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This WWU grad creates beautiful pixel artwork of Washington


Ryan Haight’s animated pixel artwork options acquainted Washington places. #k5evening

SEATTLE — Western Washington College grad Ryan Haight is a pixel artist. He creates immersive, lovely artwork that mirrors the type of basic 8-bit or 16-bit video video games. Actually shifting pictures, made up of time, effort and tiny little pixels.

“It takes ten to fifteen hours on each bit, relying on what the decision is, or what number of animated items it has,” says Haight.

He exhibits off his artwork on his Instagram web page, My Artwork Bytes. Virtually each picture strikes — swaying grass, a flickering mild — that makes the artwork come to life.

“I will use different-sized pixel brushes. Quite a lot of it’s getting in pixel-by-pixel, like grass quite a lot of the time,” Haight says.

“Often, I will take reference images of a spot, and have these up and begin drawing,” he says. “Then I begin determining colours and the place the sunshine is coming from.”

Haight compares his artwork to a well-liked style of music, low-fi hip hop – ambient artwork that grants the viewer or listener a way of rest and nostalgia.

“I believe it does sort of poke on the nostalgic facet of issues,” Haight says. “I believe a part of this stuff is escapism, and when it is animated it is that a lot simpler to engross your self.”

Haight began creating pixel artwork a couple of years in the past, whereas in faculty. He wished to make a online game from scratch, however artwork wasn’t his forte. 

“So, I am like, ‘let me simply do this’,” he says. “There is a Reddit neighborhood referred to as r/pixelart that I’d often publish to, after which considered one of my posts did all proper.”

From there, his craft improved. He even sells prints of his artwork, for those who’d choose to view it hanging on the wall, quite than on a display.

As Haight is a WWU grad, you will discover scenes from Bellingham in his artwork, together with acquainted Seattle places. And that familiarity brings him quite a lot of followers.

“It is actually cool making artwork, after which having folks having fun with your artwork,” Haight says. “It is so insane. I did not actually assume I’d get the chance to try this.”

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