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By avatar Drakxxx 46 on August 25th, 2009
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Drakxxx 46 [ 8 years ago ]

This is my entry for Reed's Indie game design contest.

I recently saw in the game store how they have cases out amongst the actual retail games for download exclusives such as Marvel vs. Capcom 2. This design for Braid is the same idea, but for a Japanese PS3 release of the game.

I'm not to wise about the current indie game scene, so after taking a look at some of the more popular titles, I came to the conclusion that Braid would be the one of the ones I could do the best with. Having never played the game before, I downloaded it and played it through before starting any work on the box design, and found the gameplay experience to be very artistically charging. I went to work on the drawings with aesthetic design appeal, as well as my own visual interpretations of the game in mind. I then filtered my original colored artwork to match the more painted, light and airy look of the game.

Thanks in advance as always for your comments and favs guys, and best of luck to everyone who put together an indie game box. There's been some very cool stuff so far, so please check them out via the tag if you haven't already. :)

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super-mega-hyper-sonic 40 [ 8 years ago ]

Awesome!

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Death 41 [ 8 years ago ]

I was working on a box for this comp., then i just saw this, and stoped. No way im finishing mine now, this will win easy

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roza 43 [ 8 years ago ]

well, no point in me even TRYING to mak a box for the comp, youve already won!

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hesit8 45 [ 8 years ago ]

Oh wow.

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Higashi89 47 [ 8 years ago ]

Man... I just love your boxes. Some boxes you made you draw on it, right? You drew it, too?

Man, I shoud make it too, I mean, I draw something and make a digital art but I'm a veteran with this yet.

Anyway, this box deserve a Hall of Fame.

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Sven 32 [ 8 years ago ]

Magnificent work Drak, the color of the template doesn't really seem fitting though. But that's just me nitpicking. =)

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super-mega-hyper-sonic 40 [ 8 years ago ]

Ah shit.I picked the wrong time to upload a box didn't I?

lul.

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Reed 33 [ 8 years ago ]

#3, #4, that's what people said when MARKER entered the last one. But he didn't win. That's also a very defeatist attitude to have.

Anyway, it's not the entire point to be the winner. A big part of it is about expanding/exploring your abilities within the specified constraints. The last one was about working with limited colors. This one is about working with games that generally have very limited artwork (and exposure). Which makes it ironic that Drakxxx chose Braid, because that probably has the most high quality artwork available of all, but didn't use any of it.

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qwerty334 44 [ 8 years ago ]

#3, #4, That's pretty weak guys.

This box is magnificent.
I'm not guaranteeing this will win until I see all of the boxes, but you have a good shot.

By the way, Drak, do you color these drawings in Photoshop? How do you achieve that painterly style with the color? It looks great.

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sd1833 47 [ 8 years ago ]

It's amazing as always. Fantastic work, my friend. :)

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Mad Spike 43 [ 8 years ago ]

Awsome as always! Design fits the game's mood very well. I can even hear Braid's music right now :P
I, guess, I will upload my box tomorrow, so there wasn't too much time between submisions :) By the way, can I use your Indie logo, just like it's official one?

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Manuel_Alejandro95 29 [ 8 years ago ]

Wow, A Master Work ready to go, for sure!

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HalfSwiss 42 [ 8 years ago ]

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dmshaposv 47 [ 8 years ago ]

The front composition is pitch perfect. Your drawing style really compliments this game.

This is my favourite entry so far, but I wouldn't call this a winner yet. Mad Spike is a game changer and there is always a chance we could get a surprisingly amazing entry from someone else. ;)

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afifan000 44 [ 8 years ago ]

Good God, Gorgeous!

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E_G 39 [ 8 years ago ]

Drakxxx, don't take this the wrong way, but I would like to see someone else make a better box and win the competition, because I can't imagine it happening.

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deiviuxs 46 [ 8 years ago ]

The drawings are amazing, but I don't like that the box is in Japanese and I hate the template.

