Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Video game heroes get Japanese woodblock makeover

Illustrator Jed Henry's ukiyo-e series depicts his favorite video game heroes in the style of classic Japanese woodblock prints, such as the one at left. I haven't a clue about Nintendo, etc., but I sure like what he's done! Click here for screen paintings, art from the Imperial Collections, and much more gorgeous Japanese art.
Below: Rough Waves, Edo period (1615–1868), ca. 1704–9; Autumn Grasses in Moonlight, Meiji period (1868–1912), ca. 1872–91. Both screens are from the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

8 comments:

  1. I *love* the Mario Kart and Pokemon prints from Henry's website. I couldn't recognize most of the characters, though - can anyone else ID some of them?

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    1. Mario Kart!! Couldn't get that one. The final, three-paneled one is from "Street Fighter II." I wasted many an hour on that game as a kid:)

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  2. Edo would be proud! Confused, perhaps, but honored:) Thought I'd be better at recognizing these. Alas, I left my video game knowledge in the 90's. Everyone should know Donkey Kong, though!!

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    1. Of course - well now I feel silly. On second glance I also recognize Link from Zelda. These remind me of realistic portraits of Disney Princesses I remember seeing online some time ago; the familiar, but in a different style. Love it.

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  3. I only recognized a few, donkey kong, street fighter, and Zelda. Having trouble figuring out the rest. I've never been much of a video game player, the last system I had was a sega way back in 92.

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  4. I'm recognizing Mario Kart, Link, Picachu, Donkey Kong, and maybe Kirby from Kirby's Dreamland? That pink blobby thing with the mouth full of teeth?

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  5. from top left to bottom:

    - mario kart
    - castlevania
    - legend of zelda
    - starfox
    - kirby's dreamland (kirby and king dedede)
    - pokemon (pikachu, meowth, squirtle, charmander)
    - legend of zelda (again) ((link & gannon))
    - donkey kong
    - mega man (with rush)
    - metroid
    - metroid (again) ((battling mother brain))
    - street fighter ii

    all from my brain. a worthless talent! ;-)

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