Kotaku recently posted the above work, created in Photoshop by artist Marco Luna, a.k.a. “The Baby Seal Killer.” (In case you’re as puzzled as I was for the first couple minutes, the letters spell out the now-exhausted gamer slang, “pwned.”) The piece, intended as part of a series, is meant to be a modern take on the traditional still-life.
On a slightly more old-fashioned note, but also more fascinating, is a series of unfinished paintings by an anonymous amateur artist who recreates scenes from video games on commission to raise money for charities. Here’s an interpretation of “Half-Life 2,” commissioned by a Canadian resident.
While the artist focuses on video games, her website, a blog of works in progress, states her terms quite firmly:
Its that simple; you tell me what you’d like me to paint, and I paint it. The only exceptions are images that are violent, abusive, exploitative or damaging. I get to call that, you don’t.
I guess I won’t be commissioning that “Grand Theft Auto IV” tapestry after all.