From Guild Wars 2 to Song of the Deep. From Unravel to No Man’s Sky. The greatest games, big and small, all have one thing in common – beautiful art. The Entertainment Association and the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences selected 14 stunning pieces of art to show off the incredible skill of gaming artists. You may have missed it in the deluge of E3 news, but the 14 pieces were exhibited during the show earlier this month.

“Into the Pixel’s 2016 collection highlights not only the range of visual worlds created by video game artists, but also the impressive creativity used by those artists to weave storytelling and atmosphere into the smallest details of those worlds,” said Glenn R. Phillips, curator and head of modern & contemporary collections, Getty Research Institute. “I am continually impressed by the technical skill and ingenuity of artists working across every genre of gaming, from studios big and small.”

Into the Pixel’s first exhibit was in 2004. And it’s crazy to look back at the first collection and compare it to this year’s exhibit.

Remember when Starcraft: Ghost was a thing? Harley Huggins’ Nova was selected as one of 16 pieces of artwork in 2004.

starcraft ghost art

Let’s compare that with Bartlomiej Gawel’s Geralt and Ciri from The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

The Witcher 3 art

Digital artwork and the programs powering it has come a long way in 12 years.

Another stunning piece from this year’s collection comes from Dishonored 2 and is titled Corvo. Sergei Kolesov created the piece in Adobe Photoshop.

Dishonored 2 art

Interested in more Dishonored 2 art? Bethesda is teaming up with Dark Horse to bring us The Art of Dishonored 2 on November 22, 2016. Hundreds of pieces of art will help tell the story of Dishonored 2’s development. And you can even get your own drawing featured inside the artbook.

Bethesda and Dark Horse also announced the #drawDishonored Fan Art contest. You have until July 17, 2016 to submit your entry. Five pieces will be included in The Art of Dishonored 2 when it releases this November.

Check out the rest of the 2016 collection below, or head over to Into the Pixel to see them at full resolution.

Guild Wars 2 art

Guild Wars 2

Rush Blast art

Rush Blast

Headlander art


Dreadnought art


League of Legends art

League of Legends

No Man's Sky art drawing

No Man’s Sky

Far Cry Primal art

Far Cry Primal

Unravel art


ReCore art


Song of the Deep art

Song of the Deep

Edge of Nowhere art

Edge of Nowhere

Layers of Fear art

Layers of Fear

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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