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Posted by EdJr @ 7/24/2015 15:14

FixelJoint is a little Google Chrome extension that adds functionality to PJ, like a new comment editor, piece inspector, faving without leaving the page, etc.


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 7/14/2015 07:04

A great resource for this art program. This tutorial is a pretty good starting point.


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 7/3/2015 11:31

Retired C64 pixel art gallery.


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 7/3/2015 10:58

Launched in 1985 the Commodore Amiga boasted graphics capabilities that were unsurpassed for it's time.

It featured an intricate collection of custom chips that enabled it to do things that, until then, had been impossible to achieve with other personal computers.

This site is dedicated to graphics made with or for the Commodore Amiga home computer.


Posted by DatMuffinMan @ 6/30/2015 14:06
Single-Image Super-Resolution for anime/fan-art using Deep Convolutional Neural Networks. 

Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 6/26/2015 08:53

Rachel Simone Weil is an experimental video-game developer and design historian whose work explores femininity, allohistory, and speculative/electric dreaming. Weil runs FEMICOM, the feminine computer museum, creates NES games and glitch art under the alias Party Time! Hexcellent!, and helps organize Austin's monthly indie games event, Juegos Rancheros.


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 6/26/2015 08:50

About FEMICOM Museum is a hybrid physical/digital museum and archive dedicated to the preservation and reimagination of femininity in twentieth-century video games, computing, and electronic toys. Read more about the mission and beginnings of FEMICOM: Hello World! Introducing FEMICOM.


Posted by eigenbom @ 6/24/2015 18:52

I just finished a full year of daily pixel art. Here's a recap of my pixel adventure.


Posted by pop nebula dreamer @ 6/20/2015 12:28

Pixel animated comedy adventure now on youtube


Posted by AlexHW @ 6/6/2015 13:15

Create 3d scenes and models using 2d tiles. Works like a 2d map editor with a 3rd dimension.

  • Draw and Edit modes to easily add/remove/edit tiles in 3d space.
  • Perspective & Orthographic projection.
  • Export to .obj and use your creations in other programs or in your game development.
  • Modify UVs on tiles, adjust tileset sizes.
  • Rotate, flip, mirror, reverse faces, verts and UVs.
  • Split/cut tiles.
  • Copy/paste tiles.
  • Undo/redo any changes.
  • More!
     

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A new version of Crocotile 3D has been released with a full set of Paint tools. Now you can paint the textures for your 3d models and environments directly within the program.

Crocotile 3D is a tile-based modeling editor. Use tilesets to construct scenes or objects like you would in a 2d map editor, but with an added dimension.

You can try out the program at crocotile3d.com


Posted by Yeltsin @ 6/2/2015 11:59

A nice pixel art game for iPhone and iPad, I developed, the pixel art by Gustavo Jacomé


Posted by Mandrill @ 6/2/2015 10:18

Hello everybody,

I want to give back some of the knowledge I have gathered the last few years raoming PJ with all its brilliant art. It covers my take on doing a small piece of pixel art (64x45) from concept, over creating a palette, to pixelling. It is not much, but it may be of help to one or two pixel lovers out there.

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Posted by rhlstudios @ 5/21/2015 19:39

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Posted by rhlstudios @ 5/20/2015 16:14

Part 3 of a so-far 3 part color palette creation series of pixel rants


Posted by rhlstudios @ 5/20/2015 16:13

Part 2 of a so-far 3 part color palette creation series of pixel rants


Posted by rhlstudios @ 5/20/2015 16:12

Part 1 of a so-far 3 part color palette creation series of pixel rants


Posted by elilaos173 @ 5/12/2015 10:45

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Posted by jenninexus @ 5/12/2015 04:20

While researching styles & techniques for pixel art, I've been compiling good finds (tutorials and examples) here on this Pinterest board :-)


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 5/8/2015 06:34

Think you know everything about finding images online? You don't.

A picture is worth 1,000 words. And that's just in the "physical world." Online, the 1,000 words:1 picture ratio is a gross understatement. Up here in Webbernetland, words are damn near meaningless. Most of what passes for "written communication" is a bunch of barely coherent word sneezes punctuated with hashtags, emoji, and nonsensical text-talk.

If you really want to get a point across, images are where it's at! I don't want to hear about your vacation, I just want to see pictures of you snorkeling and pointing at exotic sealife! Don't tell me how you're feeling when an animated Family Guy gif will more than suffice. Is there really anything you can tell me that a Game of Thrones screengrab won't? SRSLY.

Thankfully, Google is here to facilitate our species' downward spiral into the lingual apocalypse via a robust image search function. We've previously delved into some of the cool little tricks available in regular Google search—most of which are still relevant in the image side of things. But there's an additional bag of little tricks specific to the image side of search that you may not be taking full advantage of.

Backwards Image Search

Once upon a time this feature was only available to Chrome users, but now all the major browsers allow backward Google image searches. With this function, users can simply upload an image (or image URL) and find out where else that image exists online or even just find images that are visually similar.

Just go to the images.google.com start page and click the little camera icon in the search box to prompt a pop-up box where you will find the option to paste an image URL or upload an image from your computer. Conversely, you can even just drag an image from your desktop into the search box.

