When you think of romantic art, art that speaks to our emotions, we think of paintings. Pieces that capture that sweet spot where romance combines with our habit of wanting to seek ourselves in art. 8-Bit Fiction has weirdly accomplished that without the use of conventions. Instead, they use pixel art and text to create pieces that cut right to the heart–whether it’s sadness, brute honesty, or humor–and package them in a medium that does not typically require such gravitas.
Don’t get us wrong, the project still very much reeks of Tumblr, echoing the “teenage sadness” personality of the site in most of its pieces. But that’s the true brilliance of 8-bit Fiction. There’s a tongue-in-cheek energy behind sentences like “True love, my most deplorable fetish” and “I adore you, even on the days you hate yourself” that makes us love it for being so unapologetically mushy. When retro art meets Tumblr, you know the results are going to be something special.
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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.
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