Xbox One // Customized Controller

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Xbox_Remote_Front“Beast of The Enemy // Pronghorn”

Hand-painted Xbox Controller 

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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).

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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?

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

Cheers!

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15 responses to “Xbox One // Customized Controller

  1. Reblogged this on valeriereynolds2013 and commented:
    This would be so cool to have.

  2. I absolutely love how the controller’s surface looks like eggshell. Adds a certain fragility to it. And – of course – beautiful artwork!

  3. Very creative idea. I just love the notches on the top of the contoller. Beautiful job!

  4. Christian Søgaard Moen

    me want! :)

  5. Gorgeous! My boyfriend would love this!

  6. This is so rad! Nice work

  7. themovingmountain

    Reblogged this on TheMovingMountain and commented:
    What a Pity you can’t play with this Little Fellow!

  8. I wish i could have one of these!

  9. clumsywithwords

    It almost makes me wanna try it at home (but I know better)! Great design!

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