Pixel art is a style of digital art that dates back to the early days of computer graphics, when there were only a few pixels on-screen you can tell by the rough and blocky look.
Nostalgia from those growing up in the 80s and 90s has made pixel art popular again. We can see some pixel art artists bringing pixel art back to life in new and exciting ways.
We’ve gathered some of the best pixel art available below on web to bring back some of your old memories of video games in the 80s.
1. Pixel China Mountains by Matej Jan
Matej Jan began digitally drawing in the 1990s on his ZX Spectrum computer and now runs Retronator, a pixel art blog. His own art includes anything from funny pop culture references to intricate landscapes that push the medium to its limits, as these lovely Pixel China Mountains.
2. Landscape by Jubilee
Jubilee is now one of our favorite pixel artists, thanks to her ability to blend pixel art with a painterly technique to create work that is both instantly recognizable and wholly unique. This scene is full of wonderful promise since it was inspired by Studio Ghibli’s animation.
3. Knights of Sidonia by Johan Aronson
Johan Aronson, the studio art director of Mojang, is well-known for his world-class 2D pixel graphics. This eye-catching artwork pays homage to Tsutomu Nihei’s famous space opera manga book, Knights of Sidonia, which produced an anime series with a cult following among game developers.
4. Jungle Temple by Richard Schmidbauer
Richard Schmidbauer, a freelance games artist from Germany, has developed a clean style of pixel art that embraces the medium’s limitations to create beautiful, impressionistic paintings. This fascinating Jungle Temple scene is a superb example of his technique, with its evident computer game influences.
5. Pixel Art TV by Gustavo Viselner
Gustavo Viselner is an Israeli pixel artist whose series Pixel Art TV captures key scenes from classic TV episodes, along with spoken quotations. From recent shows like Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and Stranger Things to old favorites like Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the delightful series travels over a wide range of genres.
6. Corporations by Kenze Wee Hon Ming
Kenze Wee Hon Ming, a freelance illustrator from Singapore, has an excellent body of work on his Behance page. His work is inspired by Romain Trystram’s art and focuses on various locations across the world.
7. The Witness by Pixel Jeff
Pixel Jeff is a professional pixel artist from Taiwan with a diverse and colorful portfolio that includes anything from cityscapes to Disney princesses. The Witness is a pixel art tribute to Netflix’s Love, Death, and Robots that seems like an action-packed video game that we can’t wait to play!
8. Pixel Britain by Holiday Cottages
This series of 16-bit pixel art to promote holidaycottages.co.uk gives eight distinctly British locations a retro makeover. The set shows locales across the United Kingdom, from the White Cliffs of Dover to Glenfinnian Viaduct, as though chewed up and spat out by an Atari.
9. Emotive Pixels by Prateek Vatash
Prateek Vatash, an Indian graphic designer, is working on a project that includes this stunning geometric design. Vatash elevates pixel art to a new level, moving away from flat pixels and into single-color cubes while maintaining a retro aesthetic.
10. Street Fashion Fighter by Joojaebum
Joojaebum, a South Korean designer, originally drew our eye with a fantastic reimagining of the iconic arcade game Street Fighter 2. In his follow-up efforts, such as Street Fashion Fighter, the artist dressed up the game’s major characters in contemporary celebrities’ clothing, such as Drake, Kanye West, and Pharrell Williams.
11. Dark Side by Roman Gonzo
Roman Gonzo, a Ukrainian animator, is known for his amazing pixel art, which he does with Photoshop and his Wacom tablet. Darth Maul, Jango Fett, and Darth Vader are stylized depictions of the Star Wars villains Darth Maul, Jango Fett, and Darth Vader in this artwork.
Duan eek is a Czech pixel artist who has created numerous really popular 8-bit pixel masterpieces. The GIF above is from his superhero collection Pixelomics, and it’s incredible how few pixels he requires to make his figures instantly recognizable.
13. Science Kombat by Diego Sanches
Diego Sanches is a Sao Paulo-based Brazilian illustrator with a strong pixel art inclination. We especially like the animations he developed for Superinteressante magazine’s Science Kombat, a browser-based beat-em-up game. There are eight playable scientists in the game, including Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, and Sir Isaac Newton, each having their unique set of basic and special attacks.
14. Star Wars by Gustavo Viselner
This is one of Gustavo Viselner’s many homage to a galaxy far, far away, and it’s another fantastic piece. While opinions on some of the prequels and sequels may be divided, every Star Wars fan will appreciate Obi-training Wan’s of Luke and Chewie and C-3PO as they play hologram chess in the original 1977 film.
15. Night by Waneella
Waneella is a background artist that creates pixel-based visual landscapes with fantasy-inspired potential. The gently moving scene above, titled ‘Night,’ is typical of her work, demonstrating her ability to blend seemingly simple color, squares, and movement to create unique and dynamic worlds.
16. Bugroid by Nasc
Nasc is a web developer who specializes in Flash and Android and enjoys making pixel art in his leisure time. Everyone from the Simpsons to the Care Bears has been transformed into cute pixel art creations that are half-bug, half-Android in this Bugroid project.
17. Steve Jobs by Metin Seven
Metin Seven’s work incorporates design and pixel art with 3D elements to create dynamic and detailed outcomes. This depiction of Steve Jobs’ reinterpretation is a fantastically enticing example of his abilities.
18. Pixel Pour by Kello Goeller
Kello Goeller, a Portland-based visual artist, took the concept of the pixel and cleverly incorporated it into the real world for her Pixel Pour project. Her water-flowing pixels were installed throughout the city, providing inhabitants with a creative visual and imaginative environment in which to connect the two worlds.
19. Berlin poster by Eboy
The complex sketches of Australian artist Paul Robertson range from cute, family-friendly pieces to ones that are truly NSFW. Everything he touches appears to be pixel art gold, whether it’s candy colorful, like the image above, or strange, dark, and scary.
20. Mouse icon by Ben Fino-Radin
This life-scale, hand-embroidered design by New York-based artist Ben Fino-Radin is part of a collection that uses life-size mouse icons to explore themes of size and shape.