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Level Easy by melonjaywalk
Level Easy

Painting of elements from The Legend of Zelda: Triforce of the Gods / A Link to the Past (1993) and Panel de Pon (1995) using a 3mmx3mm hand-drawn grid.

In this piece, Link, the player character is alone on a platform surrounded by spikes with a locked chest. He faces across the spikes towards the opposite platform where there sits a key which the
composition emphasises as both a goal and a solution but there is apparently no way to reach it. Ironically enough the display text to the bottom left quite cheerfully states that this is supposed to be an easy level - yet it appears to be anything but.

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Levels by melonjaywalk
Levels
Acrylic on Canvas, 3 panels each 253mmx760mm
Painting from Super Mario All-Stars / Super Mario Collection (1993) using a 4x4m hand-drawn grid.

These three pieces chronologically showcase the technical process of the artists’ work starting first with pencil grids and details. These are then painted over, relayered and colour corrected until the grid is no longer visible. The black heads-up-display bar at the bottom of each of the three pieces expresses an inefficiency via zeros, whilst further signature motifs such as the expression of danger and obstacles via spikes, separating two characters with a compositional power difference, are all set against the backdrop of a far-off and unattainable place.
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I'd Turn Back If I Were You by melonjaywalk
I'd Turn Back If I Were You
910x610mm with a, 4x4mm hand-drawn grid. Acrylic on canvas, original image from Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (1995) with a custom palette done by me with some star background graphics from Super Mario All-Stars / Super Mario Collection (1993).

You've overstayed in a location seen by many as an exotic destination, signifying fun, relaxation and success, somehow. The problem is that *you're* there. yr situation has not improved. It's time to give up and leave.
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Press Start by melonjaywalk
Press Start
1010x760mm title screen rendered from Sonic The Hedgehog CD (1993) and original text elements using a 4x4mm and an 8x8mm hand drawn grid.
The instructions at the lower portion of this piece, ‘Press Start’, creates a dilemma. The title of the game, which may or may not be a figment of your self-deprecating imagination, does not suggest that you will be experiencing any positive messages any time soon. As to why the game itself is so aggressive from the first opportunity, suggests that experiences outside video games may be a better option.
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Tang526 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
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melonjaywalk Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2013   General Artist
Aw it just says 'Thanks!' like, it's for one of my Japanese teachers down south who used to play American Football back in Japan, or something.
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TranceTroubleExtreme Featured By Owner May 8, 2012
Hi, I found the link to your DA page in the "Fan Art" category of the official Tomb Raider blog ([link]) and thought you would like to know (in case you missed the news) that Crystal Dynamics is holding a huge contest right now where fans can enter with new OR OLD fan art that they created entirely by hand (pencil drawings, oil paintings, charcoal sketches, etc).

Grand prize is an original illustration made by Brian Horton - the studio's Art Director!

There are also 3 other big prizes and one of them is handed out to a random contestant, so you don't have to be worried about not standing a chance against the more professional contestants! Read the detailed rules here: [link]

with kind regards,

TranceTrouble
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melonjaywalk Featured By Owner May 8, 2012   General Artist
..Oh. Wow. I totally had no idea. I think this is the first time my stuff has even been on tumblr. Thanks so much. I'm totally going to enter. I wouldn't have known this was happening at all if it wasn't for you. Thanks again!
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TranceTroubleExtreme Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
good luck :D
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The-Other-Jak Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
You inspired me to do this piece -> [link]
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LTinc Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
.pretty cool stuff (:
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melonjaywalk Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012   General Artist
Thanks. But I just looked at your stuff, and, your stuff is way cooler than mine.
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LTinc Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
matters on the point of view ;D
but i really like those pixel pictures. and nonetheless it's about nintendo characters ;D
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zachcherry Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2011   Traditional Artist
hey dude, really digging ur work.. always wanted to get some pixel paintings done but never thought of approaching from a 8/16 bit nintendo angle...
top top work :)

u reminded me of a song that was redone in 8 bit nes style..
weezers el scorcho... i think u'll dig it too if u know the original
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