Isometric Pixel Art/Making a Box

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Different Methods[edit]

Before we start, let's discuss the different methods of making this box. There are a couple different ways of putting it together:

  • The Puzzle Piece Method (Recommended for this Tutorial): Make the separate lines (the x, y, and z axis) and put them together like a puzzle using copy and paste to duplicate the lines. Good for uniformity and if you aren't making different length of your lines.
  • The Line by Line Method: Create each line individually. Good if you don't like using copy and paste or if your shape is not uniform (like a person or animal) but is extremely easy to mess up.
  • (Not Recommended for this Tutorial)Pixel by Pixel Method: Pros: Makes for really good quality pictures with unparallel uniformity, if done right. Cons: Takes a extremely LONG TIME.

Math? IN ART?[edit]

That's right! We are going to do a quickly lesson in geometry. For your pixel line lengths, I suggest them being multiples of each other (ex: 2 x 2 = 4; 2 x 3 = 6). This makes it look more like a real cube. Also, we must remember that the lines must be of equal length for it to be a real cube. Isometric lengths make this really hard to do, because each axis has a different scale (ex: The X axis (up and down)compared to the Y axis (left to right)are equal, but they are both different from the Z axis (forward and backward)). Eyeball it and find out what looks right to you.

  • The "Golden Rule" of Isometric Pixel Art is that for every 2 pixels in the Z axis (front to back) there is one pixel for the X or Y axis (up and down, left and right). Although this may not always work for every single thing you draw isometrically, it is the general rule so remember it!

Let's Begin![edit]

I highly suggest drawing the X axis and Z axis first. Make one corner like this.
Then flip that vertically, to make this. Mind the corner- it should be three pixels wide, as opposed to two like the rest of the box!
Duplicate what you have and move it down the X axis a bit
Now connect
Erase a few lines and fill in different shades for a nice, completed box



Congratulations! You've just made your first isometric drawing!


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