Saturday 13 November 2010


I've been working on Limbo this evening, following on from my practice piece I posted yesterday (with Lewie's help).

I started off with the pencil outline:

Then the sky. That was a bit tricky, trying to blend the different shades of grey on the sky. The mess on the bottom half is where I kept wiping my brushes clean to re-blend the sky. I knew I was painting over it with black, so wasn't too bothered aout the greys jumbling up.

Then I went on to do the black on the bottom half, this was the easiest bit - very little shading, just loads of black!

 Then I did the boat and the boy, and dotted his eye (only one visible in this screen shot).

Lastly, I did the bullrushes and grasses on the bank on the right hand side of the picture.

I really enjoyed painting this - it was a surprise, as I was expecting to be painting a Super Meat Boy, but the person who won at auction wanted Limbo instead. I'll be posting it off on Monday, to somewhere in the USA, wrapped in copious amounts of polystyrene and bubblewrap, of course.


  1. I'm soooo thrilled to see this, you have no idea. I just learned about Limbo this week and I've been watching some gameplay of it on Youtube for the past few days. I was blown away by the intricate simplicity of the design. So much atmosphere and depth done in such a clever layout. It's probably some of the best work I've seen in the past decade. A beautifully sinister Edward Gorey type feel. Really nice work. You should high-five yourself. As odd as that may sound.

  2. Thank you, that's lovely of you! I love Limbo, its such a dark, mysterious game, and I think the artwork is amazing, too. I love it when a good game has great art - have you played Lucidity? Its another of my favourite games, very simple, and beautifuly drawn.