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8-bit illustrations of 8 short stories

Oliver Miller created these neat digital illustrations in the style of 8-bit graphics of video games from a bygone era to accompany the opening lines of 8 famous short stories. His explanation is amusingly tongue-in-cheek, but this was an artistic expression that combined two of his interests as an English-major-MFA-card-carrying writer and a former “nerd who huddled in a basement, with his nerd friends, clicking with a mouse to play Bard’s Tale II.” As a former nerd I too appreciate this greatly.

You can view the rest of the images here — and be sure to click on each one to read the complete story, which Oliver recommends because “literature is good for you.” And 9 out of 10 writers agree.

Oliver’s decision to use the pixel style, aside from just liking it, was also a convenient necessity in his project because, as he explained, he can’t draw.

Even if you can’t draw, you can draw with pixels, because they’re just large square dots. Pixels are more a matter of attrition. If you keep adding and removing dots, you will eventually manage to produce that drawing of a hot girl that you’re trying to do. The question is whether you’re willing to spend four hours doing it.

The blogosphere has long warmly embraced pixel art (see the massively popular Minecraft game). For some this comes from pure nostalgia, but here are a few other decidedly fresh examples of this pixel art trend.

Photo credit: Oliver Miller