Video game experiences

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project Those Who Wander
Concept art, 3D assets, texturing, character design, modeling and rigging

project FarmVille 2 Internship
Zynga Bangalore
Concept artist

project Kitty Journey Full time job
Art direction, concept art, UI art, 3D modeling of icons

project Where is my mine?! Honorable Mention -
2D multiplayer game on construct 2
Lead artist, Concept artist

projectGourmet Quest Internship
2D assets, 3D scene and objects and videos (trailer and cinematic)

project .ORG mobile game
2D Mobile game, Viope Contest
Concept artist, Lead artist

projectGame jams and short projects Concept, 2D and 3D assets

projectVolff I - First of his Name
Unity 3D multiplayer game, classwork
Concept artist, 3D artist, Animator

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Kitty Journey

Game specifications
Genre: Casual puzzle game
Infos: Mobile, Single-player with multiplayer interaction
Engine: Unity
Business model: F2P, In game purchase

In my time in V11 Studio Game I worked on this new title, Kitty Journey, from preproduction to soft launch.

Major tasks and responsibilities:
- Preproduction: concept art, art direction and documentation of the graphic style/art technical constraints- UI: Puzzle pieces, icons and frames- Marketing templates

For this game, we wanted to make the best use of our artists in house, who were all 3D oriented. We decided to model the different environments in 3D and render them individually. As time passes we build a data base of objects allowing us to accelerate the art production.The cat is traveling around the world, each screen is taking the player in a new location, strikingly different in color yet coherent overall. UI of the game, compatible with tablet (left) and phone (right)

Kitty Journey targets casual players. We wanted the game to feel cute, fresh and be unisex (hence the blue and green UI).The landscapes are very rounded and soft, reminding of clay motion (childhood, imaginary world, toys, soft fur...)All the icons in the game are based on a rendered 3D shape, to give a sense of physicality.
Right: evolution from concept to final version of the blocs for the puzzle


This game was really fun to design. In a market already saturated with puzzle game, the challenge was to create a universe original, fun and catchy. For this reason, I had to do a combination of illustration, graphic design, 3D modeling of icons, UI art.

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FarmVille 2

Game specifications
Genre:
Casual Social Simulation game
Infos: Browser, Single-player with multiplayer interaction
Engine: Flare3D
Timing: Internship from July 2015 to January 2016 (6months)
Business model: F2P, In game purchase

From July2015 to January 2016, I have been employed as a Concept Artist Intern in Zynga (Bangalore). I was part of the art team of the hugely successful browser game FarmVille2.

Major tasks and responsibilities:
- Concept art of building for a Feature of the Week
- High concept illustrations for My Gourmet farm expansion and concept arts for new buildings
- 3D decoration
- Internal communication illustration

Since FarmVille 2 uses an isometric 3D board, a lot of assets include planars and not actual geometry. For this reason, the concept art needs to be rendered as precisely as possible, as the 3D artist creating the 3D model cuts elements directly from the concept to create the texture sheet.
Above: Concept art I made for the Club House feature, from rough research to final concept.

The FV2 universe is set in the 50's Americana; all the assets have a bold, colorful and chunky art style. The unique art style is the major selling point of the game, and as part of the live operation team, it is crucial to maintain the artistic consistency.

Right: concept for Feature Of The Week: The little log workshop

The feature is documented before hand by the designers, who have identified the needs and constraints of the asset to produce.The first step is to collect additional references and draw very rough thumbnails, often on paper. From there, I select a few interesting shapes and develop them in the FV2 template. With the feedback of my art manager, I keep iterating until one sketch is approved. Color blocking and color detailing follow. I cross check the technical feasibility with a 3D artist, an animator, and confirm the asset with the game designer in charge.

I have been working in tandem with the Game Designers on My Gourmet Farm. Because of the novelty of the feature, and the early development stage, the tasks done by the Artists and Game Designers fuel each other simultaneously, with constant iteration and communication. It demanded a lot of flexibility and offered much more creative responsibility than the usual features of the week. For this feature, I worked on high concept (illustrations showing the design intention and mood) as well as specific buildings.

