Tagged: art

After Lotus Point #004 : oooh pretty!

Refining the “space hulk” generation process is quite a task. Here are some screenshots that show the kind of shapes and complexity we are playing with.

Thundering means flying...

Thundering across the stars!

Above is an example of using the rib-like structures the vessels are made from to create different types of explorable spaces.

Initiate docking procedure

STAY ON TARGET!

The aim is to create something that feels like it is both an ancient, collapsing spaceship and the bizarre remains of some starborn creature.

Or.... BOTH?!

Eye or airlock?

The reasons for this design direction go beyond ‘we think it’s cool’ and are in service of the back story… more on that later though.
Initiate docking procedure.

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After Lotus Point #003 – Randomly generated Space Leviathans.

The storyline of this game required there to be a series of very large, vaguely biomechanical space hulk environments for the player to explore. There are several ways to tackle this, and initially we considered simply hand building a few different examples- you encounter these less frequently in the game than the various floating island types.

Not *that* space hulk though.

Early designs for space hulk.

Obviously that method would be
A: not quite in the spirit of things here and
B: too easy.

Instead the decision was made to build a random-generator for these Space Leviathans (as they quickly became named) that would build interesting astrocadavers out of modular blocks of ship design pieces.

STUNNINGLY ORIGINAL DESIGNS.

Some hastily-assembled space things. Made out of the same few parts.

This random generation system is now up and running (albeit in an early stage) and able to create some nice skeletal shipwrecks adrift in the ALP cosmos. Here is a video of the pod flying around some and only occasionally crashing…

Pseudofamiliarity

The interesting and frustrating thing about being the lead (by which I mean sole) artist on a project is the responsibility for creating lore-applicable imagery on the fly.
I’ve just been finishing up some artwork to be used for promotion, and it called for some kind of alien writing.
Yet it has to be recognisable *as* writing and not seem like a picture or something.

I like things that seem familiar yet aren’t- misleading in a playful way. So I sketched out some eldritch hieroglyphs until I liked what I was looking at. The following image was then used as a basis for a much larger element of the finished artwork.
shadow_prism_writing

Doesn’t look much I know, but it require thinking about the concepts from a different perspective.

Groundwork #3

The technology was used to visit strange worlds.... at forst

The technology was used to visit strange worlds…. at first

A big part of creating a game (for me) is fleshing out back story and making a rich world, even if that may not be directly seen in the final product. I like to develop these aspects and create a detailed space for the project to inhabit.

Luke

Groundwork #1

WE COME IN PEACE

Mass panic

So the long and short of it is we don’t want to give much away about our game… here is what we can tell you: your job will be to manage a force defending your nation from the attacks of enormous creatures.

Many of them.

I’ve been painting up concepts that develop what this world *might* look like. More to follow.

Luke