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16bit is overrated by Art-by-Scavenger 16bit is overrated by Art-by-Scavenger
I've been into 8bit retro computing lately, and created this pic as a funny tribute to that exciting era in computer history.

Before anyone asks, no 3D was used in this one, the Epson PX-8 laptop was all drawn in Photoshop. This pic was also created to be part of my graphic design portfolio.
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Gast1503 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Awesome
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FiXato Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
<3 8-bit
<3 MSX and other retrosystems. Must say, that PX-8 looks rather funky too!
I could do without data cassettes though. :P
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MrPyke Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011
I've always had a soft spot for computers with built-in tape drives.
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naranjito72 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
Well done for he lighting!!!!
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010
Boy... that computer looks pretty old. What was the origin of that piece all about? I know you wanted to showcase a computer from the 1980s.
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The Epson PX-8? It was one of the first commercial "laptop" machines ever. My idea for this pic was to show a total 80's computer geek girl with a laptop, so the Epson came out as the most natural choice. The also PX-8 ran an operating system called CP/M, developed for Z80 processors, by Gary Kildall (the little portrait refers to Garry K.).
I myself am fascinated by old (computer) technology. Sometimes I wish I could relive the 80's computing era. Which I did in a way, when I got my hands on a Commodore 64 some time ago.
With modern computing, there's so much we take for granted, yet only a decade or three ago, people were amazed to see a couple of colored blocks on a monitor screen... :)
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2010
Hmm... well it does help to think about how things go when you walk down that old-school path and realize that we take some things for granted, like you said. Personally, I'm a video game fan, and I just love the Nintendo Entertainment System (yeah, there were Ataris and Intelvisions, but the NES was the first great thing for video games after the 1983 "crash").
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dm-stealth Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2010
Microcassettes? Pfft... 9-track reel-to-reel datatape and DECTape is where it's at j/k.

Yes I too am in awe of your attention to detail, and not just on the Epson and it's media :D.
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, but reel-to-reel wouldn't be so portable eh? ;) Unless you'd bring a portable tape player...

I wonder if that would have been possible... connecting an audio reel-to-reel tape player to a microcomputer... interesting...

Anyway, thank you for the kind words... :)
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dm-stealth Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
If you could do it with compact cassette tapes and the ol' Commodores I believe you could... though it depends on the quality of the machine/signal-to-noise ratio. Just like the cassettes though, you probably have to rewind the tape and start over until the program was finally loaded.

And no problem :w00t:. Great artwork deserves appreciation/kindness.
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man, I actually do have a C64 with a "Datasette" unit, and those programs take forever to load (like 15 minutes or so -for a large game, most of the times they just get corrupted and crash in mid-loading... Ah, but the nostalgia feeling about the whole thing is so awesome! ;)
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dm-stealth Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Hehe like myself with the reel-to-reel tapes; occasionally an aging tape might break during playback (needing to stop, respool and splice back together) but the wonderful sound and the 'show' of the reels spinning outweigh the cons of the medium.
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner May 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very true! I own a 1970's 8mm film projector (silent one -as it has no audio track reading head) and the experience of threading the film through the projector, the rattling sound during projecting, the flicker on the screen... Projecting a Charlie Chaplin or Laurel and Hardy is so much more fun than putting on a dvd of the same thing. Don't know quite why, I guess it's the whole "vintage cinema" atmosphere... :)
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dm-stealth Featured By Owner May 12, 2010
Ah audio tracks are the devil's spawn! You gotta roll out the upright piano/player piano and play incidental music :D.

But yes I've experienced the vintage-cinema atmosphere of watching 8mm film when I was at college (screen studies). I always took the seat closest to the projector to hear/watch it in action (plus the speaker's on the unit so I could actually hear loud and clear any audio tracks). Good times of technology gone-by.
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OkamiJubei Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010
aww... I think I like her already.

She's really a sexy nerd girl. How I love nerd girls.

