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Your Inner 90's Kid Will Obsess Over This New Take on Classic Video Games

Picture of India Irving
Social Content Producer
Updated: 3 November 2017

If you are old enough to remember spending hours playing Tetris on your parents’ TV or frantically trying to beat the next level of Super Mario Bros. on your Game Boy, get ready for some major nostalgia in the form of these incredible 8-bit watercolours coming to you from the USA.

New York-based painter Adam Lister takes his inspiration for the old-school video games you know and love, turning them into characters from your favourite pop culture movies.

To achieve the iconic pixelated look of digital yesteryear, known as 8-bit, Adam uses watercolours as his medium of choice, breaking down the images he’s recreating into their most basic shapes and colours.

Adam Lister Grady Twins

The Grady Twins | © and Courtesy of Adam Lister | © and Courtesy of Adam Lister

His process starts with a pencil sketch, where he renders his chosen character or scene in nothing but vertical and horizontal lines. He then paints within the shapes he’s created using a colour palette akin to that of the subject.

Although at first glance the resulting artwork might be unrecognisable, gaze a while longer and your favourite film characters will come to life right before your eyes in the style of your favourite games.

From Napoleon Dynamite to Edward Scissorhands, Adam has all the classic film bases covered in an nostalgic video game style that will make you smile and maybe even start to crave some long lost nineties snacks. Fruit by the Foot, anyone?