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step by step: small pixels by Ichitoko step by step: small pixels by Ichitoko
... but it's more like a summary. lol

Also. Sorry, I am lazy and suck at graphics. XD


example used is an OC commission belonging to =MarionetteNotes.

Full commission found here:
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pasta-for-the-win Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
Did you do this with a tablet or mouse?
I love the detail you manage to put in such a small design :heart:
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I do all my pixel work with a mouse. C: With the exception of sketching out larger pieces with a tablet.
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pasta-for-the-win Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013
I see. Thanks :)
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Yep! C:
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Blankiki Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Oh God I just have to keep practicing to get like thiiiiiiis <3 I'm currently working on a big pixel project and I was wondering if you could help me colour the hair similar to this? It's a bit different because it's much bigger than your adorable little people <3 Tanks for this
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE. 8D And don't forget to observe and experiment~ That's important too.
The way I color hair is the same concept, whether big or small. The difficulty is that you have to define the hair much more than you would on hair that's on a scale like the one I show here. So you need a really good sketch telling you where to go, or you have a good idea in your head about where the major locks of hair are. (:
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Blankiki Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Heh yeah PRACTICE! And yeah, I noticed it's a bit more detailed ^^' Thank you, this helps me a lot <3
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, hopefully it helps! But it occurred to me that I've always experimented enough that if my way doesn't work for you, you can try these:

[link]
For the hair on this one, sketching doesn't work because the locks of hair went in every single direction. orz SO, what I did for the hair was I slapped down different colored blocks to represent the hair - how big the locks were and in what direction. And then from there, I refined the shapes until I got a result I like and theeen did the fine tuning, like shadows and highlights. (:

[link]
This one is curly hair, so I don't know if you can apply what I did buttt...it's worth a shot? Lol.
I still did the sketch -> fill in the hair shape. But I drew each lock of hair starting from (not very apparent in the picture, because the dude's chin covers it) where the hair parts. And focused only on REALLY deep shadows.
This might work if the color of the hair is DARK.
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Blankiki Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Wow. Thanks! Yes, the pixel I'm doing has very dark hair, there's actually a WIP of it in my Gallery if you want to see? Wait no, here: [link]
I'm not sure if this can help you help me in any way, orz ^^' Gomen gomen, but yeah I'm having a heap of trouble with it //ohgodwhy? Hah but you've helped a bit so far! <3
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
LOL, PHEW. Okay! Cut down on this weekend's workload by a lot, so. If you still need some tips for the hair (though it looks like people have given you a lot already. <3 ), please let me know. <3
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Blankiki Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Heh yay! I hate doing a lot of work XDD Yeah. People have been giving me tutorials, but no matter how hard I try, I just can't seem to be able to do anything :b Maybe it's just me. Maybe I just suck haha ^^
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petiteUlis Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Your image is blurry : /

How do you choose your palette ?
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ah, sorry! I overestimated the image size. but if you click download, you'll get a clear picture.

UM. They way I pick color palettes is similar to Syosa: [link]; and Jinn: [link].
They're much more experienced than I am, so it might help to read up on that. If not, you're welcome to ask me any questions regarding pixel palettes. C:
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teralilac Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial~ Thank you for sharing *W*
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ahh, thank you! <3 I hope it's helpful~ Q__Q /just realizing now how utterly vague it is/
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Pencilwithpaper Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Cool!
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
thanks~ C:
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Reiltra Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
you make it seem so easy
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Ah,sorry! I don't mean to! ;;A lot of the inbetween steps are just automatic to me now, so I forget to put those in. D8;;
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Reiltra Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
it's alright, i'll just have to practice if i really want to be good at it
but either way you tutorial does help :D
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GloomJuice Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Professional
It's cool to see how you work. :)
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
You're welcome! I hope it's helpful in some way. C:
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Thouy1 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist
Awesome!!
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Blankie10 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
i just RAPED the fav button omg I WAS WAITING FOR A TUTORIAL DAZSGHJCKFEDSHKX ZBLURGH DSFHSUGUDKJFJZX IT'S AWESOME!! <33 thank you so so so so so so so so so so so so so much! <33
Mental fit. Over.
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
ROFL.Good luck and hope it helps! XD
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Blankie10 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
C; thanks! <3
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philippstein Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work! I'm always very impressed by skillful pixel artists :)

But you prefer the cute stuff, right? Because I'm looking for someone who wants to collaborate on the most vicious pixel super villains in the pixel league of doom: :thumb346456546:
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philippstein Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SOrry, that was the wrong link, this one's better: [link]
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Ichitoko Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you! C:
But yeah, I prefer drawing cute stuff. lol XD;;
Good luck on that collab! Looks ambitious~
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kiriokus12 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Student Digital Artist
love it and trust me your not the only one thats bad a graphics .-.
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