THE BEST Pixel Art

16-Bit Avengers: Endgame Battle

16-Bit Avengers: Endgame Battle

The climactic battle scene in Avengers: Endgame is pretty damned epic. Now relive the fateful skirmish between our heroes and Thanos’ army of outriders playing out as a level from a 16-bit video game, courtesy of Mr. Sunday Movies. Check out Part 1 here.

Glitch Art Throw Pillows

Glitch Art Throw Pillows

Artist Benjamin Berg designed a series of throw pillows covered with pixelated imagery that resemble the graphical glitches we encounter in computers and video games. Some patterns are also available as throw blankets, clocks, tapestries, and wall murals.

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Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Kits

Rubik’s Cube Mosaic Kits

TwistPixel Studios creates fun and vibrant wall art using mini Rubik’s Cubes as his media. Each work is sold in kit form, and includes all of the supplies you need to create your pixelated portraits. Designs include Space Invaders, Pikachu, Tony Stark, Pac-Man, and numerous others, all made using a limited 6-color pallette.

LEGO Art Series

LEGO Art Series

LEGO takes a page from the builder community by releasing a series of pixelated portraits you can assemble yourself. The initial series will include images from Andy Warhol, Star Wars, Marvel, and The Beatles. Each set offers multiple build options for different faces. Available 9.1.20.

AstroReality 3D Pixel Earth

AstroReality 3D Pixel Earth

Calling occupants of Planet Earth! This fun kit lets you build a pixelated 3D model of our globe using 1338 tiny bricks. The resulting planet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hands, and will look great sitting on your desk or bookshelf. Just don’t let the dog get ahold of it, or you’ll have a tiny armageddon on your hands.

The Keyboard Artist

The Keyboard Artist

Erik Jensen creates art using a non-traditional medium. Instead of paints, pencils, or ink, he creates original works and replicas of famous paintings using computer keys. He dyes the the keys with various colors then painstakingly arranges them into pixel grids. Erik sells originals and prints on his website.

How to Make 1-Bit Pixel Art

How to Make 1-Bit Pixel Art

Brandon James Greer is a master at creating pixel art. In this tutorial video, he explains some tricks and techniques for working with the most rudimentary of color palettes. 1-bit art embraces the limitations of a low-res monochrome image to focus on composition, patterns, and textures.

Pix Brix

Pix Brix

Pix Brix are interlocking single-stud bricks for creating 2D pixel or 3D voxel art. They not only click together like LEGO, but can be securely locked side-by-side for flat artworks. A special multifunction tool makes the blocks easy to manipulate and disassemble. They’re also compatible with other major brick brands.

Lazr: A Clothformer

Lazr: A Clothformer

Garrick Campsey’s cyberpunk-inspired 2D platformer Lazr introduces the use of simulated cloth into its environments, adding a unique design and gameplay element. The flexible materials are used to create swinging ladders, ropes, and nets for the game’s protagonist to climb on. Demo available here.

Pixel Plants

Pixel Plants

Chicago-based Etsy shop Pixelixir makes these adorable 8-bit pixel art flowering plants, perfect for video gamers who lack green thumbs. They’re made from fused beads and each one includes a planter and rocks so they’re ready to display.

Thread Screen

Thread Screen

Breakfast created this incredible work of kinetic art that uses spools of thread to display images. It has 6400 individual spools, each of which can rotate between 36 different colors to display a single pixel. The trick is that the spools actually are loaded with a long multi-color belt, rather than individual threads.

smART Pixelator

smART Pixelator

This high tech art toy lets you take any image and convert it into a pixel art template. Use your phone to upload a pic, and the smART Pixelator’s LEDs light up so you can place colored pegs, beads, or sequins in the right spots. With its interchangeable frames or hot-melt beads, you can save your designs permanently.

Scenic Roads Pixel Art

Scenic Roads Pixel Art

For those of us living in big cities, scenic roads are a bit hard to come by, but once you hit the open road, America has plenty of great drives. Expedia shares five of their faves, reimagined as pixel art from a late 1980s arcade game. We just love Oregon’s Columbia Highway.

