BEHIND THE GAME: Diana "Cartoons help to keep the child inside me"
June 13, 2017
Meet Diana, a talented artist from Ukraine who created a cheerful racing game for kids - Summer Car Racing - Australia! We asked her a few questions about her experience in creating this colorful racing game. So, wait no more, immerse yourself into the greatest summer adventure and read a short story about this creative Tiny Lab Kids artist.
Hello Diana, please shortly introduce yourself.
Hi, my name is Diana Tomenko, I am 20 years old and I live in Ukraine. I am a student of the Kharkov Academy of Design and Arts. Now I am actively working on a self-development. I draw almost all the time. I work in parallel on traditional and digital painting. And I do CG for myself, because I really love it.
We are happy tro hear that! And what inspires you as an artist?
Basically, I am inspired by the old 2D cartoons of the late nineties, the beginning of two thousandth, the creators of which are companies such as The "Walt Disney" and "DreamWorks Pictures". My favorite artist is Glen Keane. He also worked on my favorite cartoons, for example, the "Tarzan". These cartoons have always helped me in difficult times, when I was a child. They were forced to dream, to hope, to fight for the best. And now, when I review them, they help to keep the child inside me.
Also, I am inspired by illustrators John Howe and Allan Lee. They did illustrations for J. R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”, as well as developed the concept art for the film "Lord of the Rings".
Wow, such a great sources of inspiration! And what about games? Do you like playing them? What are your favorite ones?
Yes! My favorite games are the series of games “The Elder Scrolls”. Because the world in this game is unique and harmonious. It’s not like anything I've seen before. In addition, there is indie games such as “Monument Valley” and “Ori and the blind forest”. These games impressed me a lot with their visual composes.
That's amazing! Can you introduce us the game you were creating for Tiny Lab Kids?
The game is called "Summer Car Racing - Australia". It was my first project and it was a real challenge for me, because most of the things I had to do for the first time. It took me a lot of time and I had no time to rest. But I wanted to get a good results and to maintaing the quality of my work. To create game graphics to this game was a big challenge for me, because at the same time I handed my diploma in the Art College and worked entering the Academy. Yes, I'm crazy! However, it was a great time, because I really enjoyed working on this game. It was very interesting! Now I am really happy to see the final product - well-working, beautiful racing game.
What did you like the most about this game project?
Most of all I liked to collect information about Australia, it’s culture and nature. I also enjoyed drawing game characters like Emu, kangaroo, koala, porcupine and others.
What was the most challenging part when you were working on this game?
The most difficult thing here was drawing cars and the main background.
Can you share some tips for people who are planning to work on similar game projects?
If you decided to work on the game, devote yourself to it completely. Don't forget to keep the balance with your other projects and other works. Otherwise, this period will be very difficult for you, also your work won't have as high quality as you expect to have.
Don’t forget about sleep. Not enough sleep can hurt your health and your work too. It will not have as high-quality, as you want, moreover you will make a lot of mistakes and have to spend twice as much time trying to fix all that.
And the most important, you have to love what you do!
What do you like most about Tiny Lab Kids games?
I like that they love creating games for children. Games come sincere and lovely. And it is very important not only for me, but for everyone who play Tiny Labs games. I also liked the freedom they gave me, as well as their loyalty. It was a pleasure to work with this company. ☺️☺️☺️
Immerse yourself into the greatest summertime adventure and drive in the Australian race! Select your favorite Australian car, put your fingers on acceleration pedal and drive! Get ready to flip and roll along the way, perform cool stunts, jump over huge canyons and dangerous rings of fire, overcome obstacles and get to the finish line to win three stars! Vroom, vroom!