Pratt BFA Communications Design Thesis

Matthew Kim Illustration

The Lands Left by Gods

Character Design
Concept Art

As an illustrator, my inspiration would derive from video games, movies, comic books, and other sources of media. Through observing these different types of mediums, I am able to see how through concept art, can these wide array of media can show the settings, mood, themes, and more in the final product". Games such as The Metal Gear Solid and the most recent Death Stranding by Kojima Productions, The God of War series by SIE Santa Monica Studio, also the Halo and Destiny series by Bungie, each of these video games go through the same process of starting the idea of the concept of the game. I have always been iincapacitated by how illustration in concept art can be so breathtaking and also it being translated into the video game.

“Concept art is a form of illustration used to convey an idea for use in films, video games, animation, comic books, or other media before it is put into the final product. Concept art is not only used to develop the work, but also to show the project's progress to directors, clients and investors.”

I love to create characters and design them into a world that I would create in my head. But it was only as of recently have I began to create the very world that was stored in my mind. Having both the characters in this world in one illustration only made things clear on what I have enjoyed through my entire life, video games. World building, designing characters, created the story for the world and each individual character that inhabit this world.

Sci Fi has been one if not, my most favorite genre and it has influenced the majority of my work. But recently the world of a fantasy world has peaked my interest. With the likes of Dungeons and Dragons, Game of Thrones, For Honor, Skyrim, etc, all stem from the time period of the medieval times. Which has fascinated me on how these fantasies stem from stories during the medieval time period, Knights fighting dragons and going on extravagant and epic adventures. In this senior thesis project, I want to create this world, to go through the similar steps and process a concept artist would go through when creating or re-representing a video game. In this world there will be 4 environments or biomes, desert, marine, forest, and the tundra biome. With each environment, character will be designed to fit where they inhabit. With both aspects realized Illustrations to tell a story of my world that I envisioned. This world will also incorporate those aspect of medieval times and the old gods from H.P lovecraft.