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A new, original, Broken Sword game by Charles Cecil. Join the adventure and help us create the best Broken Sword game ever.
A new, original, Broken Sword game by Charles Cecil. Join the adventure and help us create the best Broken Sword game ever.
14,032 backers pledged $771,560 to help bring this project to life.

Mini Update: Meet The Team - Tori Davis

Hi guys! Today we are delighted to introduce you to Tori Davis, our Art Director.

Could you introduce yourself to us? What do you do at Revolution?

Hi, My name is Tori Davis (AKA 'Tori Cat') and I am the Art Director here at Revolution.

My primary job is creating and managing the hand drawn environments for the game. Working closely with our Lead Designer Nigel Kershaw and Game Director Charles Cecil, I initially draw up very loose and rough versions of a location as a "Thumbnail". I then add tone to the Thumbnail design, creating focus to the direct lighting in the scene. Good lighting creates a sense of depth and atmosphere in a location, and this is something I really want to focus on in Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse. I aim to create an exciting, vibrant game world into which the player wants to be drawn.

Once we are happy with the small thumbnail design, I create a cleaner version at full size, including important details. This is then implemented in the game, the scaling is set, and characters can then be moved about in the environment. This allows us to check the location both visually and for functionality.

I then draw the full layout in high resolution, including all the details. Next I paint a tonal guide and a colour key to pass onto our background painters. From these guides they will know exactly where to focus the lighting and what colour pallet to work with.

When the background painters have finished painting up the scene, I then add any further details that may be been left out, and make any final changes.

I love the creative process and working as part of a highly talented team. It is highly rewarding when everything comes together, and a great feeling when you see the characters interacting in the final scene.

Tell us something crazy about yourself.

I have a titanium jaw. I broke my jaw four years ago eating some chicken and have since had seven operations to try and fix it. After many failed attempts to try to correct my bite, I had jaw replacement surgery last year. So now I literally am the "Bionic Woman", the "Tor-minator", “Tin Grin-“ and whatever other name you want to call me. ;)

What did you do before Revolution?

As a Visual Development Artist, I actually come from the Animation Industry. I am traditionally trained in hand-drawn and stop motion animation and have spent most of my professional career working in animated feature films. The latest film (that I am contractually allowed to talk about) that I have worked on is Tim Burton/ Disney's Frankenweenie which is due for release in October 2012.

I started my career in the animation industry working at Blue Sky Animation Studios (the animation department at 20th Century Fox) as an Environment Designer/Vis Dev Artist on Rio. Since then I have been lucky enough to work on many other great projects like Sylvain Chomet's The Illusionist, Aardman's Arthur Christmas and Shaun the Sheep, as well as a collection of kid's TV shows and commercials. Before working at Revolution, I have worked in the games industry at Sony Computer Entertainment. (Sorry but I can't spill any beans as to what I was working on there just yet.)

Throughout my career I have lived and worked in many beautiful places including China, Paris, London, Bristol, Scotland, California, New York to name a few. And now York, which is a beautiful, historic city, and for once I am fairly close to my family.

What are you looking forward to the most in Broken Sword - the Serpent's Curse?

With my background in hand-drawn animation, I am a huge fan of the original 2D Broken Sword games, so I am really excited to part of the return of the hand-drawn environments. I am also really looking forward to seeing the story unfold as well as every one's hard work, late nights, blood, sweat and tears all come together to hopefully make this the best Broken Sword game yet. Charles and the writers are very passionate about storytelling. We lined up some fantastically beautiful locations and with what can be done technically these days in games (and with our incredibly talented crew), it should look stunning.

Anything else you'd like to add?

I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all of our fans and everyone who has helped support us via our Kickstarter campaign. Also a very special thank you to our "Super Fan". ;)

We have been overwhelmed with the incredible amount of love there is for the return of George and Nico and we just hope that we make everybody proud.

If you are interested in seeing some of my personal art work and keeping up to date with my traveling sketch book, check out my blog:www.toricat.com

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    1. Joana Lisa Dungca on

      Good day! Would like to know what rendering tool you are using for the backgrounds?

    2. senzacoda on

      I just can't help but <3 you and your work.
      P.S.: a cat with a titanium jaw? This is an interesting idea for a cartoon parody of metal gear rising!

    3. Lisa Downey on

      Great news! Can't wait to see what the total amount will be. So pleased all my t-shirt designs were picked :D

    4. Georg M. (Broken Sword - A Fan Blog) on

      @Oksana No hard feelings. We're all here for the same reason, and yeah, Broken Sword is the best! ^^

    5. S.D. on

      @Georg, Oksana: Haha! You crazy kids...

    6. -gizmo- on

      I think that your work is awesome and your style is perfect for the new Broken Sword :D.

      The backgrounds distill novelty and, at the same time, the graphics reminiscent of the first game in the series. The pictures are truly colourful, pure nostalgia.

