My piece for Light Grey Art Lab’s awesome Boss Rush show!
I wanted to to a tribute to Tron Bonne from Megaman Legends. The Megaman Legends games had a huge influence on me in my formative years. Enough so that I actually (still) have a notebook from about 6th grade with a section devoted to Megaman Legends fan characters. There’s something about the color palette, chunky but unique designs, and the fun fantasy/sciencey world that just.. got into my mind and stayed. I think this influence is directly responsible for some of the work that came through in even my thesis project at MIAD!
As for why I picked Tron over one of the terrifying Reaverbots... well, this lovable genius-engineer air pirate had her own spinoff game called The Misadventures of Tron Bonne which remains one of my favorite games of all time. (Just looking at my piece has me humming the music and remembering the taste of scrambled eggs & toast after an all-nighter playing at a friend's house...) You get to be an air pirate with an army of cute robots that goes around destroying and looting buildings and stealing cows!! There was no choice but her.
And as a bonus, I present to you... some 6th grade drawings of Megaman Legends fan characters, by yours truly:
What a difference 15 years makes!