Lucky Joker here, featuring another Poptropica Portfolio! (We’ve already showcased the works of Abraham Tena, Chris Goodwin, Nate Greenwall, Jordan Leary and Lance Fry, so go and check those out if you haven’t already.) The featured artist this time around is former designer, illustrator, and animator for Poptropica, Nasan Hardcastle!
Nasan currently works as an illustrator for WildWorks, creating characters for Animal Jam (another popular virtual world). The work I’ll be highlighting here consists of his work for Poptropica, but you can view his non-Poptropica related artwork at his portfolio website (nasanhardcastle.com).
As stated on his LinkedIn page, Hardcastle spent almost 4 years with Poptropica (Oct 2010 – Jun 2014) creating numerous characters, creatures, and environments that we see in the game. He’s created a mixture of interior and exterior environments – quite remarkable! Check out a collection of them below:
These are some of his environmental pieces which include scenes from many islands (Twisted Thicket, Poptropolis Games, Miniquest: Blimp Adventure, Wild West, Red Dragon, Mission Atlantis, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and even the Wildfire tribe common room). Lots of detail and time goes into these pieces, I’m sure. Of course, if you want to see more illustrations like these, head on over to the archive page of his portfolio website.
In addition to his amazing environmental work, Hardcastle has created and designed many well-known and beloved characters. Here we see characters from the islands Wild West, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Game Show, Ghost Story and Monster Carnival – that’s a lot of characters!
So you see, Nasan’s done quite a lot in the duration of nearly 4 years with Poptropica, and has definitely left us with many breathtaking scenes to admire and characters to enjoy. Kudos to Hardcastle for all of his accomplishments and I hope he succeeds in all of his future endeavors.
Hope you enjoyed this look into another poptastic portfolio. I’ll talk to you soon, pop on!
– Lucky Joker