This is my design and tribute to the game of Journey, made for the We Love Fine + That Game Company T-shirt contest.
Would you wear this on a T-shirt? You can vote for it here (if you're a WeLoveFine.com member) until December 19:contest.welovefine.com/vote.ph…
The game Journey lets us roam a world of beautiful wonder, giving us the sense that we are free to explore, but also inexplicably drawn to a final destination, a destiny. Yes, of course, all games have a beginning and an end and certain boundaries designed by the maker, but Journey was truly an emotional ride that brought out deep thoughts of life and cycles and purpose. It was 100% beautiful every step of the way, but to design something for a T-shirt, I knew I couldn't just use one of the more beautiful scenes (Oh, yes, I most certainly couldn't help but sketch them out! You can see them and read my entire thought process in my scraps here: Journey sketches
). So I tried to represent the overall theme of the infinite cycle of life, and how we both follow and lead. The red character, our "child" self, is whipping its robes and racing through with excitement, only looking ahead. The white character, though, has a deeper wisdom of what is going on, taking its time, and guiding the red - even if the red doesn't know it. They are working together, but not always seeing each other, and inevitably repeating the whole cycle all over again. All of the other lifeforms circle around them, all on the same Journey. It's a transparent design, meant to work on medium to dark/dull colors, particularly greys, dark blue, and dark brown. [drawn in Sketchbook Pro 6, effects and cleanup in Photoshop]
Fun personal fact: The hardest trophy for me to get in the game? "Wait a week before playing this game again". I went nuts. I waited eight days (after playing it again right away once or twice
) just to be sure that I didn't accidentally not wait enough and have to wait to play the game for another week!