To minimalism and beyond! Superheroes go 8-bit

8-bit superheroes

The superheroes are instantly recognisable despite the stripped back pixel appearance

In the past few years, we've become used to seeing our favourite 2D comic heroes (opens in new tab) become fully fleshed out in 3D movies (opens in new tab). But this fun 8-bit series travels in exactly the opposite direction, immediately bringing out our inner kid.

Harking back to a time of old school video games and early consoles, illustrator Ercan Akkaya (opens in new tab)'s pixellated approach strips each hero down to the very minimum amount of detail. And it's testimony to both the strength of the original character designs and the skill of Akkaya's illustrations that each remains instantly recognisable.

We're big fans of pixel art (opens in new tab) at Creative Bloq, and this series is a brilliant source of inspiration on a Monday. We love that Akkaya has ensured all the little details are in place - including Thor's hammer and Captain America's shield.

8-bit superheroes

8-bit superheroes

8-bit superheroes

8-bit superheroes

8-bit superheroes

See more work from Ercan over on his behance page (opens in new tab).

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