Nightmare Concepts Development

I conferred with my team as to what design they preferred for the Nightmares in the garden as I felt it would be nice to get it off to a good start for next semester. 

We all agreed that the thorny vines made sense to have as it will be in a garden environment yet we also quite liked the bone figure as it seems subtle in its scary factor but it would be obvious it’s a ‘bad thing’. After a short discussion, we talked about merging the idea of bones and the vine idea together to see what sort of imagery would come from this.


I used some reference images of the human anatomy to help inspire me that I found on Google and Pinterest. It helped a lot. It may be an idea, if we want to develop the Nightmares further, to visit the Natural History Museum or of the same sort of place to get some references. I visited the Booth Museum in Brighton a few years ago and there were mostly animal bones but there was also human bones there too which could prove useful for some first-hand research and sketching.
From these, I made some initial sketches of what they could look like, I tried to use a range of the different bones to see if it made a difference visually.
See Sketchbook 4, green tab labelled Nightmare Development, pages 34- 38 for these.

Once I had tried out a few ideas, I took them to the team where we all discussed the sketches to see which ones were the favourites. There was a tie between three of them, so I took them into Photoshop to show how they would look coloured. This helped a lot as this meant that we could see how they could potentially look in game.

bones-vines-nightmare-conceptsThese were the concepts. I then asked the team and others in our target audience to see which ones they preferred. It was quite strange as people changed their views on what they originally chose. The top left is the one that we are likely to take forward as this was the favourite and put it into the GDD to start us off next year. However, we may not want to develop it further as everyone seemed happy with the concept produced. 

If we chose to do any next steps, then it would include:

  • Looking in the WSA library anatomy section for scans and reference
  • Visiting the Natural History Museum or Booth Museum etc

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