During my holiday break from school I am assigning myself random design projects to make sure my brain doesn’t go to sleep entirely. After Mario’s Superstar Resort I asked my random number generator what I should work on next, and it said—
Project type: Video Game
Project theme: Polynesian
There are many ways to go with both criteria. I have spent some time on a few Polynesian islands, so that gives me a place to start, and video game variations are all over the place (iPhone, computer, console…role playing, simulation/strategy, mmo…). Once I settle on direction, I will need a general storyline, concept art, environments (high level & detail), character design, prop design, a color script (probably should find out if they do those for video games), possible game menus and, if I have time, possible cover art. I’m sure there are other things needed for video games (apart from coding the things of course), and if I come up with them they will be added to the list.
One of my goals for this project is to really try and convey a mood and sense of place. My other goal is to develop a better workflow, one with more intermediate steps so I can develop my design rather than just jumping right into a final piece.
I don’t really see video game design in my future, and in fact it is because of video games that the Themed Entertainment industry is in a little bit of a mess right now. However, many of the same techniques used in game design are the same as those for themed entertainment, without the pesky limitations of what is and is not physically possible.
From a scheduling standpoint this project is going to be a little strange. The plan is to get these things done in a week, but I am starting off with this one late and I will be out of town for several days, so I’ll have to find a deadline that makes sense.
To ensure I am sticking to a good workflow, I plan to post more incremental stuff. By putting my thought process on display I hope to get rid of some bad habits. I may be able to work on some sketches and a story while I am out of town, and if so I’ll post things from the road (I always think I’ll draw when I am on a trip, but somehow I never do…that whole “enjoying the people I am with” thing). For now here’s a few quick thumbnail sketches I did to try and find my mood and setting.