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Don’t mistake the relative silence here for a lack of behind-the-scenes work on Rise of the Hidden Sun. We’re still toiling away, albeit slowly, to bring the adventures of ‘Rattlesnake’ Jake Dawson onto your computer screen in all of his 1024×768-pixel glory.

Since it’s been awhile since my last update, I thought I’d share this little scene with you all. It’s a just-completed location from episode one. We call it “Off the Rails.” Below I’ve posted the original black-and-white line art, an example of the coloring process, and then final finished version. Hope you like it. More to come in the months ahead!

Layout by Josh Roberts, Line art by Hazel Mitchell and Damian Isherwood, colors by Jacek Grzeskowiak

Work-in-progress: Colors by Jacek Grzeskowiak

Finished: Layout by Josh Roberts, Line art by Hazel Mitchell and Damian Isherwood, colors by Jacek Grzeskowiak

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We’ve just put the finishing touches on another screen from episode one. This one shows a cave entrance leading down into a cliff. Where does it come out? You’ll have to wait and see—but is that a forest of petrified trees below? Hmmm.

Layout by Josh Roberts, Line art by Hazel Mitchell, colors by Jacek Grzeskowiak

Layout by Josh Roberts, Line art by Hazel Mitchell, colors by Jacek Grzeskowiak

Mooney Falls, Havasu Canyon, Arizona (Photo by Josh Roberts)

Mooney Falls, Havasu Canyon, Arizona (Photo by Josh Roberts)

Interesting (?) side note: This location was inspired by a trip I took to Havasu Falls in 2004. Take a look at the photo to the right: That’s a place called Mooney Falls, just past the more famous Havasu Falls. The rocks are so slick from the waterfall spray that everything is slippery. In the 1800s, a drunk cowboy named Mooney fell from the top and died—but at least he got a waterfall named after him. I loved the idea of a cave leading into the cliff, and when the time came to design this location I decided to steal from it for Rise of the Hidden Sun.

If you’re keeping track at home, we now have just three more screens to complete for episode one!

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I’ve been posting a lot of artwork from the first episode lately. That’s where the bulk of our attention is going these days as we finalize background screens, continue to ramp up work on the animation sequences, etc. But that’s not all we’re working on. Rise of the Hidden Sun is a four-episode epic adventure, and today I’d like to give you a sneak peak at some concept art from the game’s final episode in which (SPOILER!) ‘Rattlensake’ Jake actually makes to the lost underground city he and the Brotherhood of the Hidden Sun are pursuing.

DISCLAIMER: This is just concept art. It’s not final artwork; it’s not even what the final sequence may ultimately end up looking like. But it is a little taste of the flavor we’re going for. Let me know what you think!

Artwork Credit: Paul Schmalenberg.

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It’s been a while since our last update. Don’t take that silence to mean we’re not working hard, though. Silence is good. It means we’re too busy to post anything here.

What, you want evidence? Here’s our latest completed screen. See if you can spot all the differences from the final pencil-and-paper version I posted last year.

I’ve been meaning to share this one, too.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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Original pencils by Hazel Mitchell, colors by Jacek Grzeskowiak. Based on a sketch by Josh Roberts.

Sorry it’s been so quiet around here lately! As you can see, we’re still hard at work. This is our most recently finished screen, a secret entrance into the haunted mine area of episode one.

Sadly for our hero, ‘Rattlesnake’ Jake,  the ways appears to be blocked by a very large boulder. We know that kind of trap doesn’t turn out so well for Indiana Jones. Will Jake have better luck? And what’s the significance of all this vulture iconography, anyway? Hmm…

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This isn’t a finished product yet, but it’s pretty close. Here’s a look at one of our newest creations, a long vertical screen that hints at some of the areas you’ll be able to explore in Rise of the Hidden Sun‘s first episode.

I figured after yesterday’s April Fool’s joke, you all deserve some evidence that we’re not ditching the 1024×768 screen resolution in favor of ye olden days 320×200 screens!

Click the thumbnail image on the right to enlarge. What do you think?

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Let the Treasure Hunt Begin!

You can’t have a treasure hunt without a treasure map! But does ‘X’ really mark the spot, or is it just the beginning of ‘Rattlesnake’ Jake’s epic quest to discover the Lost City of Gold?

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