We’ve loved Australian pixel artist Paul Robertson for a long time, and it’s great to see him get some recognition outside the realms of the internets.
Game Developer magazine has just released the updated version of their Game Developer 50, and Mr. Robertson has snuck into the list, thanks – of course – to his amazing work on Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, which released earlier this year.
Paul’s actually been working on video games for years now – including Contra 4, Drawn to Life and Lock’s Quest (as well as, *ahem* Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses), so it’s lovely that he’s finally getting some proper recognition for his work.
In the past, his work had often been relegated to backgrounds and contract animation — but for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Robertson was given more free reign than ever before, assisted by longtime associates Jonathan Kim and Mariel Cartwright, and the result is a game that bears his unmistakable style and flourish, demonstrating his substantial abilities to a larger group of people.
…on top of all that, y’know, there’s the fact he’s Australian. That’s a nice bonus.