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ICO fanArt - 'Desperation' by CrescentDebris ICO fanArt - 'Desperation' by CrescentDebris
Edit March 19, 2008:

Reader Art contest WINNER in "GameInformer" magazine (April 2008) pg 13

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This is from the masterpiece and cult classic of the gaming world, "Ico" for the PlayStation2. Pretty much anyone that played it agrees that there was nothing quite as magical or that managed to make you actually care like Ico did. I found out about the game through a demo disc (PlayStation Underground JAMPACK - Summer 2001) that I bought for a Soul Reaver 2 pre-release demo. While the Soul Reaver 2 demo was a bit disappointing, this game Ico was amazing and sure enough, I picked it up on release day. If it wasn't for that demo, I would have been one of those people reading "Top 100" and "Best Games You Never Played" lists wondering what the big deal was.

I've wanted to do a fanart pic for quite a while but never had a concept that really worked. I wanted something other than just a stationary Ico and Yorda (the girl you help along the way and whose hand is in the drawing). For me personally, some of the most intense moments were when Yorda was taken away and carried into the black pools. Most times I was right there, but sometimes I was taken off guard and only managed to save her at the last possible moment. Thats what this image is supposed to convey. That sense of panic and desperation as you run like hell to make it to her in time.

I love how this one turned out. I wanted the colors to be very close to the game and intensionally refrained from "single pixel" detailing. I think the little bit of "painted" look fits the style of the game. I hope you enjoy the image. Much love to Fumito Ueda (the designer and director of Ico), Sony for publishing it, and you guys for checking out my fan art for it.

...And by complete coincidence, I have 999 pageviews at this very moment ... so heres to 1000 =P

EDIT: Done in GIMP 2.2 and 2.4 using the standard circle paintbrush tool. Only exceptions are smudge in a few places, the lasso to correct some sizing/angles, and the text and pen to sign my name.
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:iconnallymay:
NallyMay Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2016  Student Digital Artist
OH MAI GOSHHHHHHHHHHHH <3
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017
=D
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NallyMay Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2017  Student Digital Artist
XD
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MrDibara Featured By Owner Edited May 30, 2016
That "No! Grab my hand!" expression in Ico's face... and the gestures... Great job! You really captured that feeling of despair when you think you didn't reach Yorda in time.

GRAB HER ALREADY!! AAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!! Undertale - Full of Angry Chara Screams Papyroos iz med Rage 
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
Glad you like it!
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Legendkingdomfiles Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015
Amazeing job, just got the HD collection of Ico and shadow of the colossus so I'm very happy to play These amazeing games.
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Nice! I got bought games on release day on PS2. Loved them. I bought that collection on PS3 but haven't played through them. I did play them a bit though. Great games either version. And thank you!
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Legendkingdomfiles Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2015
Oh No problem, I loveing these game so much.
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RudeKaiser396 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh I discovered ico in a demo too
With shadow of colossus
I recently got the hd remake collection of the two and...you have captured it
Well done good sir!
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014
Thank you
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Mr-Minimask Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No game has ever made me panic so much over the welfare of an NPC. very nice job!
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Thank you, and I agree.
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svartbetong Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
omfg fucking ghosts i hate them :S when i leave her for 1 second ghosts come :/
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Riiriimush Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2013
:love:
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Fabz10 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
One of the moments we have to save Yorda.. Omg amazing game!!
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Indeed :) And I get to say "I loved it before it even came out!" thanks to a demo disc.
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PeteTheGrouch Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
You managed this using GIMP?! Wow.. I applaud your talent good sir!:clap:
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner May 5, 2013
I appreciate it
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danigaco Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Awesome work! we shared it for all latinamerica in bit2600.com, of course all the credits are given, we hope you don't mind. Greetings :D
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012
Please include a link back to this page. Thanks.
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danigaco Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012
Of course! We already did :D [link] Thank you, and again, great job!
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Patriot-of-USA Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012
I hate when that crap happens. I get so desperate and fight like nuts to get to work. LOL
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MissTooni Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I love the sense of urgency this pic conveys, it feels like I'm back in the game all over again and that close to Yorda being swallowed up and it makes my heart rate speed up a little just thinking about it. I love the colors, how soft and beautiful it looks and how close to the game's style it is while still retaining plenty of originality. I especially love how Yorda still has that glowing, almost transparent-ness to her. It's very amazing <3
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012
:hug: Thank you for the nice comment.
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MissTooni Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Filmographer
You're most welcome~ I just started playing the game again and after getting a game over I figured I needed nice fanart to make me feel better... It's such a beautiful game~
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BlueRaspberryPanda Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember seeing this in Gameinformer so long long ago and now I have found the brilliant artist behind it!
Good work! Very very good work! I loved this then and I love it now! It's so nice to look at! ^^
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012
Awesome! Thanks a lot. I'm still waiting to receive my copy of American Idol on Wii that I WON!! All I was going to do was sell it or give it away anyway. I mean, I appreciate the prize (or would have if they would have ever sent it) but could it be any further from my taste in gaming? "This dude drew fan art for an amazing adventure game on the PS2... let's send him a reality show singing game on the Wii. I bet he'll LOVE IT!" All I wanted was the image printed, that was the prize. =D
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DreamUnique Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Student
:wow: wow... so beautifully stunning! *lost for words, just stares* :heart:
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
:excited:
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RydiaValentine Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I literally almost cry. Awesome.
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
:love:
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DeidaraxxSasori Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I find myself smiling at how well you've made the littlest of details resemble the game. I'm finding myself drawn to Ico's expression and the veins on Yorda's hand..very well done in regards to both. Haunting, yet very lovely job
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Thank you much =D
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hazyhills Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012
Just started playing this on the PS3. It's awesome, isn't it?
One thing I wanted to know, since I just started playing it: Is Ico speaking Japanese in the game or is that a made up language like Yorda's?
Also, one more for you. Are you a fan of art games and do you have any recommendations?
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
They are both fictional languages. I'm not sure if by art games you mean games like Rez and Limbo or if you mean something else.
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hazyhills Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2012
Sure, Limbo and Rez. Also stuff like anything by Hideo Kojima or Suda51. If you check Wikipedia, there's an article dedicated to the subject. But maybe 'art' games is a bit vague, especially since the definition of art varies from person to person.

