Dr. Octoroc’s pixel art with beads

Gutsdozer Topographic Bead Sprite
When you think about it, beads are the “sprites” of the craft world, so it’s really no surprise that the two should come together. Dr. Octoroc uses Perler plastic beads to breathe new life into classic video game sprites. His newest piece, Gutsdozer, was made using 16,000 beads. By layering the beads, Dr. Octoroc was also able to create a more depth than a traditional beadsprite would contain. I’m a new fan of Doc Oc’s and you can be too: Etsy store, flickr page, myspace music, and Digg his crazy Gutsdozer piece.

Doctor Octoroc will also be illustrating the art for Game Music 4 All’s upcoming “Here Comes a New Challenger” compilation (which pits chiptune artists against nerdcore rappers and singers). I can’t wait to see the piece he does of 8bit bEtty and myself.

Other beadsprite sites of note include: beadsprites.com, beadsprites.informe.com, Foglera’s perler bead sprites, flickr bead sprite group.