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Awkward Pixel Icon Tutorial by FrozenTimez Awkward Pixel Icon Tutorial by FrozenTimez
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So, I think I said I'd make one months ago,
and now I finally have many months later =v=;
I'm sorry if its not very good/unclear OTL;
It's my first real shot at a tutorial and I'm a pixel noob myself :iconlazycryplz:

Also, please excuse any typos and grammatical mistakes
since I'm grammatically challenged orz //sobs

ahhh ya, I hope this is useful ; v ;

:star: :star: :star: commissions are open! :star: :star: :star:
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FantasyEverythingEve Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What website did you do that on?
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rimuu Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was just going to start doing some pixel art for the first time so this helps me a ton. So awesome! QuQ
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Thank you! I'm glad it was helpful ´ ▽ ` )ノ!!
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CherushiMetsumari Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aw, this is a very nice tutorial! :heart:
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner May 29, 2014
Thank you ` 7 `!! <3
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CherushiMetsumari Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :heart:
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Sparkkiez Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
WOW! thanks for doing this tutorial! I am so going to try out this pixel thing :)
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:iconfrozentimez:
FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
you're welcome! ´ ▽ ` )ノ
good luck with your pixeling endeavors!
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Sparkkiez Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks! I'll try to improve my pixel ar tore :)
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saruwarui Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really helpful thanks!
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:iconfrozentimez:
FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
you're welcome! I'm glad to hear that it was helpful > v <!
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evie2001 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What are you setting for the pen tool you used to sketch the icon? ;w;
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
I use the brush tool set at a 1px hard round brush * v *)ノ
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evie2001 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay thanks!
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Misutesu Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014
Thank you for making this tutorial .. so helpful OuO
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:iconfrozentimez:
FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
of course! I'm glad you found it helpful!! ´ ▽ ` )ノ
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:iconmisutesu:
Misutesu Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
but uh .. I have questions. Is there any rules for making pixel ? and how to stay in one palette?

thank you ,,u.u,, 
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
ahaha I must admit that I don't exactly know the 'rules' myself since I'm just an amateur--I still have a lot to learn too ;w;
(plus this tutorial is super outdated so I probably broke a bunch of rules in it OTL;;; )
but ahh, okyi has a little explanation about pixel art on her tumblr here (she's a fantastic pixel artist)
She has a lot of other great tips tagged under #tips if you're interested~

As for staying in one palette, I don't do this personally (though I probably should ahaha), but I know many artists select their palettes beforehand and then stick to that palette as they actually draw. An example of that is in this tutorial~.

I hope that helps! ´ ▽ ` )ノ 
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Misutesu Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
thanks for the info. its really helpful to me ^--^. so its like that I have to know how to play with colours right ? but uh .. I did my pixel icon based on your tutorial (but I think it looks kinda weird but I like it) and I tried to stay in a palette (and its really hard to me).

can you give any opinion or maybe some tips to make it nicer?
thank you again ,,u.u,, you're really nice to me.

link: fav.me/d7acuur
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014
haha I know what you mean. I don't really use a palette since I know it'd be hard to stick to it xD
Your icon looks great though!
As for some tips, hmmm~
Since the hair is white and the skin is a light shade, they kind of blend where the two meet, so maybe make an outline for the hair that's darker? I tend to outline the major areas of my icons so they stick out, but that's just me. sorry I'm not all that great at giving advice ahaha;; just keep practicing and you'll eventually get to something that your like´ ▽ ` )ノ
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Misutesu Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
 NO la !! Your advice is really helping  ^▽^

I also think there's something wrong with her hair (but I dunno what it is).. and you gave me a great idea ! I never thought to give a darker outline for it. Thank you thank you thank you ! \(≧≦)/

Thank you o///o.. but I used someone's base for my icon since I can't make my own base.. Yuuta Togashi (Shy Blush) [V1]
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2014
awesome! I'm glad it helped ´ ▽ ` )ノ
it still looked great hehe~ practice makes perfect!
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CustardBananaFlakes Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you soooo much for making this!~
This really helped, and with this I made my first pixel icon OuO Thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!~
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
of course!! I'm glad that it was helpful! ´ ▽ ` )ノ
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Bloody-Mar Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much, this will really help me c': :heart:
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
you're welcome!! glad to hear that it's helpful! ´ ▽ ` )ノ
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Hilmu Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Thanks for the tuto! It's the best pixel tutorial I've seen this far. I tried it myself and my icon looked like shit. :D Maybe I'll practise pixeling later.
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013
Thanks you!
aww I'm sure it was fine haha xD
just keep at it! ´ ▽ ` )ノ
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I-Oreo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
used! (not near as good as yours but I had to improvise) 
thx for making this!
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013
you're welcome!
aww I'm sure it turned out amazing * 7 *!! <3
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IsaacLover Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
his is very helpfull! Ive been needing to know how to make pixel icons for MONTHS! So I praise you!
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:iconfrozentimez:
FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
aww thanks! I'm glad it helped ´ ▽ ` )ノ!
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SouOrtiz Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
omagad *----* so helpful!!!!:iconpapplz: thanks you a lot!!
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
no problem! I'm glad you found it helpful ; 7 ;! <3
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Inuvantem Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2013  Student General Artist
This is great! :) The best pixel tutorial I've found so far! :)
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2013
aw thank you very much!! ` 7 ` <3
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Cairu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeeee... This helped me so much! It's one of the best pixeling tutorial I've seen - just what I needed!
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Thank you!! I'm really glad it helped ; 7 ;! <3
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Cairu Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I also own a Fun tablet, by the way :)
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Leafpodd Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Nice It Looks Like Your A NPC designer for a Game         .ABSENCE OF MIND.   Im Crying Rainbows So Much Plz 
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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013
aww thanks so much QwQ!!
i really wish i was an npc designer for a game...;; ಥ⌣ಥ
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Yaitilia Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
This will be cool for Animal Crossing clothes. :XD:
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Lovely-Leaves Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student General Artist
This was probably the most helpful tutorial for pixelling I've ever seen. Now I understand.

Thank you SO MUCH ;U;

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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Thank you!! I'm really glad you found it helpful!! :iconaawplz:
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Lovely-Leaves Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Student General Artist
I did! You helped me so much! With this tutorial in mind, I made an icon and a gif pixel doll ;u;

Here they are in case you're interested in seeing!



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FrozenTimez Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013
uwahh they turned out great!! :iconslashshine:
keep it up!! pixels are fun aren't they ehehehe > v <9 <3
I haven't made a pixel doll in so long but now I kinda wanna make one after seeing yours!! * O *
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Lovely-Leaves Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank youu ;v;!!

They are so much fun owo <3

YOU SHOULD!
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XFuyu-YumeX Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks ^^
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AiTranHo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Student Interface Designer
when the first, i read it , i can't undertants all :(
But your tutorial is so heplful for me :D
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HeroMug Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't pixel much at all, but your tutorial was a HUGE help for me when I decided that my icon should be pixel art. I referred this to my spriter friend telling him it was the best tutorial out there! Thanks a bunch. :D
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