Künstler der Woche


Woche #14
Duce heißt eigentlich Ari Seppä und kommt aus Finland. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1990. Duce ist derzeit Mitglied der BlackLight Inc. and Extend-Gruppe.
I started playing around with pixels in 1990 with Amiga500 & DeluxePaint. First attempts were ugly as hell and hopefully I’ve lost em somewhere during the years. No one should ever see those. really. I got my skills improved when I started to know demoscene a bit better and met bunch of sceners in 1991. Actually Argon/Extend happened to be my room-mate when I entered high school.
And then I met Electric/Extend and saw him doing crazy pixelling with KoalaPainter & joystick. I was truly amazed! Beside pixelling, Electric also astonished me with his drawing/inking skills, and from all the way back those days he has been some kind of an idol for me.
But at that time I was more interested in pixelling with Amiga and inking disk-covers, and somehow though C64-format could be way too difficult for me. Didn’t tried out C64 pixels until 1993, and for unknown reasons I never finished it. Then after years of inactivity, Electric convinced me to start pixelling again and especially on C64. And I was hooked! Sounds bizarre, but I really enjoy all the restrictions and fixed palettes and all that “push that limit even further”-mentality. Like, there has to be some sort of challenge and then you really have to get focused on every single pixel on the image, and for me it’s like being on a Zen-mode.
While pixelling my adaptation of Ffffuuu-meme, I had some kind of an epiphany that you actually can put lot of colors together in HiRes-mode. After that enlightenment I’ve pretty much kept my pixels in HiRes-mode only, and getting $d016-tweak aboard has brought some more twist on it (literally).
Must Ache the Moustache by Duce Toijala by Duce A Mature amateur by Duce Pahanilmanlintu by Duce FOXYLADY by Duce

Almighty God

Woche #12
Almighty God ist ein Künstler aus Spain. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1993. Almighty God ist derzeit Mitglied der Excess and Sputnik World -Gruppe. Homepage
Well, really I've been in the Commodore 64 scene since the '80s in the very beginning was just swapping and enjoying games etc. But I was really amazed by the intros and demos, so I wanted to be part of that so I start pixeling. I've done pixel arts in the Spectrum, MSX, Amiga and of course mainly in Commodore 64. Really Commodore 64 is part of my life and it always was. For me is very relaxing and fun pixeling and creating stuff in a machine that makes you think a lot to achieve a very nice final result. I like topic ideas from movies, magazines etc. And I try to do some kind of experimentation also inspired in other scene artist and stuff to get very different results.
Hexagon Skull by Almighty God Clearwater by Almighty God Phantasy Nature by Almighty God Crapula de Aranea by Almighty God GunsAreForPhysicodelicGirls by Almighty God


Woche #11
Valsary ist ein Künstler aus Polen. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1994. Valsary ist derzeit Mitglied der Elysium and Booze Design-Gruppe.
It all started back in 1992, when I first time experienced painting in Deluxe Paint on Amiga at my school friend's place. I was shocked by the possibilities! As an 14 years old teenager I never before thought I could use my computer to anything else than playing games. At that time I had only a Commodore c64, but I realized that I could use this little 8-bit computer to paint with as well. I have to mention that since my early childhood I loved to draw, with varying result of course... To be honest I was was kind of dissapointed when I for the fi rst time tried to paint in Art Studio. The restrictions of the c64 graphics were pretty annoying, and I produced a lot of bad and ugly pictures, but as we all graphicians know - practice makes a master. After months my technique improved and the pictures were good enough to show in public
Might and Magic by Valsary Bloodshet by Valsary Mystical Tree by Valsary Wolverine by Valsary Compo Picture by Valsary


Woche #10
redcrab ist ein Künstler aus Schweden. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 2011. redcrab ist derzeit Mitglied der Goin' Sideways and Genesis Project-Gruppe.
Pixel graphics, and 8bit music has always fascinated me! I thought for very long that I loved games, but now I know that I often played them just to be in that universe!
For me creativity always comes from restrictions -no matter what I'm up to. The c64 is all made up of quirky restrictions and I love it! I think making graphics like this is more like solving a puzzle. I always hunt for some new way of going around the limitations or even use them in my favour! I just can't stop making petscii just for this reason.
Jamtland by redcrab Ze bramblebee by Redcrab Steampunk Evening by Redcrab You Did What? by Redcrab It Ain't Pretty! by redcrab

Rail Slave

Woche #9
Rail Slave ist ein Künstler aus Wales, UK. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 2016. Rail Slave ist derzeit Mitglied der Hokuto Force and EXclusive ON-Gruppe.
I'm a bit of a late starter to pixel art and not entirely comfortable in this hall, among the all time greats of the scene.
Most of my pieces have been very ambitious vehicles and themes with which to learn and essentially "fast track" myself to where I should be; As such, I like to have a variety of things that I'm currently studying in them, such as material's or ambitious lighting arrangements.
I was introduced to the scene itself by Ptoing who was always encouraging and taught me take a bit more time with everything at the pixel level and well as introducing me to the greats like ILKkke, Electric, Joe, Mermaid, Carnivius, all for different reasons.
Out side of the scene I have been very influenced by Music, particularly the attitudes to hidden expression of the 50'S Avante jazz scene, 80's underground punk and allegorical Christian writings of the early Church.
EVA by Rail Slave Dawn of kernel 3 by Rail Slave Carrot mancer by Rail Slave Mama, where is Papa ? by Rail slave Dawn of kernel 2 by Rail Slave


