Pixel art had an influence on everyone that played video-games in the 80s and 90s. A generation that grew up seeing beautiful games all done with this style that would become cult in the future. From graffiti artist Space-Invaders to illustrators from all over, pixel art inspiration is all around us. That's the case of Pixel Art_Marvel Characters by Hgg a young illustrator from Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal. This my Marvel Characters pixel art project! This is a personal project designed to improve my skills in this area. See one of my 12 favorite characters For more information check out https://www.behance.net/HuggoSousa
Patience is most definitely one of the many traits e qualities of a pixel artist. Coming up with complex, intricate pieces gotta be a real challenge, but Gustavo Viselner has what it takes and the result is a fantastic set of pop culture scenes in a pixel art format. From Star Wars to Forrest Gump, he rocks some super sweet references worth seeing. These are only a handful of his artworks. For more of it, please visit his portfolio at Behance. I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Cheers. ;) Forrest Gump Star Wars The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Game Heroes Happyhour Avengers
I am a fan of Pixel Art, I think it might be because of my addiction to video-games in the 80s and 90s or just because they are awesome. Octavi Navarro,a self-taught painter and children’s books illustrator from Barcelona, is one of few illustrators that keeps this style alive. Pixel, Huh is a project that mixes painting techniques with some of the limitations of classic pixel art, resulting in very personal illustrations that tell unique stories. The idea behind Pixels, Huh came from my love for classic graphic adventure games that I played so much since my parents bought a Commodore 64, when I was 9 years old. I was blown away with the rich worlds those first designers and artists where able to create with heavy technical limitations. For more information about Octavi check out his site at http://pixelshuh.tumblr.com/
I guess that a few illustration techniques demand astonishing quantities of patience. One of these techniques is definitely pixel art, which is literally illustrating pixel by pixel! Kudos for artists like Foolstown that come up with sweet art like these. Here you can check a few of Foolstown's pieces. For more of it, please visit his portfolio at DeviantART. I hope you enjoy these as much as these! Cheers. ;)
I really enjoy those big pixel art prints featuring huge cities with all sort of things happening all around... but sometimes less is more, and these pixel art gifs are just terrific! These were done by Slovakian designer Dusan Cezek and they show what a big geek he is. From classic comics to beloved sci-fi flicks, these are just amazing! For more of his Gifs, please visit his portfolio at Behance! Cheers. ;) Wolverine The Big Lebowski Sups and Wonderwoman Pulp Fiction Avengers Fight Club Hellboy Evil Dead II Spawn Fifth Element
I am huge fan of pixel art, I even dabbled with the form in 2004, however after my studio got robbed, I lost my backup disks including my pixel work and I've never tried it again. As of late, I've been following the work of Alex Griendling and some of his amazing pixel arts. Inspired by that I decided to give it a try though I streamlined the process a little bit just to make my life a bit easier in Illustrator. So in this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice pixel art from an existing photo, in my case, the great Mohammed Ali. We will use Illustrator for most of the tutorial and I have to say, the whole process will take quite a few hours so be sure to find your patience. Step 1 The first step is to find the image that you want to pixelate. I am using one from Neil Leifer of Muhammad Ali, you can find it at http://abduzeedo.com/inspiring-photography-muhammad-ali-neil-leifer Step 2 There are lots of ways to pixelate a bitmap. It's nice but it's not scaleable as a vector. One of my favorite tools for that is Pixelmator. So I open the image in Pixelmator and then using the Pixelate tool, I used 20px for the scale. That means that each pixel will be 20px; Step 3 Open the image in Illustrator and now it's time to recreate the image in vector. The first thing to do is to create the basic pixel, in my case a 20x20 square. Duplicate the square to create the grid then. Step 4 With the Blend Tool, use 20pt for the Specified Distance to start creating the rows. Step 5 After that start duplicating the rows. Once you have a grid you can then just picl the colors using the Eyedropper Tool (I); Step 6 Now go to Illustrator's preferences and change the Guids&Grid preferences to show a gridline every 20pt, and 1 Subdivision. Step 7 Here's an example of the beginning of the illustration with the grid visible. Step 8 After an arduous and time consuming task, you will have a beautiful vector object, ready to do whatever you want. Conclusion After editing and adjusting you can create your own layout using the pixel art. I am a huge fan of the style and love the work of some people do with it, however I am not that talented and need to use a tool to pixelate for me first. The result is really cool, but the time necessary to achieve it is quite long.
