"Once you get much past [ 512 x 512 px resolution] you can't tell that it was drawn with a computer. And to me that quality is part of what i want in my drawing, that is what's interesting and exciting to me." - Lauretta Jones, 1984
Instead of featuring a member of the site as we usually do, this interview will spotlight a pioneer of the medium, someone who became a professional pixel artist before anyone knew it could be a career path.
Lauretta Jones began her career as a freelance digital illustrator, before going on to direct the undergraduate and continuing education computer art department at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She then contributed to the field of digital art in new ways as a user interface researcher, finding more intuitive methods for artists to interact with their computers. She currently teaches botanical art at the New York Botanical Garden.
Finally, we bring you PJ's long time top hall of fame piece owner Snake - and it turns out he has a lot to say: Below you will see several months of talk, about pixels, universe, and everything.
Pixeljoint is proud to present you yet another much-anticipated artist feature with long time PJ member and multi-award winner, vierbit! While mostly silent, most of you know and admire his pixelart. Today, we break the silence!
Stefan Bogdanovic, PJ's Mrmo Tarius is a computer graphics designer from Serbia (Belgrade). Mrmo Tarius creates some amazing and unique pixel art. He was kind enough to let me interview him for this revealing feature.
Jinn (João Victor Gonçalves Costa) is a 21 year old computer graphics student from São Paulo, Brazil who joined Pixeljoint in August 2008. He is a book editor by day and a pixel artist in his free time; he began drawing on paper from early childhood, eventually migrating to digital drawing and pixel pushing.
Since joining Pixeljoint in early 2007 Stickman has built himself a great pixelart gallery with some of the most entertaining and outstanding animations to be found in the entire gallery.
Stickman began experimenting with animation in Secondary School using an ION camera (1 frame per second) and by the time he finished College, (BTEC-General Art and Design) he solely focused in animation and film-making using amiga dpaint, scratch film, cardboard cut outs, stop motion and various styles of 2D images using cine cameras.
Japanese pixel artist Syosa joined PixelJoint 1.5 years ago and has developed a refreshing new style, beautiful animations and the cutest girls! A 23 year old living in Osaka, Japan and studies Neuroscience at Osaka University. When not creating pixelart and video games he analyzes cell morphology and performs experiments from morning to night. About 4 Years ago, Syosa became addicted to making computer games and found himself practicing pixel art.
He is 43, and was born in Moscow, Russia. He moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1990, where he is currently working as a violin maker/luthier.
I recently had a chance to interview him, and I jumped at the opportunity.