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Rick and Morty Pixelated

Rick and Morty Pixelated

Rick and Morty appear in this series of awesomely animated pixel art segues created by Paul Robertson for Adult Swim. The only thing better would be if these were playable levels in an actual video game.

Garfield Gameboy’d

Garfield Gameboy’d

If Garfield the lasagna-loving cat starred in a survival horror on the Game Boy Advance, it might look something like this bit of insanity. This pixel art short film by animator Lumpy Touch is some serious nightmare fuel, so you might not want to watch it right before bedtime.

A Theory of Flight

A Theory of Flight

All in Pixel created this animated masterpiece for The Verge’s Better Worlds‘ project. Based on a short story by Justina Ireland, it’s a science fiction tale about a woman determined to leave Earth for a more hopeful future on a colony only attainable for the wealthiest of people.

Boat Nomad

Boat Nomad

Artist The Poncho Pilgrim used the low frame rates and coarse edges of 16-bit style graphics to put together a beautiful short film that really creates a sense of place despite the technical limitations. Check out his YouTube channel for more of his art and animation.

Elvis & Dimmi

Elvis & Dimmi

(PG-13, Gore/Language) Elvis and Dimmi are not your typical adventurers. Or maybe they are, depending on how you play video games. Ivan Dixon and pixel art master Paul Robertson present this gaming-inspired short film about two jerks and their goblin lackey.

Winners Don’t Use Drugs Shadow Box

Winners Don’t Use Drugs Shadow Box

For anyone who grew up playing arcade games in the 1990s, this graphic should be familiar. Decor8BitArt transformed the pixelated admonition from the DOJ, the FBI, and William Sessions into a cheeky bit of dimensional wall art. Includes a 9″ x 9″ wood frame with glass.

The Domino King

The Domino King

The Domino King creates amazing pixel art images using thousands of colorful dominoes. His YouTube channel is packed with awesome constructions from Rick and Morty to Sonic the Hedgehog to Five Nights at Freddy’s. But his best creation so far is from Super Mario World.

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Ronald Jenkees: Quest for the Jam

Ronald Jenkees: Quest for the Jam

Electronic music phenom Ronald Jenkees’ music video is a tour de force of colorful retro-style pixel art, created by animator Ben Luce of Soul Proprietor, who will use funds raised by fans of the video to support cancer research. From the new album Rhodes Deep. (Thanks Scott!)

PIXIO Magnetic Construction Blocks

PIXIO Magnetic Construction Blocks

Small, plastic building blocks with magnets built inside of them, allowing for quick-snap construction of your own 3D voxel art creations. A companion app will provide ideas for pre-made designs too. Bricks will come in 16 vibrant colors to start.

Video Game 3D Shadow Boxes

Video Game 3D Shadow Boxes

Toronto outfit GlitchArtwork crafts each of these pieces of arcade and console game art by hand, painstakingly cutting and assembling their layers together into a 3-dimensional work of pixel art. Each framed work includes a glass cover not shown in the images.

Rick and Morty: 8-Bit Intro

Rick and Morty: 8-Bit Intro

Animator Paul Robertson created this awesome pixelated version of the intro from Rick and Morty. We’re hoping there’s a dimension like this and they’ll do a whole episode there. Maybe they can address the whole “it’s not 8-bit, it’s 16/32/64-bit” argument once and for all.

King of the Pixel

King of the Pixel

Mauri Helme created a pixel perfect 16-bit style version of the opening titles of Mike Judge’s animated classic King of the Hill, complete with an appropriate chiptune theme song. We’d buy this video game in a heartbeat.

Best Pixel Art Ever

Best Pixel Art Ever

Artist Gerardo Quiroz aka “Kirokaze” creates incredible animated .gif pixel art which conveys a tremendous sense of mood, composition, depth, light and shadow, all with just a handful of frames. Be sure to check out his DeviantArt page for more examples.

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