#double team! #WIP #replies #anonymous
Hello there! Shortly after the launch, PREO’s Eric Buchholz uploaded two WIP screenshots on Double Team’s site gallery. But you’re correct that I have never explained the thought process in depth.
Initially, I proposed the idea of having 6 different styles for 6 regions. We struck the idea down right away because we thought they wouldn’t go well with the album cover (which was nearly done at this point).
Afterwards, I began with sketching three different styles so we could see which one might work better.
The first idea featured the cover legendaries and iconic objects from each region. We never really liked the idea, though. It seemed too straightforward and overused.
The second idea revolved around the idea of having “mini-scenes” featuring iconic landmarks & objects from each region. However, we concluded that these “mini-scenes” looked too busy for the album booklet.
And this was the idea that made it to the booklet. Instead of featuring straightforward icons from each region, we decided to go with subtlety and come up with our own symbolisms—framed with solid, crest-like shapes.
For example, Kanto’s crest was centered around the DNA, representing Mewtwo’s creation tale. As for Sinnoh, time-space has always been the central theme of the legendaries. The framing was originally designed to be a mix of a cut diamond with time-space grid, but it got excessively complex, I had to remove the details.
As for the other regions, I’m not going to spoil the fun, so feel free to interpret them yourself! Let me know if you have something else in mind!