I've been obsessed with pixel illustrations lately and finally decided I would try one of myself. The first couple of attempts didn't go so well. I was having a difficult time with how wide each feature should be. I finally ended up with something I liked.
I created the pixel illustration in Illustrator. I used the "snap to grid" feature in order to keep the pixels in proper alignment. My hair is even crazier today. I need a haircut.
Thinking about why I liked pixel art I realized I prefer the more pixilated, abstract forms best. For me, I like using these simple shapes (dare I say "building blocks") to create and represent a forms. It's a surprisingly addictive way to create. Here's a few other uses of pixel art. The 3 Square pixel painting is my favorite.