|Software:||Procreate app, Adobe Illustrator|
There’s only one minute left in the match. Your DPS are getting focused down, so you pocket your sniper while staying in cover. She’s taking fire, but you’re out-healing it by the skin of your teeth. She pops off and gets a quad kill, sealing victory for your team. The chat lights up with praise… for the sniper. Not one positive word for you.
You’re the hard-working support main. People don’t normally notice or appreciate your contributions to the team. The DPS gets the spotlight, while you’re off in the shadows.
But I see you. You do matter. I’m a support main too, logging over 140 hours as Mercy in Overwatch. And what I’ve learned, chasing down Genji after over-extending Genji, is that a team lives or dies by the quality of its support players. Their ability to read a battlefield, prioritise, position, and react, is what can make the difference between defeat and victory.
So yes, support main, you are important. Nobody should forget that. And they won’t, if this Support Main design is popping up on your t-shirt or a strategically-positioned sticker. This artwork was lovingly crafted by me, Jessica Amber, and features a syringe filled with a healing orange and yellow liquid. Wrapped around the needle is a white banner which says ‘Drain Main’. The syringe is surrounded with orange plus signs. The goal I had for this design was to be bright, bold, and worthy of representing support players all over the world. Wear your role with pride – you have earned it!
About This Artwork
This artwork was made to ride the momentum I was on after working on my Dyed Hair Don’t Care project. Clean rounded lines and bright colours were a priority.
Additionally, as an avid console gamer, I wanted to draw on my personal gaming experiences for my design. I play a lot of Overwatch, a 6-on-6 shooter with a bright, optimistic art style. In this game I play a lot of healer-type characters, particularly the angelic-themed doctor Mercy. So, a design appealing to others who primarily play healers seemed like a good idea.
I needed to come up with a image to symbolise healing. I decided on a syringe because it is associated with doctors and medicine, and it also has a slightly dangerous feeling that I felt gamers would appreciate.
This design was sketched by hand on paper, photographed, then drawn over in the Procreate app on my iPad Pro, with an Apple Pencil.
I’m very proud to say that this artwork has been my most successful Redbubble design – it alone accounts for over 60% of my sales. I think this design works because it is general enough to appeal to most gamers. At the same time, it appeals to a demographic that may not have as much merch specifically for them – people who exclusively play as healers in video games.
This artwork is part of a collection called Gaming Mains.