Interview with @eboy
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Pixelated Reality: Millions of hand-placed pixels, one Ello smile.
We’re excited to share our new Ello x Threadless collaboration t-shirt designed by pixel artists, eBoy (@eboy). This three man team has been perfecting the process of simplifying the super-complex and creating a sense of organized chaos since 1997.
Interviewer Amber (@amber) is a community coordinator at Ello. She lives in San Francisco with her husband @joy and her excellent dog Winston. She likes yoga, modern art, and spending a little too much time on Google hangouts with her Ello family in Colorado.
Amber: Who is eBoy?
eBoy: We're three guys, based in Berlin and Vancouver, that have been working with pixels for a long time. We also tinker with code, 3D and toys.
Amber: What inspires you? Where do you go for inspiration?
eBoy: Everyday things, a leaf, a small rock, a smell, or a song. Maybe a supermarket in a new city we visit, or an accident, a small misunderstanding. Our favorite tools for looking for inspiration on the web are Google Image Search, Flickr, Tumblr and Ffffound!
Amber: Do you have a favorite piece?
eBoy: That's hard to say — we like so many… :) The favorite piece might be the idea or the concept itself. That we create modules and classes that then can be re-used again and again, to build super-complex worlds in a never-ending variety. We make our own toys, as many as we want, and play with them.
Amber: What is your creative process?
eBoy: We create small objects with pixels and use these objects to build complex sceneries — which we call Pixoramas.
Amber: What is a Pixorama?
eBoy: Pixoramas are a series of landscape panoramas that are built of many many objects. Usually these are cities, like London, LA, New York, San Francisco or Paris. But it can be anything really.
Amber: The Ello x eBoy shirt is an incredibly detailed Pixorama – What is the process and how long does it take to create?
eBoy: Something like the Pixorama used on the T-shirt takes between 2 months and a year, or even more. In this case we took San Francisco and made some modifications. A Pixorama is usually started by setting up the full but empty landscape — and from there we create all the objects needed. It's like building a real city.
Amber: If you could change reality using your art, how would that look?
eBoy: It would probably be a typical utopian Science Fiction world. A place with unthinkable technology, lots of happy busy people, love and beauty everywhere. Mankind has found its peace but we have not lost our curiosity. Machines are now part of us – and we are part of them.
Amber: Virtual Reality is starting to become more accessible. Will we one day step into an eBoy Pixorama?
eBoy: Oh yes! Looking forward to that!
Amber: What’s a unique experience you have had on Ello?
eBoy: One of the best places for artists to hang out. Great community, beautiful and fast website. We LOVE the toast icon!