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A Pixelated World: Pixel Art Websites

    Jennifer Farley
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    Pixel Art is associated with older computer and video console games. It is generally divided into two subcategories: isometric and non-isometric. The isometric kind is frequently seen in computer games using a three dimensional view without real three dimensional processing. The non-isometric pixel art is pixel art with views from the top, side, front, bottom or perspective views. As computer graphics improved, pixel art began to look a little dated and clunky but in recent years it seems there is a renewed appreciation for all things retro and this type of digital art.

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    Isometric Pixel Art
    Images from wikipedia
    Non Isometric

    Today, we regularly see this type of digital art in small computer icons, but pixel art has also been used to illustrate magazine articles, television ads and web sites. Below you’ll find a selection of web sites which use pixel art to create a unique look and feel, as well as some resources for sharing and learning how to create your own pixel art.

    Eboy is undoubtedly one of the best known purveyors of Pixel Art. They create re-usable pixel objects and take them to build complex and extensible artwork and toys. Their work has been featured in Wired, Popular Science and Fortune 500 magazines.

    Eboy

    Another well known pixel art site is Flip Flop Flyin’ by artist Craig Robinson who has a real knack for making pixels look cute.

    FlipFlop

    Army Of Trolls is the portfolio site of digital artist Gary Lucken and features some incredibly detailed pixel art which is heavily influenced by his love of video games.

    ArmyOfTrolls

    Goon Tower is a collaborative project by SomethingAwful.com forum users. Each storey of the tower has been built/drawn by a different user.

    GoonTower

    Space Invaders is a site created by digital artist Invader. The idea is to “invade” cities all over the world with characters inspired by first-generation arcade games, and especially the now classic Space Invaders.

    SpaceInvaders

    Between the multiple scroll bars and pixel art, chinese site Love Pixel definitely looks computer retro.

    LovePixel

    Visual Impairments by Polyfonken is just one part of a larger site featuring music and art. This section includes lots of

    Polyfonken

    The Pixel Art map of Hong Kong by Edushi got quite a bit of notice on the web earlier this year. It’s basically Hong Kong in three dimensions on Google Maps, but with all buildings and structures created as pixel art. Super duper stuff.

    HongKong

    If you’re a big fan of Pixel Art and would like to showcase your own work or learn from online tutorials, then you should head over to the Pixel Joint Community where you’ll find tons of like minded people who love their pixels.

    PixelJoint

    Pixel Art Tutorials

    If you’d like to learn how to make this kind of art yourself, check out these tutorials:

    In-depth pixel art tutorial from Derek Yu

    Overview of pixel art from Drububu

    Small collection of pixel art techniques from Nasc

    What other pixel art sites have you seen that impressed you?