#4 Play, Create, Think - (not always in that order)
Think, Play, Create - or in this case - Play, Create, Think
Obviously I put these together with a basic picture editor, this one is called Paint.Net. It's a free download for PC, and is much better than the standard Windows Paint (which I think has been discontinued). The strength of this site is that you can use layers, therefore can cut precisely and insert images seamlessly.
I love pixelated characters! They are so satisfying to draw, and actually their poor quality helps them standout against the backdrop of mind-blowing art these days.
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
So, play around! Whatever the medium.
Simple is almost the definition of perfection.