Making of…a visual novel part 1

You’d be forgiven if you immediately thought a ‘visual novel’ was akin to a graphic novel, something lavishly illustrated accompanied by some text perhaps. I would have thought the same until a few years ago when I started to play more computer games. Yes, it’s a type of computer game.

Visual novels are an interesting part of the computer game family. They’re quite accessible for players, as they often require minimal gameplay, and quite accessible to create, offering those with little programming knowledge an easy way in to creating games. That’s why I’m here.

Via Twitter, I saw a fabulous game artist (@bitmOO) post about NaNoRenO, a game jam focusing on visual novels. After shelving many wonderful plans I had for my ACE application, I plucked out the folklore idea and thought I could turn it in to a visual novel style game. A chance for me to start dabbling in making games. I’m realistic about it all, I doubt I’ll get a whole game finished but I’m aiming to get something working.

So here I am, taking you with me on my game-making mess adventure :)

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New Work – week 8

Week 8 already! Out of 52. A sixth of the way through the year. Am I dwelling on stuff? Of course not! Not me, nope. I’d never do that…

This week’s new work is not polished. They are, however, more refined than my usual Twitter doodles. They are grouped together by theme, as I’m a bit obsessed with local folklore at the moment. It formed a big part in my attempted ACE project but, sadly, that won’t happen now. So I’m doing my best to plough on and get something made anyway :)

The first is based on ‘Jenny Greenteeth’ and myriad other malevolent water spirits, mostly women, who lured people to a watery death. The second is based on the vast number of ‘white lady’ ghost stories in Yorkshire but also includes the unique tale of a ghost mouse. And the third is a concept image for a visual novel game I want to make, about a ‘black dog’ terrorising a village.

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Making of…a small comic

So, I thought I’d share a few process pics of how I made There’s a Tiger on the Bus. It’s only a small adventure in comic/book-making but it’s a nice first step for me, I had oodles of fun with it, and I’d love to do some more :D I even got a few copies professionally printed and the colours just blew my mind! When I can afford it, I think a pro printer would be a wise investment.

Firstly, I had nothing of this idea written down (which is naughty, I know). It literally came together in my head and I drew it and amended it on the fly. I would not recommend working like this all the time or for bigger projects xD

I started with a really rough sketch. Because I knew I wanted to make a physical version that folded in to a booklet, I laid out guidelines for where the artwork could go. I also wanted nice white borders – fewer problems when it comes to printing. Originally, the little boy was going to narrate the whole encounter, so I made scribbles for text placement.

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