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C2E2 Photos – Shiftylook Chalk Art Mural

Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

With so much going on, I’ve been behind on posts, so it is time to play a little catch up. Thanks for bearing with me as I take this walk down RECENT memory lane.

This one goes all the way back to April, when I once again appeared at the C2E2 Convention (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) at McCormick Place where I spent 30 hours on the floor creating a chalk mural for shiftylook.com, a website with ties to the Namco Bandai Group. To quote the Shiftylook website:

"Shiftylook exists to excavate the buried treasures of Namco Bandai Group, bringing back to life characters once thought consigned to a lonely oblivion."

This was a unique challenge, as the site consists of a number of webcomics, all with different artists, which leads to a wide variety of styles. It was my job to come up with a single illustration that brought these different styles together into one cohesive mural artwork. This was one of the few murals where I create the original artwork first, and then recreated it live at a show at an enormous chalk mural.

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Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

As always, I am working before the show even begins. It is a long trek ahead with 30 hours of work staring back at me. But with different characters to work on all across the mural, I find the variety to be a welcome change as compared to working on just one large figure. I first tackle the Shiftylook logo, and move on to Dirk Davies with art by Dean Haspiel and written by Ben McCool.

Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

I move quickly across the piece as the hours pass. Soon I am working on Bravoman written by Matt Moylan, with crisp artwork by Dax "D-Gee" Gordine. The it is on to Xevious, a game I hated when I was young as I would always be killed within a minute or two of plunking down my quarter. I also have Mary take some time to grab some costume photos for me, including Elf and the Green Goblin.

Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois.
Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois. Illustrator and chalk mural artist Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Shiftylook.com based video game properties of the Namco Bandai Group. The mural was created at the 2012 C2E2 Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

I continue onward through day two completing the unique extra-terrestrials from Alien Confidential and the heroic lead character from Skykid. At the end of day two, there is still a lot to go. Sunday morning I come in at 6 AM, long before the show opens, to continue my lonely art vigil on the empty show floor. It is during these hours that I complete Scar by writer Edmund Sherin, with art by Studio Hive. With a few old fashioned video game cabinets along either side, the mural is done, and I can finally relax.

I hope everyone enjoyed the art. And please check out my video: The Shiftylook Chalk Mural Time Lapse to see all 3+ hours of work in just a few moments of time.

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