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Those Who Wander

Game specifications
Genre:
Stealth-Action, Rogue like
Infos: PC game, single player.
Engine: Unreal Engine 4
Timing: Master 2 Diploma project (school year 2014-15)
Team of 9 students

Story: Guide a Caravan of Freaks on their prophesied journey through an eldritch 19th Century Eastern Europe. Venture into the hostile unknown, managing the caravan as the Oracle, and scavenging the supplies you so desperately need as a Freak-Hound pair sent on expeditions to surrounding villages.
In this Stealth-Action and Management Rogue-like with an arcade twist, make your way through a world that wishes you dead as you carry the burden of your past decisions.

My role: Lead artist
- Universe definition with the game designers
- Concept art
- Environment modeling and texturing
- Character modeling and rigging
- Material creation in UE4
- Art documentation
Alpha buildThe world of Those Who Wander is in a permanent darkness. The playable character is a three arms freak, helped with a dog.

The main constraint for the prototype is the use of the line of sight of both the character and the dog, shown with a point light. This technique demands to control the lighting of the scene very precisely. Post processes are used for cell shading and final color tweaks.

The houses have been conceived to be modular, they are reused all over the level. This technique increase the frame rate and give the level designers more freedom.

About 300 assets have been implemented in the final prototype.
Bellow: Screenshot of the game

Bellow: concept art of the expedition area for the prototype

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.ORG

Game specifications
Infos:
Single player mobile racing game with experimental controls
Engine: Construct 2
Team of 5 students

Initializing connection… The world has been digitized and no life remains. Take control of our last hope: a single organism designed to create life in this desolate world. You must act quickly before the system adapts. Guide h0p3 to infiltrate the network and use it to create new life. You must bring back organic in the digital world. Good luck.

My role:
- Concept art
- Every 2D assets (evolving environment, mini games)
- Sprite animations
- Rotoscoping for trailer

Play the BETA on google play. // Visit the official page
The Team Classy Hobos: Antoine Fion, Valentin Teirlinck, Nicolas Rault, Anna Parmentier.

Gourmet Quest

Game specifications
Genre:
Casual adventure game to discover gastronomy and tourism
Infos: Browser and tablet, single player.
Engine: Unity
Timing: Internship from June to august 2014 (3months)
Business model: Episodes retail and crowdfunding

From the 5th June to 29th august I worked as a game artist in the production of the game Gourmet Quest in the young company XIWEN games.
XIWEN games is a French video game studio co-founded by 3 friends in 2011.

Gourmet Quest is a game about gastronomy, sold in episodes. The adventure mixes storytelling and mini-games ; your avatar investigates on the account of the GAG (Great Academy of Gastronomy) to fight the Insi - pids, the devil entity that threaten to destroy flavours. The first season takes place in France, the idea being to expand to other countries if the model works. In addition to the adventure mode, Gourmet Quest contains a quiz section, where you can challenge your friends on their gastronomic knowledge.

For the whole duration of my internship I worked on Gourmet Quest. My tasks were very various, from illustration, to video and 3D. I enjoyed shifting often from one task to another, it gave me opportunities to try new software and learn.

Bellow: transitions scene, composition, line art and colors
The tasks I worked on:
- 2D Backgrounds for scenes, transitions, parallax and game objects
- Trailer and IG Video
- 3D scene and objects



The launch Trailer of Gourmet Quest I made during my internship.
For the launch of the browser version of the game with the episode 1 and 2, we needed a trailer. In no more than a minute, it had to present the base setting of the story and images of the game for selling purpose. I also made a 2minutes in game video to explain the story.

The avatar appears in various 3D environment, in which he can interact with NPCs and environment to pursue his quest. The third scenario, Montmartre’s Vineyard, contains multiple 3D scenes that needed to be designed and produced. Also some previously created scenes needed some additional objects. I made one Parisian cafe in Blender and lit it in Unity.In Gourmet Quest, most of the interactive scenes outside of the mini games are in 3D.

Because the game is created for browser and mobile market, a 3D environment needs to contain a maximum amount of 3000 triangles, which is very low.
I also created a set of objects for a point and click, and clothes textures for the avatar.

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Volff I - First of his name

Game specifications
Gameplay:
Multiplayer 4VS1 stealth game
Infos: PC game, 5 players in LAN, all public
Engine: Unity 4
Timing: 2 weeks school project, 2014
Team of 5 students

Story: A tale that combines the age-old fable of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” with the theme of Sword & Sorcery, ‘Volff I: First of his Name’ tells the story of a King on the night of one of his famous feasts. Attended by many, his parties are simply the definition of vanity. But none of his subjects know that the King prepares for a feast of his own. A feast for his true form, for he is a Werewolf. Fortunately, 4 Knights have arrived to put an end to his rampage.

