Futurust Devlog: Beauty and the Rust


Futurust is an adventure, steampunk, point ‘n’ click game with numerous exciting puzzles in beatiful hand-made graphics.

  • Genre: adventure, point & click
  • Premiere: Q3 2018
  • Platforms: PC, mobile, PS4, Switch

Some things start with a happy little accident. That was actually the case with the idea behind Futurust, escpecially it’s artstyle. I was reading Fables for Robots by Stanislaw Lem (great book by the way) when I knocked over my coffee mug. The beverage spilled all over the book, resulting in black stains, which added a bit of watery flavor to the primarily black and white illustrations.

That’s why I decided to use hand drawn watercoloured illustrations in Futurust. After I stopped mourning my coffee, I mean. I find this artstyle complements perfectly the industrial setting full of steampunk gadgets and gizmos. It adds a subtle charm to the metallic, aging scenery teeming with rust.

Also – fun fact! …I use coffee instead of water when filling in my drawings. I wanted to make the most of the accidental spill, and I discovered that coffee adds a bit of shadowy depth to the colors and helps to imitate rust, which is great. And it also smells nice when the paintings dry, so it’s a win-win situation.

As for the designs, my inspiration comes… straight from my job. I work in heavy industry, so I have a lot of opportunities to snoop around for cool looking things involving machinery, cables and all the fun stuff. I’m also in love with the polish kids’ show “Mami Fatale”. The team behind it – Grupa Smacznego – explores, through their artstyle, themes of industrial development coexisting with nature.

That’s all for today! I hope you’ve enjoyed this little insider look at the origins of Futurust’s artstyle. If you like it, please add Futurust to your wishlist to be up to date with all the important announcements! 

Enjoy your coffee, as I enjoy painting with mine!

Error Games Studio

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