I was recently asked by Kory Kennedy the Design Director at Entertainment Weekly to illustrate a page for a review of their #1 video game of the year.
Journey created by That Game Company.
I am about as far removed as one can be from video games, but when i watched some of the walk throughs of the game on youtube i was instantly drawn in by the visuals and the concept of the game. A game that is described as peaceful to play, what a unique concept…
The game speaks for itself, if you can, give it a go. I look forward to playing it one of these days.
here is a bit on the process:
the nondescript character’s eyes have a mysterious glow to them that i wanted to capture. I notched the back of the head and inserted two led lights, and wired them to a button and circut board from a discarded superhero greeting card.
the cloak was fashioned after the character in the game, trying to remain as faithful to the design as possible yet keeping a handmade feel to it.
the swirling light that wraps the characer was created by drawing with a little light bulb on a wire while the camera took a 3 second exposer. it only took about 300 shots to get the light steakes to look right.
here is a sequence of some of those light tests:
and the final piece: