A tribute to a legend. And a nod to all the younger siblings out there that were forced to yield playing Mario to an older sibling. I feel your pain.
Player 2 in the game Player 1 in our hearts.
The captain and commander of 'Don't Press Start'.
Chacko is an avid gaming enthusiast, and his presence on Twitch and Youtube via his gaming channel's 'Don't Press Start' are felt by thousands. So when I had an opportunity to do a digital illustration of him, you know that I jumped on it as quickly as possible. I knew from the start I wanted to incorporate gaming into the composition, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to go with, the end result is a 'Super Mario Bros.' themed full-color layout, and a 'Mortal Kombat' one as well that shows off a bit more of the linework.
I think the two compositions play off each other well, with my personal favorite being the “Mortal Kombat” themed one, I think the impact of the black/white composition hits a bit 'stronger' than the full color one, however since 'Super Mario Bros.' is a hugely popular game, it would be more recognizable to the casual gaming and non-gaming communities. Both illustrations were used as art for the Twitch and Youtube channels. Overall it was a super fun experiment with digital illustrations, and the opportunity to capture Chacko's mustache in all it's beautiful digital glory could not be passed up.
Adobe Illustrator line work and color palettes available upon request.
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