It's been a rather hectic couple of months over here, with life being taken over by projects at work as well as the start of the Sticks For Joy project over at Shoryuken.com (more on this in a future article). Because of this, things have been on the slow side in terms of arcade stick art comissions, meaning that I've had to put the March and April showcases together in a single feature.
As with the previous showcase, all of the pieces shown here are paid comissions. While this means that I won't be sharing the full quality (300dpi) files for download, anyone who's interested in getting similar looking art for their arcade stick can have one commissioned.
For starters, we have this piece with art featuring the female characters from Darkstalkers out on what I think is a traditional Japanese hen night. The design is a simple paste job, the only challenge was to fit all the ladies in since their positions in the original art would mean that the buttons would fall across them. The solution was to have their heads "frame" the buttons. This way, the characters are still identifiable even if they're partly covered up by the buttons. That said, I did recommend that the person who asked for this use transparent buttons.
Now for a BlazBlue design based on my Type-D3V template featuring Hazama (again from BlazBlue). The challenge here was blowing the background image up as me and my client couldn't find a large sized copy of it. The solution was to run through a fractals based enlarger and then use semi-transparent "scanlines" to help hide the fact that the art has been greatly resized. It's a brilliant trick if I do say so myself.
A customized variant of a previous design from the January Showcase, this one was for a nice chap who goes by the handle "Mr. Bastos" (which tranlates into Mr. Rude or Mr. Horny).
A Tron inspired design similar to the MvC3 ones I did some time ago. This time we have Crona from Soul Eater. I used a simple, single "Tron line" on the character to highlight their silhouette while keeping true to the simple, all black design of their clothing. Also, for anyone who's wondering, I'm avoiding gender specific pronouns because apparently no one knows what the character's exact gender is.
Here's a Versus City styled Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 design with a slightly more American take on the joystick area. Instead of the usual ring, the joystick area has the "dark circle and arrows" similar to that on the old US Street Fighter arcade cabinets. In thi piece however, the black area is mde translucent so as not to totally dominate the design. In addition to that, I've given it and the buttons a slight shiny metallic effect.
In addition to the top panel art, the client also asked for a little something extra.
What we have here is some front panel art for the Start & Select area of the MadCatz TE stick made to match the MvC3 art on the top panel.
As previously mentioned, all of the above are commissioned pieces that are not available for download. However, anyone interested can commission their own custom pieces, especially since I'm trying to increase my output in the following months.