Author: Michael Burns
Author: Jet Set Radio, Streets of Rage, Golden Axe, Phantasy Star and Shinobi among first prints of SEGA-inspired artwork
Amsterdam gallery Cook & Becker asked some of the hottest artists working in entertainment and video games today to draw and create a print of their favourite classic SEGA games.
The idea was to create a series of beautiful prints that would capture the heart of these classic brands, their aesthetic and what they meant for people playing them and growing up with them.
"We decided to work with the original rights holders and artists working in games and entertainment today - people who grew up with these classics - to make new prints that would capture the feeling of those games," said Maarten Brands from Cook & Becker. "It's a sort of tribute art, but officially licensed and made in conjunction and with direction of the rights holders and people on the original teams if they were still there."
The artists created the prints under art direction of Cook & Becker and SEGA, working from the original assets. Made under official license, they prints are fine art Certified Art Giclees, available in a limited-edition of 200 each.
Image: Phantasy Star by Kilian Eng
Digital artist Kilian Eng is well-known for his retro scifi and surreal landscapes. His prints and posters are in high-demand with collectors and he has worked on images and covers for many Marvel, Disney and HBO brands.
"When I learned about this project I thought it would be fantastic to get the opportunity to work on Phantasy Star," he explained. "I remember several older SEGA games fondly, but Phantasy Star was my first pick. It was really fun digging into the Phantasy Star universe again after so many years since I last played it. It’s a really good game with a lot of nostalgic value for me."
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