Friday, October 26, 2012

Punch-Out!

Mac & Doc 
20x24"
 mixed media
King Hippo
 20x24"
 mixed media
After working exclusively on a computer for years I reached the point where I HAD to slap on the old apron and actually make something with my hands. I haven't ventured into the 3rd dimension since college and found it to be very refreshing and a nice change of pace. I quickly learned that this is a beginning of a new aspect of State of Shock Studios and will be proud to present similar pieces in the future in addition to the usual poster & design work.

When I was asked to contribute to Gallery 1988's Old School Video Game show I knew I wanted to focus on Nintendo's Mike Tyson's Punch-Out. When this game came out in 1987 it quickly became a favorite. I was not only enthralled with the playability of the game but was also fascinated with all of the unique characters. I've always had an interest in (and therefore am influenced by) all things cartoonish and these boxers each presented something exciting to me visually. I didn't own this game as a kid and had to pretend to tolerate the nerd down the street to have access...apparently it was worth it. Many moons later I do not consider myself a gamer but have very fond connections to the games of my childhood. Punch-Out and Baseball Stars are easily my favorite games of all time and it was great to be able to honor one of them.



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