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Portal by zacharyknoles Portal by zacharyknoles
Another week of paperback covers -- video game edition! Painted for Week 45 of my 365 Pages project, from photo reference by Hong Ly (www.characterdesigns.com).

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LDMythos Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this, but I'm kind of dumbstruck by the mention of Kim Swift when the Portal writers were Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek.
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zacharyknoles Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013   Digital Artist
I know, yeah ... I debated whether to go with Erik Wolpaw and Chet Faliszek (the writers of Portal) or with Kim Swift (whose game Narbacular Drop originated the concept of portals). I think there's probably justification for either one, but I can see the argument going with Erik and Chet since these are, after all, BOOK covers. And on most of the other covers I went with the writer and not the designer, so I probably should have been consistent.

I think, ultimately, for this particular game, the initial concept of portals was such a fantastic, original idea that I wanted to give a nod to that by crediting its designer.
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LDMythos Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All right, that's a strong justification and I thank you for elucidating me. Like you said, these ARE book covers, so I still think it's the writers who should be credited as the novels would only basically keep their scripts and a few mentions of gameplay, but it's not a big deal. :P I'm happy enough with the explanation you gave, it was well thought out!
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EdensHeart Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
I like the lack of detail.  It's gives it a quasi minimalist feel.  It's very fitting for book cover art and I think it works well with Portal.  You should consider entering this piece in to the welovefine.com Portal contest.
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zacharyknoles Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013   Digital Artist
Thank you! The lack of detail is definitely intentional, for getting that painterly pulp paperback style.
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DeepHurting Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013
Excellent work. :)
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HongsiTiMa Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
Awwwwwwwwww I really want see it's more detail ;_;
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zacharyknoles Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013   Digital Artist
That's as detailed as it gets, unfortunately -- I painted it very quickly!
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