Interpreting Retro

Hey everybody! I started a new project called Interpreting Retro where I draw a picture of how I saw or imagined a retro game from my childhood. My Instagram account is @Phenzy and I hashtag these #interpretingretro. Here are the ones I’ve made so far:


Yay! Dragon Warrior slime!


I know this wasn’t the intention, but this is always what the hero in the original Dragon Warrior looked like to me.


Karpov always looks like he is holding his pants up.


The end heart boss in Contra always looked like Popeye to me.


Little Nemo climbing into animal suits always freaked me out a bit for a game that wasn’t supposed to be creepy.


I always thought the end of the original Zelda was pretty rough when Gannon died and became just a pile of guts.


Cyclops from Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse.


Eyeball from Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest.


Each of these images is available on items over on my Redbubble account.



Tonight I installed Corel Painter on my laptop. I never used this program before and had a pretty hard time getting it to do what I wanted. I use Photoshop most of the time but had read that you can do a lot more with Painter. I guess it will take some time to get used to but I did really like the pressure sensitivity on the pencil (my copy of Photoshop doesn’t have this and I don’t know if the newer ones do). I watched an episode of 30 days while I sketched this up. I had found my copy of Contra earlier in the day and that was my inspiration for drawing this.