Search History

Whether you are aware of the fact or not, Google keeps a scarily detailed list of your all your Web doings. That's how it optimizes your eyeballs and sell them to advertisers. Feel like you're being used? Maybe you are. But keep in mind that's also how the company manages to keep all its neat little Web tools—like Maps, Gmail, and search—free to use.

Google is at least transparent about how it does business. The company gives you the option to view (and edit) the detailed online diary you might not have known you were keeping.


If you have a Google account (i.e. a Gmail account), you can view your online dossier by heading over to history.google.com (you'll probably be asked to log in to your account). Here you'll find a list of recent Web searches—including your Google image queries. You have the option to peruse your past queries via the search bar at the top of the page or just look back through time by clicking the older button at the bottom. You can revisit these old searches, or—should you feel the need to—delete them from your Google record by clicking the little box next to them and then hitting the Remove items button at the top of the page.

Advance Search Options

When you conduct an image search, you'll see a long list of choices to click on at the top of the page. At the far-right end of the option bar, you'll see a Search tools button. Click that, and it will highlight a bunch of advanced options, each with its own pull-down menu. Let's go through each one:

Size: This gives you a variety of choices in regards to physical image size including Large, Medium, and Icon. You can even get really specific by choosing the Larger than… or Exactly… options.

Color: Here you will find the default Any color option as well as Full color and Black and White. Transparent means that the image has a clear background—this option is probably only of use to graphic designers who want to add an image into an existing picture. At the bottom of the pull-down menu, you'll find 12 smaller color boxes that you can click on—this will return images where that color is featured prominently.

Type: This allows you to filter further for the images you do want, including Face (images where a human face is prominent); Photo (no clip art, animated gifs, or line drawings); Clip art (helps you get your MS Paint on); Line drawing (for when you want to do some coloring); Animated (you'll have to click on the image to see it in motion, otherwise the page would be chaos).

Time: Allows you to search within different time ranges. Why does this matter? Take a look at the difference in top image searches for "Bill Cosby" in November 2013 and those from November 2014. Notice a difference in the choice of images (and facial expressions) people on the Web were using?

Usage rights: This allows you to search just for images that you can legally reuse based on their stated license, the most liberal option here being Labeled for reuse with modification (a lot of Wikipedia files here) down to Labeled for noncommercial use (meaning you can't use it in any commercial endeavors). For more, check out How to Find Free Stock Photos That Aren't Terrible.

And More

If you're looking for the naughty stuff, you can toggle the default Safe Search in the top-right corner, which will prompt a pull-down menu. Also, if you really want to get into the image weeds, you can do an "Advanced" image search via the gear icon in the top right-hand corner. This will prompt a new screen, which will allow you to really drill down into the search terms and allow you to search with multiple filters in one easy UI.


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 5/6/2015 11:41

Welcome to the world of Hal Lasko, The “Pixel Painter”.

“Grandpa Hal” as he was better known, made paintings that may resemble a classic 8-bit video game but upon closer inspection many are calling it fine art.

All of Hal’s pieces were lovingly if a bit tediously crafted by guiding a computer mouse through a decades-old software application. It's hard to imagine such a level of complexity could be achieved in something as simple as Microsoft Paint. Yet Lasko's art gives proof in the pixels.

Lasko did all of his painting despite challenges that could’ve ended his passion for painting.  In his later years, he suffered from wet macular degeneration, an age-related, chronic eye disease which severely limits the center of his field of vision. It's a formidable handicap for anyone, but especially someone who'd made a living off his artist's eye.

Long before age began to take its toll on Lasko, he'd enjoyed a successful career as an artist of a different sort than what he's become. He started out as a graphic designer, working in the military during World War II drafting maps. After his military career, he worked on creative projects for several companies and eventually retired from American Greetings in the 1970s. Throughout it all he would paint at home to satisfy his artistic urges.

But the older Lasko got and the less he could see, the harder it became for him to paint. Things changed for Lasko when his family gave him a computer as an 85th birthday present.

His new PC came loaded with Microsoft Paint software. The program was developed in the '80s but gained popularity with the release of the Windows 95 operating system in 1995. In today's Age of the iPad, Paint might be viewed as more kitsch than cutting edge. But Paint's easy interface and pixel precision allowed Lasko to journey down a new artistic path with a style that could be considered retro cool.

"When I got the computer and saw what the Paint program offered, I started a whole new career almost. It's so easy for me to handle," Lasko said. "Every time I paint on it, I'm trying to do something that's approaching fine art."

With help from his grandson Ryan and Ryan’s friend Josh, Lasko has shared his work and story with the world. He hoped that people who see his work will understand that age and handicaps may challenge you, but they shouldn't stop you from pursuing what you love.

"I get a lot of assistance because of my handicaps, but I don't treat them as handicaps because I still think I can do some painting," Lasko said. "I discovered quite a long time ago that this was my thing, and I just love to paint."


Posted by 8 Bit Dreams @ 4/23/2015 08:47
PIXEL is an LED display for pixel art. Simply select the art from PIXEL's free apps on your Android, PC, Mac, or Raspberry Pi. After that, PIXEL runs in stand alone mode with no device connection necessary. Or leave your device connected and use PIXEL in interactive mode for things like Twitter feeds, interactive GIFs using the optional proximity sensor, and camera video phone feeds.

Posted by Orzie @ 4/20/2015 23:02

One of the largest VK pages dedicated to pixel art. The language is Russian.


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