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      Oksana Kostiv on

      @Georg M.
      Awkwaaaard...
      sorry, I'm sure you're doing a great job, it's Broken Sword alright! :)

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      Oksana Kostiv on

      To my understanding "superfan" is some guy that created a blog 'bout Broken Sword. Not too interesting though.
      Tori herself is soo beutiful :) almost as beautiful as her art

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    10. Georg M. (Broken Sword - A Fan Blog) on

      Interesting interview! I really want to watch "The Illusionist" now and I'm already looking forward to "Frankenweenie" - and to "The Serpent's Curse", obviously. ^^

      ...and thanks for the shout-out, Tori! ;)

    11. JuanitaD-ArmikrogArmyGoat @ AGL589+$4.96 on

      Nice to meet you, Tori! (You look so much like a friend I have from Birmingham that it's scary! OK, she's a little older than you, but you could be her time-traveling twin. Hmm... You don't happen to know a guy that travels around in a blue box, do you? Just wondering.)

    12. Paul Ulrick on

      I should add that i never would of guessed you broke your jaw, you look great.

    13. Moeez Siddiqui on

      Does Tori's jaw help out during a game's Crunch Time?

    14. Paul Ulrick on

      Who's the Super Fan?

    15. Minsc&Boo on

      With my defibrillator and your steel jaw, we can take over the world!

    16. Mike Ward - Order Of The Goat - 3 Sevens on

      Sorry about your jaw Tori! Not that I'm a guilt-ridden chicken or anything. From what I've seen so far, I'm loving what you're doing here. Anyone ever told you that you bear more than a a passing resemblance to Heidi Range? That's a good thing, by the way ;)

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      Henri S on

      Really like the fact that you are going back to 2D environments, hope you'll do characters as well!
      The 3D characters in the trailer looked quite nice, but I really prefer the 'warmth' of a hand drawn character.

    18. Guillermo on

      Broken Sword team is not A team, is THE team.

    19. Gus Daniel - Order of the Goat $7.77 on

      Awesome! Only the best for our beloved series. The return of the series back to 2D was the best decision they could have made

    20. Tom Allen on

      Just checked Tori's blog - wow, that's some great stuff - Raccoon Climbing A Washing Machine is my favourite! Seems like a great fit for creating a beautiful Broken Sword game - can't wait! :D

    21. Erik Grape ⊂ Orders aplenty on

      I read your blog early into this kickstarter (kickstart?) and I can only say that I admire your strength and determination (as well as your fantastic work)! With such a dedicated and talented team I'm sure BS5 will be great.

    22. Evert Jonker on

      Wow amazing, you have quite a career going on :) Keep up the good work.

    23. Rinu on

      Her drawings are beautiful. I'm very happy she's a part of BS:tSC team, the result will be stunning for sure :).

    24. Yohmi on

      My dream would be that you animate the characters… hand-drawn animation has such a different feeling… :)

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      Juho Sorvali on

      Nice interview. So is Tori the same lady as in the beginning of the kickstart video and in the update video too?. And yes, I would also like to know a little more details about the jaw breaking chicken accident :)
      Richard: Nice observation about Emily Ketch and "Jaws". Caribbean is one of my favorite locations in all BS games. Bronson, Rio, Emily, The old ladies.. Very nice part of BS 2.

    26. David Swallow on

      I'm sorry, you BROKE your JAW on CHICKEN???

    27. speedster -Armikrog Army Annelid- $4.96 on

      Pollo Diablo found Tori eating chicken strips and applied a sharp right jab to the jaw as a lesson! Unfortunately Pollo Diablo has more strength than control...

    28. Leonard Challis - OotG on

      Oh wow, I LOVE the Illusionist film. Looking at the various work you've mentioned here, I have no doubt you and the team will be able to create the scenes and environments that will have the same kind of feeling and emotions as the first hand drawn Broken Swords and your various other work.

      One thing I didn't realise before all these mini updates is how incredibly talented each individual Revolution team member is in their own right. Charles certainly knows how to put a team together.

    29. S.D. on

      Was the chicken El Pollo Diablo itself?

    30. dave00dance on

      Brokenjaw the chickens curse ;)

    31. Stéphane Fernandez on

      Your art is so good.The game will have such great locations an details .Thank you so much from France.

    32. LosT_SouL_VL on

      Nice work Tori, I especially like your tiger and lions art.

    33. Crabby on

      Quick question: Was the chicken wearing platemail? :P

    34. Brad on

      I've gone right off chicken now. And your art is beautiful. Really great stuff.

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      Nikos Patsiouras on

      why Super?did anyone pledge 10k in the paypal or sth?

    36. Richard - 'Order Of The Coal Black Goat' on

      Can I ask, and I REALLY want to know, how do you break your jaw eating chicken? We need more details! Also, this reminds me of the little girl in the Ketches museum that calls George 'Jaws', hehe.

    37. Wild@x on

      I really like your Paris backgrounds and your works in general.

    38. Emma*Pirate Princess OOTG Armikrog Army* on

      Thanks for sharing Tori! You are incredibly talented, and I hope your jaw is now fixed permanently, I can sympathize more than I would like to this, bless you!

    39. Stew OotG Knight/Captain Bloodcoffee on

      Really Cool job Tori, fascinated by your Titanium jaw too! I'm tempted to ask if you Bite. lol
      Love your work though, great stuff.

    40. Ben Salmon on

      Super fan? Colour me intrigued...

    41. Ronald on

      How do you break your jaw when eating chicken? Was it alive at the time or so? ;)

    42. Vladimír Nekvasil - Order of the Goat on

      Thank you Tori for your contribution!! :) Your art works are just beautiful!