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The third pixel art book - featuring some of the best contemporary pixel art from the next generation of artists.
The third pixel art book - featuring some of the best contemporary pixel art from the next generation of artists.
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The third book in the Masters of Pixel Art series is here! 


Stretch Goals!

Yes, the stretch goals are activated! Images, designs and info will be updated as we go. Preview images below:

Design might differ from the final version
Design might differ from the final version
Design might differ from the final version
Design might differ from the final version

The Book

This book features pictures from the next generation of artists, working and developing the concepts of pixel arts with their amazing graphics!

With Volume 3 "Contemporary Pixel Art" — we explore and present the best of the best pixel art today.

The images are presented with background information, comments by the editor and in depth stories from the artists themselves. The pixel graphics that emerged in the 80's has inspired and created a sub-cultural era of pixelled art, still very active today. This book is an attempt to capture the style and soul of the non-profit fellow creativity of the pixel art community.

pixel art by Orange-Magik
pixel art by Orange-Magik

In Volume 3 we are proud to present a wide range of artists, working on various platforms pushing out their art through social networks as well as dedicated pixel art sites. Without hardware setting specific limitations, these artist create their own limitations intentionally to achieve the pixel art look.

What methods do they use? What inspires and motivates today’s graphics designers to pick up this beautiful but obsolete visual language of pixel art? Are there links to the old pixel graphics created on 8-bit computers? What limits and rules makes today’s images “pixel art”? The Masters of Pixel Art volume 3 aims to cover as much as possible of the questions above, as well as giving each artist space to write background stories and details of their art work. With texts both by the book author and the individual artists, we hope to introduce more background information on famous pixel art as well as lesser known pieces. All texts in the book are in English.

pixel art by Square Boy
pixel art by Square Boy

By self-publishing the Masters of Pixel Art series through the Nicepixel publications label, I am able to keep the retail cost of the book at a minimum, while still producing a book of the highest quality. The only catch of self-publishing is that it is necessary for me to raise the money to print the book and finance shipments, and I am therefore turning to the Kickstarter community to help fund the expenses involved in completing this project.


Featured Artists

So far the following artists are included:

andylittle, Archipics, Deceiver, Dex, Finlal, Fool, Gas 13, Gustavo Viselner, Helm, iLKke, Jinn, Jubilee, Kenze, Kobi, Koyot1222, Mr Hk, Octavi Navarro, Orange-Magik, ptoing, Sam L Jones, Setamo, skittle, slym, Slynyrd, Sovan Jedi, Square Boy, thUg, tomic, Tommi Laurila, vierbit

(more will be added!)

pixel art by Gustavo Viselner
pixel art by Gustavo Viselner

What backers said about previous books

"The quality is really outstanding. Thank you, count me in for the second volume!" -candyman

"I just received it today. It's even better than I expected. Thank you for this project, this is my best spent money on Kickstarter so far." -Bence Szabolcs

"Book is amazing, thanks!" -Rajesh Singh

"There is something I noticed when working with Swedes: they are trustworthy. This book is fantastic! You can count me in for future issues." -ZikZak

"If you've ever laid your eyes on any starfield, rotozoomer, rotating cube or polygon slice of watermelon attacking the pyramids - you absolutely need this book! Gorgeous pixelart from the Commedore Amiga, C64 and PC from way back when and now. I absolutely love this book - it's a work of art in it self" -Matteballa

"Oh, man, what a great book! Nice layout, high quality print and paper, and a really good selection of artists. Nice job!" -Henning Naarlien-Tolpinrud

"It turned up this morning, very well packed – those expanded foam corner protectors are great. Most books I get in the mail, even well packed ones usually have some corner damage, but this one was in perfect condition. And the book is beautiful!" -Matt Innes

"Got it in today in tip-top shape. What a great volume! The artwork inside is fantastic. Looking forward to Volume 3!" -Fotios Zemenides

The Calendar

The Masters of Pixel Art Calendar features a selection of brilliant pixel art images representing each month as the seasons pass through the year. If you ever fancy using a calendar — this is the item to add to your order!

pixel art by Odyn1ec
pixel art by Odyn1ec
  • The calendar features no less than 12 (!) images from the books (6 images from vol. 1 and 2, 6 images from vol. 3)
  • Each image represent the seasons change in pixel art (following northern hemisphere)
  • The calendar is not year-dependent = reuse any year in the future
  • 298 x 230 mm (closed size), 298 x 460 mm (foldup size)
  • Perfect Christmas / New Year's gift!
pixel art by Gustavo Viselner, Mr Hk
pixel art by Gustavo Viselner, Mr Hk

Detailed list of artists and images will be revealed during the project. 

New Postcards!