How about this: What would be your favorite games in general and why do you like them?
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Games with responsive controls, minimal HUD, minimal talking, or options to set the game that way, great music, likeable characters or vehicles etc. I don't care about number of characters, number of tracks, number of hours. It just has to be fun. I still play games like Sega Rally which has 2 cars and 4 tracks if you count the bonus. THAT'S IT. But it's still fun. I'm not a fan or turn-based games, RTS's, MMO's, Sports, etc. Nothing against them, I just don't care about grinding, taking turns (unless it's a boardgame), or managing numbers or multiple characters. Stats and HP and all that gets me down. Feels too much like work. I can watch them, but I just don't enjoy playing them. I prefer games with instant feedback like fighting, racing, and adventure mostly. Some key fighting games would be SoulCalibur 1 and 2 (I hate IV with a passion for it's controls and mechanics), Killer Instinct (arcade), Street Fighter II (World Warrior, Champion Edition, Hyper Fighting (Not SUPER- Hate the redone voices and sound effects), Mortal Kombat 1 2 and 2011. Also a fan of some lesser known/popular games like Mace: The Dark Age and Star Gladiator. Racing would be games like Daytona USA, Wipeout XL, Need for Speed III (PSX), SplitSecond. Stuff from original Super Mario Kart to Forza. Adventure games would be Soul Reaver 1, Banjo Kazooie, Donkey Kong Country, Panzer Dragoon, Tomb Raider, Super Castlevania IV etc. I love Splinter Cell, PT, CT, and DA. I can't stand SC Conviction which failed the minimal talking test or option to mute voices along with removing most of the moves and options that previous games had. I don't like games that are overly easy or force tutorials or onscreen prompts like "PRESS X TO RELOAD". I own 400-500 games by now so I like many types but in general just games that feel good to play.
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hazyhills Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Cool. I'm glad to see you have a variety of tastes when it comes to games. Also, I'm glad to see that even with genres you don't care for, you give out good reasons instead of just flaming on them.
That and your art is cool.
Because of that, you are now watched. ^-^
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PeetaXKatniss13 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
I'm not very far in the game (and I shouldn't be searching Ico for fear of spoilers) but this is awesome!
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Thank you. I don't think ICO really has many things that could be spoiled. I would avoid Shadow of the Colossus pics though until you've beat that if you haven't already.
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psycho-pigeon Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Good lord. This is superb! Many thanks for posting.
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011
Thank you! Enjoy :)
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psycho-pigeon Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Will do! Ad you might be interested in some of the things I've been doing in Minecraft. I'm replicating the castle from Ico.
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Rhi-R Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Not only is your image spot-on, but your description, too. Unfortunately I never caught ICO on its initial release. It was one of those games I always meant to play but never got round to. I fell in love with Shadow of the Colossus straight away in 2006 so I knew I had to play its predecessor and now I finally own both (the PS3 exclusive pack, y'know?) and I must say, ICO moved me in a way only a Team Ico game could. I regretted not having played it sooner but it still had a massively nostalgic feel to it, for me. It's beautiful and you've captured the panic perfectly; I especially love Ico's expression here. :+favlove:
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Thank you for the lovely comment. :hug:
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masterwigglestin Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Definitely my favorite game and great job.
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
Thank you.
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CrazyKirlia Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
I remember seeing this in the magazine. Excellent picture.
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CrescentDebris Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011
I still never received my American Idol Karaoke for the Wii prize =D Haha. Thanks.
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