Looking at everything even the symbols
One of the things we wanted to do with Invoke. is make it the best game ever. Both Visually and Mechanically. The Visual aspect is perhaps the most difficult as we wanted to make sure this game has a very organic feel. This is done by creating everything by hand. Even the symbols. In the original prototype, the Symbols were computer generated with very harsh and measured lines. This would make sense for most games however for invoke it was not enough. This is where Imp came up with a brilliant Idea. Hand paint each symbol using a Japanese painting technique.
I'm always looking for an excuse to bring out my brushes. I had taken a Japanese painting class in a Buddist temple in Sacramento a few years back and loved the whole process. I Loved it so much my brushes were one of the few things that I had shipped to Australia when we moved. This was my chance to break out the brushes and get to work.
The process of painting the symbols is not as easy as it sounds. With Japanese painting techniques, you cannot erase your mistakes. So in order to get the symbol correct, you must practice A LOT. Each of the symbols you are looking at in the image above too many hours of design followed by 50-60 attempts to get the painted symbol correct with Ink and paper. From there we scanned the image into the computer and edited that. The process is about two days of work per symbol.
The Video below is an example of me painting one of the symbols. The spell book in the first part is more for Role playing games but I think it could be for taking notes playing Invoke as well.