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 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

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3 years ago
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.

8 years ago
if you want to see some great artworks just take a look:

He had a lot more online but he deleted most, i dont know why... but there are still some great artworks online!
Liam Major
8 years ago
Guy said "Gears of War ftw"

Good man! This is Sony's lame attempt to beat Microsoft for the hardcore crowd. Long live gears.
8 years ago
I think the artworks of Gears of War 2 are pretty impressive too :
8 years ago
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

8 years ago
The game is a technical masterpiece.
8 years ago
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!
8 years ago
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...
Samujjal Kashyap
Kadambari Creation
8 years ago
Awesome artwork, Awesome game....UPDATE THE BLOG PLEASE WE WANNA SEE ACTION ESSENTIALS HD!!!!!!!!! :D
8 years ago
awesome game..
8 years ago
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.
8 years ago
really nice work
8 years ago
This is a nice one => Half-life inspired:
8 years ago
Wow~I Hava a KillZone2 For PS3
PSN ID : vbvbvb
8 years ago
Nice nice
8 years ago

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

Clone #3327
Ryan Brown
8 years ago
Killzone2 is an amazing game, the graphics are quite impressive and the art work is great.

can't wait for this lighting tutorial
8 years ago
yea, thanks.
I used Sure Target and Pro Scores for that promo.
They are exelent! make sure you get them both ;-)
8 years ago
Gears of War ftw
8 years ago
I saw this guy on Criminal Minds on Wednesday that looked just like Sam. He was a paramedic/coroner guy.
8 years ago
Hey Aviv! Nice use of sure target there :P
8 years ago
when will come new product?:(
8 years ago
I always knew, these are the research which make you more special !! You really have an amazing mind !!
8 years ago
Here's a quick promo I made to this game for a contest..
I didn't won... but why not?
8 years ago
hey andrew

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

i just have seen a list on:

this site is on place 11404 :P

well done man
8 years ago
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.
8 years ago
Andrew, Im sorry, you are totaly rigth. but i cant contain the enthusiasm. IM SORRY!
8 years ago
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:
Sorry such a long reply!
8 years ago
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:

Not my sites.
8 years ago
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!!
8 years ago
Nazis in space. Oh yeah, very inspiring.
8 years ago
If you like that artwork, you'll like this site (not mine)
Carlos Pina
8 years ago
I have this game I play everyday! Yes these graphics are amazing. Killzone 2 for Life!
8 years ago
i just play WORMS ARMAGEDDON..
8 years ago
Interesting, thanks for posting. Games seem to be becoming more cinematic-looking these days
8 years ago
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
8 years ago
Resistance 2 also has very stunning graphics.
Til S
8 years ago
Uhm, Killzone 2 ... dont like this kind of WW1-esthetics.
Rob F
8 years ago
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.
8 years ago
I have the game too and it's awesome! Nice artwork too.
8 years ago
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.
8 years ago
Joost Korngold (Renascent) made amazing titles for it! Check it out:
8 years ago
it's nice to see Killzone got that big. coming out of my little country :)

( Netherlands)
Josh M
8 years ago
Very inspiring art work and a great game! Thanks for posting this Andrew!
David W.
8 years ago
I don't know Andrew. Your a riot but Killzone? Doesn't the name give it away? Oh well, whatever floats your boat.
Dustin James
8 years ago
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...
8 years ago
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*
8 years ago
i dont own it...but its on youtube...
8 years ago
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...
8 years ago
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?
ned flanders
8 years ago
the graphics in killzone are incredible, but the controls arent so hot.
8 years ago
i have that game. The graphics are mind-blowing.
8 years ago
Adrew Pr0 Gamer?!

8 years ago
Great example - word is that the art in-game looks this good. No orbs or spinning discs, however. :)
8 years ago
This game looks really good.Here is a Trailer which is also looking very nice.
8 years ago
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

:) :( :) :(
8 years ago
hehe dutch guys got style :) haha it looks cool indeed. greetings from the Netherlands :)
8 years ago
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."
8 years ago
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 :)
Bayden Docking
8 years ago
That room looks like it is in need of some blood, or explosive debris or something.
8 years ago
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?
8 years ago
Its a dutch game, ofcourse it is awesome.
8 years ago
I hate to correct you modisada but the AK47 is in fact an Assault'm kidding. I'm not that much of a stickler. ;)

Artwork looks mad. I played the original on PS2...pretty cool game
8 years ago
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...
8 years ago
Meh, this is just a PS3 clone of Gears of War, which has far more inspiring art work.
8 years ago
pretty good game I have to make a gaming live for this one when it done I will send you the link ^^
8 years ago
some poeple says that this game is the best to date ; )

ps3 - borrow yourself !
8 years ago
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.
8 years ago
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!
8 years ago
I have this game.... What a disapointment. It's like dragging concrete around. You 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 :)
8 years ago
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.
8 years ago
thank you andrew for showing us
8 years ago
amazing! thx for sharing Andrew :)
8 years ago
Pablo, your message was "I'm first!". That's why it was deleted. It wastes peoples time.
8 years ago
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.

8 years ago
ohh, no, there are areaser my msj! :(
the artbook of the game looks amazing. aparently, the game is avaible for ps3 and pc
8 years ago
AK you can say that again men, you are the King...
8 years ago
Andrew, do you play games?
8 years ago
I have this game for the ps3.
Its so fantastic.
The game looks just as beautiful as the artwork.
8 years ago
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 :)
8 years ago
cool! AK are you a GAMER!
8 years ago
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.