Last week I was interviewed as part of a multi-artist series for Swedish gaming magazine Level. Every month they feature artwork they've discovered online that fits into a specific theme. It just so happens that Mario is the theme they're working on now.
So here is my interview. I went back and forth on posting this but I figure the end result will probably be translated into Swedish anyway, and I would imagine it's possible that some or all of the questions won't make it to the final cut:
- Your name?
- Where do you live?
Huntington, WV USA
- Your age?
- Why do you make game related art?I'm a big classic video game enthusiast. I started doing video game art for fun, but now I actually make money off of it by doing T-shirt designs and art prints, so that's an added bonus.
- Can you explain the thoughts behind your artwork?Most of the time I like to take something video game related and put kind of a different spin on it, maybe make people think about it in a different way. One thing I really like to do is take something that seems normal in a video game and point out how odd it would be if it were real. For example, it's really funny to me how in Zelda games you can just walk into a stranger's house and smash all their pottery. The person just keeps standing there and smiling at you, but think about if you did that in real life.
- Where do find the inspiration for your work?Mostly my love for the aesthetic of classic video games is what inspires me to make video game related art. I particularly love the drawings in old game manuals and the physical design of the old consoles.
- What have the Mario games meant to you as a gamer and artist?The Mario games have been a huge influence on me as an artist and just on my life in general. I know that might sound silly, but to me Mario represents childhood. Some of the best memories of my life are sitting around with friends playing NES when I was a kid. It was a time when I didn't have a care in the world and no responsibilities.
- Your favorite game?
That's a tough one. The game that I have replayed the most and have the most memories of is probably Super Mario World. I can still remember seeing it for the first time and being blown away by the graphics. It was an amazing experience to the six-year-old me.