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Pixels - A Pixel Art Documentary

Director Simon Cottee has just released a new 11-minute documentary about pixel art entitled, fittingly, Pixels. What's fun about this documentary is both its brevity (did I mention it's eleven minutes long?) and its clear, straightforward discussion of a topic most people know very well -- pixels. You're looking at them right now.

The director notes: "A few incorrect dates shown. Obviously Mona Lisa isn't 1956... 1506. My favorite sequence? Around 8 minutes in, the comparison of pixel-based games to classical and modern art (including Dig Dug re-done as a Rothko).

Recommended for: people who played video games in the 70's, 80's, or 90's, and have at least a mild interest in art. Representative quote: "I don't know what the standard definition of an antique is. Some people say it's 25 years, because after that amount of time, pretty much any object becomes interesting in its own right, even if it was totally trivial and totally discardable when it was created."

The first game discussed is Jason Rohrer's five-minute Passage, a free download for the desktop or a
$0.99 iPhone app.

(Via Waxy.org.)

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
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A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
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Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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