Monday, February 03, 2014

Art By Gamers

I love video game art. Particularly when someone takes a game and completely fudges with the style to make it their own. One that you'll probably see on the internet over the next few days is 'Origin Story' via Ukiyo-e Heroes. It's a Japanese wood-block print style of a giant Katamari with the King of all Cosmos watching over the tiny Prince (not seen at all in the image) rolling up a feudal Japan. Even better is that you can buy this print on traditional washi, and each print is signed by the artist.

I mean look at this. It's amazingly detailed and unique compared to the bright colors and zaniness that is Katamari. And at the same time, it's distinctly everything that we adore about the crazy game.

For many of us, we look to games as our creative inspiration. It's near impossible to go anywhere, forum or 4chan, where there isn't a fan art of a video game. So take a few minutes today to search the internet and appreciate the art of the fans: by fans, for fans, with love in the beauty of the pieces they make.

Here are a few more of my favorites. If you need some laughs and a few raised eyebrows, check out amirul hafiz and his Grand Theft Mario series. The Sonic hoodie is a nice touch on spinning so many games into one genre, that the insanity can not be contained. Personally, the Mario Rolling Stone cover is my favorite. It allows the artist to still maintain his identity while merging multiple genres to create the piece. With the rest of the series, you know it's a GTA mash-up and stylized in Rockstar's format. But with the Stone cover, you finally see the artist stand out and notice how he handles lines, shading, and dimensions.

Another one of my favorite artists, who I now hit the Like, Star, and Share button every time she posts something, goes by the handle Wei723. BioWare. Listen up. If you ever decide to make another Mass Effect anime, go to Wei and consult with her. She has such an incredible talent, and I'm amazed at how quickly she has been able to produce her GIF's, all by herself no less, with a quality that will make your jaw drop. I'm not going to repost her work here because the size limitations would completely ruin the images. Just go to her DA linked and check our her gallery. She also has some great work with DragonAge and Naruto.

The last one I want to mention is MyCks who does a Japanese style of art as well for a myriad of games. Skyrim, Final Fantasy, Legend of Zelda, even Minecraft got a style upgrade through the harsh strokes and minimal color scheme of his art. And yet, you know exactly what you're looking at. It's a simple style with a very bold personality. Highly recommended, and a nice guy to talk to if you have any special requests.


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