Idle Village Traders Tycoon Devblog #5 – Our art creation process

Idle Village Vampire Cloak
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Welcome back to the development journey of Idle Village Traders Tycoon! In the previous devblog, we discussed about why we create our own, custom art. In today’s post, we will talk about the how.

Getting the art requirements

Everything starts with game design. While we may have a general idea of how we want the game to look like, the game design is most of the times responsible for providing the original art requirements.
So, after the game is in a good state design-wise, we start compiling a list of all the potential assets that we think we need.
Did I say “think”? Oh yes… It’s almost never the case for this initial list to be 100% precise. There are always new or missed requirements which we need to cover when they come up.
But usually, this initial list is quite extensive and more than enough to drive us to the next step!

Splitting work between our two artists

We currently have two artists on the team. Yannis and Judit!

Yannis is tasked with the role of the “Concept Artist”, meaning that he’s responsible for the look and feel of the game, which is a byproduct of the art style he chose when we first started creating art.
He makes all the line art for our game. That’s why you see art without color on our Facebook page from time to time.

Once the line art is done, Judit takes over from there! She’s the one who puts all the colors, shades, and everything else that brings Yannis’ work to life!
Judit is also creating all the UI elements of our games, such as buttons, icons, dialog boxes, etc, but the UI is a bit of a different process which we will discuss on a future devblog 😉

Cool social media posts

After creating a bunch of art for our game, we came up with the idea of documenting more the moment of art creation. We started by taking snapshots from the line art process and created our first gifs for our social media platforms. Then, we had a great idea to video record our coloring process and that’s how our cool timelapse videos were born!

We generate gifs and timelapses for almost every piece of art that we create since then, and so far it looks like you love them!

So now, take a look at all the art we’ve created during the month of November 2020!

Timelapses!

You liked them, we love them, we made more! Please enjoy our coloring process in a timelapse mode!

Idle Village Leather Vest Coloring Timelapse
Idle Village Vampire Cloak Coloring Timelapse

Did you enjoy those timelapses? Don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more!

Feedback asked

We asked your opinion about the following art pieces.

Final words

And that’s how we make our art as a team! It’s a rather simple process which allows us to efficiently split the work between our two artists and produce an outcome which we can proudly call #oddlylegendary!

We reached again the end of another month and the development process of Idle Village continues. You know that we love having you by our side on this process, take on your feedback and shape the future of this project accordingly. We actually have a discord server where you can talk with us. We’re so early in the development process of Idle Village! What does this mean? It means that you can be part of the development process with your feedback!

Reach us on discord today!

Until next time, stay Oddly Legendary!

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