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Those pencil lines are such an elemental part of CMI's overall art style that it seems heretical to smooth them out. It's why I found Bill Tiller's proof of concept for a hi-def CMI a little threatening. Independently it looks lovely, but it doesn't really feel like CMI.

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It's finished, but since Limited Run Games are using it somewhere in their Collector's Edition (probably the book), I'll hold it off for now. Once pre-orders are through, I'll add it to the thread. I'

Just a little heads up: The UK magazine Retro Gamer interviewed me for their latest issue, so be sure to check it out!

Thanks to a VERY generous collector, more stuff is in the works. Behold:

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2 hours ago, Udvarnoky said:

Those pencil lines are such an elemental part of CMI's overall art style that it seems heretical to smooth them out. It's why I found Bill Tiller's proof of concept for a hi-def CMI a little threatening. Independently it looks lovely, but it doesn't really feel like CMI.

You can find the high resolution version here. He actually created 2 versions. I prefer the dark one as it's more similar to the original. I kinda like it, it just takes a bit to get use to it.

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Thanks for the better quality images! I agree that the darker version is better, but it still seems more kindred to Ghost Pirates than CMI. Bill's contribution to CMI as Lead Background Artist is immeasurable, but Larry Ahern was that game's art director, and I feel like any hi-def revisit of the game should be done in collaboration with him. Maybe he'd surprise me by signing off on this, but to me making CMI so smooth just feels wrong, and at any rate a new interpretation.

 

I would love to see what CMI would look like if the black and white backgrounds were rescanned in hi-res and Bill redid the digital painting as faithfully as possible. It strikes me as the appropriate method of doing a hypothetical remaster. I'll get back to you when I figure out where the financing is coming from, though. ;

 

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Here's a look at the original pencil layer of the painting, both before and after upscaling:

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For upscaling I used the ESRGAN model I've trained on posters by Drew Struzan, so the pencil work is interpreted based on his style. But I'd say it appears very faithful to what can be seen in the low resolution scan of Tiller's original drawing, even if the detail is just created artificially. If the original background paintings were built the same way as the cover, they could probably be upscaled the same way as this (plus they'd still be at full color depth without dithering). If only those Photoshop files still existed somewhere...

 

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The detail is very impressive! I can't even see it's an upscale (and that's 4 years of graphic design school talking)!

 

Also, I agree 100% with Jason. The proof of concept looks way too clean for a CMI remaster.

I guess I'm just a sucker for hand drawn art. Most of the time digital just doesn't have that rough, human quality.

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It's not even a question of taste, I would say. One can prefer Bill's new interpretation of the Barbery Coast to the original, but the fact is that's just not what CMI looked like. I think there must be a way to bring CMI up to high resolution without forfeiting its distinctly "scratchy" style.

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