Learn Game Animation With These Pixel Art GIFs

Game maker (and co-founder of game studio MiniBoss) Pedro Medeiros knows pixel art, and he wants to teach you. Every Tuesday since September, he’s posted an animated GIF demonstrating an aspect of animation.

Art by Pedro Medeiros and team

Some focus on pixel art, such as cleaning up corners or simulating movement smaller than one pixel. Others explain more general artistic techniques such as drawing ruins or animating fire. And others address aspects of game design, such as level design and character design.

Art by Pedro Medeiros

Art by Pedro Medeiros

Each tip is so specific, yet so elegant and compact, that it’s fun to read whether or not you plan to try it yourself. It’s like flipping through a cookbook of animation. Medeiros’s GIFs belong in the animation tutorial canon with Khan Academy’s Pixar in a Box series or Disney’s 12 Principles of Animation.

Check out all the GIFs for free on Medeiros’s Patreon feed.