Inspiring Artwork

I’ve been meaning to share inspirational articles and video clips that I find and here is a great example. It is an article over at CgSociety.org on a new game called KillZone 2. I’ve never played the game and I don’t even know if it out but the artwork is just amazing.

Check out the Article

82 RESPONSES TO "INSPIRING ARTWORK"
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:28 pm
big fan of the game ,played the first one and the other day i was trying to do the animation particle that whips the word killzone but i had no luck.
Infaas
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:38 pm
cool! AK are you a GAMER!
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:38 pm
Wow. I've never played that game either. Looks pretty amazing though (the artworks).
Thankyou very much for sharing. I know you hear this all the time Andrew, but you really are a great teacher :).
- Hick3y :)
Jelle
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:41 pm
I have this game for the ps3.
Its so fantastic.
The game looks just as beautiful as the artwork.
dasnico
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:42 pm
Andrew, do you play games?
X101
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:42 pm
AK you can say that again men, you are the King...
Pablo
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:44 pm
ohh, no, there are areaser my msj! :(
why????
the artbook of the game looks amazing. aparently, the game is avaible for ps3 and pc
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:44 pm
Hey Andrew,

I´ve actualy also never played Kill Zone, though I do know it´s comming from my little country: The Netherlands.
Anyway, artwork is always really great ^^
I actualy can't wait till next year where I'll be 'learning' to make this stuff my self at school.
It should becomming really exciting =D

Anyways, thank you for sharing.


Greatzz,
SojaBird.
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:49 pm
Pablo, your message was "I'm first!". That's why it was deleted. It wastes peoples time.
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:51 pm
amazing! thx for sharing Andrew :)
dasnico
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:52 pm
thank you andrew for showing us
Rhys
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:58 pm
I'm a fairly avid gamer so I can share some interesting info on Killzone 2. When the game was originally announced at E3 (a massive gaming trade show held in LA every year) they showed a CG trailer of the game and said they were aiming to match it in visual quality. Well from playing it recently I can tell you it looks absolutely incredible, no just the graphics but the art style as well is executed brilliantly.
March 18th, 2009 @ 12:23 am
I have this game.... What a disapointment. It's like dragging concrete around. You know...like when you turn your gun it like dragging concrete, it takes ages to get it to move and when it does you cannot stop it.

Having said that, the game has some really cool graphics as shown.
Respect Andrew K.
Dave :)
Fra
March 18th, 2009 @ 12:46 am
yep,
great game!
unfortunately available only on PS3. But however, huge programming work, awesome modeling work and the game looks just as beautiful as the artwork.
can't wait to play it!
q3c
March 18th, 2009 @ 1:00 am
If I recall correctly, Renascent had something to do with the game's design. I know he did the logo animation and end credits - not sure about other involvement.

Personally I loved the hologram-inspired loading screens that change colors when you tilt the Sixaxis controller.
slize
March 18th, 2009 @ 1:00 am
some poeple says that this game is the best to date ; )

ps3 - borrow yourself !
Gothell
March 18th, 2009 @ 1:04 am
pretty good game I have to make a gaming live for this one when it done I will send you the link ^^
March 18th, 2009 @ 2:10 am
Meh, this is just a PS3 clone of Gears of War, which has far more inspiring art work.
Modisana
March 18th, 2009 @ 2:19 am
Ive played this game before on a psp and it was kinda nice considering the fact that I hate these soldier games...Im hoping this one also kicks butt cause I wanna get myself a PS3 console..

Thank you AK-47...I call you that cause you are an After Effects machine gun...
March 18th, 2009 @ 2:46 am
I hate to correct you modisada but the AK47 is in fact an Assault Rifle...lol...I'm kidding. I'm not that much of a stickler. ;)

Artwork looks mad. I played the original on PS2...pretty cool game
Abel
March 18th, 2009 @ 3:17 am
Its a dutch game, ofcourse it is awesome.
March 18th, 2009 @ 3:36 am
I hear this game is fantastic. I can't wait to get my paws on a PS3 but first they need to drop that price.

