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.
Today we present 40 Examples Of Eye Popping Pixel Art from some of the best pixel artists around. Be sure to check out their sites for more of their amazing work.
Beautiful Pixel Art
Grillotti uses every pixel perfectly in this rendition of The Birth Of Venus.
This piece is full of detail and has great shadowing.
This stunning beauty shows the artist’s mastery of the pixel art form. It has very smooth form and shading.
This image was created using only eight colors.
This little scene looks like something straight out of the old 16-bit video game days.
This one reminds me of an Andy Warhol painting with its bright colors and faces.
The misty atmosphere and low angle of view make this one great.
This one has an unusual color pallet and lots of attitude.
This one has lots of Sega characters and a cool background.
Army of Trolls
This one’s got everything from Papa Smurf to Mario. Can you spot Link from Zelda?
Great concept and use of color.
This one gives a whole new meaning to gorilla warfare.
Flip Flop Flying
The large pixels give this piece an impressionistic feel.
This piece takes pixel art into the third dimension. Dig Dug never looked so cool.
Eboy is well know for its pixel art and you can see why in this one below.
This isometric design is just awesome. I love the 3D quality it has.
The Blues Brothers look awesome in pixels. The purple highlights make me imagine a nightclub just off to the right.
This is a mock-up of a video game. Check out the pixel patterns use to make the gradient in the background.
This isometric building has enough details to keep you looking for quite a while.
This piece is loaded with details. Notice the water splashes and little fish.
Awesome character design and excellent textures make this one a favorite.
Tim Mercer is a photography enthusiast, graphic designer, artist and blogger. His blog offers free resources for the digital artist and graphic designer, as well as tutorials, artist interviews, inspiration and more.