Authors: Asst. Prof. Martin Constable
Ksatria Gameworks are a Singaporean game developer whose first project is based on the classic game book series ‘Lone Wolf’ by Joe Dever. From 22nd Dec 2006 to 30th April 2008 the artist Jack Youngblood was their artist in residence. Jack Youngblood is a digital painter with an interest in popular culture and digital technologies.
The Digital Print ‘Hope is the Kingmaker’ (fig. 1) was one of the key pieces in the resultant body of work. It was a complex and large (1m X 2m) composite that drew heavily on a broad range of material sourced from many places. It was the artist’s intention to produce a piece of work that was both thematically and visually excessive. The piece referenced both high and low cultural imagery and themes such as vampires, zombies, spacemen, life, death and consciousness.
This paper shall outline these influences and shall place them within the context of the gaming theme. ‘Hope is the Kingmaker’ shall also be examined in terms of the technical specifics of its manufacture and the history of its development.