Crash Bandicoot: WARPED - Other


The following art and commentary was posted by Charles Zembillas on his blog. Charles was one of the main artists for the game and provided many of the original designs and ideas for the series. Check out Charles's blog for more art and development history, including not just Crash Bandicoot but also many other projects, such as Jak & Daxter.

Tiny Tiger Concepts
Tiny Tiger Concepts
Tiny Tiger Concepts
Tiny Tiger Concepts

Tiny Tiger Concepts

By request I've dug up some obscure concept design work featuring Tiny Tiger from the Crash Bandicoot franchise. In this case the character was portrayed as a Roman gladiator. These development drawings are dated March 26 1998 and were created at Naughty Dog's facilities at the Universal Studio lot. These are photocopies of the original art. That's why some of the images are cut off slightly. I don't know if they've been published before. If not then this is the first time they've been shown.

Tiny Tiger was conceived for the first Crash game by Joe Pearson. he was primarily responsible for the design. I did my best to make the character look his best and work as something that would be animated. Tiny was originally called The Tasmanian Tiger but his name was changed later on.


Pura Concepts 1
Pura Concepts 1
Pura Concepts 1

Pura Concepts 1

These images are from Crash 3 and the origin of Pura which was Coco Bandicoot's pet tiger cub. They're dated January 29 1998. Unfortunately they're photocopies as I never got quality reproductions of the art I created for Naughty Dog during this period. On the flip side at least I made xerox copies so a record could be kept of what I came up with back then. I don't know if any of these drawings or the ones that will follow have been published before. If not then enjoy some additional art from the heyday of Crash.

Pura is a nice character but I feel the design could have been enhanced. I was provided with a sketch from one of ND's artists and was directed to use it as a model for the design of the character. I don't like working this way. I felt stifled and not able to fully explore all possibilities during the development process. I didn't make a big deal out of it and went along with what they wanted while trying to do my best with the concept. In any case it is what it is and it turned out okay.


Pura Concepts 2
Pura Concepts 2

Pura Concepts 2

Here's a couple more drawings of Coco Bandicoot and Pura from the development of Crash 3. They're dated January 29 1998. These are xerox copies. The originals are online but placing these images here on the blog helps to keep the presentation and historical archiving of Crash art going. This completes the collection of concept drawings featuring Coco and Pura in each other's company.


Baby T Concepts
Baby T Concepts
Baby T Concepts

Baby T Concepts

Not sure how much of this has been previously published but in any case here's some concept development art for another character from Crash Bandicoot. This time it's Crash's pet dinosaur. A baby Tyrannosaurus Rex which was eventually named Baby T. He appeared in Crash 3. As with the other art I've been posting from this phase of Crash these are photocopies of the originals which I made at the time they were created. Unfortunately in some of these drawings I didn't capture the entire image but at least I kept a record of what I came up with.

The first image is the initial concept development of the character and is dated February 12 1998. The ones that follow are from a week later on February 19 1998.


Group Portraits 1
Group Portraits 1
Group Portraits 1
Group Portraits 1
Group Portraits 1
Group Portraits 1

Group Portraits 1

On February 26 1998 while in a session with Naughty Dog in the high rise office complex at Universal Studios my design assignment for the day was to come up with concept sketches of Crash and Coco Bandicoot together with their pets Pura and Baby T. Kind of like a group portrait. These are the first three drawings. I numbered them sequentially so I know for certain which ones were done first. They're photocopies made the day they were created. Unfortunately some aspects of the images were lost in the cropping. The originals were left with ND. I don't know how many in this series were previously published but I'll be following up with what I have in any case.


Group Portraits 2
Group Portraits 2
Group Portraits 2
Group Portraits 2

Group Portraits 2

Here's the final installment on the collection of images of Crash and Coco Bandicoot with Pura and Baby T from Crash 3. Drawings are dated February 26 1998. As with the entries before they were created at Universal Studios while working with Naughty Dog at their penthouse facility. The last [drawings are] an attempt at extreme foreshortening. These are photocopies of the originals.


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