Every year, a large pool of professional video game (console and computer) artists from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences comes together in an art exhibition called Into the Pixel. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) is not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of the interactive arts with more than 20,000 members.
The best entries submitted to the exhibition are chosen by a group of five jurors, including some senior figures from the artistic side of the video game industry. The contest was created to celebrate the incredible art of video games, and I find the winning entries to be mesmerizing. Some major gaming titles and studios made it into the final group of 20 images, such as BioShock Infinite, Mass Effect 2, Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and many more. Seventeen of those images are available to view in our gallery below.
The works of art will also be on display at E3 2011 from June 7 to 9 in the Concourse Foyer at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Personally, I think a few of these drawings should belong in an art museum. Move over Mona Lisa!