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
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 🙂