Frequently Asked Questions

I get quite a few questions about my pixel art, so I thought I’d answer the more frequent ones here !

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Q : What programs do you recommend for pixel art ?

Raster Art programs are what you want to use ideally. GIMP is an excellent free program, whilst Fireworks is good if you can afford it. If you have an IPhone / IPad, check out an app called “Sprite Something”. It costs $5, but it allows you to doodle small things on the go.

http://www.gimp.org/

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sprite-something/id372515745?mt=8

http://www.adobe.com/products/fireworks.html

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Q: Do you have any tips ?

A: Sure thing !

- Keep it simple
You’ve only got a limited amount of space to try and pixelate a character, so you’ve got to economise ! Big recognisable details are what you should aim to include, as those are what people recognise most.

- Use Shading
Shading is your best friend. If you want to give a 3D look, darken the colours along the edge slightly, and lighten them on the opposite edge. Has the character got ridges or indents on their armour ? Use a darker shade of the standard colour.

-Shapes
Pixels are square. Circles aren’t. You can however create “Round Edges” by drawing a square and removing the corner blocks. Very useful when trying to replicate odd shapes.

I’ll probably add more as I think about it. Hope it helps !

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Q: How much does it cost to request a character from you !

A: If you just want to suggest something for me to make for my blog, it’s FREE ! However, if you want to request a character for something else it’s best to email me the exact details. Most likely it will be a special “commission”, and we’ll have to work out the details.

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Q: If I want to commission something from you, how would I go about that ?

If you want to contact me about anything just shoot me an email ! pixelblocktumblr@gmail.com.

The price of a commission can vary, depending on what it is and how long it takes. Don’t be afraid to ask !

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Q: Do you mind if I use some of your artwork for my blog / art project inspiration ?

A: I’d prefer if you emailed me first, and let me know what it is you are going to be doing. But as long as you credit me properly, than I have no problem !

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Q: I made some perler bead art of your sprites and I want to sell them on Etsy. Can I do that ?

A: You know what ? Sure ! Just remember to provide a source link to either the blog or the PixelBlock Etsy Store so people know where you found the original image. : )

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Q: Have you got a shop where I can buy some of your stuff ?

A: Sure ! Click the “Redbubble Store" and "Etsy Store" links on the toolbar to be whisked away to a magical world of pixel inspired whimsy. The Redbubble store has a few different stickers and T-shirts available (mind the mess - I don’t get much time to sort it out) whilst the Etsy features handmade amigurumi and a variety of uniquely blocky sticker sets.

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Q: Hey ! I just recreated some of your stuff ! Wanna see ?

A: You bet I do ! Send me a message or email me with the picture and I’ll feature it on the blog !

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Q: Hey, do you want to help out on a Video Game Project ?

A: Email me the specifics and I’ll be happy to talk with you ! I don’t get too much free time these days, but I’m always willing to help out where I can.

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Q: LOOK AT MY KITTY CAT !

A: WHY ARE WE YELLING ?

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Q: Make me a sandwich !

A: Ham or Turkey ? Wait a minute….No !

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Q: Please ?

A: Nope

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Q: I read all the way to the bottom of this silly FAQ and my question STILL hasn’t been answered. Did Han shoot first ?

A: Still got a question ? Email me (or message me on Tumblr) and I’ll sort it out. Oh, and it really depends on whether you accept the “Special Edition” version as true canon. He’s either a smuggler defending himself or a cold-blooded survivalist rogue.

Frequently Asked Questions

I get quite a few questions about my pixel art, so I thought I’d answer the more frequent ones here !

——————————————————————————————-

Q : What programs do you recommend for pixel art ?

Raster Art programs are what you want to use ideally. GIMP is an excellent free program, whilst Fireworks is good if you can afford it. If you have an IPhone / IPad, check out an app called “Sprite Something”. It costs $5, but it allows you to doodle small things on the go.

http://www.gimp.org/

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sprite-something/id372515745?mt=8

http://www.adobe.com/products/fireworks.html

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Q: Do you have any tips ?

A: Sure thing !

- Keep it simple
You’ve only got a limited amount of space to try and pixelate a character, so you’ve got to economise ! Big recognisable details are what you should aim to include, as those are what people recognise most.

- Use Shading
Shading is your best friend. If you want to give a 3D look, darken the colours along the edge slightly, and lighten them on the opposite edge. Has the character got ridges or indents on their armour ? Use a darker shade of the standard colour.

-Shapes
Pixels are square. Circles aren’t. You can however create “Round Edges” by drawing a square and removing the corner blocks. Very useful when trying to replicate odd shapes.

I’ll probably add more as I think about it. Hope it helps !

——————————————————————————————-

Q: How much does it cost to request a character from you !

A: If you just want to suggest something for me to make for my blog, it’s FREE ! However, if you want to request a character for something else it’s best to email me the exact details. Most likely it will be a special “commission”, and we’ll have to work out the details.

——————————————————————————————-

Q: If I want to commission something from you, how would I go about that ?

If you want to contact me about anything just shoot me an email ! pixelblocktumblr@gmail.com.

The price of a commission can vary, depending on what it is and how long it takes. Don’t be afraid to ask !

——————————————————————————————-

Q: Do you mind if I use some of your artwork for my blog / art project inspiration ?

A: I’d prefer if you emailed me first, and let me know what it is you are going to be doing. But as long as you credit me properly, than I have no problem !

——————————————————————————————-

Q: I made some perler bead art of your sprites and I want to sell them on Etsy. Can I do that ?

A: You know what ? Sure ! Just remember to provide a source link to either the blog or the PixelBlock Etsy Store so people know where you found the original image. : )

——————————————————————————————-

Q: Have you got a shop where I can buy some of your stuff ?

A: Sure ! Click the “Redbubble Store" and "Etsy Store" links on the toolbar to be whisked away to a magical world of pixel inspired whimsy. The Redbubble store has a few different stickers and T-shirts available (mind the mess - I don’t get much time to sort it out) whilst the Etsy features handmade amigurumi and a variety of uniquely blocky sticker sets.

——————————————————————————————-

Q: Hey ! I just recreated some of your stuff ! Wanna see ?

A: You bet I do ! Send me a message or email me with the picture and I’ll feature it on the blog !

——————————————————————————————-

Q: Hey, do you want to help out on a Video Game Project ?

A: Email me the specifics and I’ll be happy to talk with you ! I don’t get too much free time these days, but I’m always willing to help out where I can.

——————————————————————————————-

Q: LOOK AT MY KITTY CAT !

A: WHY ARE WE YELLING ?

——————————————————————————————-

Q: Make me a sandwich !

A: Ham or Turkey ? Wait a minute….No !

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Q: Please ?

A: Nope

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Q: I read all the way to the bottom of this silly FAQ and my question STILL hasn’t been answered. Did Han shoot first ?

A: Still got a question ? Email me (or message me on Tumblr) and I’ll sort it out. Oh, and it really depends on whether you accept the “Special Edition” version as true canon. He’s either a smuggler defending himself or a cold-blooded survivalist rogue.

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