Medium: Adobe Photoshop
"Video Game Paparazzi: Samus" Contest Entry
This is a simple entry on a photoshop image mishmash contest, with a theme of putting an iconic Nintendo character: "Samus Aran" onto a cover of a gossip magazine or a tabloid. The contest was featured on a gaming website, "Atomic Gamer" (website: [link]
Upon the creation of my contest entry, I had to maintain a level of integrity, class, and good taste (as the contest rules had specified), minimizing any racy or direct mention to sex, and instead, focusing on a possible "love story" between Tiger Woods and Samus Aran herself. As a result, the cover story was still compelling enough to draw interest from a regular gossip magazine-reading audience.
To strengthen the mock cover's striking "shock factor", I opted to go for a more "realistic" route by selecting an actual cosplay image of Samus Aran, by an unknown cosplayer. Once I fully investigate the subject model of my cover, I will righteously give credit!
As a result, the image of the Samus cosplayer has such an imposing splash effect (perfect for a magazine cover), that you can't help but gaze upon Samus' "lovestruck" face! There are other minor (yet humorous) complementary elements as well, with references to a certain sex tape, and a famous video game character's weight loss routine.
Every element of the magazine cover was created from scratch, with meticulous comparison to an actual "People" magazine to ensure a quality "homage", while avoiding needless clutter at the same time.
For all of my efforts, I had won the contest! I never usually win art contests, so when I had won, I was especially proud of it. The prize? A brand new copy of the newly released "Metroid: Other M" for the Nintendo Wii!
I thoroughly enjoyed the contest, as I had fantastic competition. I am looking forward to joining their next contest!