My goal was to market PIXEL as an art piece so I knew to pull that off, I was going to need some real art. The content I did myself definitely was not going to cut it. PIXEL's display is 32x32, essentially each LED equals one pixel. So as luck would have it, there is a sub-culture of throw back artists who like to work at the pixel level just like it was done in the early days of computers and video games. They call themselves pixel artists and can be found on sites like pixeljoint.com and wayofthepixel.net. So I posted on those forums what I was looking for and much like the Maker community, they are a friendly bunch willing to help. I offered a nominal fee in exchange for their art work, some of it existing and some new. Below are 5 artists who offered to help. The deal was I get some art work for a decent price and they get some exposure. I also signed up to do one Android app for each artists showing their work on PIXEL.
|Kirk Barnett (Pixel PileDriver) is a programmer and artist. Attending the Digipen Institute of technology he studied Art Production, Real-time Simulation Programming, and lots of math that blew his mind. He enjoys pixel art, painting, animation, shaders, particles and anything video game related. Currently he is an indie game developer and co-founder BlockLight. Everyone says he works too hard, but to him that just doesn't seem possible.|
|Felipe Alfonso is a chilean Game artist and Developer who really loves making 2D art for videogames. He has been pixeling since he was 16 years old, 8 years later he is still pushing pixel like there is no tomorrow. He has worked on several mobile and web games and now he is a full time indie game developer.|
|Gabe Mir is a pixel artist who resides in South Florida. He has always been interested in video games since his youth, and has been practicing pixel art for a few years. Academically, he is an alumni of Florida International University, where he studied psychology. Currently, he works at an office, but enjoys making art as a hobby as well as freelance work.|
|Zhi Jiang is a pixel artist living in China. Zhi has eight years of pixel art experience from commercial games to web site illustrations.|
|Rommel Brittany is a freelance pixel artist living in Louisville, Kentucky. He has been pixeling for six years now starting at the age of 10. Rommel has lent his talent to several online games and other projects.|
Animations from pixel artist: Kirk Barnett (Pixel PileDriver)