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.
This past weekend, was the Arnold Fitness Classic, so in honor of the Govenator’s return to my fair city, I did this series of Terminator 2 inspired pieces!
The faithful shall be eaten first!
The Elder God, CTHULHU!
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Love is in the air and we’ve got the 8bits to prove it!
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HAPPY NEW YEAR…ummm…well, it’s my first post of 2014 and as you can tell, it’s my take on a CLASSIC film, with a remake due out next month!
Believe me, this is just the beginnings of my Robocop offerings — but I hope it’s enough to get your appetites going!
Check out my Skreened store to get t-shirts of this image as “Murphy’s Law”!
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!
This is a limited edition pop-art print I’ve put together, an obvious homage to the great art icon Andy Warhol. Only 50 total prints will be made! If interested drop me a line thru the COMMISSIONs tab!
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I’ve been experimenting with a series of 8 bit designs called “Headshots” — I think if I do enough of them, I’ll collect them as part of my new art book! What do you think?!
Can you handle your Bit-ness?!
8Bit Challenge Banner 3 is NOW READY!!! COMING SOON to a convention near YOU!!
I predict these will be BIG sellers for me! #GreatRevisionistProject
"Assembled" and "The League"
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!
These are the final pieces to round out the THIRD banner from our 8 bit Challenge series! I’m really pleased with how these all turned out and hope you’ll enjoy guessing them when I’m at a show near you!!!
I’m dwindling down the list! Just a few (8)bits more and it’ll be time for a new banner!! Just making the cut are these:
At a show this past weekend, a father with a delightful trio of daughters was flipping through my portfolio of 8 bit prints, gushing over their coolness. He gets to the newer designs towards the back, still reveling in their awesome and asks if I have one of Wonder Woman. Now, I can’t say that I’ve EVER been satisfied with my Wonder Woman design — it was clunky, chunky and just didn’t quite cut it for Diana. That’s not to say it wasn’t recognizable, but certainly didn’t equate to one of my faves.
So, even though, I had a smaller print of that first WW design, I opted to say “No,” totally embarrassed at the quality of that design. I’m proud to say that I came home and IMMEDIATELY started working on a NEW Wonder Woman redesign, one that I think stands up with the BEST of my new pieces!