These kind of competitions are unfair because anyone from higher (blue) rankings will win. I am not saying this box will win, but it will be one of the winners.
I'll be honest, these competitions make me angry to the point where I want to stop making box at all.

Anyways, I come back later to find this box in HoF and next day to find it in MasterWorks.

Good job, Drakxxx.

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Spiderpig24 47 [ 8 years ago ]

Incredible job Drakxxx, my favorite in the competition so far, and one of my favorites from you.

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Death 41 [ 8 years ago ]

I agree with #18, its a populartity contest.

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deiviuxs 46 [ 8 years ago ]

Do I even need to say congrats?...anyways, congrats!

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Hawt Es 38 [ 8 years ago ]

This is completely solid and looks like it could be official. I have noticed all your boxes are hand drawn. Have you ever considered making one that isn't?

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hesit8 45 [ 8 years ago ]

#22, if he stopped drawing, he might not be able to add to his collection of 10 Masterwork boxes! /baffled

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Drakxxx 46 [ 8 years ago ]

Thanks so much guys!

Please forgive the wall o text, but I wanted to address some of the comments:

#3 and #4, The last thing I'd want to do with my work is discourage any other artists from participating in events. I love this community endlessly, and one of the best elements about this site is seeing the truly dedicated improve over time with there designs.

Both of you guys are talented at graphic design and I can easily tell you have a true passion for it. As Reed mentions later on in this thread, and as others have expressed in the past, design for the sake of designing, and keep at it.

#10 thanks you sir. I draw and color in Photoshop with a Waccom tablet. For this design I applied various Photoshop filters to the artwork to give it the painting / pastel look that it has.

#12 Many thanks man! I'd be more than happy to send you the little sticker I made up, absolutely. If anyone else would like it, feel free to let me know and I'll send it your way.

#16 I understand were your coming from, but as I mentioned to #3 and #4, my best advice would be to keep at it, and don't let anything stifle your creativity. Use the positive comments you receive as fuel to motivate your work further, and criticisms as ways to strengthen your overall work. In regards to the template, I plan on changing the color of the plastic, as it does seem to have a slight pink tone which throws things off a bit.

#22 Thanks a bunch man! Though custom art is definitely my favorite way of going about things, I have a few on my page that I've done with pre-existing materials:

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shadysaiyan 41 [ 8 years ago ]

I love you...

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ELCrazy 49 [ 8 years ago ]

It was fun in this comp, while it lasted....

Haha kidding man. I love this.

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alldreamsfalldown 49 [ 8 years ago ]

*sigh* More perfection. I was unaware of this competition. Is it still open and can someone provide me with a link to the thread please?

Edit: Nevermind I found it.

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Drakxxx 46 [ 8 years ago ]

#25 -27. Thank you guys. I love you all too! :)

#27 I think I have an idea of what game your going to design for. ;)

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TheSlyder 40 [ 8 years ago ]

This is amazing, Drax; but why would you make a foreign version?

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Drakxxx 46 [ 8 years ago ]

#29 Thanks Slyder. I figured the artwork would lend itself better to a Japanese format, and the concept of specifically designing a retail display box for download only American developed game for another country was strangely interesting to me.

Regardless though, I'm now interested in seeing this design as a US box, so I'm working on a US version that I'll update with. I should have it up within the next day or so. :)

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alldreamsfalldown 49 [ 8 years ago ]

#28, Please. Guess away :)

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yummybrains 30 [ 8 years ago ]

Amazing man.

This would also be a great shirt for one of your competitions :)

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Stunt 4 [ 8 years ago ]

It's freaking amazing, but I think if you're trying to use the new PS3 box art then you should take a look at this:

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And copy and paste that top in since that's how it's supposed to look. =]

It would end up something like this: link =]

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Drakxxx 46 [ 8 years ago ]

Guys, thank you so much for the masterworks!

#32 Thanks man. The design does have a certain shirty esque flow to it, so I might just change the characters out and see how it looks.

#33 Thank you! I'm actually going to be updating this one with a US version, but I do see what you mean. I should have kept the PSN info up top for sure, since this is a download game.

