Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Elevating the Pixel? Or Just Moving It Around?

It’s hard for me to admit this, but I’ve been experimenting for some months now — with pixels. They’re not my pixels. Largely, these pixels were put in place, square by square, by a Japanese person decades ago. I’m just taking them out of their original video game context and modifying them to varying degrees.

(via sprites from this game)
(via sprites found here)
(via sprites from this game)
It’s not art, though there are some true artists out there doing amazing work with pixels. Like Paul Robertson. You can’t question his artist credentials. So then what the hell am I doing, aside from passing time between one task and another? Can I just say that I’m digitally doodling? Is it e-collage?

And what do we call these throwback compositions: images inspired by and often made within the constraints of antiquated technology? Do we just call it all pixel art, as this process was called back in the 80s? Or is the retro aspect to what people are doing now — making art that’s inspired by old video games and that exists on its own, separate from actual video games — inherently different?

More digi-doodles after the jump.

(via sprites i found here)
(via sprites from this game)
(via sprites found here)
(via sprites i found here)
(via sprites i found here)

4 comments:

  1. That's some cool stuff. I've done something in the same vein, but this is more interesting I think.

    BTW, you commented on my blog years ago about a post I made on Adult Swim's commercial bumpers at the time. I actually found your blog looking for stuff on the Mothman, as you'd mentioned he/she/it in a post.

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    1. I remember that Adult Swim post! And wow -- that was quite a while ago, wasn't it? I wonder: Who stated reading whom first? Have you been reading all this time?

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    2. (I totally forgot I left this comment.)

      Yes, I've been reading your blog ever since. I'm certain that I was reading you first since I decided to create mine after discovering yours and a couple others that have long fallen by the wayside. After something like three years of inactivity, I finally started posting again.

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    3. Congrats on posting, dude.

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