Malaysian Pixel Game Art (houses)

Wanted to post a little update on how I’m progressing with the art for this project!

I now have five little Georgetown houses. The character will be able to run through the arches in between the houses. At least, that’s the plan!

Progress is slow, and pixel art is tedious work, but suffice to say, I’m having an immense amount of fun. Back to pixel-ing! 🙂





I LOVE PIXEL ART (and you should too)

Here’s a thing you might not know about me- I LOVE PIXEL ART. I love it with a passion that rivals my passion for ramen, which is saying something. If pixel art could be anthropomorphized into existence and have all the qualities of a loving partner, I’m pretty sure my boyfriend wouldn’t stand a chance. (JK I luv u boo!)

At some point I’ll write an extensive blogpost detailing just why pixel art is worth your time, but for now, I’ll leave you with the works of Paul Robertson, pixel artist extraordinaire.

This is just to give some context for the inevitable 10s of 100s of future posts about pixel art. This post, specifically, is about art for a side scroller game I want to make someday. Although this is supposed to be work for one of my final projects here at Parsons, I’m planning on expanding it as I enter senior year to work on my thesis. The title of the assignment is “World Building”, which is code for “anything goes”. There are no requirements, and it’s a pretty self-directed project. It’s also a 2 week project (which is INSANE, that’s not enough time to sufficiently build a world, while still doing all my other final projects), which is why I’m frantically pixel art-ing, day in and day out.

Below is what I’m currently working on. The environment is inspired by Penang, Malaysia. I’m an Australian-born Malaysian girl, and I take great pleasure in making art inspired by a place so close to my heart. The buildings I plan on creating will be inspired by the architecture of Penang.

The architecture of Penang reflects the 171 years of British presence on the island, coalescing with local, Chinese, Indian, Islamic and other elements to create a unique and distinctive brand of architecture. Along with Malacca, Penang is an architectural gem of Malaysia and Southeast Asia.

— Straight Outta Wikipedia

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I’ve started adding color, and its so exciting to see the building come to life. But in this 2 week timeframe, do I really have enough time to extensively color everything? I have to do more than just the composition above, so I may be freaking out just a little bit.

I can see it all in my head- floating rocks connected by bridges and ladders, flying boats and motorbikes (essential for Malaysian living), all surrounded by gorgeous Penang architecture.

I have a lot to get done, wish me luck! Will post another update soon 🙂



// rainbowapplepie


Hello! Salutations! It’s been a while, bloglife. I haven’t done this since I was in middle school, and it feels vastly different to be blogging as an “adult”. Adulting/blogging is what I’m going for, but its likely to be a shit show at this point, honestly.

A little about me and what this blog is going to be: I’m a student at Parsons School for Design in NYC, studying illustration with a focus in Game Design and 2D Digital Assets. Here’s my art instagram acocunt if you’re interested. The hope is that this blog documents my last year here in New York. With all this real-life black mirror bullshit happening in the US, and being from a muslim-majority country (though I’m not Muslim myself), I’ve been feeling increasingly unwelcome. Not through any fault of my college or the wonderful friends I have here, simply through politics and a general sadness inside. I’m planning on moving to Australia after graduation, but I’ll be very sad to say goodbye to New York. I’ve fallen harder in love with New York than I have anywhere else in the world, mostly because it’s the first city I’ve lived in where I’ve been on my own and independent. And I’ve just been lucky enough to be able to experience this independence in a city like New York.

I do have a lot of material that I would love to document and write about. I’m attending Spring Play and the Tribeca Games Festival here in New York this month, so I’m planning on documenting my experience there. Video documentation and YouTube was always a little dream I had as a kid, but realistically, writing and illustration are where my strengths lie. Although calling writing a strength of mine is pushing it a little (or a lot).

I hope you stick around to see where this goes. Hell, I hope I stick around too.



// rainbow apple pie