Sunday, March 01, 2009

Project #58 - Foam Megaman 1-Up

My favorite video game series, is Mega Man. I love any game that can be played in permutations! There are 8! (= 8*7*6*5*4*3*2*1 = 40320) ways to beat the initial bosses, although I could never really beat Quick Man without beating Flash Man first, I think that leaves 7!...hmm...that can't be right...crap, I forgot all of my combinatorics. That leaves 28*6! ([7+6+5+4+3+2+1]*6!), which works out to being 20160, or half of 8!.

Anyway, today I made my own little tribute and put together my own 1-Up icon. Everyone needs an extra life here and there, right?

I've never really used colored foam sheets before, but they were on sale for 3 for $1 so I thought it would cost too much to experiment. I like how easy the foam is to cut and mark. The black parts are actually some stiffened felt, which was also 3 for $1. I think that makes this project officially mixed media. Yaaay!

I had a surprisingly hard time finding a picture of a MM extra life icon online. I remember having a set of icons for my old Mac laptop that was all sprites, but even that has fallen off of the face of the earth. I ended up taking screen caps of you tube videos of people playing Mega Man 2 and then trying to reconstruct the icon. in the end, I determined that the extra life icon fits within a 16 by 16 pixel box and comes in four colors. I think I got it right, but it might be off by a pixel here and there.

I have a special ruler designed for framing, but it's perfect for cutting out anything with right angles.


posted by Alison 3/01/2009 01:14:00 AM : (0) comments : splink

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