Really like her feet. wonder if she's going to appear again and her feet.
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
As to whether she'll make another appearance... I don't know. If I feel inspired, anything may happen... :)
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J3V1L Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Pretty spiffy there Scavenger. :nod:
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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robotwo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I just love the overall looks and design of the Epson Px-8 ...
haven't gotten my hands on one yet :) ...
have a few goodies though , like the Ericsson Portable PC :D
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I think I read somewhere that there's still a company which sells the PX-8 (at a really affordable price)... can't remember the name though...
The Ericsson Portable... I recall that evil looking red lcd screen, I think I once saw this device featured in an episode of Computer Chronicles... :)
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robotwo Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That certainly is good news , I'll keep a watching eye :)

The coolest thing about the Ericsson Portable IMO is that it has a built in thermal printer :D ...
How many portable PCs have a built in Printer? :la:
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MeleeDuck Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Is this a particular person or just some random girl? I'd like to see more of her. Red hair+glasses+freckles= =)
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
She's pretty random really. She doesn't even have a name (I call her CP/M-girl). I must say there was a tech geek in one of my older publications (an illustrations collection named "TechTickling") that looked very similar to this girl...
Maybe I'll use her in a future drawning again... I don't know for sure yet... So many ideas... so little time...
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Kes-Tu-Cos Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
another great drawing ^-^
she is soo cute
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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DAv2003 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
Excellent work here Scavenger. Not just in the girl, though she be a cutie, bit the realism caught in the pic. The work done on the computer is exceedingly well done, shows a clear display of artistic skill and brings back one or two memories to boot. Also, is the photo on the left of the guy who created the Odysey computer system or am I thinking of someone else? Anyway, great work!
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :D
Actually that portrait is of Gary Kildall, the creator of the CP/M operating system. It was THE operating system of the early eighties (and ran on many Z80 based systems such as the Epson proto-laptop in this pic). So naturally Gary is the geek-girl's big idol.:)
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Neville6000 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Who can resist a beautiful bespectacled, freckle-faced barefoot intelligent girl computer programmer? Not me-great work! More please-especially her bare soles!
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :) Well, maybe we'll see more of her in the future... If my busy art schedule allows for it... :)
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Lauren-Tyler Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
8-Bit rocks! I have to agree.

Who's this cutie, by the way?
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I dunno who this geek girl is, really. She's just the archetype of what I consider a "sexy geek", I guess... ;)
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PsylisiaDragoon Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Whoa...yes, you're definitely on an 8-bit comp kick lately. ;)
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Totally! :) Thanks, my good friend! :D
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
Awesome job man, I love the picture, the colors, and well gamer girls are awesome. I can also see "16 but is overrated" on a t shirt for sure.
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oho, she's not a gamer girl per se... She's an 8-bit computing geek, which means she's just using the tech for the sake of using it. (besides, the Epson PX-8's display doesn't allow for much gaming -google it to find out why... ;) )

Thanks, man! :)
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DoctorBollocks Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
OOohhh well that's still pretty darn awesome if you ask me, computer geek, gamer girl, all kick ass.
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nogoodnamesremain Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I really like the little tapes sitting by her, and the detail of the paper it's under, and the computer she's using. :aww:
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! :) I'm a detail freak ;)
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nogoodnamesremain Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Got to have more of those around here, don't we, though? ;P
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Damn sure we do. ;)
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nogoodnamesremain Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
:D
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Match25 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
why cant a guy resist a barefoot geeky girl
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Good question. I don't know the answer either. ;)
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Match25 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2010
i have an idea, her resting her bare soles towards the camera on the table while she sits on the couch with a laptop on her lap?
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Art-by-Scavenger Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Actually I am working on something just like that. Audrey (the sexy geek girl from TIS) will appear in a similar pose later on in the free "Tickling in Space Revisited" comic. A sketched preview of the pic can be found in the (equaly free) "TIS: The Sketchbook"

[link]
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Match25 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2010
mmm nice to see a pair of geek soles unobstructed
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