Minecraft Pixel Art

Minecraft Pixel Art

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Updated Sep 24, 2014 at 06:14PM EDT by Molly Horan.

Added Apr 06, 2012 at 04:43PM EDT by Don.

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Minecraft Pixel Art is artwork created using multi-colored blocks in the indie sandbox game Minecraft. Effigies of video game, cartoon and Internet meme characters are commonly found on Minecraft pixel art servers.


Minecraft is a sandbox-building game written in the Java programming language by Markus “Notch” Persson. Part of the game’s mechanics allows players to build massive 3D objects using a variety of blocks. It was first made public with the release of Minecraft alpha on May 17th, 2009. The following month on June 16th, Minecraft Forum[1] member Miclee posted screenshots of Super Mario pixel art in a thread titled “Share your creation!”, calling for other members to post art they had created in the game.


On August 8th, 2009, YouTuber minecrafter uploaded a video showcasing pixel art found on a multiplayer Minecraft server. The video showed many effigies of Nintendo game characters from the Pokemon and Super Mario series.

On January 27th, 2011, the image manipulation website Worth 1000[6] posted a contest for pixel art characters created in Minecraft. On February 11th, Se7ensSins[7] gaming forums member King David posted several Minecraft pixel art templates featuring various Super Mario characters. On April 13th, the Spritecraft[5] java tool was released, which allowed users to convert images directly into Minecraft blocks.

The /r/minecraftpixelart[2] subreddit was created on September 24th. As of April 6th, 2012, Planet Minecraft[9] has received over 4,396 pixel art projects and a Facebook page for “Minecraft Pixel Art News”[8] has received 218 likes.

Notable Examples


Several pages worth of Minecraft pixel art creations can be found under the tag “minecraft pixel art” on the art sharing website deviantArt.[3]

Original Pokemon Characters

On September 22nd, 2014, Redditor QueenMercury added a post to the /r/Minecraft[9] thread titled “I made all the original 151 Pokémon in Minecraft.” which includes an imgur link to all 151 Pokemon. Within 48 hours the post gained over 1,000 points.


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[1]Minecraft forum – SHARE YOUR CREATION!

[2]Reddit – /r/minecraftpixelart

[3]deviantArt – minecraft pixel art

[4]deviantArt – Pixel Art Normal Maps

[5]Diamondpants – Spritecraft

[6]Worth 1000 – PIXEL ART characters!

[7]Se7enSins – Minecraft Pixel Art Templates

[8]Facebook – Minecraft Pixel Art News

[9]Reddit -Minecraft

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