How to Create Pixel Art and Animations with Piskel Tutorial 2 – Getting Started

How to Create Pixel Art and Animations with Piskel Tutorial 2 – Getting Started


Whats up guys…in this video we’re going
to start recreating this potion sprite, and begin learning the Piskel interface. I have Piskel opened up here, with a new blank
project. Today, we’re going to get started learning
the interface, while creating a simple potion sprite. This checkered area here is where we draw
our art, and it’s called the canvas. To draw, we can use these tools, over here. The first tool we’re going to use, is the
Pen tool. You can select the Pen tool by clicking this
icon, or by using the P shortcut. The Pen tool fills in a single pixel, with
the chosen color. You can choose the color, by clicking on the
Primary color, here. I’ll leave it set to black. When using the Pen tool, where ever you click
on the canvas, one pixel is placed. These don’t look very good, so we’ll need
to erase them. You can select the Eraser by clicking on this
icon, or by using the E shortcut, and we can erase these pixel by pixel. Now, you might not always want to draw or
erase pixel by pixel. In that case, you can change the Pen size
with these icons here. You can set the pen to be a single pixel,
a block of four pixels, a block of 9 pixels, or a block of 16 pixels. You can set the size of the eraser or the
pen with these boxes. For this example, I’ll set it back to one
pixel. Alright, let’s start drawing this potion. First, I’ll press P to select the pen tool,
with the color set to black, for the outline, and place 4 pixels in a line. And one here, and another here. This is the top of the potion. Next, I’ll use the rectangle tool, by selecting
this icon, or pressing the R shortcut. The rectangle also places pixels, but it lets
you easily draw them in a rectangle, by clicking and dragging the mouse. I’ll click one pixel down and over, and
draw out a rectangle below the top of the potion. This rectangle, is the upper lip of the jar. The first part we drew is the cap, or the
cork. To finish the outline, we’ll use one last
tool. This one is really useful when doing pixel
art, the Vertical Mirror Pen. You can use it by selecting this icon, or
pressing the V shortcut. The Vertical Mirror Pen lets you draw symmetrically,
by figuring out where you are, and mirroring every move you make on the other side of the
canvas. Let me show you what I mean. I placed what we have so far directly on the
center of the canvas, and what I drew is symmetrical. So, if I place a pixel just under the second
pixel in, on the left, Piskel will mirror that and place a pixel one pixel in, from
the right. If you click and drag, you can place more
than one pixel, and they will each be mirrored on the other side of the drawing. I’ll draw 6 pixels going down, for the sides
of the jar, and then fill in the bottom. So, there we have it, this is the outline
to our potion. In the next video, we’ll continue learning
the Piskel interface, and start shading the potion in. Thanks for watching. If you found this content helpful, please
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