ATOMHAWK EMBRACE IMPRESSIONISM FOR NEW AARDMAN ADVENTURE
Digital art and design studio, Atomhawk, have released a series of illustrations from their work on Aardman’s latest games release, 11-11: Memories Retold.
Atomhawk created a series of sixty images for the narrative adventure game, a collaboration between Aardman, Digixart and publisher, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe. Released to coincide with the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice which brought the First World War to an end, the game follows the story of two men from either side of the conflict drawn into the events of the war.
The expressive painterly art style of the game, set by Aardman Art Director, Bram Ttwheam, presented a unique challenge for Atomhawk that the art team were keen to embrace. The artists drew inspiration from the works of Monet, Turner and Peterhof to bring to life a vast range of scenes, environments and key moments which tell the story of the two main characters and the impact of the war on their family and friends.
Atomhawk’s Principal Artist, Charlie Bowater, says:
“Recreating an impressionist style was definitely a departure from the usual digital concept art clients come to us for. We focused on using broad brush strokes, strong colours and atmospheric use of light to create illustrations that would communicate the mood of the time and add to the emotional effect of the game.”
Reflecting the importance of the art style on the impact of the game, publisher BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe has described 11-11: Memories Retold as a “gigantic living painting depicting what it means to be drawn into war.”
A selection of Atomhawk’s artwork created for the game can be viewed at http://atomhawk.com/case-study/11-11-memories-retold
NOTES TO EDITORS
Since 2009 Atomhawk have been working with movie studios, game developers and product designers to help realize their visions and bring ideas to life. With offices in Gateshead, UK and Vancouver, Canada, Atomhawk delivers concept art, marketing art, user interface design and animation to clients including Warner Brothers, Microsoft, Amazon, Lego and Sony. Atomhawk is also part of the Sumo Group.
More information and examples of Atomhawk’s work can be found at www.atomhawk.com.
Recent projects include Injustice 2 (NetherRealm/WB Games); Game of Thrones: Conquest (Turbine); Elder Scrolls Legends (Bethesda); Eve: Valkyrie (CCP), Avengers: Age of Ultron (Marvel); Guardians of the Galaxy (Marvel), Thor: The Dark World (Marvel), Mortal Kombat X (WB Games); Injustice: Gods Among Us (WB Games); Pottermore
Awards include: North East Business Awards: Best Small Business 2017; The Independent Games Developer Association (TIGA) Awards: Best Art Supplier 2018, 2016, 2014 & 2013.
Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) and co-founded in 1976 by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is an independent and multi-award-winning studio. It produces feature films, series, advertising, interactive entertainment and attractions for both the domestic and international market. Their productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm reflecting the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning content for cinema, broadcasters, digital platforms and live experiences around the world. www.aardman.com
About Aardman Interactive
The interactive division of the multi-award winning studios of Aardman Animations combine access to world-class directors, artists and story-writers with game designers and developers they bring the Aardman entertainment values to the interactive projects of their clients. They create successful mobile and online games, apps, websites, VR and AR experiences that entertain, educate and inspire family audiences around the world.