Pixel art is one of those things that you either love or hate “ and if you’re a bit of a geek that was born in the 80s, there’s a good chance that you’ll love it. There’s a hidden underground of artists & designers that love creating pixel art “ the kind of art that you’d expect to see in side-scrolling arcade platform games from your childhood. The amazing thing about pixel art is just how much time and energy is needed to produce something so detailed “ and can take a phenomenal amount of practice to get right.
We’ve selected a showcase of art from some incredibly talented “and extremely patient “ artists who have hand-drawn some inspiring, creative pixel art designs.
Marco Goran created the above image as part of an illustration for an Italian newspaper, a larger design can be found here.
Robert PodgÃ³rski, creator of the two images above, runs BlackMoon Design, a small game & design studio based in Poland. The BlackMoon website is also an amazing example of pixel art, with a huge pixelated background that pans around as your mouse cursor moves. Robert also created the image below, which was commissioned for Digital Artist magazine.
The image above was created by eBoy, who are sometimes referred to as ‘The Godfathers of Pixel’. eBoy are very well known in the world of pixel art, and often showcase their designs in art exhibitions around the world.
The above image, named ‘Colossal Katamari’ was created by Simon Andersen, and was created, astonishingly, in Microsoft Paint.
Denise Wilton, who runs StyleDeficit.com, is also known for the amazing attention to detail in her pixel art. The above image is a scene of London, complete with (when zoomed in) a traditional English pub with a beer garden, a hint of graffiti and rows and rows of terraced houses.
The above design was created by freelance designer Sant Valentine, and shows an amazing attention to detail (the river running through the lab even has fish, and a zoomed in version really shows the amazingly detailed texture of the soil under the lab).
The image above was designed by Fool, the owner of Foolstown.com. The sheer attention to detail in this design, named ‘Dragon Rider’, is just amazing â€“ and the amount of time it must have taken to create is unbelievable.
Are there any examples of pixel art that you’ve seen that you think deserve a mention? Let us know in the comments.