Mess Machine has been released into the world! You and up to three friends can work together to clean things up and put everything back together when the factory machines malfunction. But, what exactly will you be putting back together? Each of the four different puzzles features its own unique art that you’ll piece together as a part of the game. Those lovely illustrations are courtesy of one Andre Garcia! So, to celebrate Mess Machine’s release, we sat down with Andre to talk a little about his work and to give you a peek at the man behind the art. Let’s dive in!
So, Andre. Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a graphic designer at CoolStuffInc.com, as well as the in-house artist for Quick Simple Fun Games. I’ve worked on a few board games in the past including Champions of Midgard and Veggie Garden, and some of my work was recently featured in a Pathfinder module. I’m self-taught, which is a fancy way of saying that I’ve learned my craft in the slowest, most difficult way possible. I’m also an avid EDH player in the little bit of free time I have.
Where do you draw your inspiration from when creating a piece?
I think it’s fairly easy to find inspiration from just about anywhere. I enjoy looking at the work of other artists, regardless of the era or medium. There’s a lot you can learn from classical paintings or sculptures. I’m also lucky enough to live in Orlando and be a Disney passholder, so I get to visit the parks fairly frequently and take in their designs. A lot of very creative people have left their mark on the parks, and it’s a joy to learn from their efforts.
Was there anything in particular that you drew from when making the illustrations for Mess Machine?
So, the Nuclear Bear was a really fun piece to work on. It was actually the result of a doodle I drew on a sticky note. We were joking around in the office about the flavor text on the Magic: the Gathering card Werebear (“He exercises his right to bear arms”), and that somehow morphed into “nuclear bear arms.” I sketched out something that hearkens back to the Care Bears we 80s kids are familiar with, albeit with a somewhat deadlier and punnier twist. The more I looked at it, the more I started to like it, so I decided to paint it.
There’s nothing quite like a good pun, eh? Where can people find more of your work?
Thank you for your time, Andre! You can pick up Mess Machine today!