Game Developer 50 includes Aussie pixel artist

Paul Robertson

Paul Robertson

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.

Plus, let’s face it, it was Robertson’s art direction that made Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game as amazing as it was (with a little help from Anamanaguchi).

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.

We’ve already shared a great deal of Scott Pilgrim pixel art, so today for something different, we’ve dug up some sprites from 5th Cell‘s DS release Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter.

…on top of all that, y’know, there’s the fact he’s Australian. That’s a nice bonus.

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