Blog #038 - Red Dead Poster, Portal 2, Monkey Island

What do all these games have in common? Nothing! Nothing I had in mind anyway, except I'm going to write about them in this blog.

Red Dead Redemption


I may be a year late, but I was thinking about Red Dead Redemption and I have 2 designs to do today for my daily design blog. Looking at vintage movie posters (mainly mean streets and the birds) I wanted to make a movie poster for the game. Initially I thought of doing it in the style of a western poster but that has already been done, so I didn't go with the obvious choice.

Personally? I had a lot of great ideas about the smoke forming mexico, the wedding ring being on the gun.... but I didn't combine them efectively enough. There's too much text and too much dead weight around in the composition.

Here it is. Leave comments and feedback, I love to read them.
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Red Dead Redemption 

Love the game.

Portal 2

 Amazing Artwork
Portal 2 finally arrived. I went through it in one 8 hour sitting and enjoyed every minute of it. I could go on for an eternity about how enjoyable I found the story, characters, overall writing and gameplay but I won't. I got stuck a few times because I hadn't seen a surface I could shoot a portal on, but generally the game was easy enough. Like Jeff said on the bombcast, games are thrill rides. I want my thrill ride. Portal 2 makes you feel smart enough without challenging you too much.

Really enjoyed the section with the old test chambers and most of all, Cave Johnson.

I made a portal 2 poster during the wait which you can check out here.


I also just made this. A poster in the style of the safety posters during the 50s section of Portal 2.
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 Safety First!

Tales of Monkey Island

Guybrush Threepwood
I have had these forever after buying all 5 chapters in a Steam sale. I have wanted to get in to Telltale Game's adventure games for quite a while but they aren;t the most exciting or engaging games. Apart from being stumped on a puzzle or 2 I have had a very pleasant experience. Love the characters and world they have set up. The graphics are nice but the style of animation is so disjointed it bugs me sometimes.



I might do an illustration of Morgan soon. She has an impossibly thin waist.
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28 Comments
Edited by AlisterCat

What do all these games have in common? Nothing! Nothing I had in mind anyway, except I'm going to write about them in this blog.

Red Dead Redemption


I may be a year late, but I was thinking about Red Dead Redemption and I have 2 designs to do today for my daily design blog. Looking at vintage movie posters (mainly mean streets and the birds) I wanted to make a movie poster for the game. Initially I thought of doing it in the style of a western poster but that has already been done, so I didn't go with the obvious choice.

Personally? I had a lot of great ideas about the smoke forming mexico, the wedding ring being on the gun.... but I didn't combine them efectively enough. There's too much text and too much dead weight around in the composition.

Here it is. Leave comments and feedback, I love to read them.
View High Res

Red Dead Redemption 

Love the game.

Portal 2

 Amazing Artwork
Portal 2 finally arrived. I went through it in one 8 hour sitting and enjoyed every minute of it. I could go on for an eternity about how enjoyable I found the story, characters, overall writing and gameplay but I won't. I got stuck a few times because I hadn't seen a surface I could shoot a portal on, but generally the game was easy enough. Like Jeff said on the bombcast, games are thrill rides. I want my thrill ride. Portal 2 makes you feel smart enough without challenging you too much.

Really enjoyed the section with the old test chambers and most of all, Cave Johnson.

I made a portal 2 poster during the wait which you can check out here.


I also just made this. A poster in the style of the safety posters during the 50s section of Portal 2.
View High Res
 Safety First!

Tales of Monkey Island

Guybrush Threepwood
I have had these forever after buying all 5 chapters in a Steam sale. I have wanted to get in to Telltale Game's adventure games for quite a while but they aren;t the most exciting or engaging games. Apart from being stumped on a puzzle or 2 I have had a very pleasant experience. Love the characters and world they have set up. The graphics are nice but the style of animation is so disjointed it bugs me sometimes.



I might do an illustration of Morgan soon. She has an impossibly thin waist.
Edited by PieGuy

Love the Red Dead Redemption poster, I checked out your work on your website. Very good stuff.
I will keep you in mind if I ever need someone of your expertise.
Out of interest what university do/did you go to?

