Painter
MobAndPlayerSkinUploader
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:D
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02/09/2021 2:36 pmhistory
Level 37 : Artisan Kitten
khajiity
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ill be trying

edit: how do i make it a cat what
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02/10/2021 3:25 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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You can use the wolf base and then do like Tigerfury26 did with their character ( )

Tilt the ears a bit and give it a tail, and that should do it ;)
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02/10/2021 8:19 am
Level 37 : Artisan Kitten
khajiity
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this is too ahrd for me i think h
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02/07/2021 2:28 pmhistory
Level 29 : Expert Engineer
SalamanderManiacsYT
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this probably need reworked with the shading, i've never done this style of pixel art
(i forgot to mark as a transparent png)
                  terrible
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02/10/2021 3:23 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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Awesome attempt either way, but yes, I'll do a few modifications and then add it ;D
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02/01/2021 10:58 pm
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MJ_mcMaster
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here is mine!
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02/02/2021 2:47 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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Looks like a perfect replica ready for the picture :D
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02/02/2021 4:02 am
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MJ_mcMaster
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thx!
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02/01/2021 1:31 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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I can't open the image because you've sent a link to your computer storage :) You can use websites like imgur.com to upload your picture, and then send the link they give you so that everyone can see it :D
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01/28/2021 4:59 pm
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Galactic205
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look what i made
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01/29/2021 9:18 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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It looks amazing! :D
I'll do a bit of a re-edit of the character, but after that I can add it to the picture ;D
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01/20/2021 1:49 pm
Level 25 : Expert Dragonborn
Tigerfury26
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My character!
Had some fun making it. I had to edit the wolf into a cat, though.
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01/20/2021 6:39 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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It looks amazing though :D Love how you did the ears!
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01/20/2021 11:09 pm
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Tigerfury26
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Thanks!
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01/18/2021 2:09 pmhistory
Level 21 : Expert Procrastinator
SoyStu
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my character

my skin
it was very fun to do
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01/18/2021 3:46 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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Looks amazing! Love what you did with the hair :D
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01/18/2021 8:32 pm
Level 21 : Expert Procrastinator
SoyStu
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thanks
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01/18/2021 5:29 amhistory
Level 51 : Grandmaster Batman
iIRaptorIi
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Is this going against the main style?
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01/18/2021 7:59 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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It's very dark, but it looks really cool! :D
And no, I wouldn't say it does :)
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01/18/2021 9:36 am
Level 51 : Grandmaster Batman
iIRaptorIi
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yeah, it's like a shadow-person. The only one „nice” idea of what I'd use as my usual skin.
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01/17/2021 6:52 pmhistory
Level 17 : Journeyman Taco
MrDumdum
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if i made a pixel art of my character, then sended it to you, would you add it to the group picture? cause i made one. If you do want it and it looks bad, you can modify it.
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01/17/2021 6:57 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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I will most likely modify it a bit yes, but you'd be welcome to try :D
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01/17/2021 9:40 pm
Level 17 : Journeyman Taco
MrDumdum
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heres my attempt at it and the skin:
imgur.com/a/HWmvlMv#mY4sTip
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01/18/2021 5:11 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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That looks amazing! :D
I'll make a few changes to it though, and then I can add it ;D
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01/18/2021 5:14 am
Level 17 : Journeyman Taco
MrDumdum
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:D
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01/17/2021 2:57 pmhistory
Level 43 : Master Lego Builder
ZappyGru
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This is an odd question, but could I create my own version of this? Instead of Minecraft Live character, just normal pixel art of them? I'll make sure to credit you and make it as distinct as possible.
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01/17/2021 3:47 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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Well of course ;p I don't have a copyright on this style at all, if anyone has. It'd probably be Mojang :'D
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01/17/2021 3:50 pm
Level 43 : Master Lego Builder
ZappyGru
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Thank you! :D
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01/17/2021 1:49 pm
Level 48 : Master Technomancer
stiw91
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My attempt at it :D
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01/17/2021 2:23 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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That looks amazing! :D
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01/16/2021 12:59 am
Level 9 : Apprentice Pig
N00bie
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I want to try it!
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01/16/2021 6:54 am
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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I'd love to see the finished attempt if you want to post it here ;D
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01/15/2021 1:36 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Enderdragon
SouthDakotaGirl
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I tried it. It was fun! I used https://www.pixilart.com/. It was very easy and simple. I will definitely play around with it more.
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01/15/2021 3:49 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Puncher
Rogue64
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Hey, I use that site too! That looks great!
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02/02/2021 4:06 am
Level 20 : Expert Imposter
MJ_mcMaster
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me too!!!
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01/15/2021 4:01 pm
Level 39 : Artisan Enderdragon
SouthDakotaGirl
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Yea, I want to get better at pixel art. It has pretty good pixel art tools.


Just a heads up your profile picture is broken.
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01/15/2021 4:14 pm
Level 29 : Expert Pixel Puncher
Rogue64
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Oh thanks
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01/15/2021 2:49 pm
Level 52 : Grandmaster Cyborg
TomConn
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Looks like it went quite well :D
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