Wednesday, September 11, 2013

3NES Show - Battle-Ravaged Nintendo

Last week, the Bottleneck Gallery debuted their new 3NES show. A tribute to Nintendo's most popular and enduring titles -- Super Mario Bros, Legend of Zelda and Metroid. I was fortunate to be able to participate and I wanted to share my process.

First, I started with some doodles. It's the way I warm up and explore the possibilities. As you can see, pretty early on I decided I liked the idea of seeing these video game characters up close and personal. Nobody ever shows the toll their work takes on them, so that was going to be my focus.

Now here's where the real fun begins...

Doodles A'hoy!
To emphasize the gritty and beat-up feel I wanted, I thought it'd be best to ink the finished drawings and let the ink bleed along the lines a little. And I did that with this pen, which I highly recommend.

Pentel's Pocket Brush
Here they are inked and grimy looking. I really wanted to get some nice thick-to-thin line weights.

Link is ready to go!

Samus Aran is looking cute despite being pissed

Mario's gonna need a new outfit 
From this point, I scanned my images into Photoshop where I digitally painted each character using a pretty dull color palette. I made a few changes here and there, but for the most part it stayed close to the original inked drawings. About 90 to 120 minutes was spent on each of these characters.

Oh, one little detail you may not have noticed is that I chose the background color of each piece based on the game packaging of my favorite title of the corresponding characters game. (whew!)

See what I mean?

The show runs till September 22nd so if you're in the area go and see some art! I won't be able to make it out to Brooklyn, NY, but I'm happy to see pictures of the event (and my work) on instagram and facebook. I hope you enjoyed this quick look at my process.

Happy designing!

Dennis (aka tanoshiboy)

*** If you'd like to add these limited edition prints to your collection, click here and each image will have a link to the Bottleneck Gallery's online store.