Hey guys, today I'm here to share my last sunset illustration I found on Pinterest that’s located in Japan. I chose this particular photo because…wow. I hope I translated it well in pixels????????. Canvas Size: 160x200px.
During the creative process, I encountered a familiar challenge that I've faced in my previous artwork—the difficulty of capturing the right range of colors for the sky and its reflection on the paddy field. However, unlike my previous works, I decided to infuse this illustration with a more joyful and optimistic atmosphere by intensifying the warm gradient while minimizing the use of cold tones. Since the focus of this piece was primarily on the sky, I’ve put in extra effort to overcome my fears and add more details with the clouds.
This illustration was exceptionally daunting so in the short run I don't plan on revisiting similar illustrations. I hope you all like this one! ✨????????
Hey guys, today I'm here to share an illustration I found on Pinterest located in Japan. I chose this particular photo because of the sheer range of colors in the sky????Canvas Size: 160x200px.
During my process, similar to my previous post, I found myself dedicating most of my time to experimenting with the sky. However, unlike my previous work, this time I focused on defining the sky by intensifying the gradient and adding more intricate cloud details. Additionally, I included a few birbs in the background to symbolize a sense of liberty. All these elements were aimed at capturing a specific mood for this landscape, with a tranquil sunset as the focal point. ????
I wanted to create the sense of imagining yourself walking down the street and witnessing this sunset so intense that you had to stop everything you were doing and simply take in the view. Of course, I also amplified the overall colors.I hope you all like this one! I had fun creating this! ✨????????
Hey guys, today I'm here to share with you a sunset illustration. Creating a sunset scene has always been on my to-do list, and I finally came around to it. ????????
Canvas Size: 160x200px.
During the process, I found myself spending most of the time experimenting with the sky. I wanted to capture a specific mood in this landscape, leaning towards a gloomier accented atmosphere rather than a hopeful one. Unlike traditional sunset landscapes, where artists often emphasize and skillfully execute the gradient of the sunset sky, I decided to keep it minimal. This allowed me to draw attention to the captivating reflection of the sun on the ocean.
Additionally, I played quite awhile with the ocean colors which end up giving it a subtle glow, almost as if it were illuminated with bioluminescence (not intentional but quite cool lol). Of course, I also amplified the overall colors.I hope you all like this one! I had fun creating this! ✨????
Hey guys, I came across a video on Instagram that showed a school of puffer fish with what appeared to be smiles on their faces, interacting with a diver???????? I thought it was adorable and had to draw it out.
Inspired by this encounter, I decided to incorporate more lighting and shadow elements into my artwork, as well as capture the circular patterns on the ocean floor that were reflected by the surface. It was indeed tougher than I imagined lol. I hope you all like this one! I had fun creating this! ✨????????
Hello guys, I'm extremely excited to share this illustration with all of you today. Looks familiar? That's right! I discovered the real-life underwater train track scene from Spirited Away. ????????
A few days ago, while scrolling through Instagram, I came across a reel of this location from @gan.iwaiwa ‘saccount. I highly recommend checking out this amazing account that features a lot of Japanese landscapes. Lake Shikaribetsu is situated in the Tokachi subprefecture of Eastern Hokkaido, Japan. To perfect this illustration, I had to do some further digging on Pinterest to find the proper reference. For those who are wondering, these "train tracks" are actually used as a tool for reeling tourist boats back to shore during the winter, or at least that's what I read in an article????
In this illustration, I played around with a lot of layer transparency to create the effect of a crystal-clear lake while still maintaining the visuals of the submerged tracks. I added more details to the tracks themselves and reduced the texture in the surroundings to create contrast. It was a challenging yet satisfying experience to create something as complex as this. The end result was rewarding, and I am extremely pleased with it!
I hope you all like this one! I definitely had fun creating this! ✨????????
Hey guys, today I'm excited to share a fantastic location I discovered on Pinterest: Takachiho Gorge in Nishiusuki District, Miyazaki, Japan.
Canvas Size: 160x200px
While browsing Pinterest for inspiration, I stumbled upon this breathtaking attraction. In the original photo, visitors can enjoy the beauty of nature by hopping on small kayak boats. I can only imagine how incredible it would be to experience it firsthand????
