Originally posted by: SuperJimtendo
Originally posted by: avatar!
Originally posted by: Quaze
I've gotta ask, Adam, are you offering a bounty because this piece is available to you and you're trying to figure out where it's from to gauge what it may be worth for an offer, or are you just really that curious about where Greg's art was used?
I saw this on ebay sometime ago, for a really low price ($200-300?) so I'm guessing he purchased the piece and wants to know where it was used. That is to say, IF it was used, I still think the most likely scenario is that this was unused, but of course, I could be totally mistaken! And of course, depending on if this was used and if so for what game/product, can make a huge difference in the value. Can't blame him for wanting to know!
I agree, it might have been unused or a gallery piece. Something from the old portfolio.
The possibilities are endless. However, we can take some educated guesses
Certainly a commissioned piece. Greg Winters had illustrated perhaps several hundred published pieces by this point. Important games like Megaman3,4,5,6,X,X2,X3. Sonic, a Gremlins game and multiple Gremlins movie posters. He has even done Star Wars covers that Lucas himself purchased for his own collection. Greg is very busy and wouldn't need to do a piece with nothing going on to pad a portfolio.
Game covers are usually established early. A cover becomes part of the indentity of the game. For this reason most canceled games will have had a cover produced. There is lengthy period of time from initial concept to finished product. Lots can happen in that time. If this was a cover for a game it is possible that the piece is unpublished if the game was axed.
However, less time from concept to execution for a magazine ad. You don't pay a guy to whip something up only to sit on it for months. Unless you are ready to roll with an ad it just isn't a priority. There are cases where an ad will run and the game is later canceled but these are rare instances often only with the existing cover art. Anything is possible but very unlikely that this is an unpublished ad illustration.
So to sum it up this is what I firmly believe. It was certainly commissioned. If used for advertising then almost certainly published. If it was used for a game cover then likely unpublished only if the game was canceled.