April 2017 Emblem Editor Artist Profile - Goodfellaemblems!

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The Emblem Editor in Infinite Warfare is a constant source of inspiration and awe for our creative community. This month we highlight one amazing artist that designs emblems with a unique shadow box feel. Goodfellaemblems is the IW April Artist of the Month!

How long have you been creating Emblems on Call of Duty?

I have been creating emblems since the release of ‘Call of Duty Black Ops 2’. I admired a fellow artist named ‘Dark Elfx’. I watched his Youtube channel and this inspired me to have a go at creating my own. I just played around at that stage and experimented with making images using various shapes. 

Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming?

Yes, I have a Triumph Street Triple 675 Road Bike. I spend a lot of time out on the roads and maintaining it. I also like to do a bit of mountaineering. I like to keep fit.

Is there a picture Emblem you have made that you have found exceptionally challenging?

I found creating the solider from the mission ‘Wetwork’ most challenging. It was inspired by the image used by Call of Duty Modern Warfare. It required a lot of attention to detail and specific shading to make it look as accurate to the original image. It was challenging to create the composition with being limited to 64 Layers.

How would you describe your Emblem Art Style?

I would describe my art style to be mainly silhouette. I would create a scene represented as a solid shape of a single colour, usually black. I like using the various shapes to cut in and create the silhouettes. I always use this as my foundation which seems to differ from the other artists. I add the detailed layers later on as finishing touches, adding in more light or contrasting colours to bring the images to life.  

Do you have any tips or tricks for making IW Emblems that would help someone just starting out?

I would recommend that anyone wanting to improve their technique should watch emblem artists YouTube channels. You can get a better insight into improving perspective and shading.  You could try copying an emblem and experiment with shapes to see if you can master the technique.

You should then pick an image you like and try and create an emblem of your own, adding your own twist or unique style so that you can stand out from the crowd. I mainly keep to a military style in my emblems and true to the Call of Duty theme. However, I like to challenge myself with something that is quite unique, anything from the Samurai to the Serengeti. Keep your options open when choosing your imagery and most of all have fun with it! 

What are your go-to Decals in the IW Emblem Editor?

My go-to Decals are ‘The Merciless’, ‘Relentless’, ‘Ruthless’. I use these Decals to create skies, waters and landscapes. You may notice I use this often and it has become a pattern in my work. 

Favourite Rig/Payload to run?

Rig: Phantom

Payload: Pulsar

Favourite Game mode and Loadout? 

Game mode: Hardcore TDM

Loadout: NV4 - Fallout

Elo Optic

Quick draw & Extended Mags

Tactical: Personal Radar

Perk 1: Ghost & Dexterity

Perk 2: Hardline

Perk 3: Dead Silence 

I am a competitive player on Call of Duty IW. I use this set up to gain the best advantage over my enemy.

Check out more emblems by Goodfellaemblems by checking him out on Twitter and Instagram!