The Masters of Pixel Art volume Two Book Review.

Following on the same tried and tested formula of the first volume,  you can read that HERE. Volume two now focuses on the only the early days of the pixel art scene. The 8-Bit era covering many of the 8-Bit home computer formats which many retro gaming fans and vintage computer enthusiasts will fondly remember like the ZX spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX and the Atari 8-Bit computers.

This time around the book seems more structured than the first volume and seems to have vastly improved the layouts and carries much more reading weight than the first book. Again the author Klas Benjaminsson chose to run a second kickstarter project which was funded within a very quick time and why wouldn’t it!

The pixel art work these artist, created on these machines is simply incredible considering their age. One great thing I loved about this Volume was a dedicated chapter to the explanation of colour palettes on the C64 and explained in great detail the difference when working with them and different pixel modes, I really enjoyed this.

Featured Artists 43
Images More than 350 pixel art images
Pages 216
Book type Quality hardback cover
Cover Durable white finish with silver debossing
Paper 150 g silk coated paper
W x H x D 30,5 x 23,6 x 2,2 cm
Weight 1,450 kg

Overall the book is fascinating and it was a joy to read and look through, it’s very well written and the English in the book was good also. I can highly recommend this book for those of you interested in computer art forms and pixel art lovers alike. With the amount of content present it will take you a while to get through because if your like me, whilst I read them I found myself checking out the previous art work very closely and stepping backwards in awe at one master piece to the next, the  paper quality and printing of the book is exceptional and the embossed hardback covers add a lovely finish to the book.

All there is left to say here is ..if you wish to treat yourself to something really special then you could do much worst that treating yourself to this.

You can purchase the Masters of Pixel Art Volume Two HERE

  • 8/10
    RVG Rating - 8/10


I can highly recommend this book for those of you interested in computer art forms and pixel art lovers alike.


Creator of forth coming Coin-Op:Arcade Guide and creator of the Atari Gamer Magazine and the Atari ST Gamer Magazines. Retro gaming expert & fact finder.