QUIZ: Can you name the film and TV scenes from these pixel artworks?

Friday, 2nd March 2018, 10:05 am
Updated Friday, 2nd March 2018, 10:05 am

An illustrator has recreated popular TV and movie scenes from hundreds of thousands of tiny pixel images - but can you guess which they're from?

Gustavo Viselner, 36, picked iconic moments from his favourite films and television programmes and turned them into intricate pieces of artwork.

Each picture contains up to 110,450 pixels, which have been individually designed to come together as some of the most well-known on-screen moments.

Gustavo said: "I usually choose films and TV shows that I grew up watching or are visually attractive.

"I always choose scenes that are touching me in some way, even if they're from a film that I don't have a strong connection to.

"I like scenes that contain a conflict between characters, It doesn't have to be a big action scene.

"Sometimes even two characters looking at each other can be very powerful."

Among Gustavo's work are scenes from hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones, crime-drama Breaking Bad, and Netflix hit show Stranger Things.

But he's also captured moments from some of the world's most iconic films such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Goldfinger.

His favourite piece of artwork is the scene from The Good, the bad and the ugly.

"It's my favourite film, and Clint Eastwood was my childhood hero," said Gustavo. "It's actually the first one I made."

Each of the images takes Gustavo around a day to complete as he ensures every last detail matches the original scene.

Gustavo said: "The process begins with watching the film I want to illustrate, and choosing the scene that speaks to me. Then I take screenshots as reference.

"Sometimes I even search for the location on Google streets so I can illustrate it as accurate as possible.

"Next step is figuring how to translate the scene to a 2D flat environment, so I create a composition by placing the important items and characters in the frame.

"Then starts the fun part, searching for the appropriate colour palette and illustrating all the details.

"It changes from scene to scene because the proportions are not always the same, but most of my film scenes contain 110,450 pixels."

Argentinian Gustavo, who works as a professional game artist in Tel Aviv, Israel, got the idea while working on a new project that needed to be styled in pixel art.

He said: "That was my first experience with pixel art, and my fears were replaced with great fun and pleasure.

"The game was never released, and I continued on to other projects. A few years ago, I made my own pixel art character, for my Facebook profile picture.

"It received good responses from friends and people I didn’t know, so it motivated me to do some more pixel art.

"I believe every artist has to practice a few hours each week in order to improve his skills, so whenever I have time to practice my skills, I go back to my favourite theme, which is films and TV shows."

The most challenging part of Gustavo's work is to translate original live action scene into a flat 2D frame.

"Sometimes the scene I choose is very short and shot from specific angles that hide the location details, so I have to carefully search for each element and build a scene that makes sense and resembles the original scene," he said.

"I always try to make it as accurate as possible, but if I feel like the scene could look better if I add or delete some details then I'm fine with it.

"The essence of the scene is what I'm really looking for. Most people recognise the scenes by finding the small details that takes them back to the original scene.

"It's actually fun to watch how people smile once they recognize the scene, it's always a smile full of nostalgic feelings."

To see more of Gustavo's artwork, visit instagram.com/pixelgustavo/