Saturday, July 1, 2017

Illustration Collection 02

A friend's OC done roughly fighting game size. Maybe a little too low res?

More sketches and pixel art! This one is mostly fanart.

Wanted to make an original ARMS character. My arms are spoooooky ghost ectoplasm

Amethyst (Steven Universe)

Jay (Animal Crossing)

Kissy (Baraduke)


Some fanart sketches I was banging out on Twitter. Still need to do more of these...

And here we have...rabbit

Thanks for looking, as always!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Finch Owl Pocket SP (Famicom, 2017)

My friend Finch had me on a Splatoon episode of his podcast late last year and was kind enough to tap me for the cover image! The subject of the design was of course something near and dear to my heart: fake games.

Famicom nerds (or Japanese people) will know that I based this largely off of the art from the Mario Bros. and Golf box art, with an obvious squid kid twist. Drawing in this style is hell of fun to do.

An earlier design before we decided to go with a more Famicom referential look

I'm hesitant to recommend anyone hear my awful voice/awful opinions but you should listen to Finch's podcast! Check it out here.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Illustration Collection 01

I was doing random sketches from simple prompts; this one was "traveler"

Hey! Sorry, no video game stuff today...though Ribbon Black is ostensibly a gaming art/history/culture blog, it's technically kind of a personal portfolio/art dump for me. Here are some things I've done recently, a mix of fanart, original characters and one-offs. Thanks very much for looking.

Lina Inverse from Slayers (first anime I ever bought!)

Undyne from Undertale. Not super crazy about this...the pose is too stiff

Baby; I liked working with these colors!

Hilgrade, one of my guys. She's a magician that can summon poisonous plants

Thursday, June 22, 2017

8-Bit Shugei - Dragon Quest Shadowbox Fun

Do you know about 8-bit shugei? Meaning literally "8-bit handicraft", it's retro-gaming themed DIY art encompassing any number of formats such as perler beading, cross stitch, papercraft, sculpture etc. This has been going on long before there was a word for it of course; before I learned the term earlier this year, I made one for my brother as a handmade Christmas gift.

I was never an RPG kid (I'm not an RPG adult, either) but the one game me and my older brother could always agree on was Dragon Warrior 4 for NES. I really can't articulate what a big impression the game left on 7-year-old me; the huge enemy sprites had so much personality and character. The story captured my imagination like Mario Bros. couldn't (the cliffhanger ending of chapter 2 when Princess Alena returned home to find her castle completely deserted was downright haunting) and the world-spanning plot with multiple playable characters left me feeling like they were my friends.

Anyway, in recent years my extended family has adopted a tradition of hand made "secret santa" gifts so that people can get personalized presents and we don't have to spend 2K Moneys buying shit for everyone. When I drew my brother's name this past Christmas I had a good idea!

Okay, I didn't have a good idea until the last minute. But this isn't bad for a night's work!

Real 90's Kids know that this shadowbox mimics the battle screen from classic Dragon Quest games. I believe there's a technological reason for the black backgrounds in these games--maybe enemy sprites were actually displayed on the NES' background sprites layer to cram more huge graphics onscreen than would normally be allowed? My ignorance is showing; by all means let me know if you have an answer.

For my project I used three of my favorite enemy designs: Mad Clown, Babble, and the OG monster, Slime. All the graphics were drawn in Photoshop, printed onto photo paper and mounted on stacked foamcore of varying heights.

When you don't want ugly white edges on cut out paper things--carefully run a black marker along the edges.

More black foamcore for the background!

everybody in the pool

To finish it off I took some brown craft paper and using my girlfriend's linocutting materials I carved out some cute little stamps for the wrapping:

My brother liked it; and bizarrely enough, the day before I even gave it to him he bought me a copy of Dragon Warrior 4, filling an important gap in my NES collection!

If you're interested in seeing some 8-bit shugei from other people check the Twitter tag I linked up at the top, or look at this excellent spotlight by my friend Oliver on Minus World.