Glitched-Out Photo Manipulations Blur the 8-Bit World and Ours

The Sydney based artist creates grainy digital imagery to illustrate original sci-fi narratives.
December 14, 2016, 2:35pm
Dream Reflector

Inspired by science fiction and the captivating nature of strange imagery, Sydney based illustrator Mxfreeze creates futuristic juxtapositions of characters, animals, and landscapes. His grainy photo manipulations have a coarse texture and look almost like dilapidated wallpaper peeling off an abandoned house. These piquantly pixelated scenes are often inspired by worldly events or by conversations that conjure up complex imagery in the artist’s head.

Quam Valley Observers


Some of these photo manipulations are part of larger series that the artist writes detailed narratives for. This lets the images work almost like a storyboard. The picture below, for example, is part of a series released in September called Reganna Valley. Mxfreeze describes how, when the alien race went to the valley to die, their souls were released “only to inhabit and control the nearest living human.” He writes, “To dwell within. They now hide in the bodies of the poorest people from the Reganna Valley, feeding on sank flesh and blood, patiently waiting for time and deception is how they conquer.” Through these considered narratives, the artist tackles real-world perceptions of war and destruction, as well as the natural world and metropolis.

Reganna Valley

Mxfreeze constructs the majority of his works in both Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. In addition to photo manipulations like these, Mxfreeze makes music, trippy music videos, and scaley character concepts. You check out more of his work on his website.


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