A great collection of 20 postcards with pixel art images by the volume 3 artists. Send to your friends and pixel art lovers — a greeting that will stand out!

pixel art by Sovan Jedi, andylittle, Helm, Octavi Navarro
pixel art by Sovan Jedi, andylittle, Helm, Octavi Navarro

20 unique post cards with pixel art images: Full colour front side, black print (info) on back side, 350 g glossy cardboard. Detailed list of artists and images will be revealed during the project.

pixel art by Orange-Magik, Skittle, Koyot1222
pixel art by Orange-Magik, Skittle, Koyot1222

The Team

A one-man project for the most part — my name is Klas Benjaminsson, also known as pixel artist "Prowler". I have been creating pixel art for over 25 years. My love of illustrations, art and computer graphics are all reflected into this book, where my aim has been to elevate pixel art in a stylish format.

The could not be done without the invaluable help and contribution of some very important people:

Layout and typographic feedback — Tobias Jansson, Jeanette Carlsson

Demo effects — Paradroid, Deadguy

Music — !cube

The Nicepixel Awards

(not connected to the Kickstarter)

The Nicepixel Awards was started to honour the previous year of pixel art releases, disregarding any achievements or ranks in other competitions.

pixel art by Joe
pixel art by Joe

Nicepixel Publications is a small company focusing on pixel art. It was never meant to make huge profits or become a major publishing firm. We strive to put pixel art in the spotlight as a labour of love.

In order to keep doing this work our goal was to at least not loose money on the whole affair, which should hopefully seem reasonable to survive and keep creating books. This is our way of giving some to the community — motivating new and active pixel artists to keep creating those amazing images!

Watch the Nicepixel Awards 2018 presentation: 

Sharing

Help out by sharing The Masters of Pixel Art with your friends! #themastersofpixelart  #nicepixel

Like what you're seeing? Great! Don't be shy about sharing this project with your friends. The more people who know about The Masters of Pixel Art, the more chance for the campaign and stretch goal to unlock. And the more pixel art is spread around the world.

We can't do this without you!

Social Feeds

Check out the following for more info, images and products:

  •  Nicepixel.se — main e-store for shopping
  •  Instagram @themastersofpixelart — here we post images from the book, news and production
  •  Twitter @MastersPixelArt — here we post images from the book, news and production
  •  Facebook: The Masters of Pixel Art — images, news and stories regarding the book series
  •  Facebook: Nicepixel — images and news regarding the company
  •  YouTube — all video material produced in relation to the book series.

Questions?

Ask away! Shoot us a message or post a comment and we'll do our best to get back to you with an answer.

Shipping Information & Pick-Up Points

Default shipping is basic service to keep the cost down. Depending on the destination, DHL or the swedish post is used. Shipping costs for 1 book are listed below:

  • Sweden, Germany: 60 SEK = €5.6
  • Rest of Europe: 100 SEK = €9.4
  • Rest of the World: 110 SEK = $11.5
  • Pick-up point Göteborg HQ, anytime (Sweden): free 
  • Pick-up point GERP 2020 (Sweden): free 
  • Pick-up point Revision 2020 (Germany): free 
  • Pick-up point Datastorm 2020 (Sweden): free 

Shipping costs will be added automatically when you enter your address details after clicking the "back this project" button.

A safe delivery of your books is a very high priority of ours. We put some extra effort in protecting the books by producing a custom fitted packaging. A custom fitted plastic bag also protects each book. Long distance shipments have extra protection depending on the estimated “roughness” of the trip!

@ PICK-UP POINT

Shipping has sadly proven to be a big cost when being a small independent publisher. Therefore we also offer the possibility to let you collect your book directly from me from any of the pick-up points listed above! If you want to use a pick-up point to collect your book, make sure to choose the reward "@ PICK-UP POINT", and please be sure you can make it to at least 1 of the pick-up points.
      --> PLEASE CHOOSE THIS OPTION IF POSSIBLE! <--

Important: we will need your email and your choice of pick-up point to arrange the exact time and place! This will be done after the backing period is over, via the backer survey.


International Backers

Since we are shipping rewards internationally, there are unique processes that apply specifically to international backers that we'd like you to be aware of. Please note that there is no way for us to charge any additional amount on our end for any applicable VAT/duties that may be a result of a specific country's local tax code. Therefore, these fees may be incurred upon receipt of your reward, and are the responsibility of each backer.

Paypal Payment

To pay using PayPal or direct bank transfer, go to nicepixel.se and make a pre-order. You will receive the same extras as this Kickstarter.

Questions? Shoot us a message and we'll do our best to get back to you with an answer!

Risks and challenges

This is my third Kickstarter project, both previous ones successful and completed. I have learned from my experiences, and even if I have been relentlessly concerned with the details throughout designing, writing, and planning for production, there is always the chance that Murphy's law will make a surprise entrance.

In the event that things don't go as planned, whether it's a delay in the manufacturing timeline, shipping date, or something else, I promise to communicate honestly with you and work around the clock until the issue is fixed.

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    THE COMPLETE KIT (with vol.1 Limited Ed)

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    The volume 1 - Collector's limited edition is the support edition for pixel art fans who want to support the production of these books. The collector’s edition is identical to the normal book, but with cover title in gold and a special designed endpage. All books are individually numbered (from a limited series of 100) and signed with a dedication.

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