Adding more and more over-the-top action! I played a lot of Street Fighter and Scott Pilgrim. I always loved the way you would hear “KO!” after beating someone up haha. Back to work I go!
Thanks Wells Fargo for featuring me on your #WhyIWork site! They also did an entire write up telling my story. I’ve been feeling down lately and this really let’s me see that the hard work isn’t for nothing and this lifted my spirits up to keep going. Check it out if you have the time.
While I was in school, I worked on a small mini game with a classmate on our free time for fun. The game is called Chick-a-Dee and it is a small puzzle game featuring little chickens owned by a little farm girl. The objective to the game is simple – make sure all of the chickens crops the road.
I’m not really here to talk about the gameplay, more so about how the game was made. As usual, I used Construct 2 (www.scirra.com) to create the game. My former classmate is a 3d artist so we decided to play around with 3d sprites in a 2d engine similar to Donkey Kong Country for the Super Nintendo. What he did was model out the chickens and background elements then saved them out as 2d images. I took them from there and implemented them into the build and programmed the game to work.
The game took about 2 days to create and it was never meant to be anything outside of a small game jam style project. But I still went ahead and created an illustration for it. I have included each of the steps I took to create the main title screen.
Over the past year, I have made the dive into becoming a full digital artist. I don’t draw on paper much and instead use the Wacom Cintiq Companion. I made sure to keep my process pretty similar to how I drew traditionally.
I start with quick sketches, blocking out the characters and the environment. At this point, everything is pretty loose and wild. The next step, I ink over the pencils and make the lines nice and clean. From there, I play around with the lighting I might want in the scene by blocking in shadows. This helps me see the mood that I am going for before applying the colors. I then block in base colors and keep everything simple. Just lines and solid colors. Right after that, I grab my shadows from before and place them on top of my colors to really make things pop. I like playing around with the shadow colors. I tend to not use black for my shadowing. For this piece, I used purple hues. Finally, I’ll go over little portions of the piece and add in lighting effects in between the trees, and more.
I may start going over coding one of these days, but still being an artist at heart, I felt like briefly going over the visual creation process instead. Take Care