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pixels tell stories

16 x 16 pixel icons

Adobe Illustrator

 My professor asked us to imagine objects that make up a place and display them in a 16 x 16 pixel representation. This was an exercise in showing enough to capture the essence of the object with as minimal information as possible. I picked an underwater scene as these creatures are typically very round and complex, which presents exciting challenges for this process.

My professor asked us to imagine objects that make up a place and display them in a 16 x 16 pixel representation. This was an exercise in showing enough to capture the essence of the object with as minimal information as possible. I picked an underwater scene as these creatures are typically very round and complex, which presents exciting challenges for this process.

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 These are the first draft mockups of my pixel images. After viewing them at a small scale, I realized I needed to increase the contrast between the sea and creature, and add more color variation. I also added a gradient to make the image more interesting.

These are the first draft mockups of my pixel images. After viewing them at a small scale, I realized I needed to increase the contrast between the sea and creature, and add more color variation. I also added a gradient to make the image more interesting.

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