Taking gaming screenshots and turning these screenshots into unique works of art or digital design is not always an easy task. However, it sometimes presents unique opportunities for creativity within the digital arts.
I was recently playing a game of The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim on my Playstation 3 and got in an interesting situation within this game world. A former ally within the game who sold me items and sent me on a quest attacked me after I was trying to escape a dragon chasing me who ended up getting in a fight with his camp outside a city.
I found it humorous as he attacked me basically after he got involved fighting the dragon. It was an example of what makes Elder Scrolls great: the anecdotes withing the games worth retelling – rather than the main quests within the games. I then pixelated the screenshots or put them in a pixel art app on my iPad and further revised it in separate digital art apps on the iPad to get some interesting effects:
I willAs you can see, it is my feline Kajiit character standing in front of a tent and the slain dragon is in front of him. I also took a screenshot from another angle with a seller or shopkeeper still visible with the dragon in the background.
I also revised it to create interesting designs out of it and later added shadows and even my own character into them for interesting results. Keep in mind that some of them are pure pixel art or low-fi and some more digitized. I played around mixing styles and textures. I will start with some of my lower pixel count, or low-fi, designs (or pixel art).
Here is where I started adding shadows and the new character model:
I still didnt like the shadows in the version above however.
However, these screenshots-turned-into-designs were not the only thing I created related to The Elder Scrolls series of games. I also created something entirely from scratch for an article I published on Medium using my previous work you will see below as well as base. Before I show these, here is the original article I published that was later picked up with some minor editing by a Medium publication called SUPERJUMP
I did a similar thing with Sonic recently where I wrote an article about Sonic and it motivated me to play the game and create screenshots that I later turned into various designs. I added shadows using the brush on my iPad and used a tv stand I found on Google search as the base to input the image into. I also had to refit the antenna as it was cut off from the TV using graphic design and photo manipulation techniques.
I also wrote an article for Medium (and also published by SUPERJUMP) and even created my own PDF version that includes my own custom designs embedded you related to emulation, Sega and Sonic – as well as my rediscovery of retro-gaming and emulation recently. Here is also a PDF doc of another eBook story with my own designs I started working on related to a fantasy game idea.
Blizzard also recently unveiled Diablo 2: Resurrected and I wrote an article about it published by SUPERJUMP that also includes some of my own design ideas for a cover or concept art.
Here are some of my previous gaming-related ideas not tied to an screenshots or existing content within the gaming world that I created You can see more in the portfolio section of the site.