His sketches in black, white and red – entries for 2019’s ‘Inktober’ daily sketch challenge, shown on his ArtStation portfolio - showed a range of well-known video game characters, like Chun-Li, Super Mario or Final Fantasy 7’s Cloud Strife.
In itself, that’s to be expected – Artstation is a good place to see fan art.
What was different, was they couldn’t tear themselves away from the images.
Van Dyke’s characters looked so vibrant and were executed with such technical prowess, it was simply too hard to close the browser tabs on them.
And these were only sketches, drawn within a single day. What was going on here?
A lot, it turned out. Talking to Van Dyke (who lives in the Bay Area in the US) over email, he carefully explains the reasoning behind the sketches.
“I was primarily digging into games that either had room for interpretation or for outright invention”, Van Dyke says.
“I think part of my interest was in finding eccentricities in these properties."