This sub forum is about sharing your Work In Progress, receiving
constructive criticism (CC) and improving your art! Anyone who loves
learning and helping others is encouraged to post here.
How to post images
Images need to be hosted externally
to be included in a forum post. Any hosting service will do, but we
recommend Imgur.com as their images never go down and they do not
compress your pixel art.
Once you've uploaded to Imgur you want to either get the BBCode Share Link, or right click on your image and copy the (direct) image location/image address
You'll then want to put the [img] and [/img] tags around the direct image location, so your final code looks like this:
Alternatively you can also insert an image by clicking the insert image button in the editor, and pasting the direct image location there.
Make sure your image is saved in a lossless format such as .PNG, never use .JPG when saving pixel art.
The forum has a zoom function
on all images. Click to zoom, shift click to zoom out. Therefor, please
post your images at normal 1x zoom level, there is no need to scale it
Please crop your images before you post them, it is not pretty when you post a large white canvas with only a small sprite on it.
How do I ask for Critique?
Asking critique is an art form on it's own, but here is a quick summary of guidelines to help your post and art succeed:
Show some effort! Nobody
likes to respond to incredibly crude stuff. Once you've put in a couple
of hours, your work will start to attract responses. If you have
multiple versions, share them all!
Once critique starts to come in,
you might feel like you need to redo your whole piece. In any case,
remember that the more effort you put in, the more value you will get
In case you don't get much (or any) response after a day or two,
keep on posting your progress or new experiments. Sometimes it takes
multiple attempts before someone can recommend help
Be specific. Ask questions about the problems you
have, tell us where you got stuck. Also, it is easier to ask critique
for 1 work of art at a time than for a whole collection or series.
Be inclusive. Tell us what your art is for, what your inspirations and references are, perhaps which limitations you have.
People who leave replies are hoping you include their suggestions in
the next version of your artwork. If you don't consider their comments,
why should they respond in the first place? If you do not understand the
critique that is delivered to you, ask questions about it. At the very
least, consider being thankful and thank people for their time and
Remember, every response you get is intended to help you, even if it feels rude or invalid.
This forum is mainly for pixel art, but Non Pixel Art is very welcome too. If you want to get feedback on digital drawings, 3d models or anything else, please put the tag [NPA] in your post title!
For more tips on asking critique I recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuEQAG4cRWY - this video.
Why should I critique someone's art?
highly encourage engaging in the WIP forum and giving out some
critique. Through explaining you will receive a better understanding of
what you already think you know. Also you can learn much faster if you
can learn from the mistakes and successes from others, than if you're
just on your own!
Whatever you see here, try to analyze it. What did the creator intend? Why does it look good, or bad? How could it be improved?
are often presented in the form of descriptions or edits. You could
even go as far as making a mini tutorial which might be useful for other
artists with similar problems too!
The best critique is written
with the receiver in mind. Remember that they are only human, and might
be insecure. Critique their work, not their person.
critique can be fun. You can think about or edit artworks which you
usually don't get to work on, and it often takes much less effort than
starting a piece of your own.
By helping each other, we can help raise this community and art form to a higher level. Who doesn't want to participate in that?
Even more than asking critique, giving critique is an art. If you're interested in learning more about it, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9neybpOvjaQ - this video might be a good place to start.
Selection of useful PixelJoint links
http://pixeljoint.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=11299 - The Pixel Art Tutorial by Cure
http://pixeljoint.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=5692 - Noobtorials