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DAY 12: Watch five artists create Minecraft-inspired art

What do you get if you combine five artists, five art forms, and one blocky game? You get cubism! Just kidding. You get a mini documentary featuring the process of five wildly creative and utterly different works of art inspired by Minecraft. So that’s exactly what we did! And today, on day 12 of our anniversary celebration, this documentary is finally out. 

Five artists. Five art forms. One very blocky game. 

In this short documentary, we follow our five artists, all with various degrees of experience playing Minecraft, as they travel across biomes in search of that spark of inspiration. They take us behind the scenes of their creative processes as they use Minecraft to inspire the creation of a new piece of art. Considering it’s virtually impossible to play Minecraft without using your creativity, artists feel like they were born to be in the Overworld. How they choose to tackle their blocky adventure is a whole other question! From receiving the initial brief to entering the Overworld then planning their piece, getting to work in their medium, and finally presenting the final artwork to each other, this will be a wild ride! 

So who are these five brilliant minds?  

Camila Salinas is a Mexican-American artist from Texas who uses mixed media to create pretty extraordinary self-portraits from quite ordinary, everyday moments. 

Elliot Ulm is the creative mind from Australia using graphic design combined with a healthy dose of sarcasm and humor to wow the world. 

Kenza Trasfi is a French artist and pretty much the queen of customization. Sneakers, skateboards, game controllers – name it and she can customize it! 

Filippo Giusti is the Mexico-based painter using what he calls essentialism to not only capture the look of his subject but the essence and colors within. 

Environmentally conscious architect and designer Benjamin Uyeda sources materials from his surroundings you’d never look twice at and turns them into incredible furniture. 

Watch the mini documentary now to see how these five artists inject Minecraft into their process to create works of art in their mediums.

But the creative output doesn’t stop there! Several international artists are playing Minecraft to create new art including Berlin painter Luisa Carolina, Tokyo manga artist Shinn Uchida, São Paulo mural artist Deco Farkas, German multimedia and graffiti artist Bond Truluv,  and Japanese watercolor artist Harumichi Shibasaki. Head to their accounts to see what the Overworld inspired them to create, and who knows, perhaps these will spark something creative in you? 

TODAY’S FREE CHARACTER ITEM: NETHER PANTS

I’m no fashion expert, but why would you step through a Nether portal when you can step into a pair of Nether pants instead? Crafted with precision from premium materials (which we can only assume are 2D pixels, soul sand, and strider strings), these pristine pants boast a sleek design that will have your friends craving for another tour to the Nether. Did we mention that the belt buckle is a (purely decorative) Nether portal?! All you need to do to claim today’s extravagant attire is to boot up Minecraft: Bedrock Edition after 10am PST/7am CET, open the Dressing Room where you’ll find your shiny new character creator item, and take those new Nether pants for a strut around the block. 

With all this creativity flying around, how will you use your next Minecraft session to shape your world? Some bespoke creeper sneakers? A chocolate dirt hut bake? A square trim for your dog? This blocky world is very much your oyster, so see you back here tomorrow to continue celebrating 15 years of Minecraft.

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