When I was brainstorming about what to draw for my first isometric design since my last Ghibli illustration I knew I wanted "Toy Story" to be the main theme because well... it's a "room design" and Toy Story is one of my favourite animation movie franchaise ever.????
Little did I know about isometric designs, it definitely required a lot of brain power and I underestimated the details Andy's room required. I had to look up a LOT of references in Toy Story 3 however I retained the original blur sky white clouds wallpaper ☁️???? from his previous room as it represents nostalgic vibes if you’ve watched it as a kid. You can tell just by the posters (I think there were at least 20, I did about half) that a lot of refined details were essential. Other honourable mentions included the Toy Chest, Music instruments and his desk. For this illustration, it was drawn in 350x350px.
Will this be my first and last isometric design? Probably not but I do have to think twice about it again before diving in again. 2/10 Recommended. If there is a popular demand for another I'll definitely revisit it again.
May I present to you my edition of Ponyo!
The amount of time spent on this was even more insane than the last post (Kiki's Delivery Service). I had this concept in mind vaguely and drafted this up loosely in the beginning because of the overwhelmingly insane demand for marina creature in details. For me, it was kinda like fitting each individual marine animal into this giagantic jigsaw puzzle????. Honestly it looked more like an aquarium to me than a scene from Ponyo???? but in the end I was glad with the end results, looking the way it is.
For this illustration, again it was done in 320x400px and this will temporarily be one of my last illustration this big in size for obvious reasons...
Last but not least, this will be the last Studio Ghibli fanart for the time being. I will focus on working on other goals I've set for this year. I am thinking Post-Apocalyptic scenery/ Isometric illustrations & Looped animation????????????
Identical to "Castle in the Sky", the size for this illustration was 320x400px.
However, this was waaaaaaaay more difficult than the last one because of the compact structures and the details those buildings required. This IS literally the hardest illustration I've done ever since I began pixel art. It took me over 40+ hours of drawing time altogether to complete this. Probably one of the works where I regret starting but totally over the moon now that I powered through and to be able to see the outcome of the artwork????????????????????⬛????????
Only recently saw this on Netflix. Not gonna lie, it was my first time watching it and I absolutely loved it???? Cant believe it took me this long to finally buckle down to watch this masterpiece. The film was so ahead of its time that even if someone told me this was made a few years ago i would believe it ????☁️
I think the most challenging part for me was drawing the clouds and the size of it… As many of you know my skill for drawing clouds is laughable ???? so for this piece I took some time to experiment drawing different types of clouds and finally went with this to match the Ghibli vibes.
Canvas size: 320x400 px
By far this was the biggest one Ive done. Personal achievement unlocked✅
This is my version of "Spirited Away" but reimagined into a modern-era subway layout. Ever since I've decided to devote myself to Pixel art, I immediately had this idea in my head but I felt I wasn't quite ready for it at the beginning. It also wasn't that kind of challenge where you could learn along the way in my opinion.
Now that I've gotten the hang of it, after a week of grinding I've successfully created what I wanted to do. This really took a toll on me but after seeing it's final form I am glad that I overcame it.
After some improvements in my pixel art skills and several projects, I have decided to pick up where I left off. Presenting the second edition of Princess Mononoke, ta-dah!
I can't think of a better name for this piece other than feeling euphoric and tranquil so let's name it "Mononoke's Euphoria".
I wanted to create a version that really radiates a relaxing and chill-like vibe as well as maintaining it's anime style but in pixel form. As you can also tell, I felt slightly more confident with creating more depth in terms of shadowing and lighting this time and I was quite pleased with the end result.
Growing up in Asia in the 90s era, it meant you would've seen a few of his films in one way or another. Even if you haven't seen them, you would've heard about it in between conversations.
Princess Mononoke which was one of the first ones I saw. I gotta admit I didn't it find as interesting when I was in my youth. It was not until when I grew up watching re-runs that I find it fascinating. Anyway, to me I think this artwork could've been better but it was probably my third pixel work and I was still learning the process in a foundation level.
This is my version of "Howl's Moving castle" from Studio Ghibli.
I've tried to introduce this scene with serenity and tranquility so it is easy and relaxing on the eyes as the viewer. I drew inspiration from the scene where Howl introduced Sophie his secret hideaway so we’ve evaded the war part of the film. I've used elements that represent Mount Fuji as the background and Sakura in the distant fields. I've retained the low center of gravity clouds, much like the ones in the film.
I've also added all the characters that I care in the film (Back: Calcifer, Prince Justin as Scarecrow. Front: Howl, Sophie, Markl and Hin). I totally left Witch of the Waste out of the illustration because I didn’t like her and she would ruin the vibe.
I don't think I have to introduce this character as many of you should recognize them by now! If you are even more familiar with the film, you should recognize this classic scene was where Mei and her older sister were waiting for their dad's return by bus. Totoro, with a piece of lotus leaf on its head????, just happened to join them and wait at the same bus stop for its Catbus.
Oh and I added a torii gate to give off alittle mysterious ambience behind. It says Totoro on the gate if you’re wondering what it means.
