CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

CONCEPT ART PRODUCED FOR GAMES AND STORIES

Ever since I can recall I’ve always been com­ing up and draw­ing a mul­ti­tude of vari­ous types of char­ac­ters. This interest has led me to gain exper­i­ence in help­ing to build and visu­al­ise char­ac­ters.

I’ve been able to apply my draw­ing skill in gam­ing industry and storytelling for children’s books.

I love being part of the cre­at­ive pro­cess, which aims to provide rep­res­ent­a­tions assist­ing in breath­ing life into a char­ac­ter. I believe such visu­al ele­ment truly enriches the exper­i­ence of stor­ies, that are con­stantly trans­lated into count­less games or books. My focus has always been on draw­ing fig­ur­at­ive por­tray­als but also delight in depic­tions of beasts, and oth­er ima­gin­at­ive creatures and beings. My medi­um of choice tend to be the reli­able pen­cil but increas­ingly I turn to digit­al means for final ren­der­ing.

If you’d like to learn more in detail about par­tic­u­lar pro­jects I’ve been involved with please get in touch.I’m happy to answer any ques­tions you might have.

GAMING INDUSTRY

To date, I’ve been able to gain experience in creating content for online games, social media games, role playing games and phone apps.From supplying a preliminary sketch to providing final illustrations, I’ve contributed to various stages of the development for characters required for each game. Here’s a selection of my personal favourites.

ROLE PLAYING GAMES 

« Composite Games » are an indie role­play­ing game com­pany who are hard at work devel­op­ing an excit­ing new tab­letop game, entitled the « Chronicles of Ollundra ». As part of this ongo­ing pro­ject they com­mis­sioned me to provide a series of char­ac­ter design illus­tra­tions. These visu­al ele­ments will embel­lish their intric­ately designed games, enrich­ing the gam­ing exper­i­ence.

Amongst oth­ers, I’ve devised rep­res­ent­a­tions for char­ac­ters like Alchemist, Archeologist, Druid, Gladiator, Paladin, Pirate, Ranger, Scout, Thief, Viking or Witch.

I enjoy the pro­cess of visu­al­ising char­ac­ters down to the small details, defin­ing their stor­ies and worlds they inhab­it.

DRAGON MATURATION

These illus­tra­tions, com­mis­sioned as concept art, were based of descrip­tions provided by the game design com­pany. The brief was to illus­trate the sev­en, sequen­tial stages of age­ing of a dragon char­ac­ter in one of their games : from an egg, through baby, to adoles­cent and even­tu­ally into full adult­hood.

STORYTELLING

« The Arcane Compendium of Beasts and Races of the Realm »

I have a long-stand­ing interest in children’s books illus­tra­tions and I’ve been work­ing on ideas for my first short story. This par­tic­u­lar story incor­por­ates all the weird and won­der­ful phant­asmagor­ic­al creatures illus­trated here, which are my unique inven­tions. Centring around Samuel, a young mouse-like creature who lives in the the fant­ast­ic­al world of Menaginaria, the tale will fol­low him as he embarks on a rites-of-pas­sage exped­i­tion across the realm in order to prove his bravery to his clan. To assist him in his quest, his ment­or Methuselah gifts him a book entitled « The Arcane Compendium of Beasts and Races of the Realm ». It is a guide, which should con­trib­ute to his under­stand­ing of oth­er creatures he might encounter dur­ing his travels.

EXCERPT

« Dear read­er,

Please find attached for your per­us­al an abridged ver­sion of The Arcane Compendium of Beasts and Races of the Realm (5th Edition). These art­icles are inten­ded to give a brief insight into the vari­ety of spe­cies which pop­u­late the world of Menaginaria. Browse them at your leis­ure and delight in these races dis­par­ate appear­ances, com­plex char­ac­ters and exot­ic habits. If you are a seasoned adven­turer plan­ning an exped­i­tion to this dis­tant and entirely fic­ti­tious land then you may wish to obtain a full copy of the Compendium to use as your travel guide. In this even­tu­al­ity please con­tact Moz-Elderat Methusalah, cus­todi­an of the Sacred Library of the Moz (Twitch-Nose Clan Branch, Main Burrow, Tunnel 15b, branch 11). He is reach­able most days via the medi­um of astral med­it­a­tion.

Yours sin­cerely

Samuel Twitch-Nose

Apprentice Clerk to Moz-Elderat Methusalah »

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