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A Closer Look At Destructoid Artisan Pendelton21


Hey, kids. Pendelton here. I'm very proud to be in this wonderful group (and even more proud that we made the freaking front page today), and I'd like to take some time to talk a little more about myself, and showcase the wonderful medium that is perler beads.

First, what exactly are these "bead sprites" I'm making? Well, here's a breakdown from the amazing spriter Doctor Octoroc:

Bead [beed] - the particular beads used for this art form are made of soft plastic, around 1/5Āć in diameter with a hole through the center, and a relatively low heat tolerance, for the purpose of being ironed, melted, and fused together with their adjacent kin. These beads are generally manufactured by Perler or Hama company, the only difference between the two being their color selection and a fraction variation in diameter.

Sprite [sprahyt] - a two dimensional, pre-rendered image, generally one of a sequence used in animation, as pertaining to interactive games, best known on home video game consoles, such as the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis. These images are generally low resolution (8 or 16 bits) and limited in color, being made of clearly visible pixels (units of display in all computer or digitally generated images).

So, put the two together, and you have a real-life interpretation/representation of your favorite video game character, pixel-by-pixel. I like to take it a bit further however, and prefer to draw up some of my own pixel art to re-create with the beads.

I first got into perler beads early this past summer. I had been looking for a way to create something beautiful and artistic related to gaming, since the only thing gaming-related I would produce are fantastic, mind-blowing articles (like the ones found at Backwards Compatible). So, I searched the internets, and came across Sprite Stitch, a gaming-related crafter's site. Everything I saw on there I was amazed by, whether it was super-long Mario knitted scarves, or Zelda needlepoint, or even hand-crafted gaming mugs. Eventually, I started seeing people put up their perler creations and thought, "Hey! I have little-to-no artistic talent, but this seems right up my alley!" So, I got to work on my first pieces, which were nothing special (your basic Mario and Link sprites).

Then, I came across a contest in the Sprite Stitch forums, where forum members were asked to make pieces in the theme of power-ups and special abilities. Since I had been going through a Chrono Trigger run at the time, I instantly thought of the amazing Masamune, and got to work on a perler bead piece I thought might be cool. This was the finished product:

Since I had so much fun making this, and since I got some love in the forums for making it, I decided to continue to make pieces. Eventually, after seeing the work the amazing DtoiderFaith was doing, I opened up my own Etsy shop, and started selling my pieces.

What sets me apart from most bead spriters is that I try and make my own variations of sprites. For instance, if you check out my Etsy shop, you can see an Ulala piece I made. The design is a mix of Celes' sprite from Final Fantasy 3 and Ulala herself, made entirely from scratch. The same goes for the Blue Castle Crasher knight, and my newest piece, Mr. Destructoid, who was fashioned from a re-skinned Mega Man sprite I found:

And, as most of you know from my Dtoid avatar, I also like working with the beads in 3-D. Yep, that Dtoid robot I use as my avatar is entirely constructed of Perler beads, and is a 3-dimensional figure.

So, I hope you had a good time learning a little more about my shop, and what I do. Be sure to check out the work of Doctor Octoroc (who does the best fucking work I've EVER seen) and Faith (who was my main inspiration for starting my store). If you have any other questions about me/my shop, or want a custom order, I can be reached at [email protected]
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About DestructoidArtisansone of us since 1:01 PM on 02.22.2009

A team of Destructoid Artists that are pooling their efforts to bring you the best one of a kind gaming related products imaginable.

Destructoid Artisans:
- Confusionbomb - Curator
- Rio McCarthy, Etsy store
- Shadowsinthenyte, Etsy store
- spaztazm, Etsy store
- spaztazm, Etsy store
- stitch please, Etsy store

Inactive/Retired Members:
- Pendelton21, Etsy store
- Craineum, Etsy store
- Welkstar, Etsy store
- Taticakes, Etsy store
- Faith, Etsy store
- Mikey

Contact Us if you want to become a Destructoid Artisan!

