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Silversword concept art - Malkil

Archive entry by Ste Pickford on Fri, 06 Feb 2009
Subject: Wizards & Warriors 3

Ste Pickford

This was a surprise. Rummaging in the depths of a cupboard in my office I came across a folder full of concept art for the sprites in Silversword, an NES game we did in 1988 or so.

This drawing is for the big boss of the game, Malkil (who was about the only thing we carried over from the game's predecessors, Wizards & Warriors and Ironsword), and I was clearly going for the same type of throne as seen in the castles in Mario 3.

In this folder I found pages and pages of similar drawings for every other sprite in the game.

They're all quite simple like this one, inked in with a fat felt tip pen, to give an approximation of the look we would be able to achieve on the NES (so more like working designs than concept art).

The surprise was that I'd completely forgotten I'd drawn any of these pictures!. I was also surprised that we were professional enough to actually do a comprehensive set of concept art drawings over 20 years ago.


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