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Pixel Art Academy

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 17, 2015, 6:37 PM

An adventure game that teaches you art.

 
I'm finally returning back to game development. I always wanted to merge learning and video games so this is my idea of it for practicing art. It's currently successfully running on Kickstarter and I welcome you to take a look:
 
kickstarter.com/projects/retronator/retronator-pixel-art-academy

















See the full campaign on Kickstarter:
 

The funding exceeded all my expectations and it means I will
finally be able to start working full-time on my projects.
 
Thank you for checking it out!


  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: C-jeff
  • Reading: Armada
  • Watching: Better Call Saul
  • Playing: Broken Age
  • Eating: Sandwiches
  • Drinking: Juice vodka

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Matej 'Retro' Jan
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I am active in all kinds of visual and interactive art. I am a programmer by profession and I try to balance it out by drawing, painting, pixel art, animation. I try very different styles so if you add a watch be prepared for a wild ride.

Sketch blog/illustration tumblr: matejjan.com
Pixel art/gaming tumblr: www.retronator.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/retro3d
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/retronator
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ZX Cosmopolis by Retronator
ZX Cosmopolis

I realized I never posted this piece. It's fan art of the city Cosmopolis from the movie Speed Racer. Original concept art was done by George Hull (scroll down for the city scene). This is my ZX Spectrum rendition, based on a movie still.

I started making it in 2008 and finally finished it last year at GDC. It was a very on/off thing with around 100 hours total to finish it. When I saw the trailer for the movie I was immediately struck that this should totally be a ZX Spectrum scene. So yeah, that's how this happened.

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Pixel Art Academy

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 17, 2015, 6:37 PM

An adventure game that teaches you art.

 
I'm finally returning back to game development. I always wanted to merge learning and video games so this is my idea of it for practicing art. It's currently successfully running on Kickstarter and I welcome you to take a look:
 
kickstarter.com/projects/retronator/retronator-pixel-art-academy

















See the full campaign on Kickstarter:
 

The funding exceeded all my expectations and it means I will
finally be able to start working full-time on my projects.
 
Thank you for checking it out!


  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: C-jeff
  • Reading: Armada
  • Watching: Better Call Saul
  • Playing: Broken Age
  • Eating: Sandwiches
  • Drinking: Juice vodka
Pixel Art Academy Studio by Retronator
Pixel Art Academy Studio
Pixel Art Academy is an adventure game that teaches you art!

It's my newest project to get me back into game development. Best news of all? Its Kickstarter campaign has launched!!!

Party 

www.kickstarter.com/projects/r…

So now that the commercial break is over let's talk about the piece. 

This is the art studio location from the game. Every player will get an art studio where they can "work" on their new pieces (meaning upload them to record progress … the campaign video explains more). This is kinda the concept for it and maybe somewhere along the way (very probably not in first year) you'll even be able to customize it.

It uses Atari 2600 color palette and I just did a heavy AA (anti-aliasing) pass on it, because I wanted to learn it (I'm very new to it and it probably shows). It also helps, because I had a lot of non-ideal diagonals since it's a perspective+architectural scene.

I'm ok with it for the level I'm at. There is so much more to learn, which is also the reason why I'm making the game, not so much to teach others (I can only share some knowledge to beginners), but to make a fun environment and tool for anyone at any experience level to improve.

Hope you like it! If you think others would enjoy a game about learning art, let them know! Sweating a little... 

Also from the project:

Pixel Art Academy Dorm Room by Retronator Pixel Art Academy Title Screen by Retronator
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Pixel Art Academy Dorm Room

Light cycle test for the dorm room location (well, more like an appartment) in Pixel Art Academy.

  1. Lights off
  2. Projector on
  3. Lights on
  4. Projector off
  5. Repeat :)

Still with the Atari 2600 palette + some brights for the projection to pop out.

p.s. I know area lights do not have hard edge shadows. The 2600 didn't give me more shades of grey to spare. So when only the projection is lighting the scene, it's very much made up (plant shadow etc).

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:iconcyangmou:
Cyangmou Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday! :happy birthday: 
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:iconretronator:
Retronator Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional General Artist
Dance! 
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:iconapoklepz:
Apoklepz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy Shit Dude!

...From the Pixels to the Portraits...I love your stuff!
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Retronator Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hey man, I'm glad you like it! It's usually too all-over-the-place I feel for most watchers. :) And guess what, I do videos too. :D (Big Grin) I'm only mentioning this because I spent this New Year in Puerto Rico, haha! And I made this video about it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x42Zm…

Hope you like that too, I loved your beautiful islands! Love 
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mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Heeey happy birthday :D
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:iconretronator:
Retronator Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love 
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:iconcyangmou:
Cyangmou Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday =)
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:iconretronator:
Retronator Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks buddy! Meow :3 
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SuperTurnip Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's an honor to have a watch from you! Thank you!
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:iconretronator:
Retronator Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
You make so nice pixels, I couldn't resist. :)
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