Pixels are so cute and look really good on layouts. It is quite easy to pixel basic things and you can even pixel whole scenes or layouts. It does take time so you need patience.

There are 3 different shading techniques to pixeling, I have zoomed in on these squares to show you.

The key is to just use simple lines, dots and shapes while using shading.
I have pixelled this heart: Below is a zoomed in view of the shape and shading used.

If you're not sure about the correct shading to use check out my colour pallets.

There isn't really a right and wrong way to pixel, just take your time and experiment with shapes, lines, colour and shading. Once you have mastered the basics you can move on to more complex things.

Happy Pixelling! :)