Aseprite

Aseprite is an old-school Pixel-Editor which is very useful even when you’ve to create some kind of animation.

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It supports multiple layers, shading, brushes, tiles and much more.

The user-interface needs getting used to but that’s just a matter of time.

Pixel-art can be fun for everyone, not just game-artists, software-developer or geeks, so have a look at http://www.aseprite.org/  (Their website is quite informative)