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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:
Pixel art/gaming tumblr:

Pencil Portrait Drawing Timelapse

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 23, 2013, 7:19 PM

If you've seen my latest portrait drawing of MC Bourdua …

MC Bourdua by Retronator

… you might have noticed it came with a timelapse of the process:

I've now uploaded an extended version of just the uncut timelapse shots, which might be more interesting to those of you who also draw and want to see more details about the shading:

As mentioned before, the portrait was drawn using the technique taught by gabbyd70 in her skillshare class.

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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).

Pixel Art Academy Title Screen by Retronator
Pixel Art Academy Title Screen

This is the opening screen for my next big project, a game about making pixel art. You can see the scene with parallax, some animation and even cheesy water reflection at:

Well, it's a pretty cheesy scene whatsoever, but I simply like sci-fi skyscraper cities and tropical places and palm trees. And airships I guess. It does all have its reasons/purpose in the game world though.

I'm using the Atari 2600 palette (without any restrictions). Only parts are AA due to time constraints (I have to move on to other scenes for the kickstarter video due in 1 week). Some people have also complained about banding and dithering. And I was really sloppy on the trees and clouds. And the perspective/scale is off in places due to this being a composite from the parallax scene. Just thought I'd put it out there …

Character style and anatomy study

Pixel art study of characters from five of my favorite games/artists:

Bottom three are referenced from the book Masters of Anatomy.

Pixel Art Academy is my secret project.

Skogsra by Retronator

Finally a new pencil portrait from me! :) It’s an internet friend of mine who did this one awesome song that I play a lot.

The technique is half shaped through practice, half learned from gabbyd70. Two mechanical pencils (3h and 4b), cross-hatching for skin, subtle blending for hair.



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Apoklepz Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy Shit Dude!

...From the Pixels to the Portraits...I love your stuff!
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:…

Hope you like that too, I loved your beautiful islands! Love 
mylittlebluesky Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Heeey happy birthday :D
Retronator Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Love 
Cyangmou Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Happy Birthday =)
Retronator Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks buddy! Meow :3 
SuperTurnip Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's an honor to have a watch from you! Thank you!
Retronator Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
You make so nice pixels, I couldn't resist. :)
DaniellyDan1 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome gallery you have there!
Retronator Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks! It needs more pixelart though. ;)
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