Corban Wilkin: Illustrator


Feeling Nostalgic
February 21, 2019, 16:56
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Do you have any idea how big of a deal rap is in Poland?

It’s a huge deal. It’s practically Poland’s second national religion.

And for the obvious reason of not speaking the language, almost none of us in the English-speaking world have listened to any of it. But it’s like its own whole world of rap, with different styles, sensibilities, and lyrical themes to most rap coming out of the US.

Case in point: KaCe, who’s finally dropped his debut EP: Nostalgia.

Hip hop isn’t something my own art style would usually go with, but KaCe’s music is not your typical mainstream hip hop. The tracks are about a difficult personal journey and of finding the strength to leave behind the wreckage of the past, and the emotional beats on this album, combined with deeply personal lyrics, called for some iconic but grimy cover art with that kind of emotionally-charged storytelling feeling that you can get from illustration.



Iconographicising

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Also: Democracy 3: Africa from Positech Games is now out on Steam, and above are just a few of the many conceptual icons I created for the game:

This turn-based political strategy game uses a unique icon-driven interface to help you navigate the most complex political and economic simulation ever seen in a computer game, custom-built on its own proprietary neural network. Democracy 3: Africa simulates the myriad interactions between voters, policies, economic and political variables, political parties and the various situations that develop over time.

Every icon I drew represents a sociopolitical statistic, policy, or value within the game which can be implemented or altered by the player as part of your role in governing an African country, and can affect a variety of other, linked values and, therefore, the strength and success of your government.

Sounds complicated, but the picture-based interface makes a complex game intuitive. Really great series of games, these, and really great to play a part in bringing it to life.

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