My husband laughs at me for being so invested in some of the games I play on my ipad, but its actually his fault, since he bought it for me in the first place. Every once in awhile I find a game, one of those build a village, aquarium, or zoo, type games and become completely obsessed with earning points and getting new features and visitors. My current ongoing game is one called Happy Street. Its a Godzilab game which is offered FREE on ipad or android devices.
I started playing long ago and my village is quite large and thriving. I have lots of friends via facebook and game center who even give me presents and visit my street. We’re all equally invested in our games and as such, when any game starts to take off, it spawns lots of fun fan art. I recently “liked” Godzilab on fb and they’ve started posting some of the artwork, so I thought, hey I love this game too, maybe I’ll make something just for fun.
There are several “core” characters in the game: Billy, Pepin, Zoe, Sopica, Dahlia, and Nyok, who are always present in each of the areas of the game. I’m currently at a level where Billy and Zoe have a heated, but short, love affair. In honor of this, I decided to do a piece featuring the two characters. Now other artists have done the same drawing them literally or taking it to different levels, and I thought I would approach it in my style, and give them humanistic representation rather than animalistic.
Like all of my work, the drawing began with line work, rendered out in Illustrator.
Then the work was taken into Photoshop to build layers, texture, and add coloring.
I like to work in block colors, in almost a “color by number” kind of way. Each space is filled with a flat tone, until each space is filled. I used the game characters as reference to match the colors.
Once the base colors are set, I go back through and add highlights and shadows on the characters faces.
After the foreground is complete, I touch up the details like adding the background, shading, and little elements like the cute birds on the ground. This is the final work:
This game is really fun and I had fun making my fan art. I know its sort of silly, but it helps keep me creative to take something I enjoy and pay it tribute.
Leave a comment if you like it too! Or even better, download the game on your device and join me on Happy Street!