My Newest illustration is based upon Dennaton Games awesome top-down, 2D game “Hotline Miami”. I Watched a play-though of it recently and was immediately drawn in the weirdness of the story as well as the twists and turns the story takes. What I also really enjoyed was the art style of the game which was was reminiscent of DRIVE and the music used really reminded me of Kavisnky. The idea to create this illustration was born when I was listening to Kavinsky’s album “Outrun” on a loop and had the movie Drive on the brain. I searched on the web for what other techniques people used to create fan art for both Drive and Hotline Miami and took elements from them that matched what I was going for i.e the color scheme, as well as design aesthetics such as placing the image within a black shape.
The reason I placed the image within the head shape of the character of “Jacket” was because we never really truly do see his face so it really could be anyone. Also chose to use more than one of the masked killers in the illustration was because in the game there is a implication that there are more than one killer loose on the streets of Miami. Also I created an amalgam of the logo by using the text logo on the official poster for the game, and mixing it with the logo on the cd for the game. What I feel is that I definitely did justice for the game aesthetically and got better with creating a night scene for a city. As a warning the next part will be a brief interpretation of what I believed happened in the story so if anyone reading this post doesn’t want to be Spoiled then just don’t read the next part.
I believe that in the Beginning of the game that “Jacket” is in the hospital in a coma, and everything that is happening from the beginning to the middle of the game is just a re-dramatization of the murders that “Jacket” committed. From the get go we are introduced the main character “Jacket” as well as 3 masked killers, a female with horses’ head named “Don Juan”, a man with a chicken mask named “Richard”, and another man with an owl mask named Ramsus. When we are introduced to these masked killers they aid the hero “Jacket” throughout the story giving him hints as to what events have led him to his coma state. One example of this is when Richard is in “Jackets” apartment and tells him to take a rest at which point “Jacket” is directed to his room where he sees himself in his coma state at which points “Jackets” head blows.
Also in-between missions we are introduced to different clerks from different stores who share the same face, What I believe is that these clerks are actually “Jacket” and that the bald man who interrupts these dream sequences is the killer who shoots “Jackets” Girlfriend and also puts “Jacket” into a coma. Anything from the point onward where we are introduced to and subsequently then shot in the brain by the bald man in “Jackets” dream (i.e the man in the rat mask) is real. Jacket recovers from the coma and escapes the hospital and blazes a trail of revenge on the mobsters who “supposedly” hired the bald man to kill him. The reason why I say supposedly is because we learn later that the two weird derpy janitors who appear in the game briefly are the ones pulling the strings and ordering ordinary people such as “Jacket” and others to kill those who the janitors believe are trying to invade America with a communist agenda.