Friday, February 22, 2008

Spiderwick Concepts

Before we had any reference material or direction from the film, we explored the idea of taking a cartoonier route for the look of the game. These are early concepts I did for the game version of Jared, Simon and Mallory--the main characters from the Spiderwick Chronicles.

An initial direction I was given was to throw Jared, the head-strong twin, into a hoodie and some cargo shorts. Simon, the more timid and "nerdier" twin was to sport a vest sweater. No matter what I did, though, Jared always ended up looking not as brash as I had hoped for with the shorts.

I finally decided that the better, and more atypical solution was to flip it and give Jared the vest and collar outfit. To me, it wasn't about what you wore, but how you wore it.

In the end, we had to match the film so all of this was thrown out the door anyway. To this day, I still would have liked to see the game end up with a more stylized and storybook look as opposed to a realistic one, but that's just me:)


RD Sarna said...

Awesome artwork!
Shoot more of this stuff at us....Love your blog and visit it daily to check for updates :)

LionGv said...

TJ: It is not just you, I also would have loved for us to use this style rather than the photo realistic film style. We would probably have received higher review scores too.

RD Sarna:
You should get with the times and use an RSS reader instead of returning every day to a site to see if it has been updated. I recommend Google Reader.

TJ Phan said...

Thomas, what's up man! How's the Front?

Shoot, I don't even know what an RSS reader is--goes to show how tech savvy I am:) You got a link?

But isn't half the fun surfin' and being surprised by updates? Haha, take it easy man.

Jean-Denis Haas said...

Nice work, thanks for sharing!

TJ Phan said...

Thanks. And thank YOU for all your great posts!