Artist Spotlight #3: Robh Ruppel

APRIL ISSUE: POST #25

I’ve been looking up so many artists recently its been making me want to try out drawing again. I did draw a lot as a kid, and I did go to University for Game Art last year for 3 months before dropping out. It became clear to me that I didn’t really want to go into the game industry for art and to be honest, my art skills were never that great, to begin with, and with all the feelings of inadequacy and constantly comparing myself, I knew I wasn’t cut out for it. Which is why I have so much respect for these artists, whether they’re big or small, or whether they paint digitally or traditionally.

I think I want to start drawing in my free time again, with no pressure and just for fun. These next images from artist Robh Ruppel certainly motivate me, which is why my next spotlight is on him in particular.

Name: Robh Ruppel
Nationality: American
Links: Website Instagram
All artwork owned by Robh Ruppel. Images gathered from www.robhruppel.com

Robh Ruppel worked on the Art Direction for both Uncharted 2 and the animated film Meet The Robinsons, which I for one, was shocked when I found out. It’s such an interesting combination, and he did a fantastic job with both. Uncharted 2, in particular, is one of my all-time favourite games, it’s what really got me into console gaming, and it’s one of the first games I actually beat on the PS3 too. I remember being absolutely drawn in and astounded by the locations, and feeling like I was watching and taking part in a long feature film.

The art book for Uncharted 2 is also a must buy in my opinion. All the artists who work on the Uncharted series over at Naughty Dog really should get a lot of credit.

Talking about Robh Ruppel specifically though, I personally absolutely love his work, no matter what the subject matter is. I feel like I should say heaps more, but really, we should all just sit and stare and admire.

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I put these three images together because they make me feel so happy. The first image is from his ‘Lighting Keys’ Gallery on his website, and to me, it’s such a feel-good and calming scene, and I must say the lighting has been done perfectly. I chose the other two images because those are places I would absolutely want to visit. I mean, Playtime Planet?! Sign me up.

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I know, you must be thinking, ‘are these really drawn by the same guy? That’s bonkers!’ But yes, yes they are. I believe that all of these images are for Uncharted 2 and, to be honest, I would buy prints of all of them if I could and make my own shrine. The detail in these images is formidable, and I’m sure in the last one there’s nothing to worry about. I’m sure that they just want to greet him or give him some sort of mighty handshake.

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I do love me some trees and forestation, and waterfalls aren’t bad too. Oh, and I like architecture, did I mention architecture? Bah, I like everything.

The perspective on the first painting is great though and the lighting certainly fits too. While it’s bright on the rooftops, down on the streets looks dark and shady, with cars looking pretty barren. The second and third pictures certainly add a lot more greenery, and the second one, in particular, is one of my favourites to look closely at. I love how it looks like the plantation is taking over. To be honest, I don’t think I’d mind if my home was engulfed in leaves.

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To finish off, I would just like to leave this image with you. I love the lighting and the composition, and the way that your eye is drawn to the dude hunched over at the desk. I don’t know why, but to me, this makes me want to ask him a lot of questions. Like, what are you writing? Where have you traveled? Tell me your whole life story goddammit. Not that I’m a nosey person or anything.

So that’s another artist spotlight done! I recommend that you browse through Robh Ruppel’s website since he has a ton of pieces that you should check out. Also, if you haven’t played the Uncharted series, I highly recommend it. Nathan Drake is one charming video game character.

Thank you for reading and Happy Gaming!

-LDG

 

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