The very first game I made was a hobbyist project done together with the Microflash team (Mika Keskikiikoinen & Tero Piispala). The work was done in our spare time starting in 1992 and we finished the demo version in 1994. Mika and Tero did the code, Vesa Palomäki did the music and I made the graphics using Deluxe Paint. Despite the fact that we never got it published, it was still a great experience and the Finnish games magazine Pelit lehti even published an article about it. Mika would later work on a game development book called PC - Pelintekijän Opas featuring our graphics on the book cover.
My responsibilities were creating all in game characters (except the main character) and pixel portraits for the dialogues which I did by scouring through hours and hours of video clips to find just the right angle, expression and lighting and working based on that. Using existing and overly used marketing shots would have felt lame and boring.
My responsibilities were creating the game menus and icons as well as many other 2D assets such as the tutorial characters which were inspired from the game designers character ideas.
I worked as lead artist on Dchoc's first Xbox game, Tower Bloxx Deluxe which was partially ported from the PC version. However the game needed a completely new menu and the 3d assets needed upgrading, textures needed to be higher res etc. There were only two artists on the team - myself and Kristian Riihimaa. It still amazes me to think that the two of us handled all of that ourselves! I took care of the UI menus, icons and other 2d artwork such as the cut scenes, whilst Kristian handled the 3d artwork, both upgrading old meshes and textures from the PC version as well as creating completely new assets.
I was not a part of the core TB NY team, but instead asked to help out with making some illustrations for their Monopoly inspired cards.
This project was one of Dchoc's first experimentations with social games. It started off with just me, a designer and a programmer allowing me to create the original visual style for the game. Later on during the production phase, more people joined in and each took their assigned parts further such as the UI, while I continued work with the animals and a good portion of the in game assets.
Island God was a project I joined quite late in production and helped out with some bits and pieces + marketing material such as the feed icons.
I was in the Crazy Penguin Wars project during preproduction as visual lead and worked on concepting the GUI style based on previous Crazy Penguin games as well as creating some character concepts.
My responsibility in GoB was working mainly on in game animated vector characters (to be added later), but I also helped the decoration team with making some buildings and decorations based on the style they had created.
I joined the KW team during end of production and helped out with many types of things such as in game buildings and map icons based on the style they had already set. In addition I was asked to create a completely new concept for the advisor character.
Through mutual Ultima fan friends, the Ultima Return team asked me to join them in making a fan based sequel to Serpent's Isle. My main role is to create nearly 20 character portraits which are shown when the player meets a new NPC in the game. If there is time, I'll help out with other 2d stuff as well. The project is ongoing and we'll hopefully have the game done this year. Read more about it here:
I joined the folks at Seriously to work on their debut game "Best Fiends". One of the main things I was focusing on was creating the final design for the hud, menus, popups, blocks, icons, buttons and other 2d assets. The game was developed with Unity, something I'd never used before, so it was a great chance to learn something new.