Dynamo Joe vs. the Dragon

Dynamo Joe vs. the Dragon

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Dynamo Joe vs. the Dragon

Title: Dynamo Joe vs. the Dragon
Pixel Artist: Jess Bowers  (Level 1 Rookie :: 14 points)
Posted: 6/8/2009 17:54
Palette: 16 colors
Statistics:  8 comments    5 faves    0 avatars

This is my first submission to the site.

When my family first got a computer (an IBM PCjr back in the 1980's) I used to draw pictures using PC Painbrush. I had no idea it was called pixel art - only that I had a lot of fun drawing it pixel by pixel.

This piece was done in the mid to late 1980's and was actually converted from PCX format. All of the dithering was done by hand, but, using programs like GraphicsGale, could probably be done better today. The picture uses the 16 standard colors available in PC Paintbrush (which, interestingly enough, I think you can still type pbrush.exe to launch Paint today).

Oh, and the subject matter is a giant robot by the name of Dynamo Joe. He had a shortlived comic book back then -- maybe about 5 or 6 issues.


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Demon11777 (Level 5 Captain) @ 10/25/2010 20:03

Awesome style :D

Squirrelsquid (Level 4 Rubbish) @ 6/11/2009 20:00

quite amazing!

welcome to Pixeljoint! :3

Jess Bowers (Level 1 Rookie) @ 6/11/2009 18:57

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

ThereIsNoCure - I agree. I loved Doug's use of heavy inks on his mechs. Gave everything a nice "weight" to it.

GreenRaven - Thanks! I've been browsing around and really like just about everything I see. :)

Monotov - I'll definitely "dig up" some more stuff. I did a number of pieces a long time ago (all with PC Paintbrush) and have just recently gotten back into it. Most of the stuff I did back then was used for a short movie of sorts with Fantavision. Anyone remember that program? I'll have to post it somewhere for folks to look at.

adriprints and Scribblette- Agreed, a background would definitely make it look better. However, as I did this piece back in 1987-1988 (over 20 years ago), I didn't want to really touch it.... for nostalgic reasons. :)

Also, thanks to ThereIsNoCure for reminding me of the source material. All of my comics are bagged, boxed and stored away in the basement. Here is the original:

Scribblette (Level 1 Intern) @ 6/11/2009 16:25

Definitely needs the white background removed. Awesome perspective handling.

cure (Level 11 Pixellite) @ 6/11/2009 11:04

I prefer the style on the original dynamo joe #14. the pose on yours is more interesting though.

greenraven (Level 2 Hired Gun) @ 6/9/2009 07:49

I like the retro feel.

Welcome to Pixel Joint.

monotov (Level 6 Serial Killer) @ 6/9/2009 06:46

Looks good!Show more stuff from the past.

adriprints (Level 3 Private Eye) @ 6/9/2009 05:49

This might look better without the white background.

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