You a gamer AK?
Bayden Docking
March 18th, 2009 @ 3:57 am
That room looks like it is in need of some blood, or explosive debris or something.
March 18th, 2009 @ 4:09 am
Hehe, another thing for us Dutch people to be proud of ^^
Awesome game, can recommend it to everyone, especially the online part ;)

Keep up the good work Andrew :)
dashzed
March 18th, 2009 @ 4:12 am
they should see a huge upturn in their sales after this article. There will be come analytics guy on their website scratching his head and going: "hmm, i wonder why 93% of our sales came from... video... co... pilot? hmm."
martijn
March 18th, 2009 @ 5:07 am
hehe dutch guys got style :) haha it looks cool indeed. greetings from the Netherlands :)
March 18th, 2009 @ 5:31 am
I just play Call of Duty.. and i'm extremely good at it.... I like how the headshots in the game look like the action movie essentials material.... but yeah thats it for my comment. byebye

:) :( :) :(
AndrewisGOD
March 18th, 2009 @ 5:56 am
This game looks really good.Here is a Trailer which is also looking very nice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy6cxaCosJE
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:00 am
Great example - word is that the art in-game looks this good. No orbs or spinning discs, however. :)
Bestia
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:08 am
Adrew Pr0 Gamer?!

xD
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:15 am
i have that game. The graphics are mind-blowing.
ned flanders
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:19 am
the graphics in killzone are incredible, but the controls arent so hot.
Kael
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:37 am
Thanks for the link, Andrew! I checked out the banner ad for Massive Black that I found on the Killzone2 article page, and holy cow, it is amazing stuff! I'm pretty tempted to make the $60 purchase just for the inspiration. Anybody else take a look at it?
highdefw
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:55 am
I bought the game a week ago. IT'S AWESOME! The quality is amazing. Sometimes I won't even play, I'll just stare at the scenery in awe...
March 18th, 2009 @ 7:15 am
i dont own it...but its on youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeakGPqtHXM
Kevin
March 18th, 2009 @ 7:43 am
Seems like a missed something. Indeed, it looks cool, but what could you expect for a ps3 game? :) *Brb gotta buy this game for my ps3*
Dustin James
March 18th, 2009 @ 7:55 am
I rented the game the day it released. It has great cut scenes in it as well. I have a rather large 2 week late fee for it as well...
David W.
March 18th, 2009 @ 8:17 am
I don't know Andrew. Your a riot but Killzone? Doesn't the name give it away? Oh well, whatever floats your boat.
Josh M
March 18th, 2009 @ 8:29 am
Very inspiring art work and a great game! Thanks for posting this Andrew!
Derk
March 18th, 2009 @ 8:42 am
it's nice to see Killzone got that big. coming out of my little country :)

