I created this prop concept art for The Mills game. Process:
I start by researching vintage tools used by mechanics. Then, by looking at three or four at the time, I quickly sketched out their combined silhouettes with an added creative flair. Later, I happened to attend a place where retro elevator buttons stood out to me. I thought these buttons were the perfect details. I then rendered silhouetted sketches and asked people which of them stood out to them. From this information, I painted four tools that were favorites. However, this wasn't the result, as I showed it to someone that pointed out that one of the tools did not look function and only looked pretty. I revised this particular tool.
I took these photos at a good friends classic car shop in Sunrise, Florida. By the shop is a junk yard that has a lot of gems that lay in the rust. If you have ever seen a junk yard with only classic Rolls Royce, Bentley and Jaguar parts – it is anything but junk. It is a beautiful art gallery yard.
Game link: The Mills game