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BioShock box art cover
By avatar Karma 33 on December 31st, 2009
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Karma 33 [ 9 years ago ]

So, shortly after my dental surgery, myself and Saxon (Apollo) were discussing about surgery. I thought it would be fun to create a boxart while I was still on morphine, so here is the result. I was inspired by this amazing box I saw on NeoGaf once, part of this thing called the Gaf collection (similar to our Essence collection---coincidence?)

Anyways, I hope you enjoy, and please check out the Gaf collection, it's truly amazing:

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EDIT: Silly me, I forgot to comment on the box itself. I decided to hop on the Essence bandwagon, but rather than making an extremely plain box/ using silhouettes, I decided to convey to you kind folks what Bioshock means to me. For the front, I decided to portray the adventure and exploration side of Bioshock---the opening cinematic seemed perfect for this. As for the back, anyone who has played Bioshock knows that many options to make moral decisions appear throughout the game, so I decided that the hands were a great way to show this.

I apologize if the box isn't technically challenging enough for you, and I apologize if there are any rough parts and/or mistakes. I decided not to edit this copy that I made while on morphine, and I am content with my decision.

Thanks for reading, and enjoy! :D

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TheSlyder 41 [ 9 years ago ]

It's a little too similar to link which no doubt was the inspiration you were referring to. I like the subtlety of the Gaf box, and while I think your version of it is pretty clever and likable, I feel it loses a lot of the charm the original had. I like the color scheme on yours much more, though.

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Barondando 24 [ 9 years ago ]

I saw a few of these in an issue of OXM, nice job, and on Morphine?!

Nice job at expresing what the game is actually about!

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MasterKatsumi91 8 [ 9 years ago ]

i really like this is so simple its awsome +fav

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Vengeance 40 [ 9 years ago ]

You say the inspiration for the front was the exploration theme of the game, but why did you still use silhouettes, even though you said that wasn't the aim? It can still capture the essence of a game without them, you know.

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XCore 42 [ 9 years ago ]

The concept of Essence was created when we all saw the Gaf Collection, during.. erm... your death? :p

Nice box Jona-... Ok.
Nice box dude. :p

Really original, and it seems really sparse but I do understand the simplistic concept here. Well done.

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Spiner_ 42 [ 9 years ago ]

Stunning.

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Karma 33 [ 9 years ago ]

Thanks for all the comments guys, they're really appreciated!

#2, Thanks for the comment. While I do agree that this shares similarities, I sort of look at it like a "sequel" to the first box, expanding on some themes that it represented.

#3, Thanks man, and yes indeed I was on Morphine. They had to cut a tooth out, so I was put on some pretty strong stuff :P

#4, Thanks, simple was what I was going for (as far as I can remember...>___>.) I feel that if I had cluttered it, the actual "essence" would be lost.

#5, Thank you for the comment. However, I don't feel that what I used were silhouettes. I used images that were comprised of solid colours, but I don't think they fit the criteria of a "silhouete." An example I would choose as a silhouette is:

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#6, Haha I wasn't aware of that. I'm glad that I wasn't the only one that was inspired by those amazing pieces of art.

#7, That's quite the complement, thanks a bunch!

And as always...thank you to those who faved, but I would appreciate your feedback as well!

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TrevOwnz 41 [ 9 years ago ]

He didn't swim down, he went by elevator. Your box is way to much like the link Slyder posted.

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Spiner_ 42 [ 9 years ago ]

I actually like this more than the one from the GAF collection.

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Karma 33 [ 9 years ago ]

#9, Fair enough, however I don't think that showing him going down the spiral stairs and in the elevator would convey the message I'm trying to show.

And while the design aspects are similar to the Gaf one, I believe that this box is showing a completely different aspect than the Gaf box. The Gaf box is much more subtle, but I believe that this expands on many of the basic aspects of the original box.

To all that have faved: thank you, folks!

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Vengeance 40 [ 9 years ago ]

Well, silhouette, stick man, whatever. Why use them over conventional images, that could probably capture the essence a bit better?

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Karma 33 [ 9 years ago ]

I could certainly give that a shot...what would you suggest?

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TheSlyder 41 [ 9 years ago ]

#12, A symbol is not the same as a silhouette. And why not use conventional images? Because there's less artfulness in it, it's more restrictive, it's takes away personal touches, it's considered standard. Take your pick.

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TheSlyder 41 [ 9 years ago ]

#9, The box is done almost completely in symbols. To put an elevator in the cover just for it to maintain accuracy would ruin the box with complication. What's important is that there's a symbolic descent.

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