PixArt 001 – What Is Pixel Art?

PixArt 001 – What Is Pixel Art?


Hi there it’s Jo and I’m going to talk about
Pixel Art today! So you want to be a Pixel Artist?
That’s a question a lot of people have already asked
And many others have already answered, but I’m going to give you my own personal answer
to this question ,in this series of videos on Pixel Art.
So before we start, let’s have a clear definition of what is Pixel Art, and what is *not* Pixel
Art! Some people believe that any sort of Digital
Art which is comprised of pixels is Pixel Art, but that is not true.
What sets Pixel Art apart from other types of Digital Art is the scope of the creation
And control the artist has over each singular pixel.
It doesn’t need to be necessarily small either, but the bigger it gets, the less cost-effective
it is. So what defines Pixel Art in the end if whether
you are aware of each pixel’s placement or not.
In the internet there are many debates on what is Pixel art and what is not Pixel Art,
but I will ask you to avoid participating on those because it is not constructive, you
should work on your art instead. And if you want to use gradients and things
from other types of Digital Art together with your pixel art, do so. It’s art — You don’t
need to stick to one type of art, you can mix them together.
So why does Pixel Art exist? Where does it come from? Pixel art was born due to the limitations
of hardware, early game consoles could only display so many pixels at any given time.
Which means that these artists had to make the best out of these pixels that they had
in hand, a reality which is not shared by the artists of today, as hardware limitations
are not as strong as they once were. In general you are normally free to use however
many pixels you want in anything you make. I mean, resolutions are enormous nowdays.
Like, I mean 4K televisions are there. Like, 4 thousand pixels? Per… Horizon? …Column?
Yeah that’s a lot. I mean Bar not Column. But yeah, Pixel Art isn’t a necessity anymore,
it’s a stylistic choice. In most of the cases anyway, I mean, Nintendo consoles are still
there, so sometimes you still kinda need pixels, but yah~
I mean don’t get me wrong I love my DS! So now we know what is and isn’t Pixel Art,
why it exists and where it coes from, but why, why do you want to learn Pixel Art, and
why do you want to use Pixel Art on your projects? So games nowdays don’t need Pixel Art but
if you are an Indie game developer you might benefit from it, especially if you use softwares
like RPG Maker for instance. Not to mention that for most people it’s much
easier to create Pixel Art graphics than to create 3D.
That is debatable, though. Not to mention that Pixel Art is considerably older than
3D, which means there are many more years of techniques and references for you if you
want to create Pixel Art graphics. That, and nostalgia too.
So anyway as a game developer, there are plenty of reasons for you to use pixel art, but maybe
you should not… I mean if you want Pixel Art to create a 4K game, um… Maybe you shouldn’t
use Pixel Art, you can use Vector art instead or straight out 3D. Because the work of Pixel
Art is much and much and much bigger as you get the resolution to be bigger. So think
whether it’s a good idea to use Pixel Art or 3D or Vector or whatsoever. But if you
already are a visual artist, or want to be one, I strongly recommend you to learn Pixel
Art, even though you might not use it directly. Why?
Pixel Art in itself is a highly restrictive medium. As you work with restrictions, you
grow better. Working directly with pixels is already restrictive, but you can impose
even more restrictions upon yourself, such as working with a limited palette, and working
with a limited canvas size. Suppose you’re making a game in the style
of a Gameboy game, you have to be very SMART on the placement of the pixels, and you have
to convey much with little. Since you lack that level of detail from other types of Digital
Art, you have to make every single pixel count. And that is a skill in itself which will improve
every single of your artistic abilities. Pixel Art is also highly reliant on your color choices,
and palette is something very important for you to develop if you want to convey a strong,
characteristic message through your pixel art. So Pixel Art forces you to be smart with
your color choices, and this is something very interesting. I’m going to talk a bit
more on the benefits of learning Pixel Art as an artist, o the next videos. I hope this
video helped you to familiarize yourself with the concept of pixel art, and I hope your
ready for the lessons to come! If you have any questions or anything, just write down
below, give it a like if you like it, and don’t forget to stay tuned for the next videos.
Tchau tchau!

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