Hand-painted Xbox Controller
Back in late August, Microsoft commissioned eight artists to customize a set of new controllers for Xbox One. I was lucky enough to be tapped for this project – and, even better – I was given free reign to do pretty much whatever I’d like.
(Animal Battle, duh).
The project presented some new challenges for me (which I dig). While I waited for my concept sketches to be approved, I did my research. How exactly do you paint a remote control anyway?
Because my controller would only be displayed, and not used in play, I didn’t have to worry too much about maximum durability (i.e. – shows no wear even when smashed onto the floor by overzealous gamers), but I still wanted it to have the permanence of a painting.
After disassembling the controller, I lightly sanded the entire surface with very fine grained sandpaper. Then, I applied a few coats of white acrylic gesso, mixing in a little yellow on the final coat.
From there, it was just a matter of transferring my concept sketch onto the remote. Most of the challenge was getting reacquainted with my old buddy “Acrylics” while befriending a new stranger “3-Dimensional”.
Once the painting process was complete I applied a few coats of high-gloss varnish, for sparkly protection. I then reassembled the controller and VOILÁ! An Xbox One controller, Animal Battle style.
Funnily enough I haven’t seen any other controllers from this artist series pop up on the Internets, but since I saw that Xbox France tweeted out an image of my own remote, I know they’re floating around out there somewhere. Hopefully the whole collection will be posted soon.
Hope y’all are having a wonderful holiday season.