Pen Pixel Chains
Drawing - Copic Multiliner On Paper
When I recently started making pixel art, inspired by using the Commodore 64 growing up, I first started trying to convert images into a similar size and the 16 colours of the C64, then just using the greys, and then I thought the most interesting look was using just black and white, which isn't suitable for all pictures.
While I could make a pixel image like this in just a few seconds, I thought I'd set a challenge for myself to draw it by hand, in A3 size on homemade graph paper, and with a tiny-tipped 0.1mm pen. Unsurprisingly, perhaps, it took most of a week to complete, which is probably why I haven't really seen many others doing similar things.
I think it works well: at a distance, when the pixels are slightly blurred, you see the three-dimensionality and even some of the subtle textures of the chains, closer you see the pixelation, and closer yet, you see how the pixels are hand drawn, no two exactly the same size and shape, and the filled in areas with an organic and interesting texture.
November 6th, 2017
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