Rise and Shine With The Sleeping Prince Game and Athom Studios
Athom Studios created the key art for Signal's new game, The Sleeping Prince, an updated take on "Sleeping Beauty" in which players use their fingertips to rouse Prince Perilous from his slumber, undoing a mysterious spell on Cloudreach kingdom. "I – and by extension our client, Tilting Point – wanted to work with someone who could nail not just the physical look of the characters, but the spirit and personality of the game," explained Dave Rogan, creative director of production company Nutmeg Post. "When we met Thomas [Bernos of Athom], we found someone who not only did everything well, but did it all in a way that could drop a few jaws. We'd use him again in a heartbeat."
Bernos first made images of the prince both awake and asleep on his throne set in front of a black background before moving on to the main visual. "I received written directions, which gave me room to create the expressions and poses," he said. "I was soon provided screenshots of the app, in order to base my detailed model on the low, poly characters." He initially drew 2D sketches and sought Nutmeg's input ahead of putting the components in 3ds Max, ZBrush, and then Photoshop. "There was a lot of good back and forth," he noted. "One of the challenges was integrating feedback as we went along, especially with so many characters" in the final scene.
The Sleeping Prince will soon be released Stateside and is already available for download in the Australia and New Zealand App Stores.