The Right Tools for the Job: Sculpting

I’ve learned to use a huge number of software packages over the years but by far my favourite has to be Pixologic’s ZBrush. In fact, it’s an integral part of my art pipeline. Not only is it a stunning piece of software but it’s also priced fairly competitively when compared to the likes of Autodesk’s […]

Make It Snappy

Here’s one of the baddies for your viewing pleasure. With many of the levels being based around both land and water I thought a crocodile would work well. On land the player needs to jump over our cool croc to prevent getting eaten, while on water they can jump onto the croc’s back to keep […]

Run Animations

Just thought I would share a couple Maya playblasts of Dare’s various run animations. For the most part our little hero runs on two legs to show his more human qualities but on occasions he reverts back to his more primal roots and runs on all fours.

Starting with a Sketch #4

It’s important that there’s variety across each of your game’s levels. A change in scenery acts as a reward for many players. Also, knowing that there’s something new just around the corner can keep a player chipping away at their current level just that little bit longer. If you think about it, along with high […]

The Right Tools for the Job: 3D Modelling

For most of my modelling needs during the development of Dare the Monkey I’ve been using Autodesk’s Maya. It’s an incredible piece of software but it’s also extortionate! Of course, there are plenty of cheaper 3D modelling packages out. For example, there’s Newtek’s Lightwave, which is half the price of Maya.

Starting with a Sketch #3

When it comes to jumps and platforms, Dare will be running along and landing on flat surfaces. However I don’t want the player to really be aware of that. Dare’s natural environment consists of rugged terrain and weather beaten man-made objects and I wanted to convey that to the player while still making it possible […]

Starting with a Sketch #2

Time for another of my early level design sketches. I thought it would be cool if Dare had to jump on some hippos to reach another platform. Plus, some sort of bird flying across the top of the screen just to make things a little trickier for the player when Dare is at the top […]

Starting with a Sketch

When I started working on Dare the Monkey I’d sketch out level designs in a notepad. In fact, here’s one for you to take a look at.

Introducing Dare

It takes a lot of time and effort to design a character for a game. I’m personally more at home working directly on a computer whereas many other artists prefer to sketch onto paper first. My general working process is to find great reference material and then experiment in both Maya and zBrush. I’ll tend […]