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Hey, gamedevs!

I was wondering if there were any in-depth books covering pixel art? I really would like to start taking my craft seriously and would like to learn more about this medium. Gathered a ton of online tutorials and will also be studying the professionals but having an actual book covering the medium would be fantastic!

If you know any, please let me know. It can be physical or pdf, doesn't matter!

Thanks in advance!

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I have not heard of a book specifically on pixel art, but there is this book: Drawing Basics and Video Game Art which I thought was very interesting (it's focuses a lot on figures in particular.). I would say in my experience (gallery link so you know where I'm coming from) that getting better at pixel art is really just getting better at drawing in general; that is, understanding shape, lighting, color, perspective, etc and then applying it to the particular medium of pixel art. Getting involved with online communities would help, too, like http://www.pixeljoint.com/, since having another set of eyes looking at your work really helps in identifying where you can improve. But- I have to say that you have to be aware that those communities tend to evolve their own preferences that may or may not be relevant to what you want to do (for example, a ton of work on pixel joint has way overdone hue-shifted shading in my opinion).

 

Here's my obligatory link to my general art article that I made specifically to put a bunch of basic art ideas in one place that you might enjoy glancing over: http://www.gamedev.net/page/resources/_/creative/visual-arts/the-total-beginner%E2%80%99s-guide-to-better-2d-game-art-r2959

 

It looks like there are a couple pixel-art specific books on Amazon, but I don't know much about them, sorry.

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Hello.
You are very talented, Prinz.

I remember reading a book on pixel-art several years ago. It was written by Ari Feldman, the author of "SpriteLib," a creative commons sprite collection.
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The book is long out of print, but the author kindly released it to the public for free, in an electronic form. EDIT: And I did not know of this until writing this post.
http://www.widgetworx.com/book/

You can also look for a second hand copy of it in Amazon or eBay, unless it costs less to print it yourself or if you have an e-book reader. Having it in paper form is nevertheless much more convenient. Edited by Kryzon

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