I’ve always liked the idea of writing a book, not a novel but a book about a topic I enjoy. Since I’m also interested in art that seemed like the logical choice but I hadn’t figured out what style I wanted the book to be in until now.
I don’t want the book to just be a collection of pictures or a descriptive/informative book about “art”; I wanted it to be something different.
The idea I’ve come up with is a book about my experiences with Pixel Art. It won’t just be a selection of pixel art because I don’t think my art is good enough to warrant a book of its own, neither will it be a detailed tutorial on how to create pixel art, as the internet has that covered. What I was instead hoping to come up with is a collection of thoughts, ideas, autobiographical stories and tips all complied into one place, all relating to pixel art and all illustrated with my work.
Think of it like one of those art books you get in collectors editions of games, except the game that the art is taken from doesn’t exist. I want to include all sort of things such as (but not limited too)…
• Drafts to final pieces
• Samples of unfinished experiments
• Animation frames
• Tips for being a freelancer
• Examples of different styles
• Pallet choices
• Full screen mock-ups
• Details on making art for games
• Stories about game development
Basically it’s an artistic autobiographical representation of my time as a rookie pixel artist making tilesets for fan games, right up to working freelance professionally and what I hope to achieve next.
I know it sounds a bit indulgent writing a book about myself but I wondered if the topic alone would maybe interest people enough for them to read it?
You can find a small sample of my work here...http://www.facebook.com/matwekpixel