Tuesday, June 15, 2010
NQP Concept Art
Concept Art for Neutrino! Hope you enjoy. I'll explain a bit of it too for context.
A lot of Neutrino was just environment concepts. So I've included a lot of that process.
Originally it was a Cognitive Fitness game where the user manipulated the ball by shifting weight to different plates that moved the ball. When we changed the controls to tilting the iPhone, it pretty much changed the game look too. So more slopes, chutes, half-pipes, and less platforms. It's a game that takes place almost BELOW the subatomic level so I took it in a more icey, cold, space-like direction to make it colorful but yet hauntingly unfamiliar.
Neutrino himself is a ball, which has barely any character. Originally he was meant to be just an object to roll around, with no personality, but as we evolved the story he took on this kind of adventurous personality and when the 3D model was rigged up we realized that the plates could be used as arms and legs, and the center ball as an eye.
In the game he transforms from a ball to a plane, to a slingshot, a hovering UFO, and uses the plates to grapple. For the 2D videos I simplified him into a flat wheel with an eye in the center.
Environments were filled with striking colors, a palette that could be enjoyed by girl gamers and guys alike. Some of the original art was too dark for people so we lightened it up to make it more appealing to casual gamers. Each world is different and follows a theme, but all are tied together with things like black holes, stars, swirling vortex centers, and floating islands.
The world designs and skyboxes were inspired by two or three things, one was the art of Android Jones, who is a master of digital abstract. He uses a lot of weird shapes and mixes of vibrant color to create emotions. I also listened to a lot of things like The Mars Volta, Dragonforce, and Neverending White Lights to a certain extent. Here's all the skyboxes in the game.
The Antineutrino Boss was fun to make, he came after the Neutrino design so I wanted him to look like the Neutrino but at four times the size and four times the intimidation. He has a big eye that gets framed up by two plates that function as eyelids, so he can be angry, he can be shocked, or even better, unimpressed. That's about it for now!