One of my favorite locations from Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One was the Deadgrove. Lots of roots, bugs, and raking light. We wanted to get the vibe of the underside of a log. Here’s a look at a location layout along with some ideas for structures. If you haven’t had a chance to play, there’s some good discounts out there — jump in!
In other news, we stumbled drunkenly into the Behance Network. If you’re a member stop by and say hi!
A few years back Insomniac Games took a stab at a new game concept dubbed 1080Pinball. The goal was to make a rockn’ pinball game with a classic sci-fi flair. Even though the project never left the testing bed, I had fun with the concept art. To kick the project off, I explored some style directions — including guzzling a six pack of Alex Raymond’s Flash Gordon.
More pinballastic images can be found at Insomniac’s Facebook page!
To help tell a major chapter in the story of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, we animated a series of illustrations through After Effects. There was a boatload of painting to get done, but the process was a fistful of fun. Here’s a peek at a few of the images.
We hope everybody had an awesome holiday — we’ve been soaking up our vacations while trying to cram in as much drawing as our fingers can muster. We’ve been posting our battles on Twitter and just started an Instagram account for some of the visuals. If that’s your cup of tea, stop on by!
So what groovy stuff did you guys get for Christmas??
On the way to CTN-X a few weeks back, we received a message out of the blue from one of our favorite artists – Karl Kerschl. He wondered if we were interested in contributing a guest strip to support his phenomenal Eisner Award Winning webcomic: The Abominable Charles Christopher. Once we finally picked our jaws up off the floor, of course we said yes.
Abominable is a remarkably unique and genuine body of work. Karl continues to present a masterful balance between humor, action, and heart ache to the audience — all while creating breathtaking illustrations week after week. The expansive cast of characters create a world you simply want to spend time in while digging deeper into the story’s mysteries.
Above all else, Karl hits every Wednesday, never missing a beat. This is a feat of super human proportions and we truly wish we could steal a shred of his power. If you haven’t started reading, you owe it to yourself to check out one of the best strips out there — web or otherwise. And don’t forget to pick up the first collection here. Making comics is one of the most challenging jobs in art!
Thanks for the awesome storytelling Karl!