What is it about 8-bit right now? It’s like we’ve gone into a mini retro craze for the stuff, and I gotta admit, I’m not impervious to its blocky charm. “8-bit” accurately refers to processing power and was the standard protocol for most consoles in the ’80s and ’90s, giving visuals to such classics like Super Mario and Mega Man.
Now, 8-bit is a style referring to the blocky nature of those images and the color limitations of the time. Octavi Navarro is a Spanish illustrator and graphic artist that really likes the look. He’s recently created a series called ‘Pixel Art’ made painstakingly, one dot at a time.
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His work usually contains cross sections, paying homage to one of the classic 2D game viewpoints. But his scenes are off the charts. Almost like an 8-bit Where’s Waldo or retro Sim City, his illustrations feature colorful characters in some very loaded situations.