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Bioshock Infinite

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By AlexGarner   |   Watch
Published: January 23, 2012
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I had such a fun experience with the Portal 2 fan piece, I decided to go further and paint a bigger one for the upcoming game BioShock Infinite. This game's set design and characters are amazingly well done, especially Elizabeth; she doesn't have that dead-eye lifeless look you seen in so many video game characters. To see what I'm talking about, do yourself a favor and check out the 15 minute gameplay trailer. The action is insane:

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Anyway, because I'm a big JC Leyendecker fan and the game takes place during his legendary Saturday Evening Post cover stint, I decided it would be cool to do a parody issue on the city of Columbia with the two main characters as the center. But after drawing my layout, I discovered that the smart folks at Irrational Games had ALREADY done this concept with a few Post parody Game Informer covers. But to me they didn't look particularly like Leyendecker's art, who had such a distinctive style, so I said screw it and just moved forward with my original design. Now, my version doesn't necessarily look like Leyendecker's stuff either (i.e. no where near as good), but I did try make it recognizable as such in the very least while still throwing in my personal stylistic touches.

A few notes: The was only one piece of online reference for the main protagonist, Booker, so this is more my personal interpretation of him. As for Elizabeth, I wanted the paranoia of Songbird's pursuit to resonate in her pose so that's why she's looking skyward. Columbia was done in all-gold because I wanted the city to look like an idealized El Dorado floating in the sky which also accomplished having the character colors pop.

As for how long this took? No idea. I nibbled away on it for like an hour a day in between work projects. Total blast to do. Thinking of my next piece now...
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choopytragsStudent Photographer
Love this, so beautifully done. 
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Gabriel-CHobbyist General Artist
So this is where the picture originated!!! :D I'm glad I finally found it, I've loved this picture for a while now but could only find it on Pinterest and whatnot. :P Very well done! Love the style and the dynamic pose, I'm actually making a picture with my characters Fledge and Marian based on this. I've been wanting to find it so I could link it back. '^_^
BenRG's avatar
You can almost see the headline: "The False Shepherd Kidnaps The Lamb! What Now for Columbia?"
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AmethystStarHobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for letting me use your picture for my video! Here's the finished product - www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmmBro…
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AmethystStarHobbyist General Artist
Hi!

I'm working on a cover of "God Only Knows" from Bioshock Infinite for my YouTube channel and I'm looking for fan art to feature on the video.  May I use this?  I will credit and link to you, of course.  I'm running on a tight deadline, so a response within the next 24 hours would be deeply appreciated.

Thanks,
Nik
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AlexGarnerProfessional Digital Artist
Sure go ahead! Thanks for asking.
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AmethystStarHobbyist General Artist
Sweet - thanks! I'll share a link to the video when it's ready. :)
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KahdrimHobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I love it
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MacfanIMProfessional Digital Artist
"This picture looks so professional good job".  That's because it is professional!  Artwork like this could be published in any publication and/or marquee.
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Lizzy-SakuraStudent Digital Artist
Do you sell prints? 
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thederpyconquestHobbyist Writer
This picture looks so professional good job
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Bro2494Hobbyist Digital Artist
Elizabeth still has her pinky?
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thederpyconquestHobbyist Writer
It's a back to the future type of thing
LazuriteStar's avatar
Would you mind if I put this on my Tumblr page? I really like it.
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AlexGarnerProfessional Digital Artist
Sure! Be my guest :)
LazuriteStar's avatar
Thanks so much! I love how you captured the early 20th century feel of the game with your choice of color palette.
Haruhi435's avatar
beautiful picture. this game is awesome. but very high violence, but it`s not without succes only from usk 18 .
Sundance31us's avatar
Gorgeous. Also this is my favorite rendering of Booker.
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k-h116Student General Artist
Fantastic
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RebellingLemmingHobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
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TheCadaverousHobbyist Traditional Artist
You should totally be selling prints of this.!! Need one for my wall.
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Not familiar with most computer games, though I do like the "Saturday Evening Post" cover homage. I always loved that magazine, as well as "Colliers", "The Country Gentleman" etc... Better times then, slower and less ambiguous, Words meant something then, and there was time to live without everybody and his dog trying to infringe on your time and peace of mind.
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