I've Got Two Tickets To Paradise

DrewsdayMapAhhh... nothing like looking at a beautiful tropical island while it's freezing cold outside. I should know, because during the freak snowstorm of 2008, that's all I was doing for eight hours a day - creating the overhead driving map Nancy Drew scoots around on in Ransom of the Seven Ships. What you see above is the fruits of my icy labor. Well, a smaller version of the fruits, at least. OKAY, smaller, and with a couple of additional buildings that were removed from the final version of the game (namely, the lighthouse in the northwest and the water tower up top there).

To get a better sense of how much larger the map is in game, here are some full resolution screenshots:


I swear, I had Jimmy Buffet songs stuck in my head for months after this project was completed.

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All the images in this post (except the header), © Copyright Her Interactive, Inc.

Groovy Drewsday

DrewsdayIt’s Drewsday! As in, Nancy Drew! As in the plucky girl detective who solves mysteries in her spare time! As in the reason I’m able to maintain a steady income! HOORAY NANCY!

As you probably already know, I’ve been employed at Her Interactive for the past couple of years, working as a 2-D artist on the Nancy Drew series of PC adventure games. In previous posts (found here, here, here and here), I’ve shared some of the game art I created for the first title I worked on, The Haunting of Castle Malloy. However, I haven’t posted any art from the games that have been released since Malloy, and if you can believe it there have been FOUR.

So, I’m starting a new segment here on the blog dedicated to showcasing what I’ve been doing for eight hours a day for two years. Every Tuesday, I’ll post a new piece of art from one of my old games.  Should be a hoot!

And I should mention right off the bat that, if any readers have found this site looking for game info, THERE ARE SPOILERS AHEAD! Proceed at your own peril!

Today’s art is from the 20th Nancy Drew PC game called Ransom of the Seven Ships. But you had to be pretty smart to discover it – the image appeared on a special Easter egg that only the most resourceful and cheating players could find:

kittenCaptain Whiskers of the Spanish Armada, here to pilfer your booty and your heart! He actually the first of several behatted cats I've put into the games. I just can't get enough of cats in novelty headwear. My own cat refuses to wear the bonnet I knitted him, and I suppose this is how I cope with my bottomless disappointment.

Okay! See you next week!

All the images in this post (except the header), © Copyright Her Interactive, Inc.