”What a great list of artists!” / Titan
”It will be super interesting to read about the masterpieces by my favourite pixel heroes!” / MRK
”This book sounds so awesome, will love to see my work on print!” / Bridgeclaw
"The line-up of talent in this book is amazing! I'm so happy to be part of it." / Electron
The stretch Goal of 170.000 SEK was reached in only 2 days! These features are now added:
- an extra 10 pages added to the book, allowing more space for additional info, images and so on.
- welcome a new artist to the book: Archipics!
- the original pixel artworks (featured in the book) will be available as a convenient download, giving you easy access to further study of all pixel art on your computer.
If we reach this goal, all books will be delivered with an additional stylish pixel art bookmark! We hope you will like it.
Spread the word, and thanks for your support!
This project will produce a book presenting a selection of the very best pixel artwork in an exclusive production. As additional content, many images are presented with background information, comments by the editor and in-depht stories from the artists themselves.
The pixel graphics that emerged in the late 80's and the 90's beginning has inspired and created a sub-cultural era of pixelled art. This book is an attempt to capture the style and soul from that period of non-profit fellow creativity.
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 reflected into this book, where my aim has been to elevate pixel art in a stylish format.
There has been a lack of designed books where pixel art is properly presented. This will be the book that can be presented along other art- or photo books, helping to show off the real potential of pixel art as well as inspire, impress and inform.
By self-publishing the Masters of Pixel Art book I am able to keep the retail cost of the book down, 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 shipment of the book. I am turning to the Kickstarter community to help fund the expense involved in producing this book.
The Masters of Pixel Art book specs:
- 200 pages, covering 48 great pixel artists.
- Over 350 selected pixel images.
- Dimensions: 24 x 30.5 cm (9.5 x 12 inch).
- Quality product: durable hardback cover with textile finish, highest quality paper.
- Kickstarter acknowledgement - get your name in the book as an official backer!
- Clean design and layout.
We aim to capture the style and masterpieces of the most famous pixel artists, mainly from the demoscene. This book features 5-bit colour up to 8-bit colour images (4-bit or below as used by Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum are not included in this book). The pictures presented are mostly created with software running on an Amiga system (OCS & AGA), but also with software for the PC/Mac system and some images created on the Atari system.
The design of the book is laid out to give space and possibility to share inspiring, interesting and amusing background stories and information about the pixel artwork that came to define the early era of pixel design.
With text both by the book author and the individual artists themselves, we hope to introduce more background information on compo-winners as well as lesser known pieces.
All texts in the book are in English.
The Masters of Pixel Art are:
Alex, Alien, Angeldawn, Antony, Archmage, Bay Tremore (Duke), Bridgeclaw, Cheetah, Chevron, Cyclone, Dark, Darklight, Das, Destop, Devilstar, Electron, Facet, Fade One, Fairfax, Fiver (theunitedstatesofamerica), GFX-twins, Haplo, Havok, Hof, Jaco, Jamon, J.O.E, Jok, Kris, Lazur, Made, Mazor (Kidlove), Mon, MRK, Niko, Orhan, Pixie, Prowler, Ra, Rork, Saffron, Slayer, Thor, Titan, Typhoon, Uno, Visualize, Walt
Check the FAQ for tip on shipping cost reduction!
Default shipping is UPS with tracking, depending on destination. Shipping costs as listed below:
- Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland: kr 120 SEK
- Rest of EU incl. Switzerland: kr 220 SEK = €23.6
- Rest of the World: kr 300 SEK = $34.6 USD
- Pick-up point Göteborg HQ (Sweden), all 2016: free
- Pick-up point Revision 2016 (Germany): free
- Pick-up point Copenhagen (Denmark) 15th April 2016: free
- Pick-up point Stockholm (Sweden) summer 2016: free
Shipping costs will be added automatically when you enter your address details after clicking the "back this project" button.
Shipping cost 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 us from any of the pick-up points listed above!
If you choose to use a pick-up point to collect your book, make sure to choose the reward "BOOK PACKAGE PICK-UP POINT", and please be sure you can make it to at least 1 of the pick-up points. 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.
Price & Time info
The prize of the book and packages are based on a calculation of:
- printing cost (production)
- shipping box and wrapping materials
- transportation and travels
- printing of books for the participating artists (their reward for participating in this book!)
- basic living expenses for me during the project (time spent to complete the project)
It's the most realistic estimate at the current moment to realize this project, with a small amount of wiggle room to account for the unknown.
The book will be bound in February 2016, and the signed copies and other rewards will be shipped directly! (at latests in Mars 2016)
Who should back this book?
- graphic/computer/pixel artists
- contemporary art fans
- old skool demosceners
- retro game designers
- hobby pixel artists
- people who like cool pixel graphics!
Thank You very much for Your support!!!
/ Klas "prowler" Benjaminsson
Kickstarter Images & Video Credits
Foldup pages featuring Darklight, Devilstar, Haplo, Made, Mazor
Postcards featuring Electron, Prowler
Animated pixel time-lapse featuring Prowler
Video soundtrack by !Cube
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk to our project is timing.
We have our supply chain partners ready and able to help us manufacture and ship the books, but unforeseen bumps can happen along the way. The delivery date provided is the best estimation we could make.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
- (30 days)