Woche #8
Prowler ist ein Künstler aus Schweden. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1993. Prowler ist derzeit Mitglied der Nectarine-Gruppe.
The Amiga and the C64 were central computers in my life when growing up and learning about drawing and design. Whenever doing pixel art I often end up with a strong influence from those childhood memories - early games, cracktros and demos. It might explain the general "retro"-feeling. I always seem to end up, in most pixel art pieces, with something that isn't a problem when working with other media. Pixel art has always been the playing ground where the abstract meets reality. Pixel and colour limitations set a unique and clean look that gives pixel graphics it's special look. I still very much enjoy it!
Shattered harmony by Prowler White Dream by Prowler Present and Past by Prowler Elements of Green by Prowler Singh-raha by Prowler


Woche #7
Gas13 heißt eigentlich Aleksej Garkushin und kommt aus Russia. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1997. Gas13 ist derzeit kein Mitglied. Homepage
My story starts back in 1997. The only computer I had was ZX-Spectrum and I was more interested in demoscene than playing games. Adventurer e-zine started a contest "The best cover for the magazine". And not that I was good at art, it's just my coding abilities were quite poor and my music was even worse. So I decided to give it a try just to test myself. My entry was nothing special. Still it wasn't that bad - I got the next issue's cover. I am an artist, a pixelartist! Well, to be honest - all the contestants entries were on the next cover. But that's how it started.
sunsmile by Gas13 Pain by Gas13 Pacific by Gas13 Eruption! by Gas13 The Real Face by Gas13


Woche #6
Slayer heißt eigentlich Tomasz Pacyna und kommt aus Polen. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1993. Slayer ist derzeit Mitglied der Ghostown and Homepage
In pixel art, mastering the technique is necessary, but it’s not enough. For me, the most important thing is the mood and atmosphere. I like when the image gives a pause for thought. I’m not sure why, but the darker sides of life always seemed more inspiring to me. Transience, isolation, loneliness, the fragility of human existence, the futility of human endeavor or inability to understand another human being.
Drowned Lullabies by Slayer God Is Astronaut by Slayer The Brightest Light Comes From The Darkest Place by Slayer The Dark Is Rising by Slayer When The Thunder Comes by Slayer


Woche #5
Isildur ist ein Künstler aus Polen. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1991. Isildur ist derzeit Mitglied der Samar Productions-Gruppe.
My first computer was a C64 bundled with a datasette and some pirated tapes full of games. Before every game there was an intro of a group of crackers like Fusion, Ikari + Talent or Fairlight. At this point I realized I wanted to be amongs the people who make these small, beautiful pieces of art called intros. I didn't realize how long it will take me to join this extraordinary community. Since then I knew that Scene will always stay with me, like my best friend.
Forever Lost by Isildur Dream Travel by Isildur Castle by Isildur CBM Guardian Angel by Isildur Imperator by Isildur


Woche #4
STE'86 heißt eigentlich Steve Day und kommt aus Großbritannien. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1986. STE'86 ist derzeit kein Mitglied.
In January 1986 came the life changing day, when a friend of mine gave me a copy of KoalaPainter [...] and suggested that I had a go at doing some artwork on the C64. I had been aware of the work of Bob Stevenson, Mat Sneape, Tony Crowther and others from Compunet since the latter part of 1985, so I knew what was out there in the UK and decided to have a go. I was totally blown away by this new media, the colour, no mess, no clean ups after work and the ability to experiment and undo when it went wrong.
Far From Home by STE'86 Speedball 2 Match Drawn by STE'86 Ikari Warriors 2015 by STE'86 Biggles by STE'86 Lunari by STE'86


Woche #3
Carrion ist ein Künstler aus Polen. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1991. Carrion ist derzeit kein Mitglied.
For me art is doing common things in not common manner. We have the same rules/limitations/possibilities in C64 graphics world like we had 20 years ago. Maybe we have some new graphics formats but the main rules are the same.
Brain Dead Idea by Carrion Waiting for Inspiration by Carrion Molly 2 by Carrion Vampires? Oh I bake them in the oven! by Carrion D's Silent 64 by Carrion


Woche #2
ptoing heißt eigentlich Sven Ruthner und kommt aus Deutschland. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 2004. ptoing ist derzeit Mitglied der Funkentstört-Gruppe.
I like restricted pixelart in general, but I think that the C64 has an amazingly fun set of restrictions. The palette has a good and fairly even range of lumas, a good amount of variety (yes, I like the browns and greys), and you got neat tricks like the PAL-blending. On top of that you can do neat stuff with the hardware sprites and borders as well as raster bars and flickering (both with or without d016), which allows for a lot of possibilities for intetresting hack modes. That combined with the base restrictions of 3 colours + fixed background per 4x8 in MCOL (my favorite mode), or 2 colours per 8x8 in hires, makes for a really nice set of directions. When working with restrictions there is something you could call "dialogue between machine and artist" going on. You have an idea, but the machine does not always let you do it exactly how you wanted, so you have to find a compromise. That is what I find most interesting about restricted pixel art.
WAT (interrobang) by ptoing Plug It!!! by ptoing Them Apples by ptoing The Eye of Shlarm by ptoing Post Singularity by ptoing


Woche #1
Joe heißt eigentlich James Svärd und kommt aus Schweden. Seine Arbeiten stammen aus dem Jahr 1987. Joe ist derzeit Mitglied der Wrath Designs and EXclusive ON-Gruppe.
There is something lovely about the restrictions and the 16 colours. They make you think differently about how to compose an image, compared to when you draw by hand, paint etc. It makes you focus on the economy of an image.
Frontier [reu] by Joe by Joe ReFuse by Joe S3C23TS by Joe Mermaid by Joe