Interesting Illustrations: Atelier Sentô

Dan and I were so excited to discover the work of Atelier Sentô, through their upcoming 2-D adventure computer game, entirely hand animated, illustrated using watercolour techniques!

Dan likes to keep track of lots of indie games in development or in the making, and sometimes we find a game that both of us think looks amazing! This game, ‘The Coral Cave’ follows a little girl called ‘Mizuka’ and is set on a remote island in the Okinawa Archipelago. You can watch a beautiful trailer and find out more on their website for the game (see link below):

The Coral Cave Website

We were so enamoured with the illustration of the game (which isn’t actually released yet) that we wanted to get hold of something to see up close. They sell some small illustrated comics, both illustrators have a background as French comic artists, for a very reasonable price. For only 8 euros we received a stunning little A5 sized comic book with a story set in the same town as the game.

Front cover of 'The Coral Cave, an irabucha's dream'. Photo credit Christy Archer.

Front cover of ‘The Coral Cave, an irabucha’s dream’ by Cécile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

Back cover of 'The Coral Cave, an irabucha's dream'. Photo credit Christy Archer.

Back cover of ‘The Coral Cave, an irabucha’s dream’by Cécile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

They also hand painted a little watercolour illustration on the inside of the comic, such a thoughtful personal touch – and asked who we wanted the book made out to:

Personalised note from watercolour painting by Cecile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

Personalised note from watercolour painting by Cécile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

 

Watercolour painting on inside of front cover by Cecile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

Watercolour painting on inside of front cover by Cécile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

 

Close up of watercolour painting by Cecil Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

Close up of watercolour painting by Cécil Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

We also purchased a small postcard of artwork from the upcoming game:

Postcard design Atelier Sento, photo credit: Christy Archer

Postcard design Atelier Sento, photo credit: Christy Archer

Stamp on back of postcard by Cecile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

Stamp on back of postcard by Cécile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

From a design perspective there are so many wonderful touches to the way they’ve packaged their product, the postcard is printed on a textured card, perfectly fitting with the theme. The postcard and comic were wrapped in glassine paper and brown paper, closed with a simple inch of coloured washi tape. The envelope featured a rubber stamp or lino print featuring the character from the game and the words ‘The Coral Cave’. It felt like a very carefully thought out package and felt like receiving a present, I was impressed!

Stamp on front of envelope by Cecile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

Stamp on front of envelope by Cécile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo credit Christy Archer.

I also felt very inspired by their use of the watercolour medium in a comic setting, often watercolour paintings feel like a nod to the past. In the worst case scenario they remind me of forced art lessons at school. But here the use of watercolour and pencil seems fun, playful and whimsical, it gives a nod to the past but retains it’s relevancy and fun, perhaps because of the comic strip setting?

Inside pages of 'The Coral Cave an irabucha's dream' by Cecile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo Credit: Christy Archer

Inside pages of ‘The Coral Cave an irabucha’s dream’ by Cécile Brun & Olivier Prichard. Photo Credit: Christy Archer

It certainly had me rethinking how I use watercolour, I often do watercolour sketches but I think I’ve subconsciously restricted how much I share this for fear of seeming outdated or irrelevant. Looking at their work gave me the idea of using watercolour as the medium for creating a header image which you can see on the main page of the blog!

I’ll leave my thoughts there for now but I’m sure I/we will want to post something about the game once it’s been released and we’ve had a chance to play it.

 

 

One thought on “Interesting Illustrations: Atelier Sentô

  1. Atelier Sentô

    Many thanks Christy for this lovely article!
    You wrote some of the kindest words we’ve ever read about our work.
    It’s also great to learn it inspired you for your header image. We like it a lot. It’s charming and welcoming.
    Thanks again to you and Dan.
    Take care!

    Cécile and Olivier

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