Dan Fessler’s HD Index Painting Technique let’s you paint pixel art in Photoshop in a non-destructive manner, and lets you use pretty much every tool in a perfectly pixel-gradient fashion!

The article gives you everything you need to try it out for yourself.It’s easy to set up and use, and the results are so fucking cool.





i’ll tag it in my art tag so that you guys can find it easily too!!


Serial Collection 3

10 x 512 x 512

artist tips




don’t save as jpeg

as a former yearbook editor and designer, let me explain this further

if youre only planning on posting your art online, them please save it as .png ;this is also better for transparencies as well


please, if youre planning of printing your art, NEVER use png. it makes the quality of the image pretty shitty. use jpeg or pdf instead. and always set your work at 300dpi to get a better printing quality - this means, the images are crisper and sharper and theres no slight blurriness. i had a talk with my friend who is currently taking design, and pdf is much better to use when youre working with a bigger publishing company because it still has the layers intact, but if youre only planning on printing your stuff at staples or at some small publishing store, the jpeg is the way to go.

this has been a public service announcement

wrong wrong wrong!

From someone who has personally had to deal with the intricate bits and bytes of such file formats do NOT use JPEG for print if you want to maintain the quality of your image.

Jpeg is a LOSSY format. The JPEG stream stores a mathematical approximation of your data using a discrete cosine transformation. If you are in a situation in which you can afford to lose details in your image and want a small file size (such as for distribution on the internet) then go ahead and use jpeg. If you are in a situation that requires 1:1 pixel-sensitive details and want a the smallest possible file size then use PNG or TIFF or some other file format that does NOT impair the quality of your image.

  • Want to maintain 1:1 image quality? USE TIFF OR PNG or some other lossless file format.
  • Can you afford to lose image detail in favor of a smaller file size? Use JPEG or some other lossy format.

What the OP is mentioning here most likely specifically addresses that! Especially with art you want to make sure the people who see your art are getting the best possible quality image!

The “slight blurriness” that is being described is most likely an artifact of up-scaling an image using bilinear-filtering which is one of the many ways a computer calculates the in-between pixels of an image when scaling a bitmap to be larger.

Here are more details on each of the file formats I’ve seen people mention in reply to this post:

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Here’s a step-by-step for this drawing, made with the layers I had in the PSD. I more or less follow the same formula unless I need to make a really detailed painting, that’s when I’ll make lineart out of the sketch(and be neater overall).

Thanks for looking. Feel free to ask if you have any questions!


For Windows.

My friends and I occasionally have this problem so I’ve taught them this simple method that takes less than a minute as opposed to waiting several for your computer to restart(especially if it’s slow).

What’s great about this method is that sometimes restarting your computer wont fix the problem, but this usually will.


This is important, otherwise the changes wont take effect. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again, sometimes it takes restarting it more than once.

For Windows 8, search for “services.msc” in your apps and click on the result. Continue from there!

Now go draw, babies!


HUGE cache of drawing and art related book PDF files.

There’s literally hundreds of great drawing, manga, comic, painting, sculpting, and art related books on this site. The website language is in Russian but many of the books are in their native language. Hopefully this is as helpful to many others as it was to me! 


leg refences


leg refences

Animation/Drawing Reference


Reference! Reference! is a free database that collects different video clips, with categories ranging from facial expressions, to styles of fighting, and animals in motion. 


You can play and pause the videos, and move through them frame-by-frame easily.

I’m freaking out, man.