I was asked to create caricatures of each Toucan team member for the shiny new website. I’m used to creating more traditional Illustrations using pen and ink but for this I wanted to try something different, playing homage to the digital side of Toucan. Each Team member has been created in an 8-bit pixel style similar to how video game characters were made in the early days - such as Super Mario and Zelda.
Beginning with a Photoshop canvas of 50 x 50 pixels, I start to colour individual pixels to form each character. I use more pixels than the traditional games, however this allows me to stylise them in my own way. The process is fairly slow and time consuming, I have to constantly zoom in and out to see if they look like how I imagine them to. The end results are worth it, creating light hearted and (hopefully) amusing illustrations.
The Halloween illustrations are the second set I’ve created, so keep an eye out, as I’m sure there will be more to follow!