asaf :: this was for the cover of the Sunday Arts & Leisure section of the Times, featuring a story about Korean video game gods. in America, the top gamers are hardly big celebrities, but in Korea they're gigantic superstars -- way larger than life, pop culture heroes.
the first two sketches presented variations of the same idea - I was looking for an interesting clash between the geekness and the high-tech aesthetics related to super-heros.
the AD was interested in the second one, where the image is cut in half and the bottom part shows the "real" life of gamers next to the keyboard. they asked to turn the image horizontal, and change the keyboard to joysticks.
the final art was sent
but it turned out the joysticks are irrelevant in this context and that half of the illustration needed to be modified back to the keyboards.