I have been working on pixel art lately and today I created these a retro console-like or to be more specific a Gameboy-like system's user interface (UI) with a game playing within it:
I just discovered an app focusing on pixel art for the iPad called Pixel Art Studio and it made me start experimenting with creating pixel art more in-depth than ever before. I am actually starting to consider the idea of a pixel art section to the site or a separate page with it being showcased.
The app is truly marvelous and I am using the free version, which really speaks volumes. It allows me to use the Apple Pencil to draw pixels of various colors and resize them at will to different resolutions. It also offers a wide range of professional graphic design software features from motion videos within the app itself of pixel movements to effects, selections, movement, layers, eyedropper tool, etc.
I will be working on a motion video using this app and the graphic of the game playing inside this handheld gaming system. I will also create a lot of new pixel art including individual sprites of 16x16 or 32x32 pixels if not larger.
Below, are images of what I also created adding other graphic design techniques to the handheld after inserting it into additional software and making it more of a digital graphic than pure pixel art:
Here is a custom GIF image of a motion graphic I created using the samples above and some others to make the user interface change and the in-game character jump. I am actually thinking of doing a whole scrolling level this way or within the pixel art app for the movement using the pixel image. The version below was done within procreate's motion assist feature:
Here is an animation also created via Procreate with some more layers and image samples as well as one that loops at a higher frames-per-second (FPS) count. It seems to flow more naturally like a game would, but the screens switch fast, so it may be hard to keep up:
I ended up further refining the buttons layout in the user interface for the Gameboy-like device:
I also have a lot more other pixel art I have created using an older software and I also created a whole motion graphic video and video production project for it. I am posting it below, but also plan on following this up with a blog post showcasing the individual scenes or illustrations, graphics and pixel art in addition to just the GIF-based motion graphic you can see in the beginning of the video as the introduction: