The first pixel art tutorial on the Internet: So You Want To Be A Pixel Artist?
I think I wrote it when I was 16, man this is old haha The concepts are all still solid though. If you’re just starting out messing with pixel art, this should help you dive into the art style.
Check out Pixelation to find a huge community of pixel artists posting and critiquing art.
Here’s a behind-the-scenes art dump from Mage Knight for the Nintendo DS. Lots of pixel art showing the process I used to rough out characters and animations, and build them up into the final sprites. There’s some glowy spell effects in there, too…I was ecstatic to find out I could use alpha levels on the DS haha