Pixel art: 31 amazing examples

Pixel art is a type of digital art that harks back to the early days of computer graphics, where there were only a limited number of pixels on screen, and so any visuals you created looked quite crude and blocky. What was once a negative, though, has now become a positive, as a generation nostalgic for the graphics of 1980s and 1990s games brings the style back to life in new and interesting ways. 

Here, we've rounded up some of the best pixel art around. They range from outright tributes to beloved videogames to harnessing the pixel art approach to create something original and new. Just like with Lego art, it seems like there's no end of ways that creatives can reinvent a discipline and bring their own unique take to it.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.