Growing up around the arcade fighters of old, the art styles and characters of those games were like my bibles. In recent years the artwork of CAPCOM (who created many of these games including Street Fighter) has been collected and published in lavish art books by the company UDON (who started out as a bunch of fans themselves.) Among these books, my favourites are always the fan art tributes to specific games- where fans and artists from across the world attempt to get their work seen alongside that of the original artists and Udon’s own dedicated art teams. So, when the latest Capcom fighting tribute art competition came around I decided to give it a go. I didn’t think about it too much, I just dived in with a vague idea of the image I wanted.
Here is the rough of the final image before I added any colour (the final image is on my deviant art page)
It was done on A4 which meant I struggled somewhat with the details on the small characters but I like how that forced me to keep it simple and get a good sense of the composition. The flightless dragon ‘Hauzer’ was always going to be the focal point and I just added random characters that I had fond memories of from the Capcom universe. I can’t believe it got into the final book and it will be an honour to be up alongside some of the great artists and who have fuelled this universe over the years- I can’t wait to see all the varied art styles from around the world when the book is released.
As the deadline was fast approaching when I actually knuckled down to do this, I concentrated on the lines and finished it off with block colours- leading to an end product that is quite different from anything I’ve done before. I have a suspicion that the imminent release of Jurassic World may have helped sneak my image in, but who knows.
I think it would be great if a tribute fan art book were created for all the adventure games made over the years.
- Capcom Fighting Tribute will premiere with a limited-run convention edition hardcover at San Diego Comic-Con, July 9-12! ttp://www.udonentertainment.com/blog/news/round-1-of-udons-san-diego-comic-con-exclusives
- The standard edition of Capcom Fighting Tribute will be released September 2015. Links to pre-order the book at a variety of online retailers can be found here: http://www.udonentertainment.com/blog/product/capcom-fighting-tribute