Gamers Anonymous Poster Series for ASU Polytechnic
Client: Arnaud Ehgner
Medium/Tools: Digital PDF (Adobe Illustrator CS5)
Time: 6 hours total work (including planning, vector drawing, and finalizing layout)
This series of posters was created for my capstone project during my Portfolio Design class at Arizona State University, and are currently being used by ASU to promote its Gamers Anonymous club and GIT Gaming themed classes. The posters follow the theme of being simple single-color renders of three iconic characters, one for each of the current-generation game console manufacturers: Mario represents Nintendo, Nathan Drake represents Sony, and Master Chief represents Microsoft.
Mario: The text could be angled properly on this one to be stylistic. This render is based off Mario’s pose in his Super Smash Bros. Brawl render, chosen because of its ease to interpret in its simplest form. The silhouette has two transparent sections, the moustache and iconic M on his hat, to make it easier to interpret it. The background is based entirely on a screen from the original Super Mario Bros. game for the NES, down to the colors. FUN FACT: DId you know that the bushes in the orignal Super Mario Bros. are the same sprite as the clouds, just a different color? The same can be said of this image! Mario, Super Mario Bros., and all related content © 1985-2012 Nintendo.
Nathan Drake: This is the full poster. This is my personal favorite of the three, partially because I ADORE the color blue but also because it was well designed I feel the composition came out cleanest in this picture. It’s just pretty, isn’t it? Just so pretty. Nathan Drake’s silhouette comes from his Uncharted 3 art, in which he wears a scarf to a desert. And carries a machine gun. It’s definitely distinctive compared to renders of him from the rest of the series, and definitely has some of the most distinctive areas of exploration in its source game. The background of this image is reminicent of the iconic desert scene from Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, where Nate walks through the Rub ‘al Khali Desert to find the legendary Iram Of The Pillars. Nathan Drake, Uncharted, and all related media © 2007-2012 Naughty Dog and Sony Computer Entertainment.
Master Chief: The poster depicts Halo’s Master Chief standing in front of the Halo device with a Banshee flying in the background. Microsoft’s most iconic character comes from Halo 2 in this silhouette. The bottom part is supposed to be a rock or some sort of cliff he’s standing on; the cliff is part of the Master Chief render so it doesn’t appear here. The Halo wasn’t that hard to create, it was the Banshee that was a problem getting done. The background color seemed to balance itself well with the rest of the image. Master Chief, the Halo, the Banshee, Halo, and all other related content © 2001-2012 Microsoft Game Studios.