Reiko Nagase24th January 2023
Race like it’s 99!
My first proper animation of 2023! So I drew and finished the illustration in one day but it took some time to get around to animating it.
I’ve noticed I’m getting very comfortable experimenting with using flat colours, especially with animation and I don’t mind it at all, in fact, I kinda love it and I will play around with it more in the near future.
Reiko is pretty much the face of the Ridge Racer games and a rather iconic Namco mascot in general, especially in the Electronic dance VGM circle so it was pretty much set in stone that I was gonna draw her eventually. I had the idea to base her costume to be Pac-Man themed to really capture the full essence of that 90s Namco vibe. I was originally gonna give her Pac-Mans orange gloves but I felt red suited the costume better and to not complicate the overall style I was going for.
Would you believe that I’ve never played a Ridge Racer game before? I’m pretty sure I know its existence because of the music presented in it which is arguably the best out of the PlayStation library.
Don’t even get me started on the visual GUI presentation of Ridge Racer Type 4, that’s a whole different can of worms I’ll have to open up one day. Let’s just say I’ve been binging a lot of Sean Seanson on YouTube lately and there is a whole bunch of PS1 games I need to catch up on! 👀
The next post hopefully will be talking more about the game I’m working on. Now that the Christmas panic is now over, I’ve got a lot more time on my hands to actually do stuff!
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