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KoopaDasher 30 [ 8 years ago ]

Beautiful. Stunning. Amazing. Perfection.

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Sven 32 [ 8 years ago ]

Heh, you just keep smackin' out Masterworks! Congrats.

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Silent Oblivion 44 [ 8 years ago ]

Amazing work.

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alldreamsfalldown 49 [ 8 years ago ]

Well, time's up. It's pretty obvious you won. Congratulations Drakxxx though i'm not at all suprised :D It'll be nice to see something different on the front page.

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alldreamsfalldown 49 [ 8 years ago ]

Oh wait nevermind. It ends in a week. D'oh!

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VGMaster 42 [ 8 years ago ]

Hot. I love it.

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Drakxxx 46 [ 8 years ago ]

Hey again guys.

I updated with the US version of the design as a few of you guys mentioned you would like to see it, and I though it would be cool to do.
I changed the logo around for the US design as well.

The Japanese design is still at version 1.

Thanks again!

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sd1833 47 [ 8 years ago ]

Wow. The US version looks even better, great job.

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stevencho 43 [ 8 years ago ]

o.O I some how missed this. I'm impressed everytime you upload a box. And i love the fact that popularity has nothing to do with your rank because you deserve every fav you get. One thing, your template goes a little weird when it hits the ground part of your presentation it looks a little cut-off.

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Manuel_Alejandro95 29 [ 8 years ago ]

I'm a bit late, but congratulations!
You made a great job, you are the best!
Congratulations!... again!

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Drakxxx 46 [ 8 years ago ]

Thanks everyone!

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a-beast-of-art 39 [ 8 years ago ]

Congraulations!!!!

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E_G 39 [ 8 years ago ]

You certainly deserved it, still saying that I was pleasantly surprised by how close the runner-ups were, in terms of quality.

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TrevOwnz 41 [ 8 years ago ]

Not that I want to rob you of your style but could you please post video tutorials on techniques to drawing with a tablet?

I love your work and would kill for your talent. Your going to be very successful.

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Manuel_Alejandro95 29 [ 8 years ago ]

#48, ^^ This

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Drakxxx 46 [ 8 years ago ]

#48 For sure man. I've been putting together material for a tutorial for awhile now, and I hope to get it up soon. I use the same technique with digital drawing for these box art designs as I do with the t-shirt stuff I do.

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Joeseye 46 [ 8 years ago ]

So did you get a nice tasty amazon.com voucher for this?

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Drakxxx 46 [ 8 years ago ]

#51, Not as of yet. But I'm sure Reed will have it on it's way soon enough.

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Joeseye 46 [ 8 years ago ]

#52, Ah right, well you deserved it, brah. The amount of effort you seem to put in your boxes is inspiring.

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Mad Spike 43 [ 7 years ago ]

Congratulations Drakxxx! :)

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Drakxxx 46 [ 7 years ago ]

Thanks Mad Spike. Your design for this contest was off the charts, and I'm honored to have competed against you.

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Highbrow 1 [ 7 years ago ]

Is there a way of getting a printable one? What is the use of those awesome covers if we can only stare at them on screen anyway?

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Ayron 47 [ 7 years ago ]

One of the reasons i didn't enter this competition was that i knew that,even if i could push my boundaries far,far away, i couldn't reach this level.

Perfect design,execution and use of techniques.
Excellent.

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kasdan 1 [ 7 years ago ]

Great !

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sush9 1 [ 7 years ago ]

What a great piece of work!

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bigknees2000 10 [ 7 years ago ]

that a one sweet case man good job

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BazingaBoy13 3 [ 6 years ago ]

Anyone notice that at the top of the front case there's a Blu-Ray Logo?

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Sinfulfate 1 [ 5 years ago ]

This is awesome. Is there anyway that you could make a printable version?

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Raentyr 6 [ 5 years ago ]

Now I must admit, that is truly a stunning and eye-catching case you have created.

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Hiredmonkeez 6 [ 4 years ago ]

nice!

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