Pixel Art

Back in the 80’s and early 90’s there was no Playstation 4 or Xbox One, we had the NES, SNES and Megadrive… wonderful machines with great games but the graphics were lacking due to the lack of processing power. To create games, artists used pixel art, using small blocks to create an image similar to mosaics. With so few pixels to work with, pixel artist’s had to make each one count and count they did. There are many iconic images that are ingrained into gamers minds and pop culture as a whole. The recent films, Pixels and Wreck It Ralph, show that there is a lot of nostalgia and love for these old pixelated characters. When teachng the lessons, we were pleasantly surprised by how many of the children could identify the various old-school pixel art computer characters. The children easily identified such icons as Mario, Pacman and Sonic but the more obscure icons such as Donkey Kong were quickly recognised too.


Using an in-browser software piskelapp.com the children made self-portraits in the pixel art style, I’m sure you’ll agree that they are amazing!