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Pixel Art: Part II

In Pixel Art: Part I, we gave you the first steps for Amanda Wright's lovely project. We think you'll love the finished product here in Part II.

Flipping through "Pinterest Perfect!" I fell in love with the Pixel Painting project. What a clever idea! The artist, Amanda Wright of Wit & Whistle used a method of painting a picture at a pixelated level, or what I call "zoomed in". Then made a grid on her water color paper and simply filled in the boxes with the same colors - sort of an adult color by numbers!

Photo by Kristen Rock

For inspiration, I used a photo of a sunset I took recently while visiting San Diego. By zooming in on the picture I was able to see the detailed, pixelated color of the image. Amanda suggests that we crop the image down to 20-pixels. I am not that photoshop savvy so I simply zoomed in until it looked similar to what she had done.

Photo by Kristen Rock

I followed her instructions on measuring an 8"x10" rectangle and using a pencil to make a grid. Do your best to follow the pixel colors on your image, but even if you don't get it precisely right, you will still end up with a really cool picture. I was afraid of leaving any squares completely white, but looking back and comparing with Amanda's work, I will absolutely be daring with my white squares next time. Those white pixels give your art the illusion of a bright center, adding a lovely accent to images featuring a sun or other light source. Also, make sure to color the square completely to avoid white lines separating your squares.

Artwork by Kristen Rock

Some of my squares began to bleed into each other, so I would suggest to either skipping around so that you're not painting adjacent squares. If you do experience some color bleeding, Amanda suggests to "simply dab the wet paint with a dry paper towel."

Artwork by Kristen Rock

Looking at the finished result, I began daydreaming about the different photos I could try with this technique. Even a picture of a single flower would translate well into pixel painting art.

What kind of images would you like to try with the pixel art technique?

Kristen Rock

Kristen is an artist living in Norfolk, VA.  She is happiest with a cup of coffee in one hand and a paintbrush in the other. A sucker for a sweet sunrise and an unexpected adventure, Kristen's latest inspirations include mermaids, dream catchers, and all things nautical. 

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