Friday, April 11, 2014

Spanish Artist Recreates Pop Culture Icons With Pantone Color Swatches

We're not sure to file this under "clever ideas" or "artists with too much time on their hands", but it's an interesting project.  Spanish artist Txaber has created posters depicting such pop culture icons as Andy Warhol's "banana" and "Marilyn", the Apple logo, and Super Mario.  But the more interesting part is the artist's method -- each poster has a pixelated look from its source, Pantone color swatches put together into a perfect representation of the original art.

Hunter Communications OriginalNews Source:
PASTE Magazine

Link to article:
Pixelated Pop Culture Posters Created Using Pantone Swatches

Excerpt: "These pixelated posters of pop culture icons are like a graphic designer’s take on pointillism. Created using hundreds to thousands of individual Pantone color swatches, Spanish artist Txaber has created a series of images whose parts are as impressive as their whole. He treats each Pantone swatch as a single pixel, each one contributing to a colorful mosaic.

'The process is to convert the images into color mosaics, then each color is replaced one by one by the corresponding Pantone module,' says Txaber.

His Pantone on Pixel series features a variety of pop culture subjects, including several pixelated versions of some of Andy Warhol’s most famous work. Txaber’s Marilyn was made using 21 Pantone colors and includes 1,444 swatches. His version of Warhol’s Banana features 11 Pantone colors made from 766 swatches.

'It is a laborious process, but I think the result is interesting,' he says."

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