Do you make professional prints of these, if not you should consider it. You could make a good amount of money from it.

Posted by AlisterCat
@PieGuy: Thanks. My website is terribly outdated, but my blog is the most recent stuff. Currently rebuilding my website from scratch and making a mobile version that should all be up in 2 weeks time.
I go to University of Brighton in association with Sussex Downs College.
Posted by EVO

That poster is amazing, but I think it could do without the IGN quote.

Posted by AlisterCat
@EVO: You may be right, but I wanted to include a critic quote to make it more authentic as a film poster.
Posted by AlisterCat

Added a Portal 2 poster I just made. Check it out.

Posted by xMP44x

Might I request a poster relating to Call of Duty: World at War, and in particular the Soviet campaign? I can see you doing some downright spectacular stuff with it, if the Red Dead Redemption poster is anything to go by! You totally should get these made as prints, because I could see myself wanting a print of a World at War themed design, and perhaps something relating to Modern Warfare 2's Vladimir Makarov - and yeah, I'm being serious.

It's just a case of getting the money to actually do it. :P

Posted by BulletproofMonk

Those look ridiculously good. Nice job!

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Posted by TehFlan

Those are amazing, duder.

Posted by AlisterCat
@xMP44x: I haven't played World at War, so I doubt I'd ever do one. If I were to do anything you like you can always request the full image. I make the to A3 size prints so you could just take them to a printers.
Posted by BaneFireLord

I want the Red Dead poster on my wall so badly.

Posted by Kjellm87

                                                                               OBJECTION
Posted by AlisterCat
@BaneFireLord said:
" I want the Red Dead poster on my wall so badly. "
I can give you the file if you want to go get it printed.
@Kjellm87: ...what?
Posted by Kjellm87
@AlisterCat said:
@Kjellm87: ...what?
"
Nothing really, I'm just a huge fan of Ace Attorney. :P
You got talent.
Posted by AlisterCat
@Kjellm87 said:
" @AlisterCat said:
@Kjellm87: ...what?
"
Nothing really, I'm just a huge fan of Ace Attorney. :PYou got talent. "
I am also a huge fan. If you check on my website I've also done Godot, Gant, Ema Skye, Trucy Wright and Miles Edgeworth. In 5 years I might have every character.
Posted by Kjellm87
@AlisterCat said:
" @Kjellm87 said:
" @AlisterCat said:
@Kjellm87: ...what?
"
Nothing really, I'm just a huge fan of Ace Attorney. :PYou got talent. "
I am also a huge fan. If you check on my website I've also done Godot, Gant, Ema Skye, Trucy Wright and Miles Edgeworth. In 5 years I might have every character. "
Yeah, I noticed the Godot one. Best AA character in my option.
I'm sad to hear Investigation 2 will not make it here, but to be completely honest, it was not so fun outside the court. 
Posted by AlisterCat
@Kjellm87: I completely agree. I want it to come here but I never really enjoyed investigations the same as main series. I thought Apollo Justice was far and away better simply because of the courtroom action. It sucks that the only time you go there in investigations is to... investigate.
I need to do an Apollo Justice. Also, Godot is my favourite character too.
Posted by Kjellm87
@AlisterCat said:
" @Kjellm87: I completely agree. I want it to come here but I never really enjoyed investigations the same as main series. I thought Apollo Justice was far and away better simply because of the courtroom action. It sucks that the only time you go there in investigations is to... investigate.
I need to do an Apollo Justice. Also, Godot is my favourite character too.
"
I wouldn't mind a new Apollo Justice, but I'm not sure what that character could do next, everything turned out so perfectly fine for both him and Phoenix in the end. 
Also AJ was a little on the easy side I think. With Phoenix you had to gamble a little. ( Victim of blackmail that blackmails, anyone?)
Posted by AlisterCat
@Kjellm87 said:
" @AlisterCat said:
" @Kjellm87: I completely agree. I want it to come here but I never really enjoyed investigations the same as main series. I thought Apollo Justice was far and away better simply because of the courtroom action. It sucks that the only time you go there in investigations is to... investigate.
I need to do an Apollo Justice. Also, Godot is my favourite character too.
"
I wouldn't mind a new Apollo Justice, but I'm not sure what that character could do next, everything turned out so perfectly fine for both him and Phoenix in the end.  Also AJ was a little on the easy side I think. With Phoenix you had to gamble a little. ( Victim of blackmail that blackmails, anyone?) "
It was easier, especially with the refilling life bar between all sections. What you're talking about though I don't consider difficulty. It's not a gamble when some of the connections you have to make are so arbitrary. It throws off the whole logic puzzle vibe. There are many completely weird ones. None in Apollo Justice. Infact, during the last case you're just kind of going through it, but I'm fine with that. I can't see another main series game again though... which is a shame. Plus Professor Layton vs Phoenix Wright probably isn't going to be the game I want it to be.
Posted by Parkingtigers

