Seattle Artist Ryan Haight Depicts Bellingham Landscapes in Stylistic Pixel Artwork

By | August 10, 2021


Bellingham gives nice sights and sounds to all who
have ever referred to as the town of subdued pleasure house. This has lengthy Seattle
artist Ryan Haight, whose Instagram @My_Art_Bytes depicts
Washington surroundings within the fashion of early 8-bit and 16-bit video video games.

“I used to be born in Spokane, and I grew up there till like I
was 18, [when] I moved over to Bellingham to go to highschool at Western,” says Haight.
“I actually loved Bellingham much more than Spokane. And I additionally really feel that
Whatcom County has actually wonderful scenes for pixel artwork.”

Haight’s artwork has shortly turn into widespread on social media. On
Instagram, over 3,700 followers share his animations of acquainted surroundings depicted
in a comfortably retro artwork fashion.

“I grew up having fun with video games quite a bit, and as a child I needed to
attempt to make video games or play video games for a dwelling—however when you develop up you notice that’s
most likely not gonna occur,” Haight says. “So, I simply began messing round on
a pc and watching YouTube movies about find out how to make video games and find out how to make
sport artwork, after which I made a decision to strive it myself and publish it on the web for
different folks to see.”

Rendering an 8-bit Bellingham

Haight’s pixel artwork begins with taking or buying
reference images of a given constructing or panorama.

Western Washington College is the commonest location in Haight’s work. Websites embrace Pink Sq. as depicted above, Previous Primary, Viking Union, and the south facet of campus. Picture courtesy Ryan Haight

“As soon as I’ve a bunch of reference images and I do know what angle
I wish to attempt to make the piece of artwork from, I’ll pull up a bunch of
reference images on one monitor and begin doing pixel artwork on the opposite,” Haight
says, “and simply block out the buildings or the crops, the relative form of

Most of Haight’s work goes into animating scenes and
selecting colours and textures that carry photos to life.

“I believe that’s one of the vital difficult and inventive
components of pixel artwork,” says Haight. “Attempting to explain a scene with comparatively
low quantities of data and thru that, attempting to make textures which might be
interpretable as totally different supplies.”

Whatcom County scenes in Haight’s artwork embrace varied WWU
areas, the Bellingham Herald constructing, Pel’meni Restaurant, and several other
native homes.

Haight regards this pixel rendition of a sundown on Backyard Avenue as a private favourite piece. Picture courtesy Ryan Haight

“It has like a wonderful mixture of city and rural
settings,” Haight says. “Though I wasn’t raised there, I really feel like there’s
numerous nostalgia to faucet into simply within the settings, within the college and the
very approachable downtown space.”

Haight has additionally depicted Seattle areas akin to Pike
Place Market, Capitol Hill, and College of Washington, in addition to websites in Whidbey
Island, Vancouver, Eugene, Cincinnati, Portland, and Spokane.

Every part Previous is New Once more

Haight began posting his artwork on Reddit neighborhood r/PixelArt, citing influences
akin to Pacific Northwest pixel artist 8pixl and
basic video video games typically.

“Again within the day, they needed to make pixel artwork due to
efficiency constraints on the consoles,” Haight says. “These days, pixel artwork
isn’t essential to run a sport on a pc; graphics have advanced, however folks
nonetheless elect to make use of pixel artwork in numerous video games just because it evokes
emotions of nostalgia for older video games for some folks.”

Lots of Haight’s works make use of animation, as within the authentic model of this wet Fairhaven scene. Picture courtesy Ryan Haight

Along with his constructive reception on social media, the Related College students of Western Washington College
function Haight’s artwork on a number of webpages.

“I believe numerous artwork I’ve is sort of escapist or
one thing,” says Haight. “You wanna go there, stay there, but it surely’s cool to see
a spot the place you already stay or have lived displayed in that gentle, on this
type of rose-tinted perfectionist gentle. And so, folks will usually message me
and be like, ‘Oh, I miss going to highschool at Western! Thanks for making this
artwork.’ Or, ‘Oh, I stay proper down the road from that, that is superior!’ And it
at all times is basically cool to get that suggestions.”

Leveling Up

Haight plans to proceed making pixel artwork of Pacific
Northwest environs.

“Ultimately, I wish to make a online game, as a result of I went to
Western, I received a level in laptop science, and I really feel like I may do it if I
simply sat down and did it for, like, three years,” Haight says. “Nevertheless it’s unattainable
to stay to at least one mission for that lengthy for me, so we’ll see if that ever occurs—perhaps
a online game by 2030 or one thing.”

Along with Instagram, Haight posts pixel artwork on Twitter and sells prints on INPRNT, permitting these
items to really feel like house in additional methods than one.

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