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Matej 'Retro' Jan
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I am a game developer, designing, drawing and coding an adventure game called Pixel Art Academy.

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Feature time! #8

Journal Entry: Fri Aug 3, 2018, 5:56 AM
Oh hello, half a year no see!

Soon after the New Year when I posted Feature time! #7 I decided to focus 100% on making Pixel Art Academy, so no new content for Retronator Magazine, no new Pixel Art News videos on YouTube. It's been a very productive year so far and if you'd like to see what I've been up to, I've started a new YouTube show Pixel Art Academy 101 that goes into it.

A new tutorial about art mediums is also coming out as part of Pixel Art Academy this week and I'll post about it with an artwork upload, so be on the lookout for that in my gallery.

That said, I favorited a lot of great art in the past 7 months so here's just the top of the iceberg, one artwork per artist, to keep things manageable. Thanks to all for creating such awesome art, I'm constantly inspired by you!

(Instructions: Click on the first image and use arrow keys to go through the selection.)

Scene #44: 'The Quest' by octavinavarro  snowflakes by 6VCR  Massive Galaxy - promo art by kirokaze  After Humans by andylittle  Let me dream by dakael   Rain by Weilard  Heroes 3 Conflux by vertibirdo  Train station by 5ldo0on  Restaurant, above a hill, far away by MoneerTheFirst  Leipzig Cityscape by archipics  Awww here it goes! by bbrunomoraes  Engine is fixed by orange-magik  0-0 by Zakusi  Alucard - Castlevania SotN by Cyangmou   Featherfall by Fleja2003   Lord Kain by JINNdev   Island House by skeddles   Mossworth by Sky-Burial  Reaching the sky by aamatniekss  ! PIXELART - portrait (avatar) by jokov  1bit Girl by HendryRoesly  Phat Cats Bakery by RHLPixels  Xiudae by Koshechka-Ninja  PUBG: Incident at Severny by gas13 <da:thumb id="754095956"/>  Vagrant Story - Samantha by T-Free  Karve by Pukahuna  Love is All by call-me-Hk  19th century study room ~ revived by Cutiezor

  • Listening to: Zackery Wilson
  • Reading: Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
  • Watching: Bad movies
  • Playing: Chasm
  • Eating: Tortellini
  • Drinking: Water

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One final low-res painting before I move back to polished/precise pixel art (honestly, this one is so loose I can hardly call it pixel art anymore—more like a sketch for a potential pixel art piece).

Previous in the series:
Mountain Pass by Retronator
Another painting I did in Vienna (oil on canvas, 40×30cm). Tried doing it the classical way of old masters (imprimatura, grissaile, glaze), but well, I still suck with oils so I butchered the technique. It's trying to be kind of chiaroscuro mood as seen in the times, but well, it's just a normal, modern portrait. I guess I'm happy enough that I did this with physical paints as I'm mainly a digital guy.
Meanwhile I'm trying to learn oil paints. You can follow my process on Instagram when I do traditional stuff:

Done in one sitting, alla prima, lineseed oil for medium.
Cliff Sunset
My entry for Chaos Constructions demoparty. ZX Spectrum (15 colors, 8x8 blocks can only have 2 colors).
Tiny landscapes triptych
Very small canvases, 48×36. Study of color schemes. Left to right: warm only, cold only, monochrome (single hue).


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stuarts-pixel-games Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the faves  Oasis Cave | Puzzle Realms | Mobile by stuarts-pixel-games   Famished - Sunset Concept by stuarts-pixel-games  and the watch!
Retronator Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2018  Professional General Artist
My pleasure, awesome work, love the colors!
stuarts-pixel-games Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks so much! I am obsessed with colours XD
HuntersAndPrey Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch! Really like your pixel art pieces!
Retronator Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2018  Professional General Artist
Likewise, those weapons and shields are awesome!
JestanDA Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Yoo thanks for the watch dude! And happy (extremely belated) birthday!
Retronator Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2018  Professional General Artist
Thanks! Same for your watch. Love your works, glad I discovered you!
Lemiken7 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Professional General Artist
Davros Happy Birthday by Lemiken7  
Retronator Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2018  Professional General Artist
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