tyty. I draw these sprites with the binary pen tool in SAI, which draws hard-edged lines, shown here next to a line drawn with a regular pen tool.
after that, it's a matter of drawing the image at a resolution small enough that the individual pixels are visible to the eye, but large enough to show details. I found a good balance mostly by trial and error. I hope I was able to explain this well enough.
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