Relic of the Past

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Title: Relic of the Past
Materials: Acrylic on textured board
Dimensions: Original is 12 inches high by 9 inches wide. (though print sizes may be varied)
Prints on: Etsy

This was my first attempt at painting in a semi realistic style and took care to notice shadows, highlights and dimensions.

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The first sketch of my beloved Nintendo GameBoy Pocket

I decided to paint my first personal gaming console. My parents were very anti video games, and so it was a wonderful surprise to get this Gameboy Pocket for Christmas one year and in my favorite color of red too! I enjoyed many wonderful hours playing with it. As a child I often played Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back which for some reason wouldn’t allow me to save and the batteries would die before I could reach the ending. I went to PAX East this year (a gamer conference) and I made sure to pick up some new games for it (like Frogger and Pac-Man). When I’m feeling nostalgic I usually fire this up, and play through some Tetris, or Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins. The more amazing modern technology becomes, it’s nice to have this relic of my past to enjoy. There’s something about it’s green/silver screen that has a beauty all of it’s own.

First layer of that beautiful red color.
First layer of that beautiful red color.

The process of the painting was fun. I took very careful measurements of the GameBoy and transferred them on to my board. Once I was done painting the body I actually put my GameBoy on top of the drawing so I could see where the shadows naturally fell on the board to give it a 3D look. Probably the most fun was trying to come up with a way to mimic the classic screen which I ended up painting with a green-grey paint I mixed up and covering it with a fine film of silver.

Needing some edge clean up and the display color, but so far so good.
Needing some edge clean up and the display color, but so far so good.

If you are interested in purchasing a print of this please visit my store on Etsy