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Robin Keijzer
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
Netherlands
Hello!

I'm Robin and I enjoy making illustrations, comics & art for games! In the past I had a great time being the art director and co-creator of the bloody and humoristic game 'Fairytale Fights'. And I've been working on more fun games ever since.




These days I mainly work on my personal projects, such as the cardgame 'Gang UP!',



but I also love to work as a freelance artist for whoever brings me fun challenges and adventure! Oh, in my spare time I play D&D :)

Feel free to leave a message or contact me!

-Robin

PS. Photo is me cosplaying as Jigen from Lupin the 3rd at the dutch Abunai 2014!
PS2. For more frequent updates, please check my blog!
   

Having found the right references, the general style was set. Now it was time to work towards a first prototype of a card. The card consits out of two parts that really have to work together;

  • the card design itself,
  • and the illustrations that go on it.

The card design is very important for the gameplay, but at the same time it's just a background for the story we want to tell with the illustrations. So after formulating a general plan on the card design, I started with a first prototype illustration, in this case a character; Kingpin Jim.

Step 1. I usually start with a sketch on paper, often in my sketchbook. Then I scan the drawing and tweak it in photoshop. This is also the time I look up extra references, so I can refine details, like the gun in this case. First I gave Jim a tommy-gun, but it didn't fit his size, so I changed it for a WW1 LMG, the bern MK2. Then I tested some different colors for his suit (which are strongly determined by the background color of the card, but more about that later) When I was done I printed the sketch on A3 paper, refined it and colored it again.

   

As you might have noticed, I like to keep the sketchy/ lively feeling in my drawings. In the past I inkted my work, which made it really stiff. And it was also extra time-consuming, which is a big burden when for example making comics.

Step 2. Now I had made one character that we liked. But how does he relate to other characters? To really make sure I made the right choice here, I had to come up with a few more characters of the same gang. Note; although 'gangs' in the game can have any mix of members, it's just easier for storytelling/design to imagine some group origin for the characters (like also shown in the movie). So I sketched these guys.

   

Now I felt confident enough that this would become a good mix of characters. Last I refined a few more of them; so I would have enough material to work with while designing the cards themselves.

From there we continued :) Read more about it in part 3!

You can find our project here: www.kickstarter.com/projects/r…

-Robin

*copyrights of the references belong to respective owners

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OlegEvteev Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
FANTAstic work!!!!
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DemiurgikArt Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2015   Digital Artist
There was a time before the internet went mainstream, where art had reached its peak before globalization took over. There were artists with styles so unlike everything else, and these worlds that were easy to submerse yourself into. Your maps make me feel like I'm back there. Thank you.
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RobinKeijzer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D Thank you so much for that kind comment DemiurgikArt! It makes me very happy to hear that ;)
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DemiurgikArt Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015   Digital Artist
You're welcome, keep up the amazing work!
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FilKearney Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I just recently stumbled into your work here and it's fantastic.
I DM as well, and you are really inspiring me to put a clear vision around those stories. 

Looking forward to seeing more!
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RobinKeijzer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you FilKearney! & good luck with your stories & illustrations, I'm sure they will be great fun!
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estivador Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
amazing stuffs, i had a lot of works did by you pinned on pinterest, just today figure out that its all from you, great stuffs man, you are awesome, and awesomenauts are gorgerous =D
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RobinKeijzer Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's so cool! Thank you so much estivador ;)
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estivador Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014
=) wow. now you make my day =D
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RobinKeijzer Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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