Pixel Art: Brainiac

I didn’t realize it until I researched the character to get his look, but Brainiac has gone through a number of incarnations. In the 80’s, when I was a kid, Brainiac was a somewhat skeletal-looking robot with a large brain case. He’s basically a light color, like polished aluminum or chrome.

pixel art "Brainiac" by Chris Sanyk 128x128px

But apparently earlier (as well as later?)¬†eras of DC comics featured an organic, human(?) green-skinned, purple outfit Brainiac, who appears to have some kind of electrodes on his head. Perhaps I’ll do a version of this Brainiac in time as well.

For some reason, I seem to remember the robotic Brainiac as being a human brain inside a robotic body, and you could tell he was a human brain inside a robotic body because his pink human brain was under a plexiglass dome, so you could actually see it. So here’s that version:

pixel art "Brainiac" by Chris Sanyk 128x128px

One thing I notice right away about this variant is how much more the flat top of the head jumps out. I want to re-do this with a more dome-shaped head. This wouldn’t fit my original 16×16 base figure, but there’s no reason I can’t take it out an extra pixel and adjust as needed.

pixel art "Brainiac" by Chris Sanyk 128x128px

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