In January, there is a local art show entitled “Pixel Culture”. It will be showcasing art inspired by video games both past and present (but mostly past). I’ve had the good fortune to be able to have a space in the show, and so I’ve decided to make four pieces of art for the show. Each one combines two well-known video game characters that normally wouldn’t meet each other, and you guys get a sneak peek of what I’ve created!
THE WRONG GHOST
Ms. Pacman from Ms. Pacman (1982)
Boo from Super Mario Bros. 3 (1988)
While Pacman is more famous for chasing and eating ghosts, Ms. Pacman was actually the more successful arcade game, with over 115,000 arcade cabinets produced. Boo, the ghost who would only chase you if you were looking away, has appeared in nearly every major Super Mario title since 1988.
(Fun Fact: Ms. Pacman and Boo have actually been in the same video game together. Mario Kart Arcade GP was an arcade version of Mario Kart, Ms. Pacman was a playable character, and Boo was an item that could be used in the game.)
The medium for all four images is chalk pastel. I’ll be showing the other three sketches over the next two weeks.