( Netherlands)
March 18th, 2009 @ 8:45 am
Joost Korngold (Renascent) made amazing titles for it! Check it out: http://cargocollective.com/renascent#6390
and www.renascent.nl
Vizion
March 18th, 2009 @ 9:19 am
Personally, I also agree the art work is very nice and the art direction implemented in KZ2 was very good considering the time was set in a future filled with chaos. However, i must say after seeing some gameplay they up the contrast in some places a LOT. I used to be obsessed with the burn tool in Photoshop but there are some cases in the game where I felt they really over did it. Other than that, they hit all the good points in the game with lighting, shadows, character design, etc.
March 18th, 2009 @ 9:29 am
I have the game too and it's awesome! Nice artwork too.
Rob F
March 18th, 2009 @ 10:03 am
I've played Killzone 2 and if you could show us how to do some of the stuff it does with lighting and environment that would be amazing. It's a truly visual feast for a video game.
Til S
March 18th, 2009 @ 11:38 am
Uhm, Killzone 2 ... dont like this kind of WW1-esthetics.
March 18th, 2009 @ 11:43 am
Resistance 2 also has very stunning graphics.
http://ps3.kombo.com/images/media/Resistance2_004.jpg
Aaron
March 18th, 2009 @ 1:31 pm
I have this game on the ps3, it looks so great. I reccomend that you go and watch the opening cinematic on youtube, it is so awesome
Brad
March 18th, 2009 @ 1:58 pm
Interesting, thanks for posting. Games seem to be becoming more cinematic-looking these days
Asri
March 18th, 2009 @ 2:40 pm
i just play WORMS ARMAGEDDON..
Carlos Pina
March 18th, 2009 @ 3:32 pm
I have this game I play everyday! Yes these graphics are amazing. Killzone 2 for Life!
Visitor1970
March 18th, 2009 @ 3:36 pm
If you like that artwork, you'll like this site (not mine)
http://www.fengzhudesign.com/index.html
March 18th, 2009 @ 4:51 pm
Nazis in space. Oh yeah, very inspiring.
March 18th, 2009 @ 4:55 pm
Although I have to say, you get a very cinematic experience out of it.
You should give it a try Andrew.

Never have I run into a game that uses as much post-processing as this one.
Lens flare galore!!
March 18th, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
Sorry for triple posting.

But to be completely honest, Crysis has got some of the most impressive artwork in my opinion.

Just have a quick look:
http://www.digitalbattle.com/2006/06/28/crysis-artwork/
http://www.digitalbattle.com/2006/06/28/crysis-artwork/

Not my sites.
pvsciteach
March 18th, 2009 @ 5:12 pm
That IS inspiring stuff.
I'm not much of a gamer but I have played the Myst series of games. No one dies, there are no high scores but it's the most challanging game I have ever seen. The game URU has some particularly unique designs to the worlds. I once came across the reel of one of the 3d artists that created some of these worlds and I think I saw a post on the VCP forum from him once but I can't remember the name.
You can see some of the artwork at:
http://myst5.com/mudpiegallery.html
Sorry such a long reply!
Pablo
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:42 pm
Andrew, Im sorry, you are totaly rigth. but i cant contain the enthusiasm. IM SORRY!
ANDREW ROCK!!!!!
Justin
March 18th, 2009 @ 11:46 pm
Hey Andrew, as a killzone fan I have to say that this game is awesome. It has the best graphics to date for any game/system. I've been a killzone fanboy since 2006 with the first game and I got killzone 2 the day it came out. It realeased worldwide sometime in late february if not like the 6th of march, needless to say it is out. PS3 exclusive title though so SORRY XBOX 360! Guess you can keep playing that outdated Halo :) You should give the game a try, even if you don't like the story which is pretty good, or the gameplay, pretty good, the look of the game is undeniably amazing.

Great stuff K man, keep it up. I learned everything about after effects from you. Thanks.
March 19th, 2009 @ 3:30 am
hey andrew

did u know there was a top 1 mill. site list?

i just have seen a list on: http://cartoonsmartblog.wordpress.com/2009/03/18/yay-47981rst-place/

this site is on place 11404 :P

well done man
Aviv
March 19th, 2009 @ 6:38 am
Here's a quick promo I made to this game for a contest..
I didn't won... but why not?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8Nkqj8Y7HY
Sandy
March 19th, 2009 @ 7:48 am
I always knew, these are the research which make you more special !! You really have an amazing mind !!
Ante
March 19th, 2009 @ 1:01 pm
when will come new product?:(
Kiwi
March 19th, 2009 @ 4:26 pm
Hey Aviv! Nice use of sure target there :P
Greg
March 19th, 2009 @ 5:33 pm
I saw this guy on Criminal Minds on Wednesday that looked just like Sam. He was a paramedic/coroner guy.
Guy
March 20th, 2009 @ 1:46 am
Gears of War ftw
Aviv
March 20th, 2009 @ 4:21 am
yea, thanks.
I used Sure Target and Pro Scores for that promo.
They are exelent! make sure you get them both ;-)
Ryan Brown
March 20th, 2009 @ 5:32 am
Killzone2 is an amazing game, the graphics are quite impressive and the art work is great.

can't wait for this lighting tutorial
Freakshow
March 20th, 2009 @ 10:31 am
Kramer,

Saw your blog, traded some old games for Killzone 2. Amazing game especially on a 100 inch high def screen..

