Nick Jr UK characters

posted on June 28, 2013 in Illustration | 2 comments
Nick Jr UK online game characters

Late last year, creative agency Joystick Interactive tapped me to design and illustrate some characters for several Nick Jr UK online games targeted for very young children. After a few rounds of exploratory roughs and sketches (see this previous post for the sketch pages) for possible game characters, we settled on a set of jungle animals, but not before discarding some other characters that didn’t make it past the project pitch.

Nick Jr UK online game characters
Rejected: “Basic shape monsters” and just monsters

These ended up as the final characters:

Nick Jr UK online game characters

I also worked on several versions of the parrot and toucan characters.

Nick Jr UK online game characters

Nick Jr UK online game characters

Nick Jr UK online game characters

Once the character design for the birds were approved, I cleaned them up and rendered them digitally in Illustrator. I presented several color studies for the client to choose from.

Nick Jr UK online game characters
The client initially wanted a monochromatic color sceheme for the birds.

 

Nick Jr UK online game characters
Other colors were brought in after, black in particular, to make the toucan more “toucan-like”

 

Nick Jr UK online game characters
More color studies

 

Nick Jr UK online game characters
Final toucan and parrot characters

 

I also worked on some of the game backgrounds and assets:

Nick Jr UK online game characters
Game backgrounds for various levels of the Hide and Seek game, where the animals hide in the scene and the player has to click on them to find them

 

Nick Jr UK online game characters
Additional game assets

 

The team at Joystick animated my characters, coded the games, designed the UI/UX, provided additional backgrounds and assets, and basically brought the game to life. It’s so awesome seeing my characters move around and see the game in action!

Nick Jr UK online game characters
Game interface

 

Nick Jr UK online game characters
The game live on the website

 

Check out the Nick Jr jungle animal games here on the Nick Jr UK website.

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