Pixelated Abstraction of famous artworks

I recently came across pixl by innoiz. Pixl is a very creative application for the iPad an iPhone with a very simple interface to allow the user to explore pixels and colours whilst creating fantastic imagery.

I decided to try the application with some famous paintings. It struck me that it might be interesting to use pixl to reduce the level of detail in a chosen painting to such a degree that the original artwork is drastically simplified but still for the most part recognisable. Hopefully the results below speak for themselves but the resulting pixl artwork will ony be recognisable if the viewer is familiar with the original artwork.

Pixl Version “American Gothic” (Grant Wood)


Pixl Version “Mona Lisa” (Leonardo da Vinci)

Old Photo Restoration and Hand Colouring

This photograph was retouched and colourised using Photoshop and a Wacom Intuos 3. For this photograph I used solid colour adjustment layers with the blending mode for that layer set to Color.

A separate colour adjustment layer was used for each part of the photograph eg. background, skin, eyes, makeup etc. In total the work took about three days, including scanning, retouching and colourising the original. The resulting image was then printed as a 5″ x 7″ photograph.


Before and After Colorising Treatment
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Final Photograph


Part of an animation test for an educational CDRom pitch. This test was created with a combination of replacement animation in conjunction with the Puppet Tool inside of Adobe After Effects.

The bullfrog illustration was supplied as flat artwork. This required redrawing to allow for arm movement, redrawing of the eye lids and mouth parts for replacement animation, and artworking for the background elements. The images below show the elements required.


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