Pixel Art Space InvadersNote: We actually did this a few months ago now – But I lost the ‘making of’ pictures and only found them again recently.
I decided to take some inspiration from one of my old Uni house-mates, Mark, who happens to be a great pixel-artist.
A while back Mark got bored and made something very neat out of a lot of coloured paper and geekyness. “This will look awesome on a big wall” we all agreed.
So we got started…
Time for an Art-Attack
Follow closely and you can recreate your own life size Pixel Art Space Invaders at home!
We got a rainbow pack of 3×3” sheets – from staples, or Rymans, or some stationary shop – for a pound or two
We cut down the largish squares of paper in to quarters with a scalpel/metal ruler.
Then mocked up a ship on the desk.
We used copious amounts of blu-tac. You might want to use white-tac as the blue showed through a little bit on the lighter colours.
You also want 3 or 4 people standing and watching whoever is putting the squares up to constantly tell them “It’s not quite straight!“
This one was a bit difficult to make as the scale version compared to the normal ships is quite a lot bigger – which looked weird on the wall – so we had to shrink it down a bit.
Extra points for the mother ship – shoot where it’s going to be.
More Pixels and Space Invaders
There’s been loads of other great pixel/paper art, most of which blows what we did out of the water, but these ones are absolutely amazing and definately deserve a look if you haven’t seen them before.
- Mosaic-tiled Space Invaders all over the world – I love this one in Covent Garden.
- Donkey Kong over 4 floors at the University of California.
- Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Mac Office with 1300 Post-it notes.
Posted on Wednesday April 25, 2007