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SvenJ
09-20-12, 12:57 PM
Hey everyone! I'm excited to have the opportunity to share some of the amazing work our artists did for our new game, Castle Story. The whole team has been amazing to work with, and from the first piece of pre-visualization art work, to seeing final art in the game, we've all been amazed by the quality and the fun, fairytale style that was developed. So, throughout the day, I will be sharing some of the concept art that was created for this game!

First up, we have an exploration of some of the Town buildings. We ended up falling in love with huge wooden beams, and organic structures that were built over time by hand, and may require a little bit of magic to stay together.
http://forums.teamlava.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4048&stc=1&d=1348171011

maguar
09-20-12, 01:15 PM
Hi SvenJ, love the artwork. Thanks for sharing with us. I think it's pretty cool that we're getting to see behind the scenes. The clock tower looks new. Hopefully it will be in the update (today?).

SvenJ
09-20-12, 01:22 PM
Next up, we have some more exploration of the "chunky" buildings with lots of reinforcement and structure.
http://forums.teamlava.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4050&stc=1&d=1348172310

SvenJ
09-20-12, 01:33 PM
I'm glad you're liking the artwork, Maguar! We decided to share some of our process because this game was so fun to make and the art is so wonderful. The clock archway drawn here was part of the pre-visualization phase, since then we've continued to select and refine which items to put into the game first, but stick with us and you'll see tons of new items coming. (Maybe even the clock archway sometime).

SvenJ
09-20-12, 01:41 PM
Here you can see one of our first color concepts after the pre-visualization phase; the Farmhouse. We had a lot of fun exploring how we would use color in the Castle Story. The texture swatches are all hand-painted, as are the final textures for the 3D models. We're really happy with how it turned out!
http://forums.teamlava.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4051&stc=1&d=1348173257

pinkster73
09-20-12, 02:07 PM
This is really cool. I'm hoping I get castle story.

MHz_
09-20-12, 02:13 PM
This is really cool. I'm hoping I get castle story.

If all goes well, it will be going live very soon. Expect us to post when we open it up to everyone :)

SvenJ
09-20-12, 02:16 PM
We explored a ton of different designs for the King's Keep and Queen's Court in the game, as well as Castles in general, which flowed outward to other royal buildings. This piece was also experimenting with scale. You can see a cottage and a knight next to the castle.
http://forums.teamlava.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4052&stc=1&d=1348175777

SvenJ
09-20-12, 02:24 PM
From the many Castle designs we explored, two distinct options rose to the top, and these eventually became the concepts for the Queen's Court and the King's Keep. Don't worry though, other ideas went on to become other buildings, and even more will be coming to the game in the future! Castle Story is the most Castle filled game to ever release on mobile!

http://forums.teamlava.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4054&stc=1&d=1348176362

SvenJ
09-20-12, 02:34 PM
Mixing things up a little bit, one of my favorite parts of Castle Story is the enchanted forest that you'll all be exploring. To get the right feeling for the trees and all elements of nature in the game, our artists spent a good amount of time trying different shapes, states, colors, texturs and overall different approaches to all of the elements making up the forest.

Here's a sample progression of some different states trees could be in.

http://forums.teamlava.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4055&stc=1&d=1348176831

bigbux3
09-20-12, 03:26 PM
I think this is amazing. It would be nice to see this for other games as well.

What program is used and does Storm8 make all of their textures?

queentina3
09-20-12, 04:06 PM
Wow! Fantastic visuals. Keep them coming please. :)

dernhelm
09-20-12, 04:32 PM
Wow! Amazing job! I'm looking forward to playing castle story. Keep up the great work!

[S8] Elsa
09-20-12, 05:49 PM
I think this is amazing. It would be nice to see this for other games as well.

What program is used and does Storm8 make all of their textures?

A quote from one of our artists:


"We use a wide variety of software such as Photoshop and Maya to name a few. Yes as artists, we always try our best to create all of our own textures and artwork, based off of concepts and references of course. Glad that you like our art work so far. "

bigbux3
09-20-12, 05:52 PM
A quote from one of our artists:

Maya, Isn't Maya a 3D Animation Studio?

And I saw his/her post.

SvenJ
09-20-12, 06:19 PM
We're working on updating our team's accounts so it is more clear who is with TeamLava and who's a user. Sorry for the confusion!

And yes, Maya is 3D, though not exclusively for animation. Both programs were used for different elements of the game, though obviously Photoshop was the tool of choice for the concept art phase. After that, Maya was used, though textures were still hand-painted in Photoshop.

I hope that clears things up!

SvenJ
09-20-12, 06:23 PM
Here's another fun set of drawings that's a little different: Pigs!

http://forums.teamlava.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4057&stc=1&d=1348190560

bigbux3
09-20-12, 06:46 PM
We're working on updating our team's accounts so it is more clear who is with TeamLava and who's a user. Sorry for the confusion!

And yes, Maya is 3D, though not exclusively for animation. Both programs were used for different elements of the game, though obviously Photoshop was the tool of choice for the concept art phase. After that, Maya was used, though textures were still hand-painted in Photoshop.

I hope that clears things up!

In Photoshop, do you have to hand draw the outlines, or is it like a Vector where you can create Bezier Lines?

And when you say "team's accounts" is that the members as well? So we can click on other's names as well?

pinkster73
09-20-12, 08:25 PM
Oh I love chubby pigs!

queentina3
09-21-12, 02:10 AM
Where's piggiful, she'd love these!

Classic70
09-21-12, 01:52 PM
i haven't installed the game yet, but this looks awesome. Really appreciate you showing us some of the desin process. Very nice!

olcastle
01-24-13, 12:24 PM
It's the most beautiful TL game. If only goal guys put the same effort and make quality goals instead of "spend couple months to collecting million glimmerdust" it would be the perfect game.
I'm not talking about the gem traps of course, it's just unacceptable...

Rockinkitten
01-25-13, 02:33 AM
Aaahh wow, how did I miss this post! Amazing sketches! I'd love to see more recent ones :)

maguar
01-25-13, 02:56 AM
The storm8 blog (http://blog.storm8.com/post/34250540421/the-art-of-castle-story) has a few more things.

cokeboy1730
01-27-13, 06:50 AM
Wow!!!! You can tell so much time and effort went into everything! One of the reason why I do not mind buying gems every now and then ��good job!!! Thanks for making Castle Story a great game!!!��☺

eva178
11-28-14, 04:01 PM
I Really like those sketches

ghjvcucjb
11-29-14, 12:29 AM
Absolutely beautiful!

PurpleScorpion76
11-29-14, 02:40 AM
Amazing! I'd love to see some more! Especially of our most recent additions.

eva178
11-29-14, 07:00 PM
Amazing! I'd love to see some more! Especially of our most recent additions.

Yeah, that would be really cool to see the concept drawings of the buildings that we have now.
Hope they w'll post some!!

lifesakick
12-15-14, 05:20 PM
How fun to take a peek behind the scenes. Wish we could have the option to host both a Queen's Court and King's Castle in the same game. Maybe in a future update you'll be able to allow us to explore the "marriage" aspect of Kings and Queens?

robotparade
12-17-14, 11:14 AM
Love it! You guys do a great job!