Screenshot Saturday

Happy Screenshot Saturday!

This week I’ve been building out the game environment, adding details, and working on sound design. Here’s a peek:

7 15 2022 in game engine clip. Visual and sound design by Suzanne Skaar, 2020-2022. All rights reserved.

As a reminder, it’s not too late to add your voice to the game as a background character! Please click here for more details, or email nominestudios@gmail.com with questions.

As always, thank you for your support!

Suzanne

Avi’s Cafe

Last week I learned:

1: The oldest bird fossil (Asteriornis maastrichtensis, a.k.a. “The Wonderchicken”) is about 66.7 million years old.

2: Tacoma’s Alfred’s Cafe was called Bill and Ted’s Tavern in the 1940s, well before the first excellent adventure or bogus journey.

Image: Composite of concept work inspired by Alfred's Cafe in Tacoma for as yet untitled pixel art dinosaur game by Suzanne Skaar, 2022. Top picture side view of building. Bottom left: close up of sign with a white feathered bird and sign letters reading “Avi’s Cafe.” Bottom right: front side of building. Pink No Mine Studios logo on bottom of image. Blue background. All rights reserved.
Concept work inspired by Alfred’s Cafe in Tacoma for as yet untitled dino game. Suzanne Skaar, 2022. All rights reserved.

Spring Break

First day of Spring Break, and the kiddo and I are not going outside unless we absolutely have to.

2D pixel art black and white dino holding broken umbrella in front of worn-down building. Character design from as yet untitled dino game by Suzanne Skaar, 2020-2022. All rights reserved.

Game Background Art

Good morning!

As many who follow this site already know, the background art for my as yet untitled dino game is loosely based on real spaces in Tacoma. Of course, since the characters in the game are dinosaurs/ other creatures of the Cretaceous Period (for the most part), some liberties have been taken.

Here are a few examples of what I have been working on. What other local landmarks would you like to see represented?

— Suzanne

Screenshot Saturday

Building a city in Unity is a lot of work, but a heck of a lot of fun.

2D pixel art game design. Black and white dinosaur standing in front of a yellow and pink building, next to a meteorite. The signs on the building read “Stego and Son, Modern Stuff, Roar Loudly.” Suzanne Skaar, 2021-2022. All rights reserved.
2D pixel art game design. Black and white dinosaur standing in front of a yellow and pink building, next to a meteorite. The sign on the building reads “Stego and Son, Modern Stuff, Roar Loudly.” Suzanne Skaar, 2021-2022. All rights reserved.

Happy Holidays!

“Santa Dino” by Suzanne Skaar, 2021. All rights reserved. [2D pixel art dinosaur wearing Santa outfit.]

Whatever you celebrate, I hope you are safe and well. It’s been a hard year. Here’s to better times, and, as always, thank you for all your support!

Suzanne

Big news!

And now it’s official! I just signed my Tacoma Artist Initiative Program contract. I am grateful to the Tacoma Arts Commission for sponsoring me as I research and develop assets for my video game. I’ll be giving an artist talk later in the year on the technical aspects of this project and what accessibility means in art, community, and our daily lives. I will also be sharing details on how the local community can become part of the game.

Acceptance into this program was the catalyst for another major leap. No Mine Studios LLC (named after a once constant refrain from my daughter when she was younger) is an official business within the State of Washington.

Thank you everyone who has supported me in this endeavor over the years. More updates to come!

New Vendor & New Gear!

In order to offer as wide a selection as possible of just utterly cool things, No Mine! Studios now has a shop available at Redbubble.com. You can buy No Mine! coffee mugs, 3/4 sleeve baseball tees, throw pillows, studio pouches, and probably the most awesome dinosaur pants you will ever see in your life. You can also order No Mine! Studios designs in kids sizes (ages 3 months – 12 years).

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You can access the links to this new line of goods as well as other products through the official No Mine! Studios Shop page.

Thank you for your support! Have a rockin’ day, and share with friends!

Suzanne

No Mine! Studios