One of the easiest ways to get your creative juices flowing in Minecraft is pixel art. Pixel art uses various blocks in Minecraft to create pictures. These pictures are typically scenes from retro video games given the bit map style of art that those early games utilized, but they can truly be anything—from original artwork to copies of Michelangelo.
Creating pixel art is fun and simple. Probably the best blocks to use are the wool blocks, given their multicolored nature. To begin, think of your blocks as colors in a painting and place them on a flat vertical surface (depending on the desired effect). The more blocks you use, the more detail you can create, this is why video game art works so well on the small scale.
If you want to make 8, 16, or 32-bit pixel art, simply find your favorite picture in said genre and copy it block by block into your game. It helps to throw a grid on the image sometimes to further clarify how many "pixels" or blocks should go in each area of your image.
The best thing about pixel art is that you don't need any artistic talent to make cool stuff, but that doesn't mean some very creative people haven't applied their talents to the art. There is some really detailed and original work made from pixel art.
If you want to make some detailed pixel art, but don't want to spend the time and effort, thinkminecraft.com will convert any image to use as a template or upload as a schematic and place on a server.
Feel free to come on the server and experiment with your pixel art. When you log on, type "/warp pixelart" in chat and paint away!
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