SO, WHO ARE WE ?
MarsDesign : the producer
Marsdesign is an Art & Design Agency, owned and managed by the French Designer Nicolas Mannoni.
In charge of the artistic direction of the project, Marsdesign decided to bring Pixel Art to Miami and produced in 2014 the MIA Pixorama and the Miami Pixorama with eBoy.
The first collaboration between Marsdesign and eBoy was for Marseille in 2009 followed by a new Marseille Pixorama in 2013 for the European Culture Year.
Marsdesign takes care of the artistic direction, the partnerships, the promotion and the distribution of the prints of the Art works and derivative products.
The eBoy ?
eBoy, the God Father of Pixel Art, is an art group founded in Berlin, in 1997, by Kai Vermehr, Steffen Sauerteig and Svend Smital.
«We started working with pixels because we loved the idea of making pictures only for the screen.
It’s the best way to get really sharp and clean looking results.
Also, handling pixels is fun and you are forced to simplify and abstract things, which is a big advantage of this technique.»
Their influences come from : «Pop culture, shopping, supermarkets, TV, toy commercials, LEGO, computer games, the news, magazines...»
Kai grew up with video games while Steffen and Svend lived in East Germany where these games did not exist
Their work makes intense use of popular culture and commercial icons, and their style is presented in three-dimensional isometric illustrations filled with robots, cars, people and key images.
Now, most of their designs are printed and not used only for computer screens, allowing images to get more complex with details.
"If we don’t work on other projects at the same time, it takes about 3 months to finish a very detailed cityscape, three eBoy’s working on it, nearly full time"
Their style has gained them a cult following among graphic designers worldwide, as well as a long list of commercial clients.
Their latest projects are plastic Peecol toys with Kidrobot, a line of wooden toys produced under their own label and the new BazQux poster that has just been produced.