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Artist Behind Minecraft Pixel Art Recalls How It All Started

Notch asked for some paintings for his "little weird indie hobby game."

Minecraft has a lot of art you can hang on the virtual walls of your voxel house, but have you ever wondered who created it and how? It all started with the game's creator Notch asking artist Kristoffer Zetterstrand for some pictures, so he shrunk down several of his works:

"Back in 2010, Markus (aka Notch) asked me if I could do some pixel paintings for his little weird indie hobby game "Minecraft". So I shrunk down some pics of my oil paintings and played around with them a bit. Then I sent him this file. kz.png," Zetterstrand shared on X/Twitter, as noticed by PC Gamer.

Can you imagine having your art in one of the most popular games in the world, viewed by millions of players every day? Zetterstrand finds it "surprising and fun," and while he wouldn't mind more people learning about his contribution, he doesn't need everyone to know the paintings were made by him.

If you wish to see Zetterstrand's works as they once were, you should definitely check out the artist's X/Twitter. There, he posts their full-scaled versions so you can see every detail that's impossible to notice in the pixelated form. 

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