In my illustration, I wanted to enhance the sense of enclosed space and depth, so I darkened the mountain sides. I'm quite pleased with the forest palette I currently have, but I also included another forest color scheme, which I think complements it nicely. One of the main challenges I faced was accurately depicting the waterfall and its surroundings with pixels. Achieving the right lighting and shadows, especially on white parts of the waterfall, proved to be quite challenging. Nevertheless, I believe there is definitely room for improvement, and I look forward to creating another drawing in the near future.I hope you all enjoy this one! ✨????????
Hey guys! Two days ago, I drew a hilarious golden and a baby chick, but soon after, I hit an art block. This is something that happens quite often to artists, more than you might think. To overcome it, I find that the best thing to do is to push through with another piece that you have as a spare. I always keep some good references on hand that I can use whenever I need them.✍️????
Canvas Size: 140x200px
I named my latest piece 'Yu-gen' because it literally translates to 'profound and mysterious beauty.' I thought this name suited it perfectly because it gives you a serene feeling that's hard to describe, yet it's also somewhat broken. I even graffiti-ed it onto a wall????
Hello guys, today I am excited to share with you the most adorable shopkeeper I discovered on the web. It's a Shiba Inu who serves customers in a tobacco shop in Japan!????????????
Canvas Size: 240x300px
This delightful discovery was quite popular back in the 2010s, and I remember coming across it at that time. Recently, I stumbled upon the photo again and felt inspired to create a pixel art of this adorable shopkeeper. Unfortunately, I learned that the tobacco shop closed in 2015, which was eight years ago. Nevertheless, this moment captured in pixels will remain timeless and cherished by many. Hope you guys like it!????????
Hey guys, today I'm back with an authentic location I found on Pinterest located in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi, Japan????????
Canvas Size: 160x200px
I saw this photo and instantly I felt like it checked all my boxes on what to draw next (Urban structure x Nature landscapes). Although this Lawson convenient store is not actually on top/next to Mount Fuji, it creates an illusion to think that the environment's altittude is quite up there where in fact this Lawson is as close as to their city centre lol.
For this illustration, I've purposely eliminated clours, drew an airplane trail and picked lighter mellow colors to create a sense of clean and cool breeze where you're able to see your breath when you exhale❄️????
Hey guys, today I'm excited to share my latest illustration with you. I dont know how to accurately translate this into english but it's inspired by a Vintage/Antiques Thrift(Corner) shop, and I wanted to infuse it with positive vibes, as well as alittle ghibli vibes similar to my "Summer" and "Kam Tin River" illustrations✨
Canvas Size: 160x200px
I'm also aiming to incorporate Japanese influences into my current and future designs. I hope you all enjoy this piece as much as I do, as it brings me a sense of happiness/nostalgia and I hope it does the same for you!
Hey guys, today I'm back with an authentic location I found on Pinterest located in Teshima, Japan????????
I had an instant connection with this photo and decided to draw it. The photo also gave me a nostalgic feeling to when I was still watching TV as a kid and one of those Pocari Sweat advert aired. With that being said, this is why I've added alittle kanji text at the top left corner that reads beginning of summer. Simple and neat. (Which is also the key element in this illustration) Canvas Size: 140x200px
Hey guys, last week I came across my friend @konradjchan ‘s amazing short yet powerful video capturing a train passing by and a bird landing on the waters perfectly by Kam Tin River, Hong Kong. It gave me a sense of serenity and tranquillity. It was hard to pass up on this. With his permission to lend me this as reference, I transformed it with a teeny tiny bit of ghibli vibe and a little my style ???? please go support his account as well he does a lot of awesome video edits!
Canvas size: 160x200px
Hey guys, I'm back with my friend @berrypop_pixels ‘s DTIYS from a few months ago (Sorry I was late to the party but better late than never right? lol)
Canvas Size: 200x200px
At first glance, to me she resembled alittle like Storm from the original X-men as well as alittle of Scarlet Witch so I altered its posture, appearance and abilities to more of a sorcercess than Berry's edition! The staff has to go Im afraid haha. Hope you guys equally love our versions????
Hey guys, it's been a while since I posted something on IG. There has been a lot going on lately, mainly with my health complications and participating in 1-2 bigger projects, leaving me with minimal time to create.
Without further ado, I'd like to present this gigantic pixel illustration, possibly my finest artwork that I've been working on for over a month. I have been foreshadowing this in my recent works ever since my ramen noodles artwork.????????????
The canvas size is 800x640px. Since this took me a long time to create, I'd like to elaborate a bit more on the elements I've used here.
