Friday, 26 July 2013

REGGIE'S PERFECT TEN

Sticking with the theme of videogame execs, here's a drawing of Nintendo's Reggie Fils-Aime which I did for Edge magazine. Reggie's one of the more benign gaming suits out there, I suppose - ponderous and vast, with a halting, jargon-heavy stage manner that suggests he's somehow ventriloquised by a text-to-speech robot scanning the pages of Marketing Horseshit News. He's also said some amusingly daft things about review scores, such as: "Reviews of a system or reviews of a game really come down to the quality and capability of the reviewer." Oh, bless.


Thursday, 18 July 2013

SHUHEI YOSHIPSTER

I'm a big fan of Shuhei Yoshida. I've met him a few times over the years to ask him probably quite unpleasant questions about whatever controversy was then embroiling PlayStation. He always responded with magnanimity and humour, which is much more than is warranted when accosted by a jet-lagged, snarling gnome waving a dictaphone. And unlike other execs in the videogame business, I never got the impression that he was, say, a golem conjured from a soup of blood and teeth to serve the purpose of diabolic masters, or likely to peel off his face to reveal thrashing mandibles, or would simply dissipate in a swarm of beetles when the questions got tough.

I'm also a big fan of this column by Brian Howe in which he imagines Mr Yoshida's increasingly demented efforts to court indie developers. Brian's columns are feverish causal avalanches - he takes one variable, pumps it, deflates it, pops it or twists it, and then watches as the butterfly effect shudders through the rest of reality. They're also very funny.

Here's the pic I drew for the column:


Tuesday, 16 July 2013

WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON

Everything I know about George Washington comes from Assassin's Creed III DLC press releases and this video, which is actually the best video on the internet, or perhaps simply the most important single human-created artefact, greater than the Rosetta Stone or the Easter Island statues. It is in this video's honour, and also because I was coincidentally paid to illustrate a column of unrelated words for Edge magazine, that I created the below image.


Monday, 15 July 2013

LAKITU: HELLMOUTH

I can't even remember the context of this illustration now, except that it was for a column in Edge magazine. It shows Lakitu, one of the most irritating adversaries in Nintendo's roster, as the Hellmouth - a common medieval depiction of the entrance to hell as a multiply mawed and very hungry creature, stuffing itself with hapless butt-naked men. Yummy!


Friday, 12 July 2013

PLUNGE POOL

I swear, this was a topical reference when I drew it for Edge magazine. Gaming icons depicted as the then-famous Olympian divers - gurning faces, clingy swim-shorts and all.


Thursday, 11 July 2013

BALLMERISED

My friends at Edge magazine understand that there are no more sinister and fascinating creatures to me than the CEOs of large tech and videogame corporations. It has always baffled me why they are allowed on stage at consumer-facing events, where their antics betray a complete lack of humanity. Witness the chittering, insectoid disquiet of Don Mattrick, as one of his several tongues flick out to tease the meniscus of his pearl-black third eye, or John Riccitiello's baleful gaze, which scythes through the audience, turning attendees into clouds of ash.

Anyway, here's a picture of Steve Ballmer eating a bedpost, which I was actually paid to draw, improbably.


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MEN IN TIGHTS

Here's a something I put together for Official Nintendo Magazine, depicting @mrbasil_pesto and @2plus2isjoe as Link. Links. They're both very funny men - follow them on Twitter, or, indeed, buy the magazine which they write. These days, I believe you can even download it and pay for it with electric money. Fancy that!



Friday, 5 July 2013

WEDDINGDONG

Two of my good friends got weddingerised a weekend or two ago. I drew some very severe-looking Victorian-style portraits for their wedding invitations.



They got married on a boat! It was awesome, just like they are.