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Homecooked is an indie role-playing game that mixes turn based gameplay with cooking. The project is led by Bixels (Howard Kung) and I collaborated with a small team of concept artists to provide visual development. I took on several jobs throughout the project and kept in close contact with the development team. Cultural inspirations and distinct visual influences were all considered when making art for the game.

Character Art

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Model sheet and updated reference I drew for Nadine, a character originally designed by @angstike

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Costume exploration for Cyprus' mother Juniper, a character originally designed by @angstike.

The aim of this assignment was to bring the character's original design into a more suburban setting, while also maintaining her personality and Filipino origins. I used inspiration from my own mother and casual fashion styles I associate with Asian-American working class women.

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After a series of passing sketches, receiving feedback, and making changes based on notes, this is the final redesign. Along with the finished design, I drew some character art to explore her character more.

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On my free time I did fashion exploration sketches of Cyprus on my sketchbook, and later digitally colored them.

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The Family House

I took on the responsibility of also designing Cyprus and Juniper's house, and I compiled reference images from San Diego, San Francisco, and other cities and architecture from Southern California. The house had to be a bit small, cozy, and fit in a peaceful, small town setting. 

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Misc Visual Development Work

Other than character art, I also did small bits and additions to the game such as prop design, storyboards, color scripts and more.

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I drew some beat boards for the game's opening. Six of them were finalized as a color script to communicate the tone and atmosphere of the game's opening act.

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I designed and drew most of the small props in the gift shop room of the demo. These include the snacks, merchandise, books, and vending machine.

 

I was given the freedom to do anything I really wanted, so I took the opportunity to sneak in cheeky references and designs to famous art pieces, books, and games.

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Homecooked's playable demo can be accessed through itch.io!

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