Cute Pixel – The New Indian Express

Express press service

KOCHI: It’s Tilottama – the painting of the standing celestial nymph partially undressed in a red sari about to take off into the heavens. With her hand raised and the other holding the sari in place, she is a mesmerizing figure with a sensual physical presence. With large blinking eyes, she looks less like a nymph than a cartoon character in the hands of Anakims Varghese. She recreated Raja Ravi Varma’s legendary painting in pixels giving it a twist. Inspired by the painter, Anakims has created many other Ravi Varma paintings into digital works – all at the pixel level. Like any pixel work, the original sultry artwork morphs into something cute with comic-quality undertones in his hands.

The Pune-based artist, an engineering graduate currently working as a content writer, only recently started doing digital arts. It was during confinement that she immersed herself in art. His journey from creating cute and whimsical artwork with childlike innocence to a pixel artist was pretty quick. “I only started doing pixel art in the middle of last year, around September. Previously, I was doing left-hand and acrylic paintings and macrame crafts. When I got some enough of doing macrame, I started exploring digital paintings,” she says. When she discovered pixel art, it was a heavenly fit. “Although it sounds easy, doing it right is hard work. bit difficult. As the designs follow the pixel style, you have to be careful to get the right image,” says the artist, who is now based in Mumbai.

In a short time, the artist has made a name for himself in the NFT community in India. “Some call me the pixel queen,” laughs Anakims. She constantly strives to improve her art and practices daily to gain more flexibility to improve her detail skills.

“Once I started doing pixel art, I realized I had a knack for it. And drawing on pixels is very elementary. But it takes a lot of effort to get it right, especially by showing emotions. You have to show more expressions with few details. I wanted to work on Ravi Varma’s paintings because many people outside India don’t know him. Being from Kerala, I have a lot heard of him. So, while working for NFT, I decided to explore his works. Three of them were bought by people abroad, “says the young artist. And the funny elements l followed in his new artistic style.

His pixel portraits of superstars Mohanlal, Mammootty, Rajinikanth and “Money Heist” characters and accomplished actor Fahadh Faasil all become super cute in his expert hands. Pepe the Frog, a comic character from artist Matt Furie’s Boy’s Club, is one of the most recognizable memes on the internet. Recent work by Anakims focuses on this memorable frog with a humanoid body. Her latest work of an Indian princess meeting the legendary King Pepe highlights her pixel art prowess.

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