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Time Travel Art Machine: Super Mario!
Found the secret warp zone while working on the drain.
Ten(!?!) years ago for fun I painted up this quick piece of Captain Lou Albano as Mario, from when he was on the Super Mario Brothers Super Show. I’d forgotten all about making this until watching a retrospective on the show in last week’s episode of Secret Galaxy.
I did a few other NES-era paintings as side projects, notably these 8-bit inspired pieces that my best friend Andy and his siblings got from me to give to their youngest brother TJ for his wedding. TJ’s made a good career out of writing review pieces, notably in the gaming industry.
Who would’ve thought that just a few years later my art would be all over the video game industry, right? Even this past week, WWE Supercard used my painting for the WWE 2K23 Icon Edition cover as an in-game card. I went from making art inspired by games to having my art become part of games. What a wild ride!
Love you more,