Art-Bit: The 8-Bit Art of Victor Dandridge
For Immediate Release:
The ToonSeum Goes 8-Bit With Latest Exhi-BIT!
Pittsburgh, PA- The ToonSeum, Pittsburgh’s museum of comic and cartoon
art, is going retro with their latest exhibition entitled Art-Bit: The
8-Bit Art of Victor Dandridge.
The exhibition features popular superheroes, television icons,
celebrities and more, re-imagined as 8-bit characters.
8-bit is a term used to describe the images used in the video games of the
1980’s, as popularized by the Nintendo Entertainment System. Notable
characters such as Mario, Mega Man, and Donkey Kong made their debut
in the 8-bit era.
This blocky pixilated style has become as iconic as the games
themselves and is currently playing a bit part in a digital pop art
Artist Victor Dandridge of Columbus, Ohio is at the forefront of said
Victor is an independent publisher, artist, educator and life-long
comics fan. His 8-bit art was initially a way to stand out
stylistically at comic conventions and he has gone on to create
hundreds of individual works. Victor’s debut gallery exhibition is
here, at the Toonseum!
“While it would be easy to dismiss the art as simplistic, his work is
deceivingly complex,” said ToonSeum director, Joe Wos. “A great deal
of thought goes into the choosing of the color palate and positioning
of the blocks in order to convey enough information to represent these
Joe had seen Victor’s work at a recent comic convention in Chicago.
As he observed the crowd gathered around Victor’s art, attempting to
identify the pixilated personas, he knew immediately it would make for
an engaging exhibit.
These petite prints are only the size of traditional trading cards. To
encourage the audience to engage with Victor’s unique art, the
ToonSeum has left the prints untitled allowing guests to test their
8-bit pop culture knowledge! They can then submit their guesses for a
chance to win comic and gaming-oriented prizes.
This exhibition is sponsored by Schell Games and runs through July 6th
2014. A special artist reception will be hosted on June 12th, 7pm-9pm
at the ToonSeum.
Love is in the air and we’ve got the 8bits to prove it!
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Hard at work on some new pieces! A few of these are characters that I’ve been meaning to do for ages and I’m glad I’ve finally gotten them out (Alan Scott and Jay Garrick specifically).
Scarlet Witch was due for a revision and I’m quite pleased with the almost sexy form she’s taken on!
I hope you dig ‘em all!
Some upgrades and some old schools! New design idea means that the 8 Bit banner is NOT QUITE finished. Thought I should add more updates of some of my original designs to the mix. Along the way, I found some character action designs I did for a proposed animation featuring my bits — nothing came of it (except for me adding Kang to my collection!), but still cool to go back and see!
I’ve put up some prints on my Etsy page, reinstating the VIP52! I’ve still got a few more pieces to do to truly catch up — but I’m on my way!!!
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We’re NOT going to be at San Diego Comic Con next week, but our loss is YOUR gain!!! From now until 7/22, we’ll be offering 30% off of purchases $30 or more on Etsy orders! Use coupon code: #NOTGOINGTOSDCC and save BIG BUCKS on your BITS!
Two more 8 Bits for the books! This mutant couple is DEFINITELY a fan favorite and I’m glad I FINALLY have them in my catalogue!
Cloak & Dagger!
I’ve got Superman on my mind! Just went through my catalogue and found a whole bunch of pieces that I’m gonna put together for my next show!
The 8 Bit Challenge: Summer of Metal Series CONTINUES! Just in time for Man of Steel, we’re releasing our NEWLY DESIGNED Superman set! This NINE piece set features FOUR redesigns and FIVE BRAND NEW ones to add to YOUR collection! Play the 8 Bit Challenge this summer and test your “metal”!!!
I think the Robin is just a placeholder for the moment (I DEFINITELY want to add him to the Great Revisionist Project!), but this set of Young Justice characters has been LOOOOOONG overdue! (Sorry for the wait, Caleb!!!)
Had some GREAT fun at the Lexington Comic & Toy Fair this past weekend — so much, I had to bust these 4 designs out in honor of some of the other guests and fans!!
From Star Wars: Darth Vader
From Power Rangers: Bulk, Skull and Rita Repulsa
I’m LOVING this Warhol-esque thing I started last week. So, let the magic continue with this weeks VIP52 installment on my Etsy — TMNT ft. the NEWEST 8 bit addition: The Shredder!
With such a limited quantity, I expect them to go FAST, so grab you a print, ASAP!
The NEWEST piece in my Etsy store! Only 5 available! If you loved the X-Men in the early 90’s its a MUST HAVE!!!
Show your love with some 8 Bit Valentines! This is the 2nd vol. of 8 bit couples, with this set featuring more of comics GREATEST couples!
Apollo & Midnighter
Atom Eve & Invincible
Big Barda & Mr. Miracle
Batman & Catwoman
Emma Frost & Cyclops
Daredevil & Elektra
Ron Weasley & Hermione Granger
Hawkeye & Mockingbird
Sailor Moon & Tuxedo Mask
Spiderman & Mary Jane Watson
Nightwing & Starfire
Elongated Man & Sue Dibny
Sets are $10 each and you can also check out vol. 1 HERE!
"The path of the righteous is beset on all sides by the inequities and the tyranny of evil men…" - Ezekiel 25:17
The movie love continues hard with this piece feat. John Travolta and Sam Jackson in their icon roles as Vincent and Jules from Pulp Fiction!
And check out the VIP52 entry this week at my Etsy store, where I pay tribute to Sam Jackson with a collection of 8 Bit characters!
While traipsing the annuls of my childhood with my kids (we were watching cartoon theme songs), I had to explain the difference between Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters. Both were fun, but I’m DEFINITELY Team Real, so I had to do these designs to show it!