Fan-made BioShock Infinite Vigor That Never Was
BioShock Infinite has a host of magical spells called Vigors, which like their counterparts called Plasmids like the original BioShock, confer supernatural powers to those who imbibe them.
As they exist in the game, players are able to summon a murder of crows with the appropriately named Murder of Crows, or call upon the powers of electricity with the Shock Jockey. They can even wield the power of telekinesis with the Bucking Bronco, a Vigor which hurls opponents into the air. The player need only consume Salts, a limited resource akin to Mana in other games, to draw upon these powers.
Designed by BioShock Infinite community member Trie215, the Old Man Winter is a concept for an ice-themed Vigor. “Freeze your foes with this arctic ally,” reads the advertisement for the Vigor, which he designed as a digital painting in Photoshop. The illustration is one of a host of great pieces of fan-art that has emerged since the release of the game.
Explaining how he put together the design of the Vigor on reddit, Trie215 describes what he used to put the picture together, which itself was drawn using a tablet and pen.
“The ‘WINTER’ text is hand drawn, based off fonts from the time. The ‘exclusive products’ and ‘freeze your foes’ text are a font called ‘Duke’. Even with the other fonts, I shape them as vector, then in photoshop, I re-draw them with a brush that gives a more painted look, just so the text isn’t sterile.”
The artist explains that he draws and paints just as he would with a real medium with texture overlays.
“I’m more of an illustrator who doesn’t like to get his hands too dirty,” he says. ”I use mostly the standard brushes, and one rough edge brush. Other than that, I mostly rely on drawing and rendering. Oh, and lots and lots of layers!”
He adds that he gave the figure a top hat to make it look less dire, but also to give the bottle a proper lid.
“At first I thought it would be the head, or drunk out of the mouth or something. The hat was only added at all to fix that awkward problem. I thought it would add some historical significance. The face just looked so serious without it as well.”
Those hoping to see more Vigor designs from Trie215 may have awhile to wait, as he works a full time job and an artistic endeavor of this magnitude would take awhile to produce. He says that it would take a few weeks to a month for him to design another.