Portrait of Nathan


Author Comments

*intended to be viewed at 100% scale*

In the last year or so I've been really interested in digital painting that's as natural as possible. It's not traditional pixel art, granted, but I see where pixel art started, as the native resolution of the screens it's displayed on, to be as close as we've gotten so far. This is an attempt at the modern version of that.

I see this kind of painting as really exciting because it uses some of the best elements of the computer and digital art. It's both has perfectly even color and is crisp, but still retains a (uniquely digital) texture. It's easy to work with and undo stuff, but when viewed at 100% still has that solid quality of physical work. It (I think) invites you to get closer and step back and appreciate it more when your screen at one size is the intended viewing experience.
It's also kind of riding that cusp of nostalgia for pixels in general. With 4K and Retina, seeing pixels is kind of outdated, which I find exciting because now (like pixel art) they can be used with intent behind them.

But anyway, just some thoughts on medium and texture and stuff I've been interested in recently.

Happy Pixel Day!


Well, if you check tutorials, you'll see this isn't really pixel artwork sorry to say. But, it's still a cool piece! I imagine this took a lot of work. This to me looks like you used a spray paint tool (I could be mistaken though). I do understand the concept behind it though, and it is something I can appreciate.
This is really cool, good job. It would be awesome to see this on a wall outside a building somewhere.

CameronMc responds:

No worries about this not being included in anything official, I was just doing my thing and thought it might be interesting. I appreciate your review and the interest! I used variations of a round brush and the "dither" layer style in photoshop, which is basicly a more powerful spray paint tool haha.

And yeah, this is definitely very graphic with the blue/red! The more I think about it the more one color seems like the best way to showcase the texture though.

Thanks for the support man!

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4.00 / 5.00

Jan 23, 2016
6:09 PM EST
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1295 x 1295 px
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