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Pixel Perfection: Showcase of Inspired Pixel Art

January 19th, 2012

For many designers, and artists alike, using the numerous tools that are available to them in whichever graphics program is their app of choice is the only way they can get their work to shine. But then there are those who operate in the complete opposite manner, shying away from the tools and taking their work pixel by pixel all the way to perfection. Which brings us to the post we have put together for all of Noupe’s readers.

In this showcase, we will take a look at some of the work of a handful of stunningly talented pixel artists. Seeing the depth to which these intricate creators go to bring their pixel art pieces to life is beyond inspiring, it is often breathtaking. Once you get your fill of inspiration, the post finishes with some wonderful pixel art tutorials for getting you on the way to creating some stunning works of your own.

The Pixel Art

Welcome to the showcase section of the post. Each artist featured here, has taken the time to piece some amazing artwork together pixel by pixel, and we are shining our spotlight in their directions. Several pieces, to be fully appreciated, should be clicked through and seen in full size. Enjoy the collection!

Foolstown

Foolstown has an awesome gallery full of so many imaginative pieces with such rich detail and hundreds of hours of hard work. Not just that, but the website design used to showcase the work is as wonderfully done as the pieces themselves. Definitely worth a look.


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Paul Stride-Noble

Paul Stride-Noble‘s work is certainly some of the most breathtaking in the collection. The sheer scope and size that Paul’s pixel art tends to come in would be impressive enough, even if it weren’t as perfectly crafted as it is.

All of these images are previews, click through to see the full images.

zi design

The work from zi design brings some spectacular little scenes to life, via both still and animated pixel art pieces. The detail instilling such a lifelike quality to the buildings and scenery that it is often hard to believe that it is done one pixel at a time.


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SpiderDex

SpiderDex‘s pixel art generally resonates with a very playful and whimsical nature. The scene’s this talented artist brings to life feel often like they could be lifted right out of an 8-bit video game.


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EdanadE

Speaking of the playful, EdanadE‘s work is some of the most vibrant and whimsical in the collection. With so much bright color and detail at play together, these brilliantly crafted animated scenes are overflowing with inspiration.

bugpixel

bugpixel is a stellar pixel artist, whose work was one of the ones that inspired this post. The awesome depth and dimension make each piece a marvel of pure pixel perfection.


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Juan Manuel Daporta

Juan Manuel Daporta is another whose isometric work has such a lifelike, video game feel that you expect the scope of it to be much more than what is shown below. Simply fantastic.

Miscellaneous Pixel Pieces

Below are a few more pieces from other pixel artists that we couldn’t ignore whilst compiling this collection. More inspiration awaits.

House by windship

CritticAge Metro Map by zoggles

Edellys by tinuleaf


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Medieval Castle by docdoom


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The hanging gardens of Babylon by lunar-eclipse

Rewound by gas13

Memorial by deviantdash

The ultimate maze by xluluhimex


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Apparatus Mockup by ViridianMoon

010 by K-hos


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Pixel Art Tutorials

Now we come to the educational portion of the post so that you can take your newly found inspiration for creating some pixel art pieces of your very own.

Isometric Pixel Art Tutorial – An in depth 6 part tutorial that eventually takes you though creating a full isometric building.

Creating Isometric Roofs – Create a simple roof that can work on a number of different house styles.

Pixel Shading Tutorial – Smooth and accurate shading is a staple of good pixel art.

The Pixel Tutorial – A full pixel art tutorial that takes you though everything you need to know to get started.

Pixel Character Tutorial – You’ll want to put people into some of your pixel scenes and this tutorial will teach you how to create them.

40 Pixel Art Tutorials – Once you’ve gotten a handle on the basics, check out this large collection of tutorials to advance you on your way.

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Angie Bowen is a freelance artist, designer and writer as well as a founding member and editor of the Arbenting Design Blog.

19 comments for „Pixel Perfection: Showcase of Inspired Pixel Art
  1. jagan t on January 19th, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Wow. its marvelous. awesome.

  2. Antonio on January 19th, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    great collection!
    but.. no eboy?

  3. Batfan on January 19th, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Awesome work! More of these please :)

  4. Amber on January 20th, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Wow, this reminds me of the games we played growing up! The ones with the more limited palette especially. What a fun post!

  5. Nora Reed on January 20th, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Whoa! such a stunning showcase of stunning pixel arts! this is really a Inspiring one!

  6. Greg on January 20th, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    While all the guys you mention are doing stunning job, would have loved to see a note about the latest city posters from eboy.
    Thanks for the tutorials also !

  7. René Vella on January 20th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    So inspiring! I can’t even imagine how much time there is spend on these works.

  8. Justin Carroll on January 20th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I love this stuff.

  9. Jon on January 22nd, 2012 at 2:22 am

    That castle is absolutely stunning!

  10. Nikola on January 22nd, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Awesome work!

  11. Robert Roose on January 23rd, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Amazing! Thanks I love this stuff!

  12. Frederik on January 25th, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Crazy stuff! Like the art from bugpixel!

  13. John on January 25th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Amazing pixel art works, they all look great!

  14. Maria Wendt on January 25th, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    My favorite was the one with the water wheel…amazing!

  15. tt on January 25th, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    it’s totally insane hard and long work, respect for beautiful imagination.

  16. stevenvdhout on January 26th, 2012 at 10:20 am

    The most insane piece of pixel art i’ve ever seen is Edushi’s Hong Kong maps.

  17. thoppp on March 7th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Just brilliant! I’m speechless….

  18. liena aifen on March 13th, 2012 at 9:53 am

    it’s really awesome

  19. Adhir S. Pandit on September 21st, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    It reminds me all old dos based games! :))