I’m still here, pixel fans. My lack of original output over the past few months can be attributed to my job sending me somewhere that makes it inconvenient to bead. I was home for a couple of weeks, and managed to make a few new pieces (as well as come oh-so-close to completing one before running out of beads, like a NOOB), but it’s back on hold again until I’m back in the country in July. I have been reposting my work on social media to keep me in the game, but I much prefer it when I can drop new pics and blow minds!
I have recently secured a stall at the London Gaming Market on Sunday 23 July. I get back to the UK around the 13th, so that will give me roughly 10 days to churn out as much games-related pixel art as possible! I usually aim to take about 80 pieces with me to fairs, as that’s about the maximum I can load in the car. I’ve got maybe 10 pieces right now, so I will have to be pretty productive upon my return! Those who have been in touch about commissions, I haven’t forgotten about you! Due to my low stocks for the LGM, I’ll have to hold off on the commissions until the fair is done.
Other than the LGM, my art will potentially be on display at The Star pub in Dorking, Surrey at some point, and there may be scope for another stint on the walls of the Hubbub pub later in the year. I will post updates as I have them confirmed. Of course, none of this can happen until I get home and get creating… I have plenty of ideas lined up ready to go though, and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in again! My creative genes have been suppressed for too long, I really miss beading out here.
When home the other week, I did get some inspiration from a couple of books I recently bought. One was called the 8-Bit Art Book, and is pretty much what it sounds like – a coffee table book featuring art and screenshots from classic games, with a brief bit written about each game too. This was good, if a little light, reading and art-wise. The other book was one I had backed on Kickstarter last year: The NES/Famicom Visual Compendium by Bitmap books. This book has a lot more in the way of writing about the system and games, and each page features awesome screenshots, many of which have formed the inspiration for pieces I’m going to make for the LGM in July. There are also extended pages featuring maps, full levels, fan art etc. The presentation is excellent and overall it’s a great book for retro game fans.
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.