tenpoundsofbacon asked: How do you do your pixel art? Mostly, what program do you use? And have any tips?
Well, that piece that you “liked” isn’t one of mine, it’s just a gif of a scene from the Metal Slug game series that I reblogged.
For my original pixel art pieces I use GIMP. It’s a raster driven image program, so it’s perfect for pixel art, and it’s 100% free - very user friendly. It’s useful to grab a tutorial book like Gimp for Absolute Beginners so you can learn the ins and outs of the program; how to work with layers, which tools are best, etc. There’s also loads of “how to make pixel art in gimp” videos on youtube that you can access for help.
As far as tips go, I guess my best advice would be to learn to envision what you want to draw as groupings or shapes of color as opposed to line art. This will help you get a better handle on shading and creating the illusion of depth. Learning to work with layers in GIMP will be your best friend. Don’t be afraid to use lots and lots of layers, as it will allow you to fix mistakes or reverse things more easily - and it will make the animation process far easier if you choose to turn your work into gifs.
I hope that this has been helpful.