eBoy Artist Biography
Famous for their illustration, web design, fonts and toys, eBoy ("Godfathers of Pixel") have an international cult following. They create re-usable pixel objects and use them to build complex and extendable artwork. The eBoy world is unique, populated by robots, cars, guns and girls, all built up out of thousands of pixels. They were founded on May 2, 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." eBoy is based in Berlin (Germany) and Vancouver (Canada).
To begin with eBoy only wanted work for the screen. They weren't using the internet yet and all their stuff was being distributed on diskettes. As soon as they got connect it became obvious that their work for the screen was perfect for the internet playground. Now, most of their designs are printed and not used solely for computer screens, allowing images to get more complex with details. Inspired by popular culture, shopping, supermarkets, televisions, LEGO, computer games - eBoy's imagery is colourful, funny, subversive and startlingly original.
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, guns and girls. eBoy's trademark eCities are inspired by a love of buildings and architecture and the challenge of endlessly recombining different urban elements, these are painstakingly detailed and abound with monsters, seedy bars and cinemas. Their style has gained them a cult following among graphic designers worldwide, as well as a long list of commercial clients. eBoy has worked with many top brands. The New York Times, Nike, Coca-Cola, and Honda are only a few of the hundred plus companies eBoy has created pixel art for.