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Interview with KaosMass95 

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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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.
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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days ago Contact
The subjects that I usually do are character sprites, items, and portraits. I feel that characters artwork is my strong point.
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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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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KaosMass95Pixel artist 16 days 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.