I was tasked to come up with an idea for a Final art piece for my final drawing class, this is the video game inspired project that I came up with.
The work was inspired from the original work The March of Progress, 1965 by Rudolph Zallinger that was published in the book Early Man, 1965, that depicted an ape slowly evolving into a human.
“The original March of Progress illustration from Early Man (1965) with spread extended (top) and folded (bottom)” – Wikipedia
I decided to take the concept and apply it onto something that has evolved, not only visibly, but also in a single person’s lifetime. I wanted to represent a generation of technology and specifically the digital gaming revolution, so who better than Nintendo? Nintendo is a gaming company that has survived through a major chunk of gaming history and they have always been on the forefront of new ways to interact with games.
- Founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi
- 4,712 Employees (2011)
- Total Assets 19 billion (CAD)(2011)
- Created; Game Boy line, Color TV Game, NES, SNES, Virtual Boy, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo DS, Wii,Nintendo 3DS
I started with a few concepts in Photoshop.
I found that in the first concept, the flow of the controller wires seemed to give them all a connected feel, but in the second concept the ground level lining of the controllers really reinforced the reference I was aiming for.
The March of Control , 2012 by Thomas Emann is a hand drawing that was first sketched with pencil on a foam board, then; detail, colour and shading was added with coloured pencils.