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8 Bit Art can refer to a style of synthesized electronic music called “chiptunes”, as well as a form of digital art called “pixel art”. Both chiptunes and Pixel Art can be more than 8-bits. Chiptunes, also referred to as “chip music”, are often made using sound hardware from old video game consoles or computer systems. Gameboys have become popular for live chip performers as they are very portable and can be played with ease on stage.
The Pixel Art Style is more than often associated with 1980s – early 1990s video game art. On of the most memorable video game that showcases great use of these digital graphics is Super Mario Brothers. I’m sure you might recall the classic that stole much productivity during it’s reign.
Low resolution 8-bit art has recently started to come back on the radar when a site called Eightbit.me came out. This site allows you to create a full-body 8-bit avatar in your own image, from hair color, glasses and facial hair down to the outfit you’re wearing. Many tech junkie have started to associate their 8-bit self with their email address by using Gravatar.com.
If you grow up playing video games, you have witnessed the massive evolution in graphic. From that low resolution 8bit characters, now we have incredibly detailed soldiers, weapons, and surroundings in games like Battlefield 3. Seeing this kind of technological advancement in less than 20-30 yer, makes me wonder what the future of gaming holds. Our current games are so close to three dimensional reality, one might think they are watching a movie.
Today we present to you a commemorated collection of the wonderful world of 8-bit art. We collected some of the best examples of 8-bit art for your inspiration. These creative designs will hopefully get your creativity juices flowing and encouraging to create your very own. If your wish to create 8-bit pixel art from ordinary images, check out this simple tutorial.
Note: All of the images are linked to their original source.