I have a few links for you regarding pixel art/sprites:http://www.pixeljoint.com/pixels/links.asp
— Tons of links, divided by subject, for pixel art resources (tutorials, programs, and so on). Some links may be dead/outdated.http://www.pixeljoint.com/forum/
— PJ’s forums have loads of threads with helpful advice from some truly amazing pixel artists; I recommend the stickied threads in the “Resources and Support” section as a good place to start.http://wayofthepixel.net/
— The other major pixel art-centric forum on the Internets also has loads of helpful threads; I recommend anything in the Pixel Art Feature Chest, the “Tools, Resources, and Linkage” thread in the “Rules & Resources” section, and the “Ramblethread!” thread in the “General Creativity” section. I’d also suggest checking out the two “Cluster Study” threads (http://wayofthepixel.net/index.php?topic=15566.0
) once you have a grasp of the basics.http://www.spriters-resource.com/
— If you want to study the sprites and backgrounds of gaming’s best classic RPGs, these two sites’ll let you do just that. They have tons of sprite sheets from every era of gaming; regardless of the style you want to go with for your game, you’ll probably find some inspiration for it here.