Posts Tagged ‘8 bit’

8 Bit (requiem for a) Dreams

Posted by campbell April 11th, 2012


They are done, and here they are. I have compiled the first years worth of 8 Bit Dreams illustrations in to one slide show, for your viewing pleasure. I mentioned in an earlier post that I have chosen to put the project on hold because I’ve been offered to opportunity to work on my graphic novel that I’ve been developing for a few years now.

When I started the 8 Bit Dreams project, I thought it would just be a small side project, that I could do without interfering with all my other work. I was very wrong. It would up consuming nearly all of my creative time during the year. Each illustration took about an hour to complete, including researching the game. Then there was scanning, cleaning up, resizing, uploading, posting, listing on etsy. All of these “little” parts add up to a lot of time.

I’d like to thank all of the people who shared my project with their friends, it’s great encouragement to see site hits rise, to see that people are paying attention. Thanks to all those who purchased work, and commissioned custom illustrations. It made it easy to justify to my family why I was doing this when money was coming in to pay the rent or buy groceries. It’s easier to take pride in your work when you can see how it is helping provide your basic needs. Thanks to my partner for putting up with me during this ridiculous endeavour, her support was invaluable.

For now, many of the illustrations are still available to purchase on my etsy store, head over there to see if the one you like is still available. The greatest thing you could do would be to share the video with friends, or purchase a work. That’d mean the world to me.

In the future, I’d love to exhibit the illustrations, so if any galleries are reading this, this might be your opportunity! Lots of people have suggested I publish them in a book, I’ve looked at print on demand options, and right now that’s not really looking too feasible an option. I might need to look in to a few different possibilities. If any publishers want to pick it up, I’d love to hear from you too.

Music for the video was provided by the wonderful Surasshu. Head over to his site for more incredible tunes.

You can follow me on twitter for even more updates, sketches and news.

Time to breathe out.

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All the customs

Posted by campbell April 8th, 2012

These are all the custom NES illustrations I did as a part of my 8 Bit Dreams series. There are a lot of them. Some of these I’ve shown before, but others are brand new ladies and gentlemen.


bubble bobble, kid ikarus

Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros 2

Legend of Zelda 2, Legend of Zelda 2

Journey to Silius, Clash at Demonhead

Maniac Mansion, Ghosts and Goblins

Bad Dudes, NES World Cup

Legend of Zelda, Legend of Zelda

Super Mario Bros 123, Super Mario Bros 3

Final Fantasy 3, Kirby

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3, Silver Surfer

River City Ransom, River City Ransom

Nintendo Pro Wrestling, Godzilla

Double Dragon, Metroid

Castlevania, Dragon Quest/Warrior

Faxanadu, Faxanadu

Blaster Master

Rollerball

Posted by campbell February 28th, 2012

rollerball
You can purchase this illustration here.

Rocket Ranger

Posted by campbell February 27th, 2012

rocket ranger
You can purchase this illustration here.

Rock ‘n’ Ball

Posted by campbell February 26th, 2012

rock n ball
You can purchase this illustration here.

RoadBlasters

Posted by campbell February 25th, 2012

roadblaster
You can purchase this illustration here.

River City Ransom

Posted by campbell February 24th, 2012

river city ransom
You can purchase this illustration here.

Rescue: The Embassy Mission

Posted by campbell February 23rd, 2012

rescue
You can purchase this illustration here.

Remote Control

Posted by campbell February 22nd, 2012

remote control
You can purchase this illustration here.

Rally Bike

Posted by campbell February 21st, 2012

rally bike
You can purchase this illustration here.