Here's my entry for this weeks pixel art challenge. This week's prompt is "Lantern????" and we're restricted to create at a canvas size of 64x64px.
As the canvas size is quite small this time, I had to give up my intial ideas of either drawing a Mid-autumn festival scene, a sky lantern festival and a japanese street alley scene as they require at least 3x the size in order for the illustrations to look fantastic and the details to pop.
I've recently joined a weekly pixel challenge and this week's prompt is "Shadowy Forest". I immediately knew I should recreate one of my older oil paintings (https://www.instagram.com/p/B9HXoQbnbcq/) for this challenge. Canvas size: 160x200px.
I had a difficult time picking the suitable color palette as I am not adequate with it. With that being said, I took a lot more time figuring out what colors to use rather than actual drawing time. I got there eventually...
The illustration is a darker version of the little red hiding hood seeking vengeance as the wolf killed her granny. ????????⚔️????
Here's my edition of John Wick. Let me explain a little of what's going on in this composition. Canvas Size: 160x200px.
I adapted the background from the Parabellum poster which I thought was very eyecatching and cyberpunky from when it first released. I use various melee weapons and guns to represent his disposable arsenal.
At the centre of the illustration behind Keanu is a stone cross with the words "Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat" which is tattooed at his back along with the cross. This is a nod to his Russian Mafia background.
In the foreground I drew two dogs of his and some human bones to reflect people he killed. The beagle is the dog that started all of this from the first film and the second one was adopted and appeared in 2 and 3 (hopefully 4 too)? I thought of adding German Shepherd but those belonged to Sofia (Halle Berry).????
Originally from the game "The Last of Us", in this fight scene I've added an older Joel, older Tommy, younger Ellie, a German Shepherd Doggo, a bunch of Clickers, and a Bloater. This is my first time creating a fight scene like this. From the looks of it, I realize it is quite difficult to include everything in a still illustration than to say if it was drawn as a looped animation!
The most challenging part for this artwork however was actually the action poses and proportions. Without much prior figure drawing practice and the appropriate references, it took me a lot of time and patience than anticipated for getting the angles, distance/ proportions and poses correct. You have no idea how many times I drew Joel.
Ever since the beginning of my pixel journey I had two things constantly in my mind and one of which was to create a Cyberpunk landscape of my home town.
I just love how Cyberpunk leaves you a massive gap of imagination for you as an artist to create while drawing with vibrant colour palette, atmosphere and tone. You can virtually draw anything you think that is retro, present or futuristic because it can all connect in the end.
By combining the two things that I love, may I present to you, a Cyberpunk Hong Kong. I hope you like this newer edition of the one I've created some time ago. Let's just name it "HK2077".
Here I chose the main protagonist identical to the one in game, "V". You can see her looking over a newly imagined Victoria Harbour, living as a wanted criminal. I didn't change a lot of the landscape because I still want it to be recognisable as Hong Kong.
Inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, I present to you the Kraken destroying the Black Pearl. You might recall this was one of the scenes in "POTC: Dead Man's Chest"☠️????☠️. I couldn't just draw the original Black Pearl because it would just be plain black and you would'nt be able to tell from the details so I added some appropriate ship colours to differentiate the contrast.
As a kid growing up in the 90s, you must've watched Jurassic Park at least once on TV. This scene was easily the scariest & most favourite scene that I saw (very close second was when the Dilophosaurus killed Dennis Nedry).
As a huge Jurassic Park fan, I had to create this pixel illustration in time for Jurasssic World: Dominion.
Back in March 2022, I found a japanese tweet mentioning a volcanic rock in a popular tourist site by the mountains of Nasu, an area of Tochigi Prefecture, Japan was split in half.
Legend has it that an evil nine-tailed fox spirit haunts this “killing stone,” making it deadly to humans. That's why you will see there is a special rock with a protective rope known as Shimenawa to purify it. The tweet even went on to joke about releasing said spirit that was trapped inside the rock for hundreds of years and people were panicking about a series of upcoming unfortunate events that are about to unfold.
Wake the f*** up, samurai! We have a city to burn — Johnny Silverhand (2019)
I've always enjoyed Cyberpunk from CD Projekt Red. I grabbed inspirations from real life i.e Neon signs from Hong Kong, movies like Blade Runner 2049, Altered Carbon and the actual game itself.
Needlessly to say, I've picked Johnny Silver a.k.a Keanu Reeves as the main protagonist since I am huge fan of his.
I am an oil painter & a pixel artist pixel primarily based in Hong Kong. I made this transition at the beginning of 2022 for various reasons but mostly because I find pixel art fascinating ever since I started playing video games as a kid. As one of my main resolutions for 2022, that futhered my motivation to learn something new and thus began my pixel art journey. There are still a lot of techniques, styles and forms to explore with pixel art such as isometric designs, looped animation, color palette theory and ultimately inventing my own unique style. I like my audience to be able to relate to my illustrations that's why I like to draw or add gaming, tv show, movie references & easter eggs into my illustrations. Hope you guys like it!