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Matej 'Retro' Jan
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I am a game developer, designing, drawing and coding an adventure game called Pixel Art Academy.

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Feature time! #7

Journal Entry: Mon Jan 1, 2018, 11:30 AM
Happy 2018!

I'm gonna be selecting my favorites of 2017, so I have to first pick my favorites since last feature time (August). As usual, this post also serves as a little update of what's been up with Retronator in the mean time.

A lot has been happening on my Patreon development blog, especially since I've finally released the first episode of Pixel Art Academy. Well, almost, it's Episode 0, not Episode 1. It's the intro into the game world. Anyway, you can play the intro here (I'm in the middle of upgrading my servers so the about/press/smallprint links are bugged, yikes!).

You already know all about my evolving YouTube channel since that's all I've been posting in these journals lately. So there's not much more to say except that I'm looking forward to 2018 to keep on working hard on Pixel Art Academy and finally open the school campus to players.

Enjoy my favorites and be on the lookout for the next episode of Retronator Pixel Art News for my overall 2017 top favorites.

(Instructions: click on the first image and use arrow keys to go through the selection. And do let me know of artists I'm missing!)

City Reflection by kirokaze  Holy smoke by call-me-Hk  Highway by 5ldo0on  Winter Is Coming (PIXEL-ART) by jokov  Gothic by 1Eni1  Tranquil Day by kirokaze  Tower 57 - Title Illustration by Cyangmou  Space Marine Boltgun Range X3 by TRUEvector  Pixel studies [2] by Blacky-Moon  Secret admirer pixel art by dakael  030 by Zakusi  Restless [New Soundtrack] by Fleja2003  The Mummy Demastered - 26 by Cyangmou  Monster Cat - Pixel Art by rcmedy2  Day 22? - Space Punch poster by bbrunomoraes  Scene #43: 'Ghost Mansion' by octavinavarro  Kitchen background by archipics  Scoundrel - Level Selection by kristyglas  Snowy Sunset by kirokaze  Pixel Art - RPG House by AlbertoV  Day 6 - Creep by bbrunomoraes  Evening by Weilard  Antique by 1Eni1  Sonic mania Custom animation - green hill zone by DOA687  Preschtale by Valenberg  A Praustrian Fantasy by Cyangmou  Rogue by vertibirdo  summer by 6VCR  Boss battle mockup by HellionWings  Gothic 2D pixel-art by aamatniekss  Kitchen by 1Eni1  Scara - [New Soundtrack] by Fleja2003  Stratoforge by Sky-Burial  animated plants by Mediocre-Mel  On the road to the School by andylittle 

  • Listening to: Romancer
  • Reading: Research papers
  • Watching: Black Mirror
  • Playing: Broken Age
  • Eating: Polenta
  • Drinking: Cockta

Journal History


This one is 2 years old, but I noticed I never posted it here and it's actually one of my favorite sketches.

It's a portrait of Hillary Coe, based on an instagram photo I can't find anymore. I've been Hillary's fan since her tumblr days (nowadays she's the creative/design director at SpaceX).

The story of this sketch needs a bit of explaining. The first assignment in the Drawing & Painting Intensive class I took in 2016 while in grad school had us draw an ugly drawing (whatever interpretation we decided to take). I remembered I tried to draw Hillary before, at the Dream of Pixels release party in 2012. I was learning digital painting at the time and while getting really drunk at the party, in my 'inspired' state I decided to draw a portrait. I don't really have the best recollection of it, but in the morning I found this on my hard drive:

Drunk hillary by Retronator 

So my idea for the ugly drawing assignment was obvious: go to the store, buy a bottle of vodka and a six-pack of Red Bulls, get really drunk and draw Hillary again. But it looks like 4 years of drawing did me good and I ended with something that was an ugly drawing only in concept. It is one of my favorite sketches for the looseness and bold strokes that I was able to produce when drawing with my instinct instead of my head. It's been a style I've been chasing ever since I saw staroksi's Scarlett drawing, which captivates me to this day:

Scarlett by staroksi

Anyway, after doing another drawing and some other drunk shenanigans, I fell asleep around 5 AM or so. In the morning I didn't hear (or set?) my alarm, I overslept, and came into class 15 minutes late—on the first day of class! Luckily I had a story to go with it and all ended well.
Like everyone on Twitter, I did my self-portrait for the #yearbook Pixel Dailies theme. I then also did colors, because rainbows.

Atari 2600 palette, so that's that as far as skin tones go.
Mountain Pass
Quick painting practice (by my standards anyway, since I rarely finish a painting the same day as I started it).

Previous in the series:
Mountain Lake by Retronator


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stuarts-pixel-games Featured By Owner May 13, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for your fave on  New Puzzle Game Concept by stuarts-pixel-games  Had a look at your work and it's very good! I'll keep a watch :) I look forward to your next visit to my page! :D
Retronator Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I really like the whole feel of it. Wonderful colors, playful style. It's really cool. Keep it going!
stuarts-pixel-games Featured By Owner May 15, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks! I am using the default colour palette that comes with Pro Motion NG. It has some nice colour choices I'm finding.
ScepterDPinoy Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey I just featured you in my Pixel Day 2018 entry:
  Happy Pixel Day 2018 by ScepterDPinoy
Do you still know Newgrounds is celebrating Pixel Day right now?
Retronator Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Professional General Artist
Seems I'm about one month late to this, but yeah, I posted about Pixel Day on the blog. Thanks for the feature! That's one huge-ass artwork!
ScepterDPinoy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your'e welcome! One more metroidvania piece next year and will use it as a poster ending my arduous journey. 
jokov Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017   General Artist
thanks for the fav :)
cool gallery
Retronator Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2017  Professional General Artist
My pleasure, I love your works!
jokov Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2017   General Artist
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