I keep seeing everyone with their really small pixel works of characters and try as I might I simply cannot do anything that looks decent. Doodled this but it clearly sucks.
I'm desperately trying to get better so I can create a character for a game but no matter what I do, big or small, I just can't make anything decent.
The first thing you have to do is stop telling yourself it sucks. Whether you believe you can or you can't do something, you're right.
The second thing you need to do is come up with a plan. What exactly is it you're trying to design? Platformer? RPG? I'd say find a game you like and try to emulate that style as best you can, by hand first, and then take it to pixels.
I have a plan set out, game wise, but I won't get it started unless I can get my hands on some characters - Sadly there's nothing free out there that is useable for what I have in mind so I have to try my hand as a newb to design two characters myself. I've tried large pixel art and tiny pixel art and on every occasion nothing seemed to fit, or at least click in my head where something I'm drawing sticks out as something I feel like I should run with.
I'm trying as much as I can but nothing seems to really work so far, so I get disappointed and scrap my stuff.
I've only managed to half do those two drawings I've linked and neither is useful to me in the end.
For the record I'm aiming to make a game along the lines of Lone Survivor - Less story based, more adventure/horror/survival so I need at the very least, a protaganist, an antagonist and to design the world itself. So far, 0% progress because I can't seem to find an art style I can draw consistently & satisfactory.
Aside from the above miniature pixel thing, this was the only thing I completed:
This was just to practice in general but ultimately it's far too large.
I've gone to the very start of this Thread and checked every single page (up to 175 so far, still going through them, there's over 1500 of them in total to get through) and many pictures I've seen from other people have given some inspiration but try as I might, I can't seem to do something from my own hands that I'd be happy to work with.
I'll keep trying but as long as this stays frustrating and I make no progress, I won't shy away from calling myself garbage at pixel art.