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Let’s draw a background!

Hi everybody!
Today I wanted to share with you the process of drawing a game’s background.
Right now I’m working on ‘Mystic Seer’, our upcoming spooky game which we told you about not long ago.
In order to create a spooky atmosphere to this game, we must have a combination of three things: a spooky plot, dark graphics and perfect sound effects.
Since I’m in charge of the game’s plot and design, and since the game will take place in a hotel. I decided to draw my inspiration from two different park rides: Disney’s Hollywood Tower Hotel, and the Haunted Hotel which used to be located in Myrtle Beach Pavilion (unfortunately it was demolished in March 2007).
Both of the rides’ background story have helped me to build a new original story which I hope you’ll like.
Myrtle Beach Pavilion

Once the game’s plot was ready it was time to move on to the graphics.
Some of the backgrounds and cutscenes were heavily influenced by Disney’s Hollywood Tower Hotel, and you’ll also find some familiar items from the original Twilight Zone TV show. I did it because I want people to feel connected to the game right from the start.
While creating the backgrounds, I must pay extra attention for the their lighting if I want to give them a dark and eerie feeling.
I always start with a basic sketch:
Sketch
Quickly after that I draw on it using a vector graphics editor software.
I used a 3D software (Blender) to help me achieve a more realistic lighting.
Sketch

Then come’s the difficult part – in this case, make the all the different colors blend well and add textures to the walls .
It’s actually more time consuming than difficult, which is why we can’t use this method in all of our games.
Sketch

So now that we almost have it all ready (or so we think), it’s time to work on all the small details: add some shine, adjust light and shade on the items and creepy cobwebs. Now we finally have it ready:
Sketch

In a game like this it is also important to draw the characters with a proper lighting so they will fit nicely inside the game’s backgrounds and won’t seem out of place.

I’m sure that if I’ll have the time I will put more stuff in it, make it richer and add more details.
Six out of the game’s seven backgrounds are ready, and we will start working on the game’s animation and programming next week.
I really want to get this game out as soon as possible because I’m sure you’re gonna love it.

Have a great weekend!

Carmel games story writer and graphic designer

  • Sonia

    Have a great weekend too Moti! 🙂

    • Thanks Sonia!

    • Moti

      Thank you Sonia 🙂

  • Irenne

    “I always start with a basic sketch” *follows an image that, if made by me, would have taken hours of work* 🙁
    Anyway, I always like these posts where you explain something about making games. Bye Moti, have a good weekend too! 😀

    • Moti

      If it’s any comfort, I feel the same when I see other people’s work 🙂
      Thanks.

  • vvvv

    “I used a 3D software (Blender) to help me achieve a more realistic lighting.”
    So you model the complete scene in blender to achieve the lighting? I can draw things but I was not able to bring the light & mood into a scene. And I’d like to know your workflow helps me. I know only practice makes perfect but I am the one who want to see the results quickly so I usually move away from drawing things. I am also a game developer – more like a programmer than an artist.

    • Moti

      Yes. This time I used Blender, it helps me a lot. I build a rough sketch of the scene, using rectangles and cylinders, this way I hardly spend any time on it.
      I also often want to see the result quickly, but if you wish to create something rich with details then eventually you’ll have to spend a lot of time on it, there are no shortcuts.

      • vvvv

        Thanks. Next time I’ll try this.
        Off topic: You could look into creating a good length story game for mobile with episodic releases.
        Don’t jump, I was just saying.

  • TJ

    Wow!! You are so incredibly talented! Thanks for sharing this with us… I feel somewhat connected to the game already! I’m anxiously, but patiently awaiting the release! 🙂

    • Moti

      Thank you Tammy, I hope it will be worth the waiting.

      • cgfan

        how do you know the name tammy while only TJ is written

        • Tj Mach

          just click on her name…it takes you to her profile, and it shows her full name as TAMMY JO SUPERSTAR 🙂

          • cgfan

            ohhhhh 🙂

  • Angela Tinkerbell

    So cool can’t wait 🙂

  • Have a great weekend to you to Moti 🙂

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