Shovel Knight Drop Caps

I was commissioned to design a dozen drop caps and a variety of decorative motifs for the epic new gaming magazine, A Profound Waste of Time, that celebrates games as an art form. 

The drop caps were inspired by medieval woodblock prints and depict characters and key items from the cult classic game Shovel Knight by Yacht Club Games. 

The brief was to visually translate the reduced bitmap style of the game's elements into their rich woodblock equivalents while remaining faithful to the original characteristics. The illustrations were drawn around a set of letters I designed in the style of 16th century initials.

The designs were also shortlisted to feature in Typism Book 4.


A few of the images in situ:


Some of the original bitmap graphics from Shovel Knight: