Retronauts, the long-running retro video game podcast, is always a joy to work with because: 1. the episodes are about video games and that's fun! and 2. they appreciate art experimentation. I have been one of the illustrators on the podcast and some of Jeremy Parish's video game book projects since 2020.
Above is an episode about Spinnaker Games and Below the Root, an influential early game created in collaboration with Zilpha Keatley Snyder, the author of the fantasy novel by the same name and the Green Sky Trilogy. The game and book series has plenty of interesting 1970s and 1980s-style cover illustrations, so it was a fun challenge to go in a new, colorful direction.
I'm excited to share more Retronauts pieces this year as they are released.
Below are two mashups of existing ideas but with video games added to them. The one on the left is about Stephen King's influence on video games. The cover is inspired by the haunting cat illustration from the original Pet Sematary cover with a Nintendo controller and characters from Earthbound, a game that draws on King's work. The bottom right is a mailbag episode with the postman from Animal Crossing drawn in the style of Mr. ZIP, the old USPS mascot.
Below are more conceptual pieces. The left is about new, high-tech ways to play retro games in 2023 ... but in a very 1990s style and color palette. The one of the right is about video game anthologies like the recent Atari 50.