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Ximena

This personal IP has been close to my heart for many years. So I was excited to make something of this story in my final semester at school. This story takes place in the 11th century and I had a fun time drowning myself in research. I found the perfect inspiration in a Spanish medieval manuscript called the Beato de Liébana. I was drown to this book as the art style was distinct from many medieval manuscripts of Northern Europe. The moorish influence in this books illustrations also speak to what happens in my story. 
Ximena wishes to know more about the world around her. But she is a higher born woman and is cloistered most of her life. When she realizes she has done all that is asked of her and is still unhappy, she decides to take control. So through her eyes I want the viewer to discover the divided world of Moorish and Christian Spain. 
I have always been unsure about which medium I would tell this story in. Being that I am a game art student, I wanted to try my hand at simple side scroller in Unity. Well, nothing is ever simple, and I was only able to get through one scene in the allotted assignment time. I’m still quite satisfied with what I was able to accomplish. It all came together when my Visual Development class allowed me create supplemental material for the IP. This is when was really able to nail down the stylization I was struggling with most of the semester. 
I definitely see myself coming back to this story when I have a bit more experience under my belt. But I’m happy with what I did for now. I hope this explanation isn’t too convoluted so let me know if you have any further questions!

Title screen.

Title screen.

Game walkthrough.

This was a bit of a style exploration. The manuscript I was taking from was about the apocalypse. So there was a lot of cool imagery, but I wanted to reimagine some creatures.

This was a bit of a style exploration. The manuscript I was taking from was about the apocalypse. So there was a lot of cool imagery, but I wanted to reimagine some creatures.

This is a shit of Act 1,2 and 3 of the Ximena’s journey.

This is a shit of Act 1,2 and 3 of the Ximena’s journey.

Character concepts showing the two different styles of the 11th century.

Character concepts showing the two different styles of the 11th century.

Explorations of the different ornamentation between the two religions.

Explorations of the different ornamentation between the two religions.

Sprite sheet.

Sprite sheet.