One of several images made for Paradox Interactive for their and Arrowhead Studios game Magicka: Vietnam.
The image was made from scratch using a photograph of my dad in a wizard's robe. I spent many hours on it getting the feel just right, since it's rather obviously meant to resemble the gorgeous cover art of Battlefield: Bad Company 2, made by our friends at Dice.
I had never done photo manipulation/editing on this scale and level of professionalism before, so it was a challenge and many works-in-progress hit the bin during the process. Finally, I'm happy to say it turned out okay, and also very relieved to see the image getting big love from Internet users worldwide, as I'm writing this.
I'd like to thank Paradox Interactive's Mr Shams Jorjani for this opportunity. I'd also like to tell you gamers out there to stay focused on Magicka.
Who knows what the future holds...