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Pixel Artists on Tools and Techniques for Creating Pixel Art

I am a self-taught freelance pixel artist that specializes in sprites and portraiture.
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How many years of experience do you have in pixel art, and how has your approach evolved over time?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
I have been making pixel art since December of 2020. When I first started, my priority was making sure that the subject was recognizable over anything else. While it's definitely still a goal, I now incorporate techniques I learned over time such as hue shifting, anti-aliasing, and making sure there aren't any jagged edges.
2
Are there particular styles or genres within pixel art that you consider your specialty or signature?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
The genres of pixel art I specialize in are portraiture and sprites. While I can do realism, I feel my strengths are cartoon and anime subject matter.
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How versatile are you in adapting to different artistic styles, and have you replicated existing game or brand styles before?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
While I try to maintain my own style, I feel that I do pretty well when it comes to imitating the styles of others. I have done pixel art in the style of Pokemon, Sonic, and Street Fighter. The one to the far right (Knuckles the Echidna) was done in the style of the RPG, Earthbound.
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Can you provide a portfolio or samples showcasing a range of your pixel art projects, including both static and animated pieces?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
Certainly! Here are some of my personal favorite pixel artworks from 2023-2024. I believe 2023 was when I finally got the hang of things.
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What digital tools or software do you typically employ when creating your pixel art pieces, and why?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact

I use a program called Aseprite, which I find to be excellent when it comes to both creating and animating pixel art. As for tools, I usually make pixel art using a mouse. For larger subjects, I use a drawing tablet to sketch it out first, and then use a mouse afterwards.
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What file formats and resolutions do you typically provide your completed pixel art in, and are there options for scaling?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
I usually deliver my files in the png format. Resolution depends on the subject. Sprites and items are usually delivered around 512x512 px, while single portraits are 600x600 px. Group portraits at their maximum (as in 18 figures) are 576 x 289 px.

Scaling and the original aseprite file are included for no additional charge.
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Are you capable of creating animated pixel art sequences, and what challenges do they present compared to static pieces?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
Currently, I'm focusing more on static pixel art. However, I do offer 2 frame animations. The main challenges that I've had with animating is managing layers, and timing.
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Are you experienced in creating pixel art tailored for specific game genres or platforms, such as RPGs or platformers?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
I occasionally make pixel art in the style of the RPG, Pokemon, specifically of the 4th generation game sprites. I have also been asked to make redesigns for a client's monster collecting RPG.
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What range of project requests do you cater to, from individual characters to full game assets or backgrounds?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
The subjects that I usually do are character sprites, items, and portraits. I feel that characters artwork is my strong point.
10
What factors influence the pricing of your pixel art commissions, including size, complexity, and animation?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
Pricing is determined by the size of the art, the amount of figures, if it's animated or not, and if the background is flat or complex.
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How do you manage feedback and revisions to ensure your clients are fully satisfied with the final pixel art piece?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
Around a day or so after the order is made, I show the client my current progress. I ask them if any adjustments need to made and go from there. if there's anything I'm unsure of, I will ask them about it. Usually it only takes one showing, but I allow up to 3 major revisions before charging anything.
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What advice would you give to someone looking to hire a pixel artist for a successful collaboration?
KaosMass95, Pixel artist
KaosMass95Pixel artist 3 months ago Contact
When it comes to big projects, ask the artist to do a "style test" first to make sure they're the right fit. Also, be as clear as you can about what exactly you are looking for.

There's a Twitter/X event called "Portfolio Day" that happens every few months where artists show off their best works. I feel that's a great opportunity to find pixel artists for your projects.