Paul Robertson is nothing short of a pixel art superstar. Not since eBoy has a pixel artist’s thumbprint been everywhere you turn. Born in Victoria, Australia, Robertson has worked on feature films, Short films, contributed to television and many video games.
Robertson has worked closely with independent game studio Tribute Games on all three of their games thus far. Mercenary Kings, the action-packed platform game, looked to Kickstater to find the funding they needed. The response was 3,880 backers helped them rack up well over their $75,000 goal. For Tribute’s most recent offering, Curses ‘N Chaos, Robertson animated the opening, Ending and Boss segments of the game.
He has also provided animations for Disney’s Gravity Falls. His handy work made a prevailing appearance in the season one episode, “Fight Fighters” and again in season two’s “Soos and the Real Girl.” Robertson also regularly animates gifs and shorts for Adult Swim, including my personal favourite, the four-part adventure of Super Dino Boys. It contains all his hallmarks, kaleidoscopic colours, absurd characters erratically bouncing around the screen, all set to a palpitating 8-bit theme.
He applied those same hallmarks to the SIMPSONS PIXELS. Teaming up with his roomie and fellow pixel artist, Ivan Dixon, to create one of the best pieces of fan art you are likely to behold. It has passed four million views on YouTube. The pair talked a little bit about the animation’s conception, process and reaction in an interview with Symphonic Pixels. The animation was later used for The Simpson’s episode intro, My Fare Lady.