The Ad­ven­tures of Marvin and Ge­orge

A beau­ti­fully lu­mi­nous im­age inspired by 2D games

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Sub­ti­tled Es­cape from the For­est of Lyess, this was inspired by Ge­of­frey’s ex­pe­ri­ence of games such as Rayman Le­gends, and Ori and the Blind For­est. “I wanted to push my­self a bit with styli­sa­tion and shapes, as well as mood,” he says. “I had been do­ing a se­ries of prac­tice pieces, where I’d in­clude Marvin (the small white line-art char­ac­ter), to add some life to them.

“I re­ally wanted to try push­ing that a bit and see how it might look in an en­vi­ron­ment sim­i­lar to those games. At first I wasn’t en­tirely sure what I wanted to go for, but as I kept de­vel­op­ing the im­age, I went for a moody for­est that the char­ac­ters could ex­plore. Sim­ple, with mostly trees, but with high­lights of colours and con­trolled light­ing to guide the eye.

“I wanted to show some­thing that could be dan­ger­ous – lots of height, gnarly tree shapes, poi­sonous mush­rooms – but de­pict it in a way that makes it look pretty. It’s been a re­cur­ring theme for me for a while. I love tak­ing some­thing scary or freaky and paint­ing it in an ap­peal­ing way.”

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