Draw a circle. (No, really? Yeah...)
Draw a jelly-bean blob shape underneath the circle. This will become the body, so feel free to make it long, short, skinny, chubby, or even to split it slightly into two sections (torso and hips).
The jaw-line. Nothing revolutionary here. I often use quite rounded jaw-lines for my chibis.
Try any jaw-line you like - a superhero one would be highly amusing.
Arms and legs! These are also really basic. Literally just cylinders.
I have flattened the cylinders off at the bottom to indicate feet. You can make the feet larger if you like. Or longer arms/legs.
So far, this base sketch has taken about 40 seconds Far less time than to write about it D:
Decided to turn the sketch blue so I could see the final body lines better. The final lines are drawn in the base outline colour.
You can see that I moved the body inwards a bit on the right hand side, slightly shortened the arm/hand on the right hand side and drew the top of the head on the inner part of the sketch circle. Added an ear too, that I forgot to draw in the sketch
Sketched a face on. Remarkably, it's not that sketchy...
I've tried to keep the face fairly simple. The mouth is literally just a "u" shape.
Also opted for some swirly cheeks for a change. Normally I just change the colour so there's a slight blush, but meh Change is fun?
Above are the steps I took in drawing the eyes. You can see a non-animated version here. If you cross-check them with the steps for the larger base, I've used the same steps, minus the mascara effect this time Could probably have made the eyelashes a bit thicker though.
On the left I've finished the face off ^_^ Basically it's just anti-aliasing the eyebrows and the mouth. I've changed the colour of the swirly cheeks too.
This chibi base is almost all cylinders Even the body. Don't feel limited to chibis just standing there either, change the pose and have them jumping all over the screen! If you have some dolls in mind, that should help in creating poses
The personality of a base can help to determine poses and face style.
For example, a shy base, might have larger, innocent eyes, with modest or timid poses. A glamorous base might include lipstick and the poses may be more confident or flirtatious.
A base set could be made up of both types of poses, with alternative faces. It all depends on what you want to make.
While many pixel doll bases don't come with props, sometimes it's neat to build them in. A base set built around reading glasses would be an interesting change. Or an artist base set with many poses suited for sketching or with pencils/pens.
Under 50x50 pixels - between 70 pixels and 100 pixels tall? Or a really large base, that's 500 pixels tall?
If you create a base sketch that's too big or too small, you can always resize it to the size you need and trace over it ^_^
While the personality might help to determine style, sometimes you might want to include other things as well. Perhaps eye styles, or the overall drawing style (realistic, anime, chibi).
Alright, right before the end, here, have another eye-step-by-step This one is drawn using 4 colours.
And that's it for this tutorial! I hope you have fun drawing bases for your pixel pieces~
Drawing both a chibi base and larger anime-styled base.
The very basics of pixelling to get you started making your own pixel art.
Using Microsoft Paint to create your pixel art and pixel dolls.
Step by step examples showing how to sketch and shade a pixel doll.
Using basic shapes to illustrate shadow and light placement.
Adding patterns when making a pixel doll.
Introducing animation using GIMP by making a pixel doll blink.
Creating a 50x50 icon for use in places such as DeviantArt.com
Various colour palettes for pixel art, as well as a random theme generator.