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WTF Wednesday: The Works of Paul Robertson

Posted on February 27, 2013 AT 08:52am

Welcome to the last week of WTF Wednesday’s Guest Month! I couldn’t decide on a single thing to show you guys for my last week at the helm, so I decided… Why not just cover ALL the works of a single artist?

Our subject? Paul Robertson: Pixel Artist. Animator. Batshit insane creative force.

These days, most people are familiar with his artwork that he did for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, but his portfolio goes much, much deeper than that. For years, he’s been creating pixel art on deviantART, LiveJournal, and pretty much anywhere that allows him to go nuts. This includes both static and animated art, as well as his own takes on some of his favorite things. He’s released a number of stunningly animated and nightmare inducing short films.

I’m going to concentrate upon his short films for the moment, and allow you to experience his special brand of dementia. Some of them have plots, others are just full of chaos, blood, and wicked cool special attacks.

I found Paul’s work back in 2006, due to stumbling upon the music video for ‘Do The Whirlwind’ by Architecture in Helsinki. It was so unusual and out there, I became an instant fan, and had to see more. Let’s see if it has the same effect on you!


Architecture in Helsinki – Do the Whirlwind

By the time I had found that video, he already had a short out called Devil Eyes. To this day, I’m still conflicted about how I feel about that film. It makes me sad, creeped out, and confused, all at once.


Paul Robertson – Devil Eyes

The following year he released the epic ‘I wish this were a real game’ short pixel art film, Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006. It was probably the largest legal video download I’d ever made, at the time. [The video was huge. 2006 wasn't a very good year for video compression]


Paul Robertson – Pirate Baby’s Cabana Battle Street Fight 2006

And then, in 2008 came Kings of Power 4 Billion%, which would be the last short film I’ve been able to find by him. Since then, he’s worked on several games, including the Scott Pilgrim one I mentioned earlier. Currently, he’s working on the art to Mercenary Kings, which was Kickstarted back in September.


Paul Robertson – Kings of Power 4 Billion%


If you like what you’ve seen, check out his Tumblr! Watch out, it’s very sparkly. Also, NSFW due to nudity, blood, guts, and laser vomiting rainbow kittens.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my WTF Takeover. But don’t think you’ve seen the last of me! Mwahahahahah … hahahahah … hahaha … ha. *ahem*

Bryan Todd [aka DieselBT] -- This is where I'm supposed to say something clever about myself. Let's pretend I did, and it conveniently mentions all of my top interests, such as anime, video games, crazy gadgets, electronic music, voice acting, sound editing, and countless other ridiculously fascinating topics. I also like to write stuff about things, which is why I'm here.

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