Pixel Art was brought to the mainstream with the release of gaming consoles in the early eighties. Those 8-bit graphics we all loved back then often evoke feelings of nostalgia and take us back in time. Nostalgia aside, pixel art is a beautiful art form on its own that many of us have come to love. With so few pixels to work with, pixel artist’s have to make each one count.
What is a Pixel Art? Pixel art is a form of digital art, created through the use of raster graphics software, where images are edited on the pixel level. Graphics in most old or relatively limited computer and video games, graphing calculator games, and many mobile phone games are mostly pixel art. It describe a particular subcategory of digital artwork that focuses on the artist’s complete control of the image at the pixel level, meaning the artist makes conscious decisions about all or most of the pixels on screen, without the aid of automated tools and processes.
Today we present 40 Eye Popping Examples Pixel Art from some of the best pixel artists around. Be sure to check out their sites for more of their amazing work.
A pixel art with soft textures.
This stunning beauty shows the artist’s mastery of the pixel art form. It has very smooth form and shading.
Grillotti uses every pixel perfectly in this rendition of The Birth Of Venus.
Another pixel masterpiece from Grillotti’s model series.
The secret santa cave, great lighting and vivid colors.
This piece is full of detail and has great shadowing.
Ryan – GFX
This isometric design of Mr. Burns’ casino is complete with a parked limo.
Straight out of the old 16-bit video game days.
The misty atmosphere and low angle of view make this one great.
Cool background and has a lot of Sega Characters.
Army of Trolls
This one’s got everything from Papa Smurf to Mario.
Robots controlling a larger robot from inside.
Great concept and use of color.
Another great piece from Tim. It’s like a 16-bit Robinson Caruso.
This isometric design is just awesome. I love the 3D quality it has.
Another great mock-up from Gunstar Red. Great cartoon style.
This is a mock-up of a video game.
This isometric building has enough details to keep you looking for quite a while.
Another great character full of whimsy and charm.
Awesome character design and excellent textures make this one a favorite.
This one by Fool is simple stunning. The atmosphere, concept, color pallet and details are truly inspiring.
This wonderful visage looks great with its muted tones.
This piece is loaded with details. Notice the water splashes and little fish.
Flip Flop Flying
The large pixels give this piece an impressionistic feel.
Eboy is well know for its pixel art and you can see why in this one above.
This awesome little pagoda is full of the Eboy charm.
This piece was for a Coca-Cola advertisement.
This fantastic Monkey Island piece has a really cool transition from night to day.
The Blues Brothers look awesome in pixels. The purple highlights make me imagine a nightclub just off to the right.