We can all be an 8-Bit Champion!

8-Bit ChampionA retro game inspired design for all those that have won (or wish they could win!) a grand prix championship on a home video console. A reminder that we can all be champions in the comfort of our own home. And yes, I’ve won a few myself …

Available to purchase as a T-shirt, throw pillow, iPhone skin and more from søciety6.

8-Bit Champion by rylee8-Bit Champion

Been bitten again…

8-Bitten_Nintendo Famicom

8-Bitten_Sega Master System

8-Bitten_Atari 7800

Three new designs for my continuing 8-Bitten concept – this time focussing on the hardware designs (particularly controller design) for the Nintendo Famicom, Sega Master System and the Atari 7800.

Each piece features my digital arachnid, and the colouring references the company style at the time. The illustrations are loosely drawn in Illustrator with the blob brush, with final composition, colouring and editing completed in Photoshop.

Along came an 8-bit spider

Have been experimenting with a few more designs for my digital arachnid, first posted back in January. The aim here is to simply produce quick options, similar to my Player Won logotype posters – again using classic retro video game styling in different patterns. The 8-bit era offers plenty of scope for interesting colour and shape combinations, often giving the opportunity to juxtapose elements in bold ways, which is highly typical of designs and illustrations from that era.

Since creating the original icon design I’ve settled on the ‘retro devotion‘ tagline, which adds emphais to the idea of being bitten by the 8-bit bug – or spider in this case!

Retro game styled posters

Some further design exploration of my PLAYER ONE concept, based on the logotype design posted earlier this year. I had a number of different repeating patterns and coloured bar options in mind when creating the initial lettering, which I knew would lead me to produce poster designs at some point. All of these designs are inspired by the graphically bold and simple packaging and promotion created for retro games during the 70’s and 80’s, a particular period of time which has always appealed to me as a type of visual time capsule, where popular culture exhibited great interest in future projection and space-based technologies. I’m likely to continue playing around with a few more ideas too, as there are so many striking combinations that I can see as possibilities for this little project.

These days powerful and relatively inexpensive systems entertain us with highly engaging game play and detailed hi-res graphics, but the visual legacy of classic arcade and home console games lives on as a unique part of the history of gaming – a style that generates a true love for the art of game design.