If I may offer some constructive criticism, the RDR poster only half works for me.  I like the style you are going for, and it is competently put together.  However, with these types of pictures it is usual, and therefore expected by the viewer, that the different elements will blend together to make an overall picture.  For example, the gun barrel on the left appears to have smoke coming from it, and that smoke should therefore be some part of the image in the upper part of the picture.  The barrel extending down from the top is a bit incongruous too, adding nothing to either the top or the bottom of the scene.


I will add that it was still far, far better than that Western-style poster you linked to that was far too busily constructed.

Keep going with this though, you are clearly skilled and only need to work on the specifics of your layouts.  I checked out your blog, some cool stuff there.  Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
Posted by AlisterCat
@Parkingtigers: Thanks. Yeah, I see the flaws there. I need some sort of guidance. Books, or lectures or something. Iteration has only got me so far.
Posted by AlisterCat

Just thought I'd add that my Red Dead poster appeared on a gallery wall at my graduation showcase.

Posted by MechaKirby

I checked out your site and there's some awesome stuff there dude! Are you a Photoshop or Illustrator guy?

Posted by AlisterCat
@Not_A_Stalker said:
I checked out your site and there's some awesome stuff there dude! Are you a Photoshop or Illustrator guy?
Thanks. :) The blog is still my best stuff, but I've been tinkering with my site for a bit and will add some of the blog stuff to that.
I use Photoshop. A lot of my stuff looks like vectors, and should be, I just find illustrator much harder to use. It sucks having everything as a raster though. I'll need to learn. The only thing that was made in illustrator is my Saul Bass project and my cereal box design.
Posted by MechaKirby
@AlisterCat: That Fallout poster in your blog. Dude. Fantastic. And the Portal stuff, and Majoras Mask. Some really good looking work. I love your textures, do you make them yourself?
Posted by Napalm
@AlisterCat said:
@EVO: You may be right, but I wanted to include a critic quote to make it more authentic as a film poster.
We should start a graphic design club on Giant Bomb. You, me, Buzz and another fellow are designers as well.
Posted by AlisterCat
@Napalm said:
@AlisterCat said:
@EVO: You may be right, but I wanted to include a critic quote to make it more authentic as a film poster.
We should start a graphic design club on Giant Bomb. You, me, Buzz and another fellow are designers as well.
Placing myself next to buzz is a large stretch. I'm nowhere near that good. But I would like that. I post a lot of design blogs (I think the one after this has 40 of them in one post).
Posted by AlisterCat
@Not_A_Stalker said:
@AlisterCat: That Fallout poster in your blog. Dude. Fantastic. And the Portal stuff, and Majoras Mask. Some really good looking work. I love your textures, do you make them yourself?
No, but now that I have graduated and am moving in to freelance/a real job I'm going to start looking in to making my own. I usually combine and collage a lot of different effects and textures from various royalty free sources. Occasionally a brush. It's almost 6am now and I've almost finished working on a piece for a friends birthday today that I will be posting in about 15 hours or so. I punish myself with this stuff.