Here at Zoink we love a good intern! They help us stay alert, come up with new ideas and are generally amazing. Today you’ll get the honor of meeting one of them – Graphic Artist Nellie!
Hi Nellie, how are you today?
I’m great actually! Played an awesome game yesterday with some great people. Zombie Vikings, maybe you have heard of it by now?
We might! Tell us, how did you get in touch with Zoink?
I actually got our CEO Klaus’s number from another game developer that are great buddies with Zoink. I emailed my portfolio before I called him myself, and got overjoyed when I got a freelance job for one of their smaller projects. I got to make Story boards, and that later led to this current internship.
We’re glad to have you. So what do you do when you’re not at the office?
Right now I put a lot of hours into my own game projects that I’ve been working on for some time. I easily become a perfectionist when I have a set vision, so I suspect it will take at least a year before I’m done. There are so many things you want to fit in there! Aside from that I play a lot of games of course! I also love to write novels, and draw of course. And sing, sometimes while I bake…
What made you want to work in the game industry?
Games have always been a part of my life, but I think that my love for stories is what actually made me want to start develop games myself. Stories, graphics, music, design. All of those things have something that speaks to you and they come together in a wonderful way in games. Some of the companies that motivated me, and still do, is LucasArts (Monkey Island III is my all time favorite game!), Squaresoft/Enix and of course Sierra and their Kings Quest games which are just so strange in a good way.
What are you doing at Zoink right now?
Well I’m everybody’s slave of course! I mostly work with 3D; making props and buttons, fixing textures and rigging. Small things, and sometimes frustrating, but overall it’s a lot of fun. Working with a great team makes small things feel like big things! So I am happily assisting in a lot of graphic areas. It’s a lot like mixing a big salad of different fruits for me right now.
Yummie! So what’s the best thing about making games?
A good thing for sure is that if you become good friends with a few softwares and have the ideas and love for games you can work on your own things and even find a few others that would like to do something similar. You can have a great time doing something you love and build a portfolio at the same time!
Do you have any advice to people having an interest in the game industry?
Be open minded and positive. Know that if you really put your all in it, small things can lead you on to something bigger. Don’t give up, because it’s also a question of luck as in so many other things. A step back does not mean you have to throw in the towel. Try again, and don´t forget why you chose to do this. Forgetting may actually start blocking your path.
As for graphics people, don’t be afraid to show the things in your portfolio that you are most proud of. It’s good to listen to what other people think, but in the end you should highlight the things that you feel represents you. Of course it’s important to be able to do stuff that just needs to be done, but in the end you are probably hired for the things where the joy shines through the lines and colors!
Important question: Which Zombie Viking would you like to be and why?
I played the game yesterday and I really tried to bond with the vikings while my head was flying of and my arm shooting away… I guess I would have to say Hedgy, because he’s small and kind of fuzzy. And he has those really awesome jumping skulls!
If you were to develop your own game, what kind of game would it be?
Well, I already am! One of them is a Point and Click, which has been a dream of mine since I fell for the genre. I also like to work with RPG’s (old time style), which is what my other project is. This is actually coming along nicely at the moment even though it’s in early development.
Thank you for taking the time to chat! Now, back to that fruit salad of yours!
Do you have any questions for Nellie about being an intern at Zoink, or her Point and Click game? Go ahead and ask ahead in the comments below, and don’t forget to follow her on Twitter!