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Process of a Pixel Butler by Chikukko Process of a Pixel Butler by Chikukko
Big file D; This is what each step of colouring my Pixel chibi of Sebastian looked like, as well as the palette colours I used.

Art (C) *Chikukko

F.A.Qs

:bulletpink:1.) What size do you use for your pixel art?
- I use a canvas of about 250x400 -w/h- (for the most part)

:bulletblack:2.) What program do you use?
- Paint tool sai, more specifically the Binary pen.

:bulletpink:3.) Do you use a tablet?
- Yes, I do. I have Wacom: Bamboo Fun Small.

:bulletblack:4.) How long does your pixel art take?
- Anywhere from 3-5 hours. It can be longer but it depends on the detail that needs to be added.

:bulletpink:5.) How do you make your backgrounds transparent?
- GIMP. It's a free program so google it. When I use GIMP I open up the file and select the white background that I don't want with the magic wand tool (with pixel art I can use a threshold of about 15% but for traditional anywhere between 35-70% will be enough to clear the white as long as your lines don't have gaps in them) - Afterwards go to the layer option and - add alpha channel. Then simply press delete (making sure your white background is still highlighted with the magic wand tool.) and Presto! You have a transparent background. Then make sure you save with an extension file of .PNG.

:bulletblack:6.) How long did it take you to learn?
- I started doing Pixel art when I was about 12, by making and editing sprites on MS Paint where I got a grasp of how to do pixel art, I then mostly did icons until I started experimenting with bigger sized canvases a few months ago.

If you have a question feel free to ask and I will answer it here~

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:iconkitten-bubblepuff:
Kitten-Bubblepuff Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!
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Superjustinbros Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is quite adorable. :3
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:iconsnowy-kun:
Snowy-kun Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012
Helpful :)
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:iconvooglebears:
VoogleBears Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
That's really cool~
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:iconblacktearangel:
BlackTearAngel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
ive always wondered how do you do a pixel picture?
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hai-crazeh-peepz Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the binary pen, or you could us ms paint. but the binary pen on sai or other programs is what i and other people usually use. :)
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:iconblacktearangel:
BlackTearAngel Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
may i ask if you can turn that into English a little bit more?
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:iconhai-crazeh-peepz:
hai-crazeh-peepz Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
use the binary pen. that's how you use pixels. :)
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:iconblacktearangel:
BlackTearAngel Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
oh i i just realized what you ment by this but whas a binary pen
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:iconchikukko:
Chikukko Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's a brush option in programs such as paint tool sai.
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KittyStardraco Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
thanks so much for sharing this
XD i knew about the binary pen tool but i never thought that you could use it to make pixel characters :iconfacepalmplz: im so used to reading up how most people use photoshop i just assume that was the only way of doing it XDD
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:iconreiritsusaki:
ReiriTsusaki Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Very pretty *^*
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:icondrawing-stars-02:
Drawing-Stars-02 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
please teach me your ways! I wanna pixel so badly XDDD
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:iconkarakleos-hime:
Karakleos-Hime Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
very nice
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:iconarkeresia:
Arkeresia Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I just love how neat your pixels are
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:iconimadork007:
Imadork007 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
I could never master how to make the pixels in the line art look so good. ;.;
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:iconwalnutprophecy:
WalnutProphecy Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow....:wow: I was actually in the process of making a pixel Sebastian. But it looks like I can't now as this is too good!
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:iconyukina-snowbunny:
Yukina-Snowbunny Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
This is so cute ^^. Favorite-ing it for sure :3 :heart:!
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:iconinvadersasha:
InvaderSasha Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome~ :D
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:iconshmivey:
Shmivey Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
he looks like a girl but it came out awesome!!!! ^^
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:iconmoonhoto:
MoonHoto Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student General Artist
how do you draw the body without making it look out of proportion??
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:iconchikukko:
Chikukko Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
For my chibis I tend to do a biggish circle for the head, two smaller circles for the body, the arms length to about the top of the theigh and usually the legs are a bit longer than the body. I do a lot of circles and lines @__@
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:iconmoonhoto:
MoonHoto Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012  Student General Artist
LOL o_o' Thanks for answer! maybe it could help to don't draw aliens ^o^'
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:iconxxxsnufflebunnyxxx:
xXxSnuffleBunnyxXx Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you draw the lineart on a sheet of paper first and then do it for pixel or do you automatically start with pixel?
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:iconchikukko:
Chikukko Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, I do start with a sketch, it's a lot easier and requires less editing in the later stage as well because i'm really messy XD
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:iconxxrainbowdashrulesxx:
XxRainbowDashRulesxX Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesomeness! Now if only I could do that... (tabletless XD)
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:iconlinyang:
LinYang Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
Whoa so cool!
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:icongimmethechocolate:
Gimmethechocolate Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i have a question ^^ how long did it take you to learn?
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:iconpurrinee:
Purrinee Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012
woaaw, looks great!!! Sebastian looks awesome in your style! :eyes::heart: xD
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:iconmissdarkangel167:
MissDarkAngel167 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
BASSEY :iconglompageplz:
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:iconmint-bunny-chan:
Mint-Bunny-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Writer
How long did it take?
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:iconchikukko:
Chikukko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Around 3-4 hours. It mostly depends on how much editing needs to be done at the end. (Like removing pixels that look out of place or redrawing something that looks awkward D: )
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Mint-Bunny-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Writer
Wow, I admire that you can do that <3 I would have smashed the computer ;__; I'm not a patient person //IS SHOT
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:iconchikukko:
Chikukko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
;___; I'm sure you could do it! I don't even notice time pass when i'm engrossed in pixel art XDD
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:iconmint-bunny-chan:
Mint-Bunny-Chan Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Student Writer
Lol X3

I really have no patience though ;__; Even with traditional :D
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:icongiiana:
Giiana Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What size do you use for your pixel art? :3
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:iconchikukko:
Chikukko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
uhh now a days I tend to use 400 height and 300 width but I think Sebby was around the time when I was doing 300x250
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Giiana Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohhh right! Thanks!! I might try to do something ^^
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:iconseonleeromane:
SeonleeRomane Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was waiting for a chance to see how you work, this is great! You put a lot of work into your pixels and it really shows. Oh and Sebby is so cute here :I
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Chikukko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not particularly a great example of my WIPs because most of it was pretty perfect as I was going through /shot/ and it's mostly black but there are others that take hours to edit out double pixels or pixels that look out of place
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SeonleeRomane Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well I'd love to see a more complex pixel. This alone is above my skill lever and I'm sure you'd blow my mind with one of your more colourful ones!
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:iconnovathebat:
novathebat Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cewl!
o3o
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:iconlizziehime:
LizzieHime Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so this is how you amazing pixel artists do it...
>.>
<.<
*studies page and runs away*
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:iconchikukko:
Chikukko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
XDD Well this is what I do at least, I know alot of pixel artists now abuse burn/airbrush tools to the max
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:iconclaire-aegis-faust:
Claire-Aegis-Faust Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how do they abuse the burn and airbrush tools?
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:iconchikukko:
Chikukko Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Iunno, it's just evident since there are no actual pixels XD so it's more like outlined with a pixel brush and then the inside is just coloured with airbrush
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:iconclaire-aegis-faust:
Claire-Aegis-Faust Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well that's a little pointless, isn't really pixel art then is it? Your is, it's all done with pixels and is beautiful!
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