Right now we’re still plugging away at expansion cards and finally making a dent in our huge backlog of customer service emails.
Check out this flamethrower! The final image is the big one! The other four are earlier iterations of the card in the design process! The device itself was drawn by Olga and the final fire effects were drawn by Alison. The crappy photoshop mockup was by Brad.
Fire is really really hard to draw! (Ice is even harder to draw!)
I remember watching a thing about the making of the Lion King and they said they had to delay production and redraw the entire ending multiple times because they couldn’t get the fire to look right. The fire looked great in the lion king so we used it as a reference for our final art:
Here’s some things to consider when drawing fire:
- Fire is a light source so shadows cannot be cast on it (look at the earlier red iteration where there were it looks like a ribbon with shadows - it looks really cool but it doesn’t look like fire!)
- Fire can’t be semi-transparent (like the iteration on the bottom right) because it looks… weird. Fire goes from red to orange to a 100% transparent, with a soft glow around the edges. But it can’t just be a layer that you reduce transparency on or use the eraser on because it’ll look funny to see the yellow part - the brightest part - anything but opaque.
- Fire has to be really detailed. The first iteration (where the spout is longer) is a little too paint brushy. Even though fire is in motion you can’t draw it motion-blurred or it looks weird. Fire almost always photographs perfectly so motion blur doesn’t really work on it. You need to draw all the little nooks and crannies for it to look right.
Anyway, this card is so cool! It’s part of a trio of tool-like elemental items (Taser, Flamethrower, Fire Extinguisher) that share similar designs. Olga is an industrial designer so it’s super helpful to have her on board! We imagined these items were made by some sort of sinister Black & Decker-like company that gave all it’s weapons a consistent look and feel. They’re coming out great!—