Pero tenemos PATRIA!!!
ARTIST FOCUS: DEAN WALTON
This week for our artist focus we are extremely excited to be featuring the work of Dean Walton, a.k.a. MrShabba. You may have seen his renowned Video Game Travel Series among other fantastic gaming designs, now you can find out more about him in our interview with the man behind the designs, and his company, GamerPrint!
Tell us about yourself. Where are you from?
My name is Dean Walton and I’m born and bred in (rainy) England, from a place called Birmingham.
What is your day job?
My job title is Owner and Creative Director at GamerPrint which basically involves designing all of our products and promotional materials along with making day-to-day designs in running the company. I started GamerPrint back in 2009 with the intention of creating a source for video game t-shirts that were more subtle than what was available at the time. I liked the idea of gamers being able to represent their favourite games without the need to wear very obvious t-shirts that shout ‘I’m a geek!’ even though they (and we) all are!
How long have you been designing/illustrating? What got you interested in art?
I’ve been designing things as long as I can remember. I spent a large amount of my childhood drawing cars for some reason, I think that’s what I wanted to grow up to do for a long time. Then I discovered video games and my attentions shifted somewhat - I used to draw characters all the time and even illustrate my own Pokemon comics!
Who/what influences your art? Is there a particular person’s style that has influenced you?
Difficult to say really, there’s so many. There are a lot of artists I admired during my education from people like H.R. Giger to comic artists such as Todd McFarlane. More recently I’ve taken influence from artists such as Charles Demuth and Edward Hopper who are famous for their involvement in the Precisionist art movement. They definitely influenced my more recent travel poster designs for Zelda, Mario Kart and Skyrim
What medium do you typically use when creating art?
Most of my work is digital, although everything starts out as a sketch in my notebook and goes from there. I like to explore more traditional mediums too - I did a series of movie posters for some of my favourite films like Blade Runner and The Fifth Element which started life as watercolour paintings.
How do you tackle new projects? What’s your process?
Planning definitely isn’t a strong point of mine. Most of my design work happens on a whim - I’ll have an idea (often just before I go to sleep or when I’m in the shower - not the most convenient of times!) and then sketch it down as soon as possible. I then get started on the building the design and see where it ends up. Always difficult to judge how others will receive things though - sometimes a design I love wont do that well, and vice-versa.
You’ve done gaming travel-posters for Skyrim, Zelda, and a few more, where did the idea come from for those? Were you just playing a game and thought to yourself, “Man, I wonder what a travel poster would like for this place?”
With those it all started with Zelda - it’s no secret that Ocarina of Time is my favourite game. I was re-playing it one day, getting pretty overcome with nostalgic emotion when the idea struck - as I entered Hyrule Field at sunset I thought “who wouldn’t want to visit Hyrule?”!
The other designs spawned off the back of the Zelda ones - I knew the world of Skyrim would lend itself well to that format as soon as I began playing it.
What are your future plans for travel posters? Do you see a Bioshock series or adding the DLC locations from Skyrim? Ever thought about doing a series based off Fallout?
I am planning on creating more travel posters for sure - we’ve had a quite a few requests for some Final Fantasy themed ones along with locations from other games within the Nintendoverse. Bioshock and Fallout are both ideal candidates for posters like these - I personally love games like that which are set in rich, detailed worlds that really engage us gamers. We already have a popular Nuka Cola poster so I’m sure plenty more Fallout stuff would go down well…
Are you an avid gamer? If so, what are you currently playing?
I’m definitely an avid gamer and have always been a big Nintendo fan until more recently. My favourite console would probably be the N64 as I’ve got loads of fond memories from that period of gaming. Who didn’t love GoldenEye deathmatches or playing Mario 64 for the first time! More recently I’m into my Xbox 360, recently picked up Dishonored and loving that! Just wish I had more time to play - running GamerPrint keeps me pretty busy!
If you could be any video game character who would it be?
Great question! I think I’d have to be Fox McCloud - pretty cool job flying round space shooting things while having a toad, a falcon and a hare as your wingmen! I’d be barrel-rolling all day long!
What do you do for fun?
Eat. I love food! If I could eat a proper sit-down meal and play video games at the same time I would. Someone needs to invent a way to play games with just your feet.
If there’s one thing that you want people to know about you, what would that be?
That I’m really into movies too and as a side project I have a site selling original designs based on my favourite films!
What is your most memorable video game memory?
If I had to pick one it would be completing the first dungeon on Ocarina of Time where the Great Deku Tree sends you on your epic quest to save Hyrule moments before passing away. Oh the responsibility on young Link’s shoulders!
Ellen’s response to the ‘Abercrombi& Fitch’ statement.
forever reblog - ellen is the best.
The ruminal cannual - permanent access to a cow’s stomach to analyse the feed process to maximise meat and milk production. Beyond repulsive and heartbreaking.
Patti LaBelle & Celia Cruz - Quimbara at the 1998 Alma Awards