Thanks! No, I wouldn't claim it as real pixel art either. Fortunately emotes don't have quite the same restraints as pixels art pieces, so I took the liberty I needed to get the effect.
I've been studying other pixel art pieces and am planning on re-vamping some older stuff I did (like Eschers Emote). It's a challenge to work with those kinds of restraints. Until recently, I wasn't sure I was up to it.
I think the leaves were about 17. The emote is from a base I have for the Son of Man piece I did and has about 100(so it looked more realistic instead of cartoonish) but done in red instead of green. The water drop and shadow ended up being about another 80 (including the leaf colors). I use the lighten/darken and hue tool to make adjustments, so it isn't technically pixel art, even though the changes are usually made a pixel at a time.