Japanese Pixel Art for the Forlorn and Nostalgic
You’ve probably seen or at least run into 1041uuu‘s work before, either through your Tumblr dashboard or in other portals of the Internet. Say what you want about pixel art, but, regardless of your taste level, it’s unequivocally accessible. There’s just something about nostalgia combined with adorable imagery that always finds a way to our hearts. And fortunately for Japanese pixel artist 1041uuu, she (or he) makes good use of our cute/retro weaknesses. Their pixel GIFs of everyday life, like people riding the subway, eating ramen alone, or walking home in the rain, reveal the tranquility of mundane moments. These slice-of-life portrayals are something you expect to see in a painting or a pretentious sketchbook, not in pixel art. But this weird juxtaposition is the allure of their work, and when you add all the pieces together, it’s obvious why people can’t help but reblog.