Nach Vol.1 rund um den Amiga läuft auf Kickstarter aktuell das zweite Projekt der Macher von "Pixel Art". Welche Grafiken diesmal den Schwerpunkt bilden, erzählt Initiator Klas in unserem Interview.
Hi Klas, last week you launched Masters of Pixel Art Vol. 2 on Kickstarter. What can people expect this time?
The The Masters of Pixel Art Volume 2 is the direct sequel to Volume 1, a successful Kickstarter project released earlier this year. Volume 2 is an extremely nice collection of Commodore 64 art (mainly), together with images made on other "exotic low-end" machines like the Amstrad CPC, ZX Spectrum, Atari XL-XE, Commodore Plus/4 and MSX.
Like the first Volume of the book people can back it up using Kickstarter. What are the benefit highlights?
Kickstarter is great fun, and it certainly helped bringing this project into life! One of the nice things about being a backer is that you get credited in the book, something I introduced with volume 1. A little nice thing to include, and possible for small, close projects like this. As for the "perks" I have this time focused on a Poster Collection which is my personal favourite. This will be a very limited "best-of-the-best" 32 images from 32 artists. Also a series of bookmarks is available as something extra. The kickstarter itself is timed to deliver the books in time for Christmas, something that I hope people appreciate :)
What feedback did you get after your first Volume which was featuring Commodore Amiga graphics?
I have been very happy to receive many thanks and praise on the Volume 1. Some quotes are listed in the Kickstarter, but even more are in emails and messages. I had a vision and goal to produce a high quality book. Being a perfectionist myself I has happy to succeed, so were the backers!
The only negative feedback I had was from shipping prices, which has been greatly improved this time (special low price in Germany due to DHL-shipping). 2 people of 350 also reported their books damaged due to transportation, also something we have improved with better packing material.
Apart from loyal Kickstarters support, how was the book perceived in public and outside of "the scene"?
The book is actually on sale now in the local Sci-Fi book store here in Sweden, as well as in the contemporary art museum shops in Gothenburg and Stockholm. Fun thing is that I (and Electron) will be signing books at bokmässan (the book fair) in Gothenburg this autumn, which will be a live test for the public!
Do you feel everything from the Amiga was squeezed into the book, or is there enough material to publish maybe another one?
The first book it was a quite straight forward job, being active on the Amiga pixel scene for a long time I had a pretty good idea on what images I wanted to include and which ones to exclude. To make another book "exclusively" with Amiga pixel art will not be possible, at least not in the next 10 years from me in this book series :)
It seems like Masters of Pixel Art is evolving into a real brand. Can we expect more to come in the future?
To be honest it's not really something that I can make a living of - it's rather a labour of love! With these 2 books I have completed what I set out to do, and covered all artists on these specific platforms. There might be new books in the future, but today there aren't any such plans. On the up-side I have through this project discovered a very alive and thriving pixel art scene that doesn't care so much about platform, but rather on pixel art itself. That could be a potential future project. For now I am just happy to inspired people and spread pixel art in this unique way.