Meet the Artist Building Pixelated Sci-Fi Landscapes

Illustrator Octavi Navarro takes on the B movie aesthetic for his newest pixel art masterpiece, 'Visitors From Outer Space.'

Mar 19 2015, 1:00pm

Visitors From Outer Space, Octavi Navarro, 2015. Images courtesy the artist

Octavi Navarro's latest pixel art landscape (above) is an ode to the B movie, that channels the likes of Plan 9 from Outer Space and Invasion of the Saucer Men. The children's book illustrator has been looking forward to making Visitors From Outer Space since last year, when he began publishing his bit-formed images of circus tents, spaceships, and world wars on his blog, Pixels Huh.

Navarro tells The Creators Project, "I'm a big fan of sci-fi movies and it's always fascinated me how this genre worked in the Golden Age of Hollywood, when filmmakers faced very low budgets because [of] the lack of involvement from the major studios." Visitors From Outer Space is inspired by the work of B-movie legend Ed Wood, as well as Tim Burton's 1994 comedy-drama biopic of the same name. A monochrome color palette, nuanced light saturation and general aesthetics—down to the retro-future robot and flying saucers suspended from clearly visible strings—make the jump from classic camp to NES chic in Navarro's new work.

Check out detail images from Visitors From Outer Space below, followed by past sci-fi landscapes from Octavi Navarro:

Ben, Octavi Navarro, 2014

The Secret, Octavi Navarro, 2014

Find more of Octavi Navarro's pixelated illustrations on Pixels Huh.


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