Thanks
Clone #3327
Ali-STyle
March 20th, 2009 @ 12:20 pm
Nice nice
March 21st, 2009 @ 5:17 am
Wow~I Hava a KillZone2 For PS3
PSN ID : vbvbvb
Allememachies
March 22nd, 2009 @ 3:51 am
This is a nice one => Half-life inspired:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IU_reTt7Hj4&fmt=18
March 22nd, 2009 @ 7:49 am
really nice work
March 22nd, 2009 @ 10:00 am
Hey Andrew, I just saw a commercial for Fringe with some very cool beading-moisture graphics. I know you did the intro, but did you do the commercial graphics as well? If so, very cool.
March 22nd, 2009 @ 10:45 am
awesome game..
March 22nd, 2009 @ 11:53 am
Awesome artwork, Awesome game....UPDATE THE BLOG PLEASE WE WANNA SEE ACTION ESSENTIALS HD!!!!!!!!! :D
Samujjal
March 22nd, 2009 @ 9:17 pm
Hey Andrew thanks for the ring tutorial...I have tried to apply it in an another way...I am making an ident for my studio using your tutorial..Only change I did is I made a square out of it instead of a circle..Its coming out nice ...will try a few more things with evolution...then would like to show u...
I am from Assam,India....I follow ur tutorials a lot...Its a great help...
If you can come up with a glass breaking tutorial it would be great help for me...
Regards
Samujjal Kashyap
Kadambari Creation
Ben
March 23rd, 2009 @ 6:05 am
I must say I am a Killzone fanatic. Killzone 2 for PS3 is twice as good as its original. Andrew Kramer I suggest you rent the game for a few days and indulge in ALL the beauty. P.S. Gears of Wars is like a Tetris game compared to Killzone 2. Keep the AE tutorials coming, I'm learning tons!
Josekenshin
March 23rd, 2009 @ 8:25 am
The game is a technical masterpiece.
P1stolK1ng
March 23rd, 2009 @ 2:04 pm
Funny to see people looking down on this game because it is not "realistic". But it inspires Andrew because the artwork, and therefore the CONCEPTART of the game inspires him. Killzone 2 is amazing because its a fresh game, new technologies, very cinametic, what sometimes makes it a bit akward to play. But thats not what concerns Andrew is my guess, dont even think he ever played the game, or will play the game. But if you've ever attempted anything in 3d modeling, you just KNOW the amount of work put in to this game (and all new games for that matter).

Sorry for wasting your time with this bullcrap you dont want to read... Lawl

Peace
Gow
March 24th, 2009 @ 10:26 am
I think the artworks of Gears of War 2 are pretty impressive too :
http://media.xbox360.ign.com/media/142/14232680/imgs_1.html
Liam Major
March 25th, 2009 @ 1:21 pm
Guy said "Gears of War ftw"

Good man! This is Sony's lame attempt to beat Microsoft for the hardcore crowd. Long live gears.
March 28th, 2009 @ 8:55 am
if you want to see some great artworks just take a look:

http://www.goodbrush.com/

He had a lot more online but he deleted most, i dont know why... but there are still some great artworks online!
March 28th, 2014 @ 3:55 am
Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem
to be running off the screen in Internet explorer.
I'm not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with browser compatibility but I thought I'd post to let you
know. The style and design look great though! Hope you get the problem resolved soon.

Thanks
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