Oh no more NiGHTS fanart. A quickie at that.
Actually I did the original drawing for this while in the UK. I've been sluggish working on my comic so I just grabbed it, lightboxed it and inked it. I dunno I've just felt like doing digital work/work at the computer lately (I should work on my site then, hurrh).
Anyway, I've drawn NiGHTS all in his/it's glorious original form. In fact, I've thought about it, and I don't think I'm going to draw a suped up version with new fangled dealies on the costume anymore. I want to go back to basics with this character, rediscover it in a way.
I've started thinking that in alot of fandoms there seems to come a time where it becomes apparent you've drifted FAR from the thing's original form. To the point where you're not a fan of the original, but a fan of what the fans have made. So I decided that I wanna draw NiGHTS as NiGHTS again.
Some of you out there may be puzzled by my obsession with this character. Then again when do other people's obsessions make sense to anyone? Why do people obsess over sports stats, or stamp collections, or ceramic cats. The answer, in my case anyway, is that it's a treasure from my childhood.
I have a few of these. Good books (Narnia, The Giver), stuffed animals, knick knacks. Various things that give me the same feeling today that I felt as a child. NiGHTS happens to be one of those. Commercial yes, but the craft and artistry put into it is fairly obvious, as it is with anything a great effort was put forth to make. The creators slaved to create something great, something magical, it was just ahead of its time. Many gamers today who aren't even fans tend to agree it was one of the most innovative video games ever.
It was immersive, everything in it from the characters to the levels to the music (and holy crap the music was awesome) was bright, imaginative, and designed to give a dream-like feeling. I still feel the same today when I play it as I did as a kid. It was made for kids like me. Imaginative, weird, off-beat kids. I notice thats what me and many NiGHTS fans were. Even back then I thought imagination was the most important thing, and sometimes it seemed to be all I had going for me
Pic inspired by the club remix of Dreams Dreams on the "A NiGHTS Remix" album (yes the music was so kickass it got a remix album in addition to the OST). It's funky and you can hear that here: [link]
Lineart : India Ink on Bristol Board
Color: Photoshop CS