In one of my previous posts I talked about how video game art is a serious business to gamers, and I mentioned how video game fans love to draw fan art of their favorite series.
This is one such example.
This piece done by cartoongirl7 on DeviantArt (and if you click the photo it will take you to the original picture on her page) was completed on April 26, 2009. It is a masterfully done piece of art which has the inclusion of 16 different games from the Nintendo DS.
According to the artist comments “the sketching was the hardest and longest part, for sure. Coloring went relatively smooth except for those little elebits that’s practically invading every corner of the picture. The smallest one is about 1/3 the size of my fingernail. I spent some time studying the art of each game because I didn’t want to deviate TOO far from the original style. Each game has its own way of lining and coloring, and I tried to incorporate those aspects into my own style without having everything look like a huge mess. I ended up with a somewhat organized clutter.
Drawing and coloring the picture was only half battle. Connecting three separately scanned pictures took about five hours on its own. I became very acquainted with the clone tool because of this. Sadly, a lot of the colors and shades were lost through scanning. I had to go back and adjust individual colors to make it look like the original, but there are still some that can’t be fixed (darn those reds and oranges).”
Just the amount of time and effort (over 60 hours) is commendable enough. The sheer fact this artist took the time to study the different styles and mix it in with her own is incredible and has really showed through. She even managed to include the personalities of each of the characters and have them interact with the picture (and each other) in a way which somehow made sense. Considering the different type of personalities, that is quite impressive.
Personally I enjoy the bright colors and the whole originality of the piece. I honestly think she accomplished what she set out to do. If I had a bit more of a background in art work, I would be able to give a more of a detailed critique, but since I don’t this will just have to do.