"Mass Effect Saga" - Illustration for Bioware by Sam Spratt
To celebrate the anniversary of the Mass Effect trilogy, I painted this poster for Bioware — available at their store in 2 editions. With a little under 2 weeks and a mess of replayi—err, *research* to do, I sketched out a composition that’d get the best of it in there, and began painting the majority of key players and aspects from the series. With a roster as large as the game has: I was selective (my custom ginger Shep did not make the cut). The special edition even has metallic inks on the golden text and border elements which I’m particularly fond of. You can snag one HERE.
Toshihiko is our wonderful artist in residence here at ELP. He has been with us for just over 6 months and is here until December. So half way through, it’s about time we had a look at what he’s been up to.
Toshihiko graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 200. Since then has been heavily involved in printmaking and has won several awards including a scholarship from the Japanese government to further his artist practice overseas.
His specialist area is etching on copper. The drawings are extremely detailed and he draws the tonal areas of his plates dot by dot. He works delicately with magnifying glass in one hand and a hand made Swiss etching needle (of which he has a multitude of shapes and sizes).
The end result is certainly worth his dedication and patience. The work is grotesque in subject but so beautifully executed as you can see for yourself.
A pure joy and an inspiration in the studio, it’s a privilege to have Toshihiko working at ELP!