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Posts tagged "pixel art"

Dec 27, 2012
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Pixel Fireplace by Ted Martens


  This is a type-controlled interactive fireplace I’ve worked on for a few years. I originally made it because I have fond memories of a fireplace crackling away during the winter while growing up. I didn’t have one at my apartment so I decided to make my own take on a digital yule-log type fireplace. I love pixel art and I’m a game developer so I went with large pixels for abstraction combined with realistic sounds. You can throw up to 5 logs on at a time and they burn down to ash (about 15 minutes per log).


I’m kind of in love with this. Saw it on @rob_sheridan's feed, bought the full version and sat with Owen just chilling out and staring at it, then set it up on my laptop hooked up to the external monitor so and used it as a kind of writing timer (I think it takes about an hour for a log to run out.) Really simple, really fun.

Watch a video of it in action→

Pixel Fireplace by Ted Martens

This is a type-controlled interactive fireplace I’ve worked on for a few years. I originally made it because I have fond memories of a fireplace crackling away during the winter while growing up. I didn’t have one at my apartment so I decided to make my own take on a digital yule-log type fireplace. I love pixel art and I’m a game developer so I went with large pixels for abstraction combined with realistic sounds. You can throw up to 5 logs on at a time and they burn down to ash (about 15 minutes per log).

I’m kind of in love with this. Saw it on @rob_sheridan's feed, bought the full version and sat with Owen just chilling out and staring at it, then set it up on my laptop hooked up to the external monitor so and used it as a kind of writing timer (I think it takes about an hour for a log to run out.) Really simple, really fun.

Watch a video of it in action→

Dec 18, 2010
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Sep 30, 2010
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Tuning Canabalt - Semi Secret

A look under the hood of a great game.
Tuning Canabalt - Semi Secret

A look under the hood of a great game.

Jul 15, 2010
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Pixel Art and Cartooning - John Martz’s Notebook

I’ve been toying with pixel art as a drawing exercise lately. There’s plenty in common between drawing with pixels and cartooning. Both are exercises in abstraction and simplification…You have to make things instantly readable with very little visual information. And as for character design, the process of drawing with pixels, in a constrained grid, emphasizes the importance of distinguishing features, body shape, silhouette, colour, and costume.Filed under: abstraction.

Pixel Art and Cartooning - John Martz’s Notebook

I’ve been toying with pixel art as a drawing exercise lately. There’s plenty in common between drawing with pixels and cartooning. Both are exercises in abstraction and simplification…

You have to make things instantly readable with very little visual information. And as for character design, the process of drawing with pixels, in a constrained grid, emphasizes the importance of distinguishing features, body shape, silhouette, colour, and costume.

Filed under: abstraction.

Feb 19, 2010
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"The Pixel Tutorial" by Derek YuAwesome tutorial on creating pixel art.
"The Pixel Tutorial" by Derek Yu

Awesome tutorial on creating pixel art.

Aug 19, 2008
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Super Oors World

this is a crazy pixel art webcomic that Adam turned me onto.  I liked the first episode the best—it kind of explicitly shows how video/adventure games can so easily inform comics…dig also the images inside the “speech” balloons—big fan of this technique

Super Oors World

this is a crazy pixel art webcomic that Adam turned me onto. I liked the first episode the best—it kind of explicitly shows how video/adventure games can so easily inform comics…dig also the images inside the “speech” balloons—big fan of this technique

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