1. Always wanted to create a 2D structure illustration ever since the beginning of pixel art. Now, I may present it exactly the way I had imagined it in my mind✅
2. Wanted to mix traditional and modern elements together; hence, I've added a few neon signs into a traditional Japanese structure with a few traditional materials that a Ramen shop should have. The neon sign on the roof actually reads "Fatbeard House."
3. Felt more confident with shadows and lighting and added darker blue tones to create a really cool vibe for the neon signs to pop
1. Created a stream as I came across an image where some parts of Japan have koi fishes swimming in their drainage system, and I thought that was a cool addition
2. Added an authentic parking sign and road signs to give a little kick in the Japanese setting
3. Shrunk my original vending machine I created two posts ago????
4. Added different characters into the artwork to depict that EVERYONE loves ramen (2 workers from fish market, girl with everyday outfit, man in suit, Yakuza-inspired person, and a couple eating inside the shop)
That's all, folks! Up next, I will be focusing on creating more Japanese settings, so stay tuned!???? Let me know if this Ramen shop deserves an animation in the comments below, and if you enjoy my pixel art, please hit the share and follow button! I will be eternally grateful????
Hey guys, As someone who enjoys having midnight meals while traveling in Japan, I drew this illustration of a Yatai, a small, mobile food stall that typically sells ramen or other food, which I believe is more delicious than restaurant food because it's made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, prepared using traditional methods, and provides a deeper connection to the local community. If you're not familiar with Yatai, they are a must-try if you ever see one on the streets! ????????
Canvas size: 250x200px
This was one of my first illustrations drawn at night, which forced me to focus on drawing shadows and lighting - an area that was particularly challenging and weak for me. It was hard to imagine which areas should have lights bouncing off the surface or which areas should be more shadowy, but I hope it turned out okay.
Hey guys, this week I’m back with a vending machine, and for the very first time, it’s animated!
Canvas size is 500x500px.
Animations ✅ ????
Drawing Vending Machine ✅
This week has been tough for me as I caught COVID, but it gave me extra motivation at home to explore and achieve a new skillset that I set out to do for this year’s resolution: to be able to animate! I didn’t add anything drastic or over the top as this is still one of my first experiments with animations. However, I was able to add some tiny glitches to the machine which looks quite cool.
Furthermore, ever since I aspired to become a pixel artist, drawing a vending machine was always something I had in the back of my mind, so I kind of killed two birds with one stone here, which was spectacular. With that being said, I went the extra mile to add various Japanese styles to it. I looked into a lot of vending machines available online and added assorted adverts or banners to make it semi-realistic, as well as the drinks. Finally, I’ve added some vinyl game character stickers to it because why not? It looks kind of fun this way.
Feel free to purchase one of the drinks from my vending machine! ????
Hey guys, I'm back with some freshly fried Gyoza. Who wants some? ????
Canvas size: 200x200px
Whenever I order ramen in a restaurant I ALWAYS pair it with Gyoza, how about you? Here's a part 2 of me taking a step back and refocus on learning the basics: drawing simpler shapes. Food offers a lot of opportunities for me to experiment on!
Most importantly I will be drawing all my focus on creating an EPIC FOOD STALL ILLUSTRATION. I hope this will intrigue you and have something for you to be excited about! LFG????
Midnight ramen anyone?
Hey guys, I've took a step back from drawing landscapes and tried something new personally and that's none other than the good old fashioned ramen! Canvas size: 200x200px
I chose to draw ramen because 1. I love ramen! ????2. I wanted to take a step back and refocus on learning the basics: drawing simpler shapes. Food offers a lot of opportunities for me to do so. 3. Most importantly I will be drawing all my focus on creating an epic food stall illustration. I hope this will intrigue you and have something for you to be excited about! LFG????
Hey guys, I'm back with this week's #pixelparlorweekly. This week's prompt is Silence. Canvas size: 160x200px.
Ngl, first thing that came to my mind was the film "A Quiet Place" but I thought it was too cliche. After tossing some ideas around, I thought of the quietness in the ocean
On top of that, it can be a peaceful or a haunting kind of quiet (because of the vast unknown) so it really depends how you perceive it. Furthermore, it gave me a chance to work with a different color palette in terms of mood and further practicing my speed and rock shapes. It took me about 5hours in total. I think it turned out better than I imagined!
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!