GDC 11: Pixel Art Finished Product

Early on in GameFront’s GDC coverage, I and my colleague Phil Hornshaw both posted about the above art installation, created as a collaboration between pixel artist Jude Buffum and the people at iam8bit. Put together piece by piece, pixel by painstaking pixel, over the course of the entire convention, the project culminated in the awesome image you see above, featuring San Francisco’s iconic Golden Gate Bridge attacked by a fire-breathing dragon. Thankfully for us (and the city’s Marin County-based commuter population to the north), the bridge is defended by a jetpack-equipped cowboy, a ninja, and, in the foreground, some sort of dragon-killing yeti-type thing.

Check out the video below for a time-lapse view of the whole affair, which really emphasizes the crowd-sourced nature of the project. People contributed tiny post-it notes one at a time, their efforts combining in time to form the finished artwork.

“Painting with Pixels” time lapse from iam8bit Productions on Vimeo.

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