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Pixel art is a form of digital art wherein images are created and edited at the pixel level. Pixel art is similar to mosaics or cross-stitch; it focuses on small pieces placed individually to create a larger piece of art. A graphic artist who specializes in pixel art is known as a pixel artist.

What Pixel Artists Do?

A pixel artist, sometimes known as a pixel animator, works with pixels - the smallest piece of information in an image. They are responsible for creating sprites - a two-dimensional bitmap that is integrated into a larger scene. A pixel artist practices pixel art using precision oriented tools such as 1x1 pixel pencil tool.

A pixel artist could either specialize in Isometric Pixel Art or Non – Isometric Pixel Art. In isometric pixel art, the viewpoint is angled to reveal facets of the environment that would not be visible from a top-down perspective or side view, thereby producing a three-dimensional effect whereas non-isometric pixel art is any pixel art that does not fall in the isometric category, such as views from the top, side, front, bottom or perspective views.

Though most popular in the gaming industry, pixel artists are also seen associated with publication houses, media houses and digital media companies. There are a number of graphic artists who specialize in pixel art and provide online freelance services. These artists can be found on

If you wish to hire a freelance pixel artist, make sure your freelancer can:

  • Design immersive backgrounds and bring them to life.
  • Conceive different graphic elements.
  • Create engaging animated effects.
  • Think creatively and deliver in the stipulated time.

Qualifications of a Pixel Artist

It is ideal for the freelancer to have the following skills:

  • Professional education in art or design
  • A good sense of content design
  • Excellent pixel art/2D/3D skills
  • Experience in Photoshop and image compression techniques
  • Knowledge about UI design
  • Comprehension of how games are made
  • Open to different art styles
  • Knowledge and experience with video games
  • An eye for detail and ability to work methodically

When looking for pixel artist, make sure to have a look at their portfolio to see if they are best suited for the job at hand.

Benefits of a Freelance Pixel Artist

Ideal for small projects that need to be turned around in a short period of time, they are highly creative individuals and they ensure that each design is different from the other and has its own sense of uniqueness.

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