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Video Game Pixel Paintings

Deviantartist RubiksPhoenix Creates Nerdy 8-Bit Artwork

— June 19, 2012 — Tech
No, you don’t have to keep waiting for these photos by Philip B., aka RubiksPhoenix, to load, that’s as clear as they get. These are photos of pixel paintings of video game characters and items in 8-bit form.

Toronto engineering student Philip B. began to practise art as an attempt to recreate childhood memories, especially memories of playing video games with his family. At first, he tried to learn PhotoShop and working with vectors, but found his ability was lacking.

He instead opted to paint these images on canvas with acrylics, starting with a painting of a Mario suit. Pixel by pixel, he moved on to to paint Pokémon badges. He found that he could apply his math skills to this exact art form, where every pixel counts. The largest one so far is a 5 foot-tall Cammy portrait from Street Fighter Alpha 3.
Trend Themes
1. Pixel Art - The trend of creating pixel art is on the rise, allowing artists to recreate childhood memories and embrace retro aesthetics in their artwork.
2. Nostalgia Gaming - The trend of nostalgia gaming is creating opportunities for artists to tap into the enduring popularity of classic video game characters and items.
3. Mathematical Art - The trend of applying math skills to create art forms, such as pixel paintings, highlights the intersection between creativity and logical thinking.
Industry Implications
1. Digital Art - The digital art industry can embrace the trend of pixel art by providing platforms and tools specifically designed for creating and showcasing pixel-based artwork.
2. Gaming Merchandise - Gaming merchandise companies can leverage the trend of nostalgia gaming to produce and market products featuring retro video game characters and items in pixel art form.
3. Art Education - Art education institutions can incorporate the trend of mathematical art into their curriculum, promoting the integration of STEM and creative disciplines.
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