Into the Pixel (ITP) is an annual art competition co-produced by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences (AIAS). Earlier this week, ITP announced their 2018 winners and added that they will also be showcasing their selection next week at E3 2018.
The selection of sixteen stunning artworks consists of pieces from little-known indie games to AAA-titles (some in-game screenshots and others concept art), and even includes a maquette (small statue) of Kratos and his son. Some noticeable gaming titles among the winners include Persona 5, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and Destiny 2.
According to the ITP press release, all 15 of the print art pieces will be auctioned off on Ebay in a 5-day auction beginning June 12 at 12pm PDT and ending on June 16, 12pm PDT. Unfortunately, the auction excludes the ‘Kratos & Atreus’ maquette, but luckily there is a beautiful God of War ‘The Golden Forest’ print available.
The ITP was established in 2004 and since then has gathered a juror panel each year, consisting of various individuals in the video game art and fine art worlds, to judge and select the “best artistic works of the year from video game artists”.
Commenting on the 2018 collection, Jurist Nora Dolan said, “The 2018 ITP collection demonstrates the strength of the art of the video game today. These 16 pieces are both deep in skill and broad in style, reflecting the many talented submissions that were reviewed. There is no question as to the boundless creativity and skill of artists and their studios throughout the industry. These winners shine.”
Meggan Scavio, President, Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, added, “I am thrilled with the year’s collection. ITP continues to provide an excellent showcase for the talented and diverse artists within our industry today. The medium’s continued evolution can be seen in the many gorgeous, detailed, and unique pieces that were submitted for consideration, and the truly exceptional pieces chosen for the collection. Congratulations to all the winning artists and game studios!”
“Creativity and artistic expression are at the heart of what makes interactive entertainment so engaging, popular, and innovative,” added Michael D. Gallagher, president and CEO of ESA. “The video game industry is bursting with the world’s most talented visual artists, which makes the selection process more challenging each year. We are proud to celebrate these talented artists who represent the best of the best in our industry.”
You can check out the full list of winners and their artwork here.
Lead pic: ‘Double Dragon’ by Anthony Sixto for the VR game Lone Echo