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Hi! I am looking for a pixel art tutorial specific to PICO-8’s restrictions.

My students start to create sprites and tile sets. I would like to help them make something great. Of course there are lots of pixel art tutorials online, but they are nearly always about larger sprites, 16x16 or greater. Good stuff, but mostly frustrating if you try to apply that to 8x8 sprites.

I guess there is a lot to be said about …

  • dealing with only 8x8 pixels
  • how to use the 16 color palette
  • how to create depth
  • how to design a tile set for creating interesting maps
  • how to avoid repetition

Has anybody ever tried to write that down? Or made a video? I‘ve looked through all PICO-8 resources, tutorials and magazines I could get a hold of – and that’s a lot! – but I could not find anything suitable.

Any ideas?

P#82826 2020-10-12 07:05


Thats an excellent find, Zverik! Thanks a lot! That is what I was looking for. Unfortunately this guy’s english is hardly bearable, but the tips are pure gold!

No surprise I did not know about this, it’s been uploaded a week ago.

P#82839 2020-10-12 15:09 ( Edited 2020-10-12 15:10)

Very nice find. This video is by a forum member, BoneVolt. His work is brilliant!

P#82847 2020-10-12 18:00

it's interesting, thanks!

P#122804 2022-12-21 13:16

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