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Pixel Art Tutorial Series


:house: Pixel Art Basics
:pointr: How to start with pixel art
:pointr: Difference between isometric and non-isometric pixel art
:pointr: How to dither in pixel art
:pointr: How to make shadows and light sources in pixel art
:pointr: How to add textures to pixel art
:pointr: How to make a pixel transparency
:pointr: How to save pixel art
:pointr: How to make round objects in pixel art
:pointr: How to use reference in pixel art
:pointr: How to replace colors easily (MS Paint)
:bulletwhite: Progress: 7/10

:house: Pixel Art Exterior
:pointr: How to make a victorian house?
:pointr: How to make a pixel tree
:pointr: How to make a pixel roof
:pointr: How to make a pixel house 1
:pointr: How to make a pixel house 2
:bulletwhite: Progress: 3/5

:house: Pixel Art Interior
:pointr: How to make a pixel bed
:pointr: How to make a pixel chair
:pointr: How to make a pixel table
:pointr: How to make a pixel couch
:pointr: How to make a pixel tile
:pointr: How to make a pixel countertop
:pointr: How to make a pixel refrigerator
:pointr: How to make a pixel bar stool
:pointr: How to make a pixel stove
:pointr: How to make a pixel flowerpot
:pointr: How to make a pixel lamp
:pointr: How to make a pixel nightstand
:pointr: How to make a pixel aquarium
:pointr: How to make a pixel fireplace
:pointr: How to make a pixel cupboard
:pointr: How to make a pixel carpet
:pointr: How to make pixel curtains
:pointr: How to make a pixel kitchen
:pointr: How to make a pixel bedroom
:pointr: How to make a pixel living room
:bulletwhite: Progress: 11/20

:house: Pixel Art Characters
:pointr: How to make a pixel eminem 1
:pointr: How to make a pixel eminem 2
:pointr: How to make a small pixel character/sprite
:bulletwhite: Progress: 2/3

:house: Pixel Art Text
:pointr: How to make pixel text
:bulletwhite: Progress: 1/1

:house: Pixel Art Objects
:pointr: How to make a pixel gemstone
:pointr: How to make a pixel flower
:bulletwhite: Progress: 0/2

:house: Pixel Art Premium
:pointr: Basics of Pixel Art
:bulletwhite: Progress: 1/1

:bulletwhite: Overall Progress: 25/42

Pixel Art Tutorial Series is currently the most popular thing on my page. The idea behind this is to take suggestions from the community and try to make a tutorial out of these things, helping out fellow deviants along the way. You can also find my pixel art tutorials in groups like TutorialsForYou, TutorialsClub and PixelCommunity.
Here is a list of tutorials in my Pixel Art Tutorial Series, tutorials which are underlined and bold are already ready tutorials that you can read, other tutorials without the underline are tutorials that will be posted in deviantART in near future.
You can also suggest new pixel art tutorial series by commenting on my profile page, on these tutorials or by sending me a note.

Free to use Icons

Here are the icons I have made that you can use as your avatar. You don't have to ask my permission to use them, just add them as your avatar and enjoy.

Paint Brush Icon by vanmallHouse Icon by vanmallInk and Paper Icon by vanmallBook Icon by vanmallBulbasaur Icon by vanmall

Free to use Journal/Gallery Skins

Here are the journal/gallery skins I have made for everyone to use. Most of them are made for my own taste, meaning that these are quite simple and to the point. If you find something that you like, then be sure to install it.

:house: Journal Skins:
Minimal by vanmall Yellow Square by vanmall Simply Perfect by vanmall

:house: Gallery Skins:
TFY Gallery Skin by vanmall

Tutorial Showcase

Journals/articles about tutorials outside deviantART which are worth mentioning. This showcase series is featured in TutorialsForYou and TutorialsClub.

:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #1 - Text Effects
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #2 - Web Interfaces
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #3 - Drawing
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #4 - Photography
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #5 - Icons
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #6 - Photo Manipulation/Photo Effects
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #7 - Logo Design in Adobe Illustrator
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #8 - 3D Text Effects in Photoshop
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #9 - Easter Special by TheGalleryOfEve
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #10 - Posters
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #11 - Spring
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #12 - Animation by TheGalleryOfEve
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #13 - Pixel Art
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #14 - Photography Lighting
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #15 - Crafting
:pointr: Tutorial Showcase #16 - Winter


Here are some of the Articles and Tutorials that I have written over the years.

:pointr: Taking Stock Photos With Home Made Light Box


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I'm still here!!

Sat Mar 28, 2015, 11:26 AM

It seems that I haven't written a journal for over a year now and there's a reason for it.

Over the past year I have been quite busy and even tho I love this website and community, I haven't had time to do anything at all. My main reason at first was that I got a new job and that's why I had to be away a lot. But after that a lot has changed and I got busier and busier. Even now I'm almost ready to move to another city, so I still have a lot to do.

That's why, today, I decided to close or leave most of my groups. I don't want to have groups that I don't have time to run, I hope you understand. But I took the time to read most of the messages you all left me. Thank you for your nice words. :)

I will still keep my tutorial groups and I do want to do something awesome with these some time soon. I also updated our pixel town project and I will update it even more in a near future. So this will still be active.

I hope you are all doing great! I would love to hear from all of you!

As soon as I have some free time, I will make some more pixel art tutorials/pixel art/update pixel art town/write some articles to tutorial groups. :aww:


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Mikk Sammal
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
Hi, my name is Mikk Sammal or as most of you know me - vanmall. I'm 24 years old and live in Estonia, a small country next to Finland, Russia, Latvia and Sweden. During these 24 years I have found myself many hobbies I really enjoy. If you have been watching me then you most probably already know what I like and what I don't like. Due to my hobbies I really like summer as then I have more free time to enjoy my life. I like to ride with bike a lot and also take pictures. When theres nothing else to do then I use my computer to create some art, mostly pixel art or web design. I'm really proud of my pixel art achievements, I have tried out most of the things you can do with pixel art and during that time I also tried to teach others.
DeviantArt has always played an important part in my life as when I first started with my art then this was the place where I got my inspiration and feedback.

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Lexi247 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015
Just stopping by to say hello :hug: Have a wonderful day~!
Ediia Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015  New Deviant Hobbyist
Thanks for tutorial! I am a dummy!
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MsMellaa Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
I was wondering.. I'm making a website, a sort of guide on pixel art online.. It includes information on history of pixel art, the community, the differences in styles/techniques etc.. 
But there's also a part that has tutorials, where people can find all kinds of tutorials..
Would you mind if I named a couple of your tutorials on there (with link to the full file here on DA)?

I'm not open yet, but almost finished ^-^

I hope to hear from you soon..
dear-boy-dream Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015
wyspier Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very nice pixel art tutorials :) (Smile) 
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