Just a thing I did for an avatar.
Thank you very much for the advice, I am going to start practicing this over the next few weeks and maybe I can come up with something halfway decent. Again thank you!
To get started with simulating depth you just need to choose three versions of each color. A mid tone (the actual color that you want to use), a shadow color (a darker version of the mid tone) and a highlight color (a lighter version of the mid tone). Now draw something in a full frontal or top-down view (without any perspective) and use the darker tone when you want something to feel deeper (embedded) and the lighter color when you want something to feel less deep (embossed). Try makings something that has different heights like stairs or platforms.
UI elements of older programs and websites used the same strategies to simulate depth in their in windows, buttons, scrollbars, menus, etc.. (before flat UI came in style). Look up hd screenshots of windows xp and windows 95 in google and zoom in. Tray to use the same strategies to create depth in your own pixel art. You can try to reproduce electronics like an old tv's, computers, consoles, etc.
If you find a reference picture of what you want to pixelate, just pick the midtones off the image with the dropper tool. To create the shadow and highlight color just adjust the 'V' or 'L' slider in your image editor. Dont worry about color palettes yet.
That is a good place to start.
At least that is how I got started with stuff like this and this
Hope that helps
I would love to but I don't know how. I am very very very new to pixl art. I was told by someone to copy small parts of people's pixel art and try to recreate it for practice. I just don't understand how people get certain colors out of nowhere that when you zoom into the picture make no damn sense but when you see the whole picture it looks amazing. If you have any help to offer about how to add good shadows please let me know. Thank you for adding your thoughts!
Interesting concept. Maybe try adding some depth, shadows and shading to make it stand out. Thanks for sharing.