Such a feast

My role

- Concept art
- Environment, model and texture
- Character model, rigg and animation

Process

The “sword and sorcery” constraint pushed me toward a fantasy universe. The patterns of the castle, kings and knights came with the “drama tale” constraint. We wanted to experiment 3D for that project, seeing those two weeks as an opportunity to learn.

3 types of area to find the wolfAfter defining the game as a side scroller, we evaluated the amount of work to produce the assets and judged it possible. As I was the only artist it was obvious that we had to think of the backgrounds and the characters in an intelligent way in order to finish the game in time.

Soon came the idea of the puppet show. A tale is the space of the spectacle, the story telling should be felt in the background itself. We built the level as a theater scene, framed with curtains, with puppets evolving within it. All the objects of the background are flat, like a slice of cardboard. You can see the cardboard texture on the side.

Bellow: puppets concept art research.

puppet character concept art

knight walk cyclenpc idlewolf attack


Every NPCs and the knights use the same base mesh, only the texture change and extra objects are added for the knights. This allowed to give the same animations to every characters.

Where is my mine?!

Game specifications
Infos: 4 players PC game
Gameplay: Top down shooter
Engine: Construct 2
Timing: 64 hours game jam
Team of 7 students
"Where is my Mine ?!" is a top down multiplayer shooter created for the Nasscom BYOG 2013. You can download the game here : http://cpc.cx/8Sl

Team Ouagonnet is composed of 7 members, all students of DSK Supinfogame in Pune. "Where is my Mine ?!" is a top down multiplayer shooter where you embody a cursed miner in an abandoned mine. Gold lust is your credo and you will have to use your keys to unlock the fabulous treasures of the temples. But when your keys are not enough you will have to get more on the dead bodies of your other fellow miners. Armed with an arsenal of five weapons, your trusty pickaxe and tons of powerful abilities you will have to fight your way throughout the mine and become the richest at the end of the timer.

...and do not forget where you put your mines !

My contribution: Lead artist, I did the concept arts, defined the graphic style for the rest of the team, created the background, props and the logo of the game. I guided the character designer to do the animations.

We decided on the pixel art from the start. I mostly worked on photoshop with a pencil tool for the sharp edges effect.

The Team: Antoine Fion, Valentin Teirlinck, Julien Gueguen, Nicolas Rault, Florent Assie, Chirag Ramchandani, Anna parmentier.
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Game Jams and short projects

Game jams and contests are always the occasion to experiment new Technics, learn to go to the point, quickly iterate and rapid prototype. They are also occasion to form new teams and have fun of course!

UNESCO MGIEP Gaming Challenge 2015 (Game for peace) - Euphoric Sentience

One of the 5 out of 100 concept selected for the round 2 of the challenge. Concept art for a game concept document of multiplayer city management. For this project I made meshes in 3DSmax that I rendered with a baked occlusion. Ultimately, meshes would be used in the game as 2D sprites.
For this project I also worked on the game design documentation, which was a valuable experience.


Zynga HackDay 2015 - Dori's Quest

Won the Show-Offs (Most up voted game by Studio-I employees). I was for this project lead and concept artist. Left: character design. Right: environment research.


Swissnex Bangalore Game Jam 2014
- Market Mayhem
3 days multicultural game jam on the theme "market"Mobile game created on Unity 2D, the characters were drawn in separated pieces on Flash, then shuffled in Unity to make a more diversified crowd.
Global Game Jam 2015
- Aero Bomb Shock
48hours jam with the theme "What do we do now?" Coordination 2VS2 flying superball game, PC game created on Construct2. Line art inspired by the work of Jean Giraud, I created concepts, assets, menus and sprites animations.

Killing Floor 2 map contest
- Dead Shore
Objective map contest. I created a trinket (Hermit Crab) and helped to populate the level with props (test, level art, lighting). Assets integrated in the UDK3 framework with 3 game designers. Won the 5th place in the Grindhouse Contest!

Chivalry map contest - Insurrection
I drew some rough concepts for the mood of the map and created a few assets required in addition to the assets of Chivalry. Assets integrated in the UDK3 framework by the game designers. #top

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