Destructoid Artisans Profiles:

"Long ago, in an ancient and divided land, a great sorcerer was called upon to bring joy and unity to the nation. He was Pendelton21, known throughout the land as the one true plastimancer, the true wielder of all things plastic. Known for his proficiency for tiny plastic beads, Pendelton21 was asked to create works of art that would cause enemies to unite as friends, kings to bow to one another, and people around the nation to become content. So, the great plastimancer got to work, creating ontold beauty out of the lava from Mt. Vargauna, "sacred perler beads" from the Michaels down the street, and a rather reliable video game sprite database. Those works of orgasmic pulchritude, lost to the sands of time, have now been recovered, and are available for sale at good sir Pendelton's Etsy store (with shipping included). So, come all ye seeking the true beauty of the old land, and obtain the true works of plastimancer Pendelton21 (or, just go buy them because Pendelton is poor as shit and needs cash)!"

Craineum (aka BabaGEEK)
"I have been a father for three years and a geek my whole life. My geekiness is being passed to my kids without any thought or effort from me. I have been creating items and activities for my kids since they were born. I started to think that maybe others might want some of these things for raising their own kids, thus was born BabaGEEK. BabaGEEK Creations will be bringing you items for you and your growing geek family. Whether its a t-shirt that express's your inner geek, or a baby mobile that will get your young 'uns heading in the right direction early, or custom costumes for your families favorite cosplay events, BabaGEEK has the goods you desire."

Rio McCarthy
"My name is Rio and I've been crafting for as long as I could hold a pencil, which coincidentally is about as long as I've been playing video games as well. I like to do almost any and all crafts, especially drawing, sewing and painting. I'm most well known for making character hats, but that's not all you'll find in my store, so be sure to check back for future surprises. I'm all about the cute, so you never know what you might find in store for you at Rio's Renditions!"

"Adam Welker is Welkstar's handsome, mild-mannered alter-ego. Best known 'round these parts for his work on the RetroforceGO! t-shirt and arcade cab, he is an art school monkey with aspirations of one day becoming a famous cartoonist/animator/designer/pimp. But for now, he'll just settle for being decent at playing video games. (He's kind of lazy like that...) Adam specializes in pixel-perfect-paintings, custom character commissions, super sweet shirts, and all things retro. Join him in the games-as-art (or was that "art-as-games"?) crusade! Visit his Etsy store, "Welkstar's Wares," he'll create a special work of art that will look perfect in your game room, living room, rec room, bathroom, or creepy-ass dungeon lair. BADICAL!"

"epicWorks Creations started out in a small kitchen with big ambition. Originally known as epic SugarWorks, it consisted of a couple of friends who liked to bake cakes for friendís birthdays. Gradually, as epic SugarWorks incorporated unique handmade lollipops with video game and anime themes, we began selling our Ďedible artí at anime and video game conventions. Now we have incorporated charms and jewelry into the mix, giving birth to epic CharmWorks, and bridging the two through epicWorks Creations!"

"I started creating bead sprite art back in May 2007 when I came across another artistís work named Foglera on Flickr. It was then that I got the itch to combine my love of art with my love of videogames. I open my Etsy Store, Pixelated Creations, a couple of months later and I havenít stopped created my bead art since. I always try to put a little bit of everything in my store for videogame fans, but if you donít see what you want for sale, remember that you can email me at [email protected] for a custom request."

"My Grandmother taught me to crochet when I was eight or so. I dropped it, and didnít pick it back up until I was 22 and my husband needed a scarf to keep him warm at his outdoor job. Once Iíd relearned, I didnít want to loose it again, so I started making odds and ends including a hat that looked like a Moogle. When I decided to switch careers, my husband recommended making and selling hats on Etsy to keep me in gas money while I went back to school. We came up with a few designs and the floodgates just let loose; for every design Iíve made Iíve got three more that I think would look sweet. The longer I do it the more I learn about crocheting, materials, business, and people and I really feel Iíve grown as an artist because of that. Even if no one is buying, I donít think I could stop. Iíve just got to see how the next design will turn out."

"Well im 22 years old, i have a son that was born september 11 09, ive been sculpting with polymer clays since i was about 12-13. i started off making rather undetailed girls/fairys, and baby dragons... and over time i grew to do more and more detaile. I do custom orders, id say im fair priced. I grew up in southern new hampshire (USA) when i was 18 my mother moved to Alabama.. and i went with her, i moved back and forth a few times, but ive been in alabama now since feb 1st 2008, i met my husband over the internet.. like the uber dork i am harhar. and like i said, i now have my son. love getting new ideas for things to make, so feel free to drop me a line!"

"blah blah blah StitchPlease blah blah cross stitch blah blah love anime blah loves RPGs blah blah blah boobs blah blah pretty cool blah blah blah internet"