Isle of the Dead

Isle of the Dead

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Isle of the Dead

Title: Isle of the Dead
Pixel Artist: Manupix  (Level 11 Godfather :: 58012 points)
Posted: 9/19/2012 04:07
Palette: 8 colors
Statistics:  41 comments    145 faves    0 avatars

This began as a tee-shirt design for a contest at Threadless. The theme was Death, the brief required to include a skull in the design. I decided to recreate the island in Arnold Boecklin's famous painting in isometric pixels.

The first submitted version was very much unfinished, and I kept working on it with the help of the good people over at Pixelation (thank you guys!).

I'm finally more or less happy with it ;) Resubmitted to Threadless for the pixel-art community challenge.

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upper0 (Level 2 Corporal) @ 8/5/2017 22:03


yashar (Level 1 Rookie) @ 1/7/2017 08:10

wow, this is very amazing! one of my favourites paintings and you did give to it a really interesting interpretation. wonderful work!!

Lindion45 (Level 4 Lieutenant) @ 12/26/2014 16:34

Oh wow! I didn't even see the skull until I read the description!

Fidorka69 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 11/18/2014 02:59

Great idea!!! I love it!!! :D

Dont (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 4/21/2014 12:54

I could spend minutes just starring at this in zoom

juanillovale (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 5/22/2013 04:44


w4rlock (Level 5 Sniper) @ 3/7/2013 12:01


Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 12/1/2012 06:36

Me too haha!

I had submitted it on DBH before, haven't decided yet on what next. Maybe Society6, although I have no idea of the quality of prints there.

Reo (Level 11 Sensei) @ 11/26/2012 13:49

Wouldn't it be possibly to make this happen somewhere else? I'd be highly interested!

Hetzer (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 11/17/2012 02:21

interesting idea, great job!

Mr.Fahrenheit (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 11/11/2012 20:43

 Aw man, this shirt was looking great.

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 11/9/2012 15:58

Thanks =)

You can't, it hasn't been selected for printing :(

Mr.Fahrenheit (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 11/8/2012 17:17

 Where can i buy, this? I can't seem to locate it on the shop. And it looks amazing, great job

skittle (Level 9 Nidan) @ 11/5/2012 13:16

Hey, it looks like a skull...right? 

Joking, its fucking AMAZING

Muiriled (Level 2 Flatfoot) @ 10/19/2012 05:44

And 8 colors... Damn you! :)

Victor Rojo (Level 8 Cannibal) @ 10/17/2012 03:14

the world is yours manupix! congrats :D

philippejugnet (Level 6 Hitman) @ 9/25/2012 15:36

 your best piece IMO, can I buy a T-shirt? :)

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 9/25/2012 12:44

Thank you! =)

Helm (Level 5 Detective) @ 9/25/2012 05:31

 A spectacular art piece. I enjoy it very much. Thank you for making this.

TheoVision (Level 8 Regional Boss) @ 9/25/2012 05:22

Very creative and damn good pixeling!

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 9/23/2012 13:52


Are you on a mac? I made it on a (calibrated) PC and the dark colors are supposed to be much darker than they appear on macs, the contrast is not meant to be harsh. Also, since it's a shirt design, I wanted some negative space patches for better integration into the shirt background.

st0ven (Level 2 Dealer) @ 9/22/2012 12:18

damn this really developed well since its WIP's i remember seeing. the cliffside texturing up in the upper skull region has seriously improved and this thing is now officially amazing. the only thing i DONT get is why the trees are so dark!

sjhwi1a (Level 4 Mercenary) @ 9/22/2012 07:41

The sea of the pure oil! USA will bring you democracy soon poor isle.

Nice work.

Terrify (Level 3 Chief) @ 9/21/2012 06:48

 How long did this piece take? haha

Elk (Level 5 Assistant Manager) @ 9/21/2012 01:44

 hahaha awesome

Gecimen (Level 11 Psychopath) @ 9/21/2012 01:40

it's so cool that I can't get myself to comment on the pixel work. pure awesomeness.

SpaceSalmon (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/21/2012 00:09

So many small details. Nice :)

newGuy (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 9/20/2012 18:54

I'm not really a huge fan of how you dealt with contrast in the newer version. I know you wanted to make the skull shape as clear as possible, but the discrepancy in contrast from the trees to the rest of the composition makes it look much less unified.

The design is incredible, but I really prefer the older version. :)

skarmachild (Level 1 Thug) @ 9/20/2012 16:09

Took me a while to see the skull! This is amazing, I wish I could frame it.

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 9/20/2012 12:46

Thank you all!

MrBeast, you might have a point there.
I've been wondering all along if a more game-like approach, more in the spirit of the early background, wouldn't be better.
Well Böcklin painted 5 versions. I could do one more ;)

Manjaman (Level 7 Mass Murderer) @ 9/20/2012 06:33

Cooly !

Sneep29 (Level 4 Deputy) @ 9/19/2012 21:45

Oh cool! Didn't expect to see two from you. : ))

Awesome piece Manu!

El_Tortuga (Level 3 Hatchet Man) @ 9/19/2012 16:41

 This is amazing work, especially for only eight colors. Good job and keep it up!

Cheetah (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/19/2012 13:04

 The perspective is really weird/off at times in that it doesn't always seem that it is on the same plane. However, I think this only adds to the piece and this is truly genius design. Love it.

Stickman (Level 6 SWAT) @ 9/19/2012 12:46

Damn that's spooky! A seriously lovely idea.

MrBeast (Level 3 Sergeant) @ 9/19/2012 12:28

 I think the old one was better because this more detailed style doesn't work well together with the low color count. It tries to have depth but isn't able to.

carrion (Level 6 Made) @ 9/19/2012 11:30


it's fresh!

Dastal (Level 7 Assassin) @ 9/19/2012 08:24

 Magnifique composition, le travail sur l'altitude me laisse bouche bé. Gégé.

mitchell547 (Level 4 Deputy) @ 9/19/2012 07:14

 wooow, thats amazing!

nice colors and color use

Muziak (Level 3 Enforcer) @ 9/19/2012 05:52

fdsaADFBVCFDS wow man! this is incredible! straight away one of my favourite pieces, I could look at this all day!

Beetleking22 (Level 1 Rookie) @ 9/19/2012 04:44

Dayum dis some goodass piece!

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