By pixel tracing I meant uploading a reference image layer. I'm not sure which pixel art programs/apps have this, but I at least know that Aseprite and Pixaki (on iPad) do since those are what I use.I love the style! This is basically what i tried to make xD
I dont know what pixel tracing is but if it makes making character easier then ill research it xD Im struggling with it too.
I have a more simple style since I dont quite know what im doing yet.
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Clothes, hair and walking character sprites are the bane of my existence
I also made a template and you're right about the issues but it also gives a nice consistency, unsure which way to go.
Just started huh? Welcome, glad you could join us! Here's a link to my favorite tutorial, the tutorial I used when I was starting out, and this is the best place to find all kinds of pixel art related resources. You don't have to use any of those links, of course, I know that not everyone who wants to improve has the intention of becoming a master. Still, good stuff if you're interested.
I think the blue outline is interfering with the artwork. It's too dark of a color to be a glow, is too similar to the black to be there for readability on widely different backgrounds, and I don't see a reason for having the extra outline otherwise. The designs are fun, I like that you have a couple of non-standard styles in there. I suggest changing the yellow to something a little more yellow-orange or yellow-brown, gold isn't actually yellow and lemon yellow on weapons is very unusual. You can reuse that lighter grey color to add some shine to the blades, which will make the whole thing feel a little less flat. It's a very good start, I'm excited to see what you do next.