Hello people! Sorry that it has been so long, I’ve been busy around elsewhere, one of which was organizing the fourth community run Battleborn Day event (it’s right at our door step now!), including an art contest where I’m the head honcho – it’s still open till Sunday 6th midnight PDT, head over here if you want to take part!
Battleborn just turned TWO! In all honesty I wasn’t going to draw anything for the anniversary, in part because I didn’t think I could top last year’s, and in part because I felt running the event was enough, but well, it’s Battleborn for crying out loud – that magnificent game whose merits I can’t shut up about. So as it happened, already given up on doing a piece, four ****ing days before the second anniversary I get an idea that I want to draw. The guilt of NOT drawing anything for the game’s birthday celebration was too much and so I picked up a pencil and braced myself for a lot of work in a short time.
Last year the anniversary piece took me two weeks to complete, around 90-100 hours of work. Even if this new one looks similar, I’ve improved so much. I was able to do this piece in four days, maybe 30-40-ish hours of work. For that I did have to take some shortcuts, the most notable one being size. It doesn’t… really show on a screen, but the original size is just ~15 cm x 49 cm. (I’ve included a photo with a ruler on it as a reference below.)
It does look similar to last year’s, and that was one of the things holding me back on doing a piece – fear it would be too much alike. In the end, I really just wanted to do something for the sake of madly loving and appreciating this game, so I threw the concerns out of the window and decided to just have some fun.
This time the spotlight went to Miko. As much as I care for ISIC and would praise him at every turn possible, I gotta remember and respect the humble origins. Without Miko, I would have never picked up this game. I was captivated by their design and tried the beta just to get to know this character, despite having a crippling dislike to multiplayers and FPS’s. Miko was the change, the turn in line. Their appearance sowed the seed for something that I later realized was one of the best decisions in my life. A simple mushroom led to so many greater things.
So Miko is good and I love them very much. Being a healer they look after and nurture all the other Battleborn, the little saplings… Perhaps prepare them for the future.
Happy second anniversary Battleborn! My time with you has been nothing but a true joy, and I’m grateful to have met you, and through you, all the friends and incredible people around me. Through you I’ve grown and learned. You saw me through the good and the bad, but for the bad you gave me something remarkably special with which to fight it.
Thank you for giving me strength, love and joy, you delightful little digital wonder.
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