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Bioshock Infinite by AlexGarner Bioshock Infinite by AlexGarner
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:


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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Gabriel-C Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2018  Hobbyist 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 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2017
You can almost see the headline: "The False Shepherd Kidnaps The Lamb! What Now for Columbia?"
AmethystStar Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for letting me use your picture for my video! Here's the finished product -…
AmethystStar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist

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.

AlexGarner Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Sure go ahead! Thanks for asking.
AmethystStar Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Sweet - thanks! I'll share a link to the video when it's ready. :)
Kahdrim Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, I love it
MacfanIM Featured By Owner May 9, 2017  Professional 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.
Lizzy-Sakura Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Do you sell prints? 
thederpyconquest Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
This picture looks so professional good job
Bro2494 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Elizabeth still has her pinky?
thederpyconquest Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
It's a back to the future type of thing
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016
Fantastic work! 
wnter06 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016
:) (Smile) 
LazuriteStar Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2015
Would you mind if I put this on my Tumblr page? I really like it.
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! Be my guest :)
LazuriteStar Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2015
Thanks so much! I love how you captured the early 20th century feel of the game with your choice of color palette.
Haruhi435 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015
beautiful picture. this game is awesome. but very high violence, but it`s not without succes only from usk 18 .
Sundance31us Featured By Owner May 16, 2015
Gorgeous. Also this is my favorite rendering of Booker.
k-h116 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Student General Artist
RebellingLemming Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great art!
TheCadaverous Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You should totally be selling prints of this.!! Need one for my wall.
templerman Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
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.
Hebacious Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2014
Is there a print available for sale?
fleurdiorra Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
she looks terrified by THE SATURDAY EVENING POST
MrOtterson Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But would this magazine even exist in there universe due to certain things?
PhotoofBerlin Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
May I buy a print of this?
Scholarly-Cimmerian Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Fantastic artwork, this is just a beautiful piece from a terrific video game.
gaviju Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Just Wow..... :)
Haruhi1236 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
the picture is awesome
Panda-Jenn Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great adaptation of the Norman Rockwell style! Love this!
ThePyroPlatypus Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mr. DeWitt looks so hot <3
ArtYouKnow Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
impressive art, you are so talented hope you can work with it, because you're worth it so damn good is this :)
nirzor12 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2014
Looks authentic for a news cover
Kazuma27 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Super Awesome, one of the best Bioshock fanarts i've seen so far ;)
iczerfae Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very recognizable and very awesome art!!!! I'd buy a print (If I had $)!!!!
rethe Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This gives me life.
Torntwilight Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Nice. Good attention to detail. Kudos.
squidpeg Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is this by any chance available as a print anywhere?
InfiniteMassOblivion Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Awesome Job
Rad-Puppeteer Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This came out really awesome!
Renatakaleah Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. I just started playing this game and I fell in love with it. It's designed so amazingly well and your art does it justice and more <3 
cottonmouth86 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014
One of your best.
nadien-esta-aqui Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
voxeloid Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...I'm speechless. Not only is the idea great but holy shit you're good at shading.
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
ErebusX Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014
Absolutely spectacular. I only wish it was big enough to be a wallpaper. Perhaps you could consider it?

Pretty please? :D
AlexGarner Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Unfortunately it's probably too big as is. It's been illegally sold by thieves before.
cubeecraft Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome piece, great concept for those character with the SEP and Leyendecker influence.
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