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Introduction to Character Design in Pixel Art

A course by Daniel Benítez , Art Director

Art Director. Sevilla, Spain.
Joined October 2018

Create characters for video games where the pixel is the star

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  • 99% positive reviews (882)
  • 18028 students
  • Audio: Spanish, English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create characters for video games where the pixel is the star

A course by Daniel Benítez

A pixel is the smallest digital representation of color, and pixel art is a form of digital art that consists in editing images at pixel level to build an "old school" aesthetic like the very first video games.

In this course, learn to reproduce this aesthetic alongside Daniel Benítez, cofounder of the video game studio Fourattic, as he teaches you to master the art of the pixel from scratch to create characters and graphics for latest-generation 2D video games using Pyxel Edit.

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What will you learn in this online course?

15 lessons & 16 downloads

Programs for pixelar
8 minutes, 2 seconds
Contour
19 minutes, 11 seconds
Lighting and Shading
14 minutes, 17 seconds
Final Result 1
18 minutes, 53 seconds
  • 99% positive reviews (882)
  • 18028 students
  • 15 lessons (2h 18m)
  • 16 additional resources (7 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish, English
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Design a pixel-art character complete with accessories and a backdrop.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone wanting to gain a basic understanding of pixel art for video game design.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is necessary, all you need is a computer with Pyxel Edit or a similar pixel-art editing software. A graphics tablet would also be useful, but is not essential.


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18028 Students
882 Reviews
99% Positive ratings

Daniel Benítez

A course by Daniel Benítez

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Art Director

Daniel Benítez is an art director specialized in video games and pixel art, a technique that he has been developing since beginning his career in the world of video games. He is cofounder of Fourattic, an independent video game studio, and has collaborated on video games such as Crossing Souls and Starr Mazer.

His latest and most ambitious creation, Crossing Souls, was born from the need to build something of his own, made purely with the players in mind. Crossing Souls is an action video game with an "old-school" aesthetic available on all the top platforms.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do during the course?
  • U2

    Pyxel Edit: Alternatives, Interface and Tools

    • Programs for pixelar
    • Pyxel Edit
    • Interface, tools, colors and layers
  • U3

    Creation of a pixel art character and its surroundings

    • Creation of the project
    • Basic forms (silhouette of the character)
    • Adding color (Basic color theory)
    • Contour
    • Lighting and Shading
  • U4

    Final result and Exportation: Transparencies, scales and formats

    • Final Result 1
    • Final Result 2
    • Final Result 3
    • Export
  • FP

    Final project

    • x Introduction to pixel art

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Introduction to Character Design in Pixel Art. 3D, Animation & Illustration course by Daniel Benítez Best seller

Introduction to Character Design in Pixel Art

A course by Daniel Benítez
Art Director. Sevilla, Spain.
Joined October 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (882)
  • 18028 students