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Basic pixel art tutorial for creative Minecraft

Apparently pixel art is popular again, especially with recent sandbox games like Mojang's infamous indie game Minecraft.  If you're reading this article, chances are you like pixel art and would like to build something amazing in creative mode on Minecraft.  Thought I'd make a little basic tutorial to get you started with creating your own custom design.  Copying other pixel template designs is all well and good but its always good idea to be original to stand out from the crowd.

This tutorial will not teach you how to draw nor how to come up with creative ideas, but will show you how to get started.
There are millions of players who play Minecraft and chances are if there's a pixel art template out there then it's been created.  So rather than just trying to build something in Minecraft let's start by designing our template with pixel image software.  Fire up your favourite app of choice, there are lots to choose from if you don't have one.  For example; http://makepixelart.com/free/ or just Google pixel art creator, you don't have one to use this type of software, Photoshop or Gimp will do just fine.

Step 1; The Outline

Ok so you have an idea.  Start by doing a black outline, I'm using 20x20 pixel image.  Note: be sure to keep your image symmetrical.  If your start with a black outline no amount of polishing will save you.
Minecraft pixel art outline tutouial
Pixel art outline tutouial

Step 2; Basic Colour

Fill in the outline with basic colours making sure the colours are bright and vivid enough but keep in mind the available Minecraft blocks.
Minecraft pixel art basic colour tutouial
Pixel art basic colour tutouial

Step 3; Shadows & texture

For each basic colour pick a darker or lighter version for shadowing and texturing.  Try to image a directed light source.
Minecraft pixel art basic colour shadow tutouial
Pixel art basic colour shadow tutouial

Step 4; Coloured outline

To finish up colour the black outline keeping in mind the light source.  Normally light on top and darker the lower you go but keep it darker than the base colour.
Pixel art basic outline colour tutouial
Pixel art basic outline colour tutouial
Actual size of pixel template
Minecraft Steve pixel art
Minecraft Steve 
Now we have our pixel art template we can finally fire up Minecraft.  Carefully pick the Minecraft blocks that suet your template colours.  Now just build away.
Minecraft in game pixel art building
Minecraft in game pixel art building
Hope this helps you, enjoy and have fun, see you soon.


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