Here are some of the concepts and comic images I've been working on for our game 'Death Inc'. To fill you in on the background a bit, myself and 4 others set up Ambient Studios about a year 1/2 ago. We got funding from a big publisher to produce a game, which late this November was canned. Not to be defeated we came up with a new idea for a couple of games, the artwork for Death Inc you can see here.
I'm doing the art direction on the project and we have another artist Jon Eckersley creating the 3d environments in Maya and Unity (there is an in-game shot below)
The game is based around a character called Grim, he's a reaper at the Ministry of Mortality but he's had it working for the 'the man' and decides to set up his own freelance reaping business. That's were you come in, taking control of Grim as he sets about 17th Century England spreading the plague and collecting the souls of the peasants, noblemen and lords. Its a pretty dark subject and as a company we're not really focused on gritty realism or very violent games, so I took an approach with the art style that contrasts with its themes. We wanted to inject a bit of humour into the mix so none of it is very serious - the infected in fact become happier with the plague than without as they escape the grim nature of 17th century life.
I hope you guys like the artwork, it was inspired by a number of things. Tilt shift photography was the starting point as we needed to create an interesting look from the isometric camera angle and it proved a great way to play with depth and focus.
There are a number of artist who I really admire and who influence all my work. Dice Tsutsumi is like a digital Sargent - his use of colour and tone are just amazing, Noah Klocek can paint light like few others. Matt Cruickshank has some really beautiful illustrations that influenced the approach with the landscapes. Finally Klimt and Anders Zorn are two of my all time favourites. Klimt's landscape work is just incredible and I tried to reference his paintings in one of the comic sheets. I want to mention these artists as I always find it interesting to see what drives other peoples work.
There's a mix of stuff here, mainly concepts for the main game, but I have also posted the first part of the comic, with words by Jonny Hopper.
I hope you guys like what you see