Great Wave Off Kanagawa, In All Its 1-Bit Pixelized Glory

posted by Jason Kottke   May 11, 2023

As part of a project to reproduce all 36 of Hokusai's views of Mount Fuji as 1-bit black & white pixel art, James Weiner drew Great Wave Off Kanagawa:

a pixelated black and white version of Hokusai's Great Wave Off Kanagawa

And he used an old Mac running System 7 to do it:

I usually use either my Quadra 700 or PowerBook 100, mostly because those are my reliable and easy to access computers (that run System 7, my favourite and most familiar OS of that era).

Software-wise I use Aldus SuperPaint 3.0, which is what my family had when I was a kid. Yes, I'd say that all of this is 99% nostalgia-driven...

This is just a lovely rendering — spare and elegant with just the right amount of detail.