Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Adventure Quest!

I was recently given the task of creating a piece of advertising for a fake product. Most people I knew were using it as an opportunity to make a movie poster. I couldn't help but go back to my roots yet again. ADVENTURE QUEST!!!

What if a company in the 1980's had wanted to make a rip off of Zelda in order to make some money off of it's popularity at the time?

I would like to point out that I had to completely recreate the Nintendo SoC and Action Series branding.

Here are some pieces of process work:

The Original Concepts. It was decided pretty early on to go with the Sprite Art Retro feel.
Some sketches that ended up being the focus of my project.
The sprite sheet I made for everything when all was said and done. 

I had another task to make a commercial for a non-existent product. Well, what the heck? I just created this whole pile of sprites for Adventure Quest... Why not create a whole freaking trailer for the game?

Honestly, I would really like to make a few more of these. It kind of makes me wish I had been making art for video games in the 1980's. Luckily there is a bit of a resurgence in demand for this kind of art. Now if I could just find a studio that's looking for it.

Monday, December 10, 2012

SUCCESSful Experience

So my brother is in this band called SUCCESS. They are awesome and you should give their music a listen (there should be some songs available to hear FREE-OF-CHARGE on their Facebook web zone.) Anyway, I have been doing a few contract pieces for them, and that's been really cool. There is one thing that I really wanted to share though. I don't know if it is worthy of being on my portfolio site, but I love it.

Shark Pool! This is the design for a t-shirt that the band is doing. When my brother first asked me to do this shirt I didn't even know that it was going to be used for SUCCESS. He just asked me if I could do a design of a shark sitting in a pool, so I drew this up for him:

He loved it, and I iterated on it until we had the final design. I have to say that there is really something nice about going through that design proccess and making art that will actually be printed and used and I could walk around Seattle and maybe one day see someone wearing a design that I had made. It is a really great dream.
I look forward to sharing more of what sort of projects they've been throwing at me, but for now... Check out my Porfolio site at ThatJon.com!