8BDIY Dad Andy

A dad living in Charlotte, North Carolina just scored major points with both his kid and the video game community after a simple DIY project that’s sure to please any video game-loving kid.

Andy, who spent a good part of the last 10 years in the event production and signage business, took his skills (and massive printer) and made canvas prints of video game characters to put on his 11 year old son’s wall. Awesome!

Andy first shared his DIY project with Reddit, where commenters were so wowed, that some actually offered to pay for Andy to make a reprint/reframe for them. We had to get a hold of Andy and have him tell us a little more about what he did and why he did it.

“Since I was a single father for the majority of his youth, gaming became something that I could share with my son,” Andy told 8BitDad. “As much fun as it was to play Resident Evil by myself I found it much more fun to play Spongebob or Harry Potter Games with my son.” Andy’s son picked up gaming and he started to surpass Andy in skill. Andy bought The Orange Box when his son was six years old. “He watched me playing Portal one Friday night and the next morning instead of watching cartoons he was on level 17 (5 levels further than I had gotten the night before),” said Andy. That day, Andy’s son beat Portal.

Andy had seen another Redditor that had purchased a Shadow of the Colossus print from eBay and posted pictures. It got Andy thinking. “The hard part is getting a high resolution image. I narrowed my Google image search to 2MP or higher then picked a few images I liked,” said Andy. He then headed to Photoshop and played with their resolution. Andy ran his prints on canvas on his Roland SP-540V, using Eco-Sol Inks. “Canvas is pretty forgiving so they turned out great,” Andy added. He went to an art store, bought frames and hung them in his son’s room.

8BDIY Dad Andy

Andy’s prints, framed and ready to be hung. Click for larger view.

This run of prints included art from Shadow of the Colossus, Assassin’s Creed III and Minecraft.

“We game regularly but have since both developed our individual styles of play,” Andy told 8BitDad. “I am strictly playing shooters where as he has diversified into all aspects of gaming and hopes to pursue a career in the industry.” Andy’s son even did a project on video games in his 3rd grade class.

Andy says that his 11 year old loved the prints. “Not only was my son stoked but so were his friends and quite a few people via my pos