hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Art Attack Friday: Jalonso's pixelart

3:20 PM on 07.24.2009 // Joseph Leray

[Art Attack Friday is your weekly look at videogame fan art created by a talented artist.]

Let's be honest here: calling Jalonso's pixel pushing "fan art" is a bit misleading. Looking at his work, you can tell that he's a fan of games for sure, but his art is a little different than just drawing pictures of Link and Samus (not that there's anything wrong with that!). To boot, unlike many of the artists featured on Art Attack Friday, Jalonso has done a bit of commercial art -- and it shows, since his pixelart is incredibly badass.

There's more from Jalonso after the jump: why he only works on games he's invited to join, pixel art as a hobby, and some of his commercial projects (featuring The Protomen, of all people).

Before you go any further, I should warn you that our gallery has a bad habit of squishing and squashing pixels. To get a real idea of how good Jalonso's art can be, you'd do well to check out Bugpixel, his personal site and gallery.

What originally attracted me to Jalonso's work was his Gameboy RPG mock-up for Plagued, based on the life of Hieronymous Bosch, a 15th century Netherlandish painter. The mock-up was originally created for a weekly challenge at Pixeljoint to celebrate the 20th anniversary fo the Gameboy.

"Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights was a good alternative because the painting has so many details that lend themselves to game sprites, enemies and other gameplay elements," explains Jalonso. "I envisioned the game story to follow some unearthly quest for higher knowledge of some kind. Although Bosch did not create the art during the Plague, I set the game in this context because it added an air of gloom." Although it's just a mock-up, Plagued fits Gameboy specs to a T, except for the main character sprite.

Jalonso has also made a Salvador Dali-inspired platformer mock-up called Ledali II: The Crystal Egg that meets Gameboy Advance requirements.

Jalonso started doing pixelart as a hobby on his Mac Classic, and the hardware and software limitations had a direct impact on his art: "The software limitations forced me to focus on pixel placement and precision and this has never left my pixelart," he explains. He got his start making icon sets for Iconfactory, but eventually started getting invites to do game art. Pixelart's status as a hobby hasn't changed over the years, even though Jalonso has been pretty successful with "pixel pushing," as he calls it: "[T]o this day I only get involved in projects by invitation exclusively. I treat pixelart as a hobby even on commercial projects and will only get involved if the game specs are attractive to me and its something I would enjoy making," he says.

His commercial endeavours include the album art for The Protomen's Make Up and Vanity Set Present: The Protomen album, Chariot Chasedown (a promotional game for The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor), and art for a Reader's Digest article about Asia's "noise epidemic," as well as maps for Sunset Jamaica Grande resorts.

Jalonso's work is very technical, and it rubs off on how he perceives and appreciates other artist's work: "When I look at other's pixelart I don't really care for idea/concept but tend to look and study the techniques used and the technical aspects of the art."

For better or worse, this applies to the games he plays as well. "I have always been a huge fan of the Castlevania series. The pixelart in Castlevania games is some of the best ever made. Naturally, Metal Slug is an inspiration and aspiration to all pixel pushers but I hate playing the games themselves since I can only ever focus on the art itself so death comes often," he explains. He's also playing Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, which he seems to enjoy -- of course, it conatains pixel-perfect versions of Rondo of Blood and Symphony of the Night. "I got the game for these titles but have found the non-pixel game great too..." 

No word on what his next project will be, but I'll be keeping an eye out. Again, I encourage you guys to check out -- it's got all of his art in their native resolution as well as links to all sorts of pixelart projects.


Photo Gallery: (29 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys

Joseph Leray, Former Features Contributor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Tips
Joseph Leray is a long-time features contributor, reviewer, and (self-styled) editor-at-large for Destructoid. He lives in Nashville with a menagerie of pets and a Final Fantasy IX obsession. more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our moderators, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

Status updates from C-bloggers

WryGuy avatarWryGuy
If some weren't aware, Phil/Mike Martin needs some help right now but can't access traditional donation avenues like Paypal on his own. I'm offering to be a middle man. I'm also offering to match 50% moving forward right now. [email protected]
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
At first I thought it would be fun. Then more ideas came, so I kept adding. More! More! But soon it just became stubbornness. Now, as I stare at 10000 words of meandering loon about a subject I'd almost rather be porn, I must question all my life choices.
Fenriff avatarFenriff
Someone on Gamefaqs asking the real questions. How mad would you be if halfway through the Mad Max game he stumbles upon a tribe of kids and the rest of the game is a lighthearted romp?
MeanderBot avatarMeanderBot
I think, for my first try, I drew a pretty damn good Ryu, if I do say so myself [img][/img]
RexterNathan avatarRexterNathan
Really sad that Wes Craven has passed away. He made really fun films.
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
R.I.P. Wes Craven. I'll always remember you for A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream and Red Eye. I'll try not to remember you for Music of the Heart.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
So apparently Nintendo is taking down Mario Maker Let's Plays as fast as they can. Good job!
Snaveage avatarSnaveage
Phantom Pain is fucking glorious.
IDrawOnTape avatarIDrawOnTape
Anyone remember the cartoon "Freakazoid"? I'm doing artwork for a box for work to hold my supplies, but I cant remember some of the better characters. Freakazoid, Steph, Cosgrove, Candlejack, the Lobe, Caveguy... but who else?
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
Gotta love all those Dtoid community members that magically appear whenever there's a giveaway.
DSBrad avatarDSBrad
Newest Madden may be one of my favorites. Been taking all my time up.
TheDefenestrator avatarTheDefenestrator
TWITCHTOID! I'll be playing some more PS4 Zombi and then some Until Dawn if'n I want to change things up. Link: [url=] TheDefenestrator[/url]
Fenriff avatarFenriff
Bless Wasteland 2's custom portraits [img][/img]
James Internet Ego avatarJames Internet Ego
Sorting out a bunch of university stuff and going through a bit of writers block. I'm also holding some of my best stuff back for freelancing purposes (uni ain't cheap!), so sorry if my blogs have been a bit lackluster lately. And will be for 4-ish weeks.
gajknight avatargajknight
Been looking for a car to buy today. I swear, I am so sick of my mums voice. "It's too expensive!" "Don't you think it's a little big..." "INSURANCE!" Goddamn woman, chill your beans.
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Hey look! I bought some toys and stuff and junk and what-not. [IMG][/IMG]
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
Yes, it's essentially a trace job, but this is my first piece of pixel art: [img][/img]
CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
Oh for fuck's sake, why is there no Netflix app for my PSTV?
Ben Davis avatarBen Davis
Apologies for the lack of Experience Points lately! I'm taking a short break from writing them, but don't worry. They'll be back soon enough!
RexterNathan avatarRexterNathan
Am I the only one excited to play the Forza Motorsport 6 demo?
more quickposts



Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -