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know the 'rules' myself since I'm just an amateur--I still have a lot to learn too ;w; (plus this tutorial is super outdated so I probably broke a bunch of rules in it OTL;;; ) but ahh, okyi has a little explanation about pixel art on her tumblr here (she's a fantastic pixel artist)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~.
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.
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
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.