Pixel art is still one of my all time favorite styles, probably because I grew up in the 80s playing Atari. Early generation consoles had an additional influence on me as this type of illustration was pretty common. The amazing thing about pixel art is that it reduces the form to the minimum amount of detail that makes it recognizable. The illustrations of Ercan Akkaya are good examples. I particularly love how you can identify the different superheroes despite the simplistic form. So in this post we will feature a set of illustratios from Ercan Akkaya titled Pixel Superheroes. For more information about Ercan visit http://www.41-29.com
Pixel art is most definitely one of the most fun art techniques you can get to see these days. I guess that it has a bit of those 8 bit glory days we love so much, and Jaebum did a fantastic job here. Jaebum Joo is South Korean illustrator from Seoul, and he's done some super nice pieces of pixel art. He revisits some classic paintings such as Monalisa and The Kiss (one of favorite paintings, really sweet). For more of his work, you should check out his blog and portfolio at Behance. I hope you enjoy these! Cheers. ;)
As you may already know, we here at Abduzeedo are big fans of everything 80's. Of course one big part of that are video games. Those old 8-bit games might not have the amazing graphics modern games have but our nostalgia for them keeps them alive in many ways. Pixel Art has become a growing phenomena on the net and Flash has allowed people to continue making new games in that 8-bit Nintendo/Sega style. Here are some examples of some amazing Flash-based 8-bit style video games. The following 2 games are by designer/illustrator Manning Krull, check out his tutorial on how to do a simple 8-bit pixel art character walking animation. Toxic Sonic Zombie Massacre (click on link to play, for some reason it doesn't load when embedded) Curses! (only a 1 level demo but still fun to play) The following game was made to promote the movie The Watchmen. It's based on the Minutemen group of characters from the comic. It was a really clever promotional tool since the movie takes place in the 80's. You can play the game here: www.minutemenarcade.com This game is super fast but a lot of fun. You run around as Jesus performing as many miracles as you can in 10 seconds. Run Jesus Run! Finally, we can't forget one aspect that makes these video games great, their music. 8-bit music, or Chiptunes, have also become a huge phenomenon on the internet. For you game developer & pixel artists, Boing Boing is hosting a contest where you can develop a simple game utilizing some free chiptune songs they made available. Just thought I'd quickly mention it just in case anyone was interested: link UPDATE:: Thanks to "Tze" in the comments for informing me about 2 other 8-bit games that definitely need to be included in this post. One-Button-Bob is my favorite so far. You just click the mouse button to make the character do a different activity in each section. Small Worlds One Button Bob And also here's a great Chiptunes song by Tettix that I just can't stop listening to:
A while ago - December/09 to be more precise - we featured an article showing Super Cool Pixel Art Posters by eBoy. Since I really like pixel art and those three guys, Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital - Eboy's team, manage to create amazing stuff, I decided to do a new post about their work! This time around we will show you some of their animations, pixoramas, editorials, toys and other stuff. In my opinion, the word to explain pixel art is 'cheerful'. I mean, all artworks with this style are nice, colorful, happy... they have a cool atmosphere, a nice vibe. At least I think so. :) And these guys from eBoy have some really cool pixel art pieces to show. As here we will show only a couple of them, make sure to visit their website or their shop for further pieces. Hope you like it! Enjoy. =) Animations Pixoramas Editorials Toys In-The-Wild Europe Shop Icon North America Shop Icon eBoy Pixorama Stickers iPhone Skin Coke Dublin Billboard Ad Campaign made for Coca Cola together with McCann Erickson in Ireland. eBoy and Space Invader at Ohlala! Restaurant & Bar in Paris!
I love Pixel Art, I have 3 posters decorating the walls in my apartment with pixel art, probably because I grew up playing those 8/16 bits video-games for consoles like NES, SNES, Master System and Genesis. One of the masters of this trade is the EbOY. EbOY is Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital. We create re-usable pixel objects and take them to build complex and extensible artwork. And we make toys. Some of their clients include big names such as: Adidas, Adobe, Amazon, Arena Magazine, Attenda, AXE, Bizz Magazine, Blender Magazine, Boston Magazine, Brazen, Bungalow Records, Carraro, Coca-Cola, Computer Arts Magazine, Create Online Magazine, Creative Review Magazine, DaimlerChrysler, Der Spiegel, Design Plex, Diesel, DKNY, Edge Mag, Egg, Electronic Gaming Magazine. and many more. The basic idea which led to to eBoy was to embrace the new opportunities... the decision to work directly on and for the scree let to the use of pixels as the only unity of representation. This is how they began work based on a modular system which evolved into works of complex richness. Posters Posters For more information about eBoy works I highly recommend to visit their website at http://hello.eboy.com/. Also you can buy this posters I've listed here and other things at their Shop at http://shop.eboy.com/