We continue to be amazed by the artists in our emblem community. One in particular stands out with his images that utilize the illusion of depth and focus to create hyper realistic emblems. TheRealN97 is the Infinity Ward May Artist of the Month!
How long have you been creating Emblems on Call of Duty?
I have been making emblems since Call of Duty Black Ops 1. The interest in making emblems really took off with Call of Duty Black Ops 3. I was inspired by one of my fellow creators, MagicSista24. I was very impressed by her work, and wanted to see if i could make emblems like that. I later got to meet a lot of other amazing creators, and they keep me going.
Do you have any hobbies outside of gaming?
Yes, I like drawing, working on motorcycles, cars, old tractors, and spend time on the road and in the gym working out.
Is there an Emblem you have made that you have found exceptionally challenging?
I found the bullet emblem to be very challenging. It required a lot of attention to detail, shading, getting the colors right.. It was very challenging to get that "shiny gold like" effect.
How would you describe your Emblem Art Style?
I would describe my emblem art style as realism. I prefer the more realistic approach in emblems, mostly close-up portrait emblems. I think realistic emblems are more impressive to look at, and I like the challenge in going for that realistic approach.
Do you have any tips or tricks for making IW Emblems that would help someone just starting out?
My tip to anyone wanting to make emblems would definitely be to go and watch emblem tutorials. I think it's a good way to learn a lot of different techniques, like shading, perspective, and how the different shapes can be used. It is a lot of trial and error, but practice makes perfect, and I hope you have fun!
What are your go – to Decals in the IW Emblem Editor?
My go-to decals are the Rock Shadow, Circle, Merciless, Relentless & Ruthless.
Favorite Rig/Payload to run?
Warfighter with Claw.
Favorite Game mode and Loadout to run on it?
Attachments: Foregrip, Extended mags & Stock.
Perk 1: Ghost & Dexterity.
Perk 2: Scavenger.
Perk 3: Hardwired.
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