With the success of spyed
's new feature TWENTY
, staff members have been thinking of other ways to incorporate our fundamental rule about running deviantART as a community and as
a company. That rule being; exposure and feedback. One idea that that crossed our minds was to break TWENTY down into different categories. By doing so, more specific pieces of art could be featured and users could browse
the chosen art depending on their tastes.
For those that don't know, TWENTY highlights two groups of ten artists that have fewer than 5000 pageviews to their user pages. These artists represent talented people who are overlooked and possess much potential for their work. The new pixel(ement)
will be similar to TWENTY in that it looks for deviants who manifest superb ability in their art, only pixel(ement)
will obviously foc
us on Pixel Art deviations. For the first issue, pixel(ement)
will feature six artists to ensur
e quality while I am still getting my feet wet. In the coming issues, more artists will be added until around eight to ten de
viants appear in each issue.
Disclaimer: Please be aware that the following art
ists and pieces of work were picked at my sole discretion. They only represent my opinion.
One more thing: As you are reading this, you may be wondering why I am
qualified to write this article. You also might be thinking, "Who's Heidi
? I didn't know she was on staff. She only has nine
deviations and they all suck. Why should I read this?" Well, the answers to these questions
are not simple. Firs
t of all, I work with spyed (devia
ntART's CEO) a few days a week on various deviantART projects. (i.e.: server installation
.) Just knowing him should add some validity to my article, right? But in all honestly, I'm just an avid
pixel art fan. I have no more credentials than anyone else when it comes to this matter. I can only do my best to find and feature the best possible work.
Now ... onward to g
lory! Be de
waterrat is truly talented pixel artist who seems to have a flair for deviating Nintendo systems. The detail on his Nintendo and Super Ninetndo pixelations are exact. Plus, his other work is also top notch. And to top things off, to discover an artist like this with under 700 pageviews makes me feel like I just won the lottery. (Almost.)
Two words: "Pixel Scene." If you haven't seen this deviation, I think it's time you gave it a gander. With eighty-five favorites it's hardly a secret, but it deserves to be seen by the masses. Pixel Scene offers a pixelated look into a land where castles and moats are reality. But Pixel Scene isn't all nikitamoh has to offer, check out his gallery for more excellent work.
Do you like to play X-Box, Gamecube, or other entertainment systems? Do you like Jackie Chan movies? Are you feeling a little hungry? If you answered yes to any of those questions, deviant rhysd has you covered. With an uncanny ability for all-things-pixelated, rhysd's talent is unreal.
Offering a different style of pixel art is yetipants. His creations are different than the common pixel scene deviations, but they are pixel art nonetheless. One of his pieces that really intrigues me is "Pelf Sortrait" (aka self portrait if you aren't dyslexic.) This deviation offers a look at yetipants himself, pixel style. Other work that deserves to be view, "Stand Up" and "That wizard bloke."
Earlier in this issue, I wrote about feeling like I had won the lottery because I found a talented artist with under 1500 pageviews. Well, now I know that I have won for sure because flawedlogic possesses tremendous talent and has under 300
pageviews. Just check out the following thumbnails, they speak for themselves.
When I first saw "bugship v2" I honestly thought it was a screenshot from an old school video game. It's just that good. The detail is amazing and deviation itself is very interesting. Other good pieces of art to check out include "yodashead" and "samus" which are two very well done pixel characters.
Thanks much for taking the time to read the first issue of pixel(ement)
. I honestly greatly appreciate it. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions please head over to my userpage
and drop me a line. Thanks again!Update
: It has come to my attention that one of my original picks for pixel(ement)
has ripped some of his deviations. Therefore he is obviously disqualified. What a great way to start off the first issue.