We interviewed our Lead 2D Artist, Kris! She is one of our fantastic artists who has contributed immensely to the world of Nancy Drew!
Her Interactive: When you were in elementary school, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Kris: Most often, I dreamed of being a world-traveling National Geographic photographer. But if that didn’t work out, I would have settled for Astronaut or Professional Football Player!
Her Interactive: How long have you worked at Her Interactive?
Kris: I started work as a texture artist during production of the original Secrets Can Kill in 1998. So… 14 years!
Her Interactive: Name one or more viewable items/puzzles/environments from a game you have created.
Kris: The bento puzzle in Shadow at the Water’s Edge… The Conservatory and Great Hall in Curse of Blackmoor Manor… The horse and carousel textures in The Haunted Carousel…
Her Interactive: When you aren’t making awesome games, what do you do for fun? Any hobbies?
Kris: I love watching and playing soccer, building and fixing things, working in the garden, doing jigsaw puzzles, and riding my motorcycle.
Her Interactive: If you were the main character of a video game, who would you be and what is your story or mission?
Kris: I’d want to be like the character Jade in Beyond Good and Evil. She is a strong, self-reliant photo-journalist, who seeks to expose corporate corruption and to work for truth and justice. She also wears green lipstick. Enough said. 🙂
Her Interactive: What is your favorite Ice Cream Flavor? Either in real life or from the ice cream parlor in Alibi in Ashes?
Kris: Coconut with dark chocolate chunks
Her Interactive: If you could live in any environment from the games, where would you choose?
Kris: It’s a very tough decision… So I’ll narrow it down to two: Either the study in The Captive Curse or the lobby of the ryokan in Shadow at the Water’s Edge.
Her Interactive: What is your favorite color combination?
Kris: Olive Green + Steel Blue
If you had the opportunity to stay the night in any of the following places, which would you choose?
A) A castle
B) A haunted ryokan
C) An old movie theatre
D) A ranch
Kris: My immediate choice would be a ryokan, since I’ve always wanted to visit rural Japan; but given that it’s haunted… I’d have to choose a ranch, as it would seem to be the *least* likely place to be haunted.
Her Interactive: Do you have any fun or funny stories you would like to share?
Kris: Just before production began on Treasure in the Royal Tower, we had a company retreat in which we stayed overnight in what was said to be a haunted castle in Port Townsend, WA. Although I can’t personally verify that the castle was indeed haunted, two Her Interactive employees reported ghost-like experiences – and one was so freaked out by whatever he saw/heard in his room that he checked out early and raced home in the middle of the night!
The trip also included a manic scavenger hunt throughout most every nook and cranny of the small, coastal town. Although the shop keepers nearly banished us all – forever – from the downtown area, it was a lot of fun!
Thank you Kris for all of the years of hard work and excellent contributions to the Nancy Drew games!