PixelGen 8x8

by zephram

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8x8 pixel art generator. It can be used to draw at any size once you understand how it works. Feel free to write your own scripts/code to automatically draw with this!

Glyphs are mapped to pixels as follows:


ABCDEFGH will make a horizontal line at the bottom edge, HPXfnv3. would make a vertical line on the right edge, and so on.



Type to draw! See the sample for an example of how I do it.

1 space = 1px of spacing. Use 8 spaces to start a new block and 16 spaces to start a second block which is 8px away from the first. This fine space exists to allow any sort of pixel art to be drawn within an infinitely large "canvas".


A guide to preparing any text for PixelGen 8x8 (I'm figuring this out now!)


If you draw something with this font, feel free to show it off in a comment. This is an unusual way to draw, but it has many unforeseen potential uses!

One form of beauty in this type of art is that your code IS the art. And, the code and art are yours to recreate and modify endlessly as you desire, all without ever having to draw, save/load files, or even touch an image editor.

Have fun!



(To see them, copy them, scroll up and use View -> "User Input" -> Ctrl+V)

1. 8x8 Black Square: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789,.

2. 16x16 Black Square: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789,.          ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789,.
ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789,.          ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789,.

3. 8x8 Circle: CDEFJOQXYfgnovx26789

4. 8x8 Square Border: ABCDEFGHIPQXYfgnovw3456789,.

5. 8x8 Chessboard: ACEGJLNPQSUWZbdfgikmprtvwy02579.

6. 8x8 Sword: ABEIJKLMRSTZacghjlsu13,.

7. 8x8 Smiley Face: CDEFJOQSTUXYdfgiknoqsvx26789

8. 8x8 Rosary: DLSTUbehiklnovw356789,

9. 8x8 Cartoon Bomb: BCDEFGIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnpqrstuz089,

10. 8x8 Microscope: ABCDEFGHLMRSTUVWYZaghkostwz015678

11. 8x8 Bomberman: BCFGKNQSTUVXZabcdegilnoqtvw356789,

12. 8x8 Slime: BCDEFGIJKLMNOPQRWXYZabcdefghjkmnprsuyz0178

13. 8x8 Double Stars: EGMNOTUVWXdhjpqrwxyz06

14. 8x8 Brick Wall: ABCDEFGHIMQRSTUVWXaeghijklmnoswxyz01236,

15. 8x8 Floppy Disk: BCDEFGIKLMNPQSTUVXYfgijknoqsvwy0256789



How to simplify the drawing process: Make a template, "draw" by replacing each ., then transcribe that to a new line.

Comment by zephram 7th june 2018

Example drawings

Comment by zephram 8th june 2018

More example drawings.

I've begun working on a music visualizer which draws using this font. It's a backward sort of way to make such a thing work, but it's suited for non-graphical environments (such as my text-based games).

Next stage: Make a 4-row-tall version of Voluspa 3 which interfaces with PixelGen so that users can draw easily & interactively within an IRC chat!

Comment by zephram 8th june 2018

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