From June 2008 to February 2009, I worked steadily on 46 figurines, one painting, and one illustration based on game sprites from Mother 3, a GBA game from 2006. This is the much anticipated sequel to the very unique 1995 Super Nintendo game, EarthBound (or Mother 2), created by Shigesato Itoi.
EarthBound is my favorite video game and I spent many happy hours watching my brother (Steve) play it while I thumbed through the handy player’s guide. The guide had illustrative clay models of almost every character and enemy in the game. I studied each page and it was a great source of inspiration for me.
After waiting 10 years for the sequel, Mother 3 was only released in Japan, so a small group of very talented fans translated the game and released a patch for english speakers. The folks at Fangamer thought the experience wouldn’t be complete without a player’s guide to complement the game and created the Mother 3 Handbook. This book is an art-filled 240 page guide with clever and entertaining writing, packed with game facts, secrets, and stats.
It was an honor to be a part of this project and have my work featured alongside the work of Emilio Orsi and Sebastian Hardy; all brought together with Jon Kay’s mastery of design. I feel that I’ve really improved as an artist these past 9 months and I enjoyed every moment of it. Working on this book with Reid (my husband) who did a lot of the writing, my brother, and many good friends has been excellent.
I’ll look back on this project with fond memories because once again, a Mother game has brought my brother and me closer and allowed us to work together. Thanks to Steve Campos, my figurines are perfectly cut out of their backgrounds and appear blemish free and ready for print. His Photoshop skills and laser-like focus and attention to detail are amazing! Thanks Steve!
Most of these figurines were made with 10-year-old scraps of Sculpey III polymer clay and painted with acrylics. The tallest is 4.5 in and the smallest is 1.5 cm tall. On average, each took 12.7 hours to make.
Here are some in-progress photos:
Here are a few (unedited) photographs of my favorites:
Visit earthboundcentral.com for more pictures and info!