I have been away from playing recently, but couldn't help looking at all the stories happening around and in Grand Theft Auto Online. And I want to tell you a beautiful one.
It is a love story, of course, controversial, as everything in GTAO. A beautiful cop and a handsome crook - a simple 'cat and mouse' constant chase, playing by the rules, which they can possibly escape.
I have been working on a quite interesting project recently and I wanted to share some thoughts about the artwork that I created as a result. Though some initial ideas have been changing through the process, the general theme was to draw real people in a style that would remind of Grand Theft Auto.
On each picture these people follow an imaginary scenario that has been provided by the creative team. In one of them a group of four friends have just carried off a heist, and are on their way back home with their cases full of money, in another an accomplished builder is busy mounting a pair of giant glasses on top of "The Goldman Sacks" building in New York, while on the other side of the world a certain well-known person is harassed by paparazzi after signing some very important deal.
It was rather amusing to create an atmosphere in accordance with the message, but for me the most exciting part was the portraits. It is always a challenge to draw a person, to be able to reveal in a drawing something that you might miss in a photo, but even more so to draw somebody whom you have never met personally. The project's owners were very enthusiastic about providing each character with a formulaic broad Hollywood smile, however what I tried to do is to give them as well a telling look.
It is something that cannot be left unnoticed on the Rockstar Games' original artwork (which was put as an example to follow in this project) - that each character tells you a story with the way they look at the observer. As a sharp parody on real life, these stories are all very well known and recognizable, but they are there, present on a sheet of paper on that digital image. And that is what I tried to recreate in my part of this project too.
I hope this little note will help you to understand and appreciate my effort.
Thanks for reading and stay tuned!