This pixel art tutorial features Dan Grady showing us how to create 8 bit style artwork in Adobe Illustrator. It has become very popular and retro over the past decade to use 8 bit sprites even to the extent where people are even creating themselves in Adobe Illustrator or other software packages as 8 bit characters. So this pixel art tutorial could be a useful and fun learning resource for you to begin creating your own unique and retro video game style characters.
He works from a bitmap reference and guides you through all the necessary Adobe Illustrator techniques for creating your character and producing him/her as a vector image to retain all of its qualities and not lose any detail for example if you were to enlarge it.
He shows you how to create and place your own color swatches and also how to use the eyedropper tool to select the appropriate colors for your character. There is also a key too found in Illustrator which is fundamental for creating your 8 bit character and that is the rectangular grid tool. You will be guided through the step by step process of how to use this tool correctly and precisely for your creation. The swatch select and paint bucket tools are used to fill in the individual pixels in your newly formed grid and it is at this point where the fun can start and your 8 bit character will really start to show form.
So if you have ever wondered how to produce a simple 8 bit pixel art character in adobe Illustrator then this is the tutorial for you. Have fun and enjoy.