Lots of Painting
Rex Crawle talks Knights And Bikes art style
the character design
“I try to draw attractive people, it just never quite comes out that way [laughs]. I definitely try to put a lot of the elements of the adults I grew up around in my Cornish farmhouse upbringing. Everyone was kind of craggy. There were a lot of characters. A lot of big personalities who had quite strange styles of dress or manners of speaking or hobbies, like building dinosaurs out of scrap metal and all of these strange things. I’m definitely trying to bring some of that in as well. And it’s kind of fun to think about how the kids are going to perceive these characters as well, particularly as one of the main characters doesn’t come from the island, so she’s seeing things a little differently.”
the constant background movement
“For the art style I wanted it to look a little bit like the kids had drawn it themselves or at the very least art directed it. They’re coming up with all of these ideas and changing their minds and telling all of these stories and I’m just trying to keep up with everything that they’re telling me to paint next. That movement plays into that kind of stop-motion animation, so wherever possible I try to draw everything three times and then just cycle through those frames so that it’s just constantly moving. That movement can transfer on to the player. When you’re playing if everything is alive and moving it gives you an energy yourself to keep moving. Essentially it’s just trying to convey that energy and imagination of kids. But yeah, it just takes a lot of painting basically.”
n The full back stories of Nessa and Demelza are something we imagine we’ll need to wait for the final release to find out, but we do know that Nessa is new to the island, so Demelza will know it and possibly its inhabitants a little better.
n Rex Crawle has name checked the artwork of Eric Carle, famous for the children’s book The Very Hungry
Caterpillar, as an inspiration behind the game’s gorgeously textured and layered backgrounds. Nothing appears to be a single shade anywhere in the game.
Riding around on your bike is going to be a lot of fun. As you can see, you can leave trails and skid around on them, upgrade them with different flags and more. Your bike is one of your major signposts of progress through the game.