Best Pixel Art of The Last 5 Years

Best Pixel Art of The Last 5 Years

Meet some of the most talented artists of our time, who keep working with the modern pixel art alive. Totally subjective post.

Almost 12 years ago back in 2004 a trio of awesome websites devoted to pixel art were born. One of them is called PixelJoint. To this time PixelJoint is considered a Mecca for the lovers of this particular visual style. It’s an astonishing storage of some of the best pixel art in the world. It may not be the best place for beginners, but it does provide a wide variety of references for the hungry artists.

There are some rules on PixelJoint: no rips, no filters, no paintbrushes, no gradient fills. Usually, modern pixel artist is not limited to the color count, but on PixelJoint low color count is appreciated. It’s nice to see that there are still places, which appreciate the power of old-school art. Back in July 2016, Retronator Magazine published sort of the ‘best of the best’ anthology of some of the coolest pixel art of the decade. However, in this post, we’d like to take a look at only some of the best PixelJoint contributors and show some of their amazing work.

Most of these incredible artists actually work in gamedev and have contributed to some amazing indie games. So, without further ado, here are our pixel art geniuses.

N.B. This is completely subjective and we can’t fit all the great artist in our post. If you have suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments section.

Stefan Bogdanović

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Little is known about this guy, except for the fact that he is 100% awesome. He’s coming from Serbia and he’s working as a graphical designer. His professional life revolves around graphic design and IT support, but deep down inside he’s in love with beautiful pixels. His tool of choice is Grafx2. You can find some of his amazing works over here

Chern Fai Chow

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We’ve actually featured his new game before on 80.lv. He is working on his own little pet project. He’s worked on various big pixel art project, including the famous Scribblenauts series and my personal favorite Drawn to Life. Follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his blog. There’s a ton of great stuff there, especially if you are looking for advice.

AlbertoV

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AlbertoV is a guy from Spain. His real name is Alberto (yes, it wasn’t hard to guess). Together with his brother Dani, they run an indie studio DYA Games. It’s a small company, that so far has only two titles Super Star Path and Bot Vice. But the real treasure here is DYA Games’ YouTube channel, where you can find a lot of great educational videos for pixel art lovers.

Thomas Feichtmeir

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Thomas (@cyangmou) is a professional pixel artist and animator. He mostly works with pixel art, but he does build a lot of great 2d art as well. He lives in Austria and works in gamedev. Here’s a couple of sentences from his Devianart bio:

My artstyle is mostly dark and mature filled with the stuff I love. I am a big fan of knights, dinosaurs, pirates, epic beasts, anatomy, human prosthetics and history as well as everything twisted and weird. My love for video games showed at the age of 5, while I started out with Super Mario 64 and other lighthearted platformers, my interest switched to tactics and rpg games and later to fast paced action rpgs, ego shooters and survival horror. According with all my interests my favorite style of music – Metal – goes hand in hand. I really like dramatical orchestral sound or simpler rockier one and of course Pagan – especially if I can relate to the lyrics. Despite all that, I am also a big fan of Donald Duck. I especially love his early-form from the old Silly Symphonie films, I grew up with. Nowadays I am still reading the comics and have a fairly big collection. I think that the Disney animations are the reason why I am so fascinated by 2D animations. And Rosa and Barks definitely shaped my interest for history.

Thomas Feichtmeir actually worked on Tower57 – an awesome pixel art shooter with destructible environments. 

Skydsgaard

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Skydsgaard is a great artist, who’s currently working on a very interesting project Irkalla. It’s sort of a tactical action shooter with heavy mechs and beautiful pixel art animations. Follow this guy on Twitter.

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Junkboy

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Junkboy is actually Markus Toivonen. He’s the art director at Mojang (yes, they’ve created Minecraft). Apart from voxels, Markus really likes pixels and he creates incredibly fan projects. His blog is absolutely amazing and his pixel art retro images will make you weep.

Simon Stafsnes Andersen

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The works of Simon Stafsnes Andersen. Find more of his stuff here.

Simon Stafsnes Andersen (Snake) is a famous pixel artist, who worked on Owlboy. In his free time, he creates various 2d pixel art homages to classical games.

Yuriy Gusev

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Octavi Navarro / Pixels Huh

Octavi Navarro, the creator of Pixel Huh, is an amazing pixel artist from Barcelona who is wll-known for scenes filled with tiny pixel characters. 

The idea behind this project comes from my love for all those classic video games I’ve been playing since the day my parents bought me a second hand Commodore 64 with a box full of cassette games.

I remember being blown away with the rich worlds those first designers and artists were able to create with such heavy limitations. 

In Pixels Huh, I’m mixing my own painting techniques with some of the restrictions of classic pixel art, resulting in very personal scenes that tell unique stories.

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You can find more of his works here.

Army of Trolls

Army of Trolls is the portfolio of London born, videogame obsessed artist Gary J Lucken. Working from his Computer in Bournemouth, Dorset, UK, surrounded by Japanese toys and piles of old 2D videogames Gary produces a unique brand of colourful artwork heavily influenced by the videogames, toys and pop culture he loves so much.

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You can find more of British artist’s work here

Paul ‘Max Marshall’ Conway

Paul is an amazing artist with great style and beautiful animation skills. He’s also working with gamedev and is trying to release his own game. You can read our interview here.

There you have it. Obviously, you have some additions, thoughts and other stuff, so please share them in the comments.

Author: Kirill Tokarev

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Comments 8

  • Shabalina Ksenia1

    Great!

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    Shabalina Ksenia1

    ·4 months ago·
  • Hotmail sign up

    Very helpful article, Thank you for sharing. I love you
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    ·a year ago·
  • impossible game

    Thank you for sharing this article with us! I believe there will be more people like me, they can find many interesting things in this article of you!
    - impossible game

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    impossible game

    ·2 years ago·
  • guest

    I'll never understand why these pixel art lists never mention Ahruon, also known as Abysswolf.

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    guest

    ·2 years ago·
  • Kirill Tokarev

    adding those later today. THX guys!

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    Kirill Tokarev

    ·3 years ago·
  • Kevin

    PixelsHuh is not here

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    Kevin

    ·3 years ago·
  • DEADJAM

    You missed off Army of Trolls. Arguably one of the best UK pixel artists. I am totally biased of course as I have used his work in my iOS game. But on the otherhand I think I'm right as well :D

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    DEADJAM

    ·3 years ago·
  • Gerald

    IMO Dani Oliver (https://twitter.com/ahruon) belongs on this list!

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    Gerald

    ·3 years ago·

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