Every year, a large pool of professional video game (console and computer) artists from the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences come together in an art exhibition called Into the Pixel.
The best entries are chosen in part to celebrate the incredible art of video games, and all are simply mesmerizing. Some major titles and studios are represented in the winning group of 17 images, such as BioShock Infinite, Mass Effect 2, Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, and many more. The winning entries were selected by a group of five jurors made up of senior figures on the artistic side of the video game industry.
This slide: Lucas Graciano, an artist on Sony Online Entertainment's Legends of Norrath, portrays a dragon that may have run out of options. Created with Photoshop.
Chris Moffitt, Brad Crow, Nathan Stefan, and Bart Tiongson, artists on Robot Entertainment's Orcs Must Die, show a confident warrior standing before countless orcs. Created with 3ds Max, zBrush, and Photoshop.
Caption byChristopher MacManus / Photo by Chris Moffitt, Brad Crow, Nathan Stefan, Bart Tiongson/Into the Pixel
Matthew Halpin, Andrew Matthews, Matthew Preece, Radek Walachnia, and John Laws, artists on Frontier Developments' Kinectimals, may have overloaded the allowed cuteness level with this group of furry friends. Created with 3D Studio Max and Photoshop.
Caption byChristopher MacManus / Photo by Matthew Halpin, Andrew Matthews, Matthew Preece, Radek Walachnia, John Laws/Into the Pixel
Matt Rhodes, an artist on BioWare's Dragon Age 2, tantalizes the senses with this spooky image of a smoky warrior carrying a rather sinister sickle. Created with Photoshop.