Tuesday, June 10, 2008

eBOY | Pixel Art

eBoy ("Godfathers of Pixel") is Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital, & Kai Vermehr. Founded in 1998, eBOY is the most well known of the current PIXEL ART movement.

As a product of the 1980's, I totally understand where they're coming from (totally). The idea is to express their art as an extension of their childhood. Their influences come from: "Pop culture... shopping, supermarkets, TV, toy commercials, LEGO, computer games, the news, magazines..." To me, their art is a lovely bi-product of years of chronic Nintendo playing (the original Nintendo of course).

"We started working with pixels because we loved the idea of making pictures only for the screen. It’s the best way to get really sharp and clean looking results. Also, handling pixels is fun and you are forced to simplify and abstract things, which is a big advantage of this technique."

eBOY's bread and butter is their city images collection. The most famous piece is the London Poster. Since London, they have created city images of New York, Paris, Berlin, Cologne, & Tokyo. Most importantly of course is their LATEST poster for Los Angeles (see last photo below).

check out shop.eboy.com to see the city images posters, as well as eBOY's complete portfolio.


London, close-up



SYI: Pixel art is a form of digital art, created through the use of raster graphics software, where images are edited on the pixel level. Graphics in most old (or relatively limited) computer and video games, graphing calculator games, and many mobile phone games are mostly pixel art. - Wikipedia

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