Welcome to 8-bit Kingdom!
Medieval tales of computer technology by Joe Lacey
A 90 page story book you can color! Illustrated in classic 8bit pixel art.
A MESSAGE FROM THE AUTHOR
I made this book because of my love of classic arcade games of the 80s. There is something joyful in those little jagged edges and square circles moving around the screen. They have an innocence and are loaded with personality and often humor. When writing and illustrating 8-bit Kingdom, I strove to bring this personality and humor to each page – with pixels!
I made the art board 160 x 160 pixels in order to preserve that classic arcade feel. It’s impressive just how much character and emotion can be expressed in even the smallest pixel art image. A great amount of information can be delivered just a few pixels. Thirty pixels can depict a heroic fighter or cowardly person. It all depends upon the exact placement of the pixels. A pixel placed high - the character is happy, a pixel placed low - the character is angry. The idea of simple pixel art is actually an oxymoron. It can can be quite a challenge placing the correct pixel in the correct location to achieve the correct effect.
So, welcome to 8-bit Kingdom! A collection of tales that blend retro gaming, personal computing, and fantasy role-playing all fully illustrated in classic 8-bit pixel art! I hope you enjoy reading it (and maybe even coloring it) as much as I enjoyed writing and illustrating it.
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Famous Illustrators of the Golden Age Coloring Portfolio: American Edition 1898-1927
40 single-sided coloring pages inspired by classic paintings from the Golden Age of Illustration.
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This coloring book is a project I have wanted to do for many years, given my respect for these early illustrators of the Golden Age. Not only were these illustrators amazing artists, they were also fascinating people. That's why I researched and included biographies for all of them. I want people to be inspired and say, "Wow! I really like these illustrations by Maxfield Parrish. I need to see more of his art and read more about him." This book is for adult coloring book enthusiasts and art appreciators as well as young adults.
For me, the book is more than just line art reproductions of classic paintings. I wanted to artistically interpret these 40 illustrations into richly-detailed coloring pages, while at the same time making them look as though the the line art came from my hand---much in the same way the final colored pages will look as though they came from your hand.
Here's a PDF color reference guide for each page, for those of you who want to see the original paintings.
Below is a flip-through look at the book.
This beautifully detailed coloring book features 40 single-sided coloring pages inspired by classic paintings from the Golden Age of Illustration. The artwork ranges from simple to complex with multiple themes including: fantasy, romance, adventure, portraiture, historical, and advertising. Plus an introduction to the Golden Age of Illustration with biographies that tell the stories of these amazing illustrators.
The Golden Age of Illustration is a period in time in America from the 1880s–1920s when paintings and drawings adorned the covers of magazines and appeared on posters and advertisements. These illustrations were created by highly talented artists, many in their youth and just starting careers in art. Many of these illustrators became household names and lived lifestyles of fame and fortune not dissimilar to modern day movie or music stars. It was an exciting and imaginative time in history with influences that are felt to this day. So, peel back your crayons, sharpen your colored pencils, and take a journey back to the Golden Age of Illustration to create your own timeless masterpieces!
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