eBoy

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For ABS-CBN's TV show, see E-Boy (TV series).

eBoy ("Godfathers of Pixel") is a pixel art group founded in 1997 by Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital.

Their complex illustrations have been made into posters, shirts, souvenirs, and displayed in gallery exhibitions.[1] They were founded on May 2, 1997. "We started working with pixels because we loved the idea of making pictures only for the screen. It’s the best way to get really sharp and clean looking results. Also, handling pixels is fun and you are forced to simplify and abstract things, which is a big advantage of this technique." [1] eBoy is based in Berlin (Germany) and Vancouver (Canada).

Their influences come from: "Pop culture... shopping, supermarkets, TV, toy commercials, LEGO, computer games, the news, magazines..."[2] Kai grew up with Nintendo to inspire him, the rest of the eBoys lived in East Germany where video games did not exist.[3] Their work makes intense use of popular culture and commercial icons, and their style is presented in three-dimensional isometric illustrations filled with robots, cars, guns and girls. Now, most of their designs are printed and not used solely for computer screens, allowing images to get more complex with details.[1]"If we don’t work on other projects at the same time it takes about six to eight weeks to finish a very detailed cityscape, three eBoy’s working on it, nearly full time. But, if we have to do it in our spare time, which happens often, it could take years to finish a picture since we can’t spend so much time on it."[1] Their style has gained them a cult following among graphic designers worldwide,[1] as well as a long list of commercial clients. Their latest project are plastic Peecol toys with Kidrobot, and a line of wooden toys are to be produced under their own label.

eBoy has worked with brands and companies such as Coca-Cola, MTV, VH1, Adidas, Gola and Honda. They worked on creating the album cover for Groove Armada's 2007 studio album Soundboy Rock.

Ecity Illustration, 1998

Major Pixoramas (city and landscape scenes)[edit]

  • Berlin (1st edition 2002)
  • Venice (1st edition 2002)
  • Superbroncobattle (1st edition 2004)
  • London (1st edition 2005)
  • Cologne (1st edition 2005)
  • New York (1st edition 2006)
  • FooBar (1st edition 2006)
  • Maker Faire (1st edition 2007)
  • Tokyo* Superbroncobattle (1st edition 2007)
  • Baltimore (1st edition 2008)
  • Los Angeles (1st edition 2008)
  • Marseille v1 (1st edition 2009)
  • Amnesty (1st edition 2009)
  • Paris (1st edition 2010)
  • Rio (1st edition 2011)
  • Marseille v2 (1st edition 2012)

Exhibitions[edit]

SuperBroncoBattle - 2004[edit]

The first solo UK exhibition of eBoy was at the Minuco underground gallery in Clerkenwell London, England.

eBoy-LA - 2008[edit]

The exhibition at Concrete Hermit in London, England, saw Los Angeles get the eBoy treatment. There was a chance to see the development of the Peecols – eBoy’s series of toys. There was the opportunity to see the Blockbob prototypes and limited editions of the figures.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e shane ward (June 17, 2007). "eboy feature @ Format Mag". Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  2. ^ james peacock. "eboy feature @ Knowledge Magazine Gallery". Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  3. ^ james peacock. "eboy feature @ Knowledge Magazine Gallery". Retrieved 2008-04-28. 

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