Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Antitype (Xenogears)

New painting, a piece of Xenogears fan art, if anyone out there remembers that game.

There's also a sort of sappy personal story behind this, if you'll permit me.

This is a special painting for me, because it was the one that got me back into doing traditional painting. I started working on this one about a year ago, at the end of 2008. Now, since then, I've actually managed to finish a bunch of other traditional paintings before this one, but before I started this, pretty much all of my work was purely digital. Before this piece, the last time I'd done any traditional painting was 2005.

It didn't occur to me how much I missed painting until I saw, of all things, a post on Penny Arcade showcasing some paintings that Gabe had started doing. The paintings themselves were pretty great, but he also wrote this in his post:

This latest piece is the first in a series I plan on doing based on my favorite games. I sat down and made a list yesterday of all the games I've really loved over the years and I plan on trying to do paintings based on as many of them as I can. The list has stuff like Zelda, Rez, Kingdom Hearts and Bioshock on it, plus lots more.

Strange as it seems, that's what inspired me. Just the whole idea of painting something fun. Somehow, in the previous three years, I'd been so serious when it came to making art (anyone who's been through art school maybe knows what I'm talking about) that it didn't occur to me that I was allowed to have fun.

And so I started this painting. And now a year and five other paintings later, it's finally finished.

Here's hoping I can keep it up.

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