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#1 Jan 23, 2008 1:08 AM

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From Oliver Wade

So, I was checking my e-mail this morning and I found this waiting in my inbox. With Mr. Wade's permission, I wanted to share it with you guys.

"Hello,

"I was browsing the Spyroforum and noticed that you were interested in drawings of Elora. Well, believe it or not, I am the person who did the Elora design originally. I worked for Insomniac Games from the time of the first Spyro game through the end of Ratchet: Deadlocked. I designed all of the characters in the 2nd and 3rd Spyro games including Elora, Hunter, Moneybags, Bianca, Crush, Gulp and any other characters you can think of.

"I just thought I would send along a copy of the original Elora drawing that I did oh so many years ago.

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"As you can probably see, she was originally going to have 4 legs and be more of a female centaur. But after looking at the design for a while I decided it would be better if she were a faun and just had two legs. I added the long fox-like tail for better balance and there you have it.

"Her face is based on a friend of mine and her name was derived from another Insomniac employee at the time named Caroline. I just took the letters, jumbled them up and removed some until I got Elora...

Oliver Wade"

He included a much higher resolution version of the drawing, too, so if anyone would like it, feel free to ask me or it will be available at Just for Faun when the site opens.

I'm still reeling from this e-mail. I believe my entire week has just been made for me. big_smile

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#2 Jan 23, 2008 1:09 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Wow, that's quite lucky. I'm placing it as a sticky for a couple of days.


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#3 Jan 23, 2008 1:12 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

It certainly threw me for a loop. ^_^ I think I've had dreams like this where I got to talk to the designer of my favorite character, but I certainly never expected to get such a great opportunity. smile

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#4 Jan 23, 2008 1:32 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

That's cool we have original developers looking at our forum.


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#5 Jan 23, 2008 2:42 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Sweet, awesome. Its good to see that developers are browsing

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#6 Jan 23, 2008 4:02 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

I'm speechless. Well, except for that comment. Good for you, Razz! ^_^


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#7 Jan 23, 2008 5:44 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

well received email! big_smile
It is rare that you get an email from a game developer/art designer.


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#8 Jan 23, 2008 3:31 PM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Yeah. that is pretty rare.
Cool too.

Man Razz you get all the luck.  :-P

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#9 Jan 23, 2008 4:00 PM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Lucky you big_smile

I'm glad you got that answer for him, it was very kind of him to read on the forum and then reply to you - almost no one else does this.
Do me a favor and tell him how nice he's been to reply. ^_^


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#10 Jan 24, 2008 12:40 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

This is the first time anything like this has ever happened to me and I don't really believe in luck, but I'm certainly happy it's happened.

Mr. Wade sent me two more of his original sketches:

Sgt. Byrd
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"The only one I remember doing a lot of revisions on was Sgt. Byrd. I reaaaaally wanted it to be a Pig with a jetpack but Ted was insistent on the penguin."

Sheila
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"I honestly don't remember what I was thinking with the horns and the hair that you can vaguely see. I also didn't know her name was going to be Sheila so she looks a little more like a male kangaroo. Maybe that's why the hair is there...I may have tried to make her female looking at one point."

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#11 Jan 24, 2008 12:55 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

That is so cool. big_smile  big_smile  big_smile


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#12 Jan 24, 2008 1:29 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Wow...talk about a once in a life-time honor! *goes speechless after the comment*


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#13 Jan 24, 2008 1:32 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

That's interesting.


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#14 Jan 24, 2008 5:25 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Woah! great to receive some decent sketches!!!!


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#15 Jan 24, 2008 10:19 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

I just love the quircky stories behind the characters, and all the sketches that goes before the final design - but the developpers almost never shows the early steps of the design fase, so it's really cool to get a glimpse of Olivers work big_smile


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#16 Jan 24, 2008 8:49 PM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

I ought to go through these e-mails and post some more of the answers to some questions I've been asking Mr. Wade. But I thought this was interesting.

"The interesting thing about those early Insomniac days is that there were only about 12 of us and I was the only character designer. I did most of the designs while sitting in meetings discussing the levels (I would draw while everyone else was coming up with gameplay) and I almost never made more than one attempt at a design. We really didn't have time for too many revisions back then."

Reading that makes me feel a lot better about my own artistic tendencies. smile

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#17 Jan 24, 2008 9:01 PM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Sweet. This guy really likes you.
When I got my letter from Ricci a painting of The Professor came with it along with some other stuff.
I don't think it was the original but it's still pretty cool.
I wouldn't be able to ask for permission anymore so I don't think I could post it.


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#18 Jan 24, 2008 11:50 PM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Razz, you should ask him if he wants to come on spyroforum and do a Q&A thread.


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#19 Jan 25, 2008 1:02 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

that would be cool if someone like that join here ^.^


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#20 Jan 25, 2008 1:11 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Oh my gosh! Razz, you should convince Mr. Wade to come on over and join. It would be so cool to have a member of the Insomniac staff here. I have so many questions to ask him. *Asks if I can have his autograph*


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#21 Jan 25, 2008 1:30 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

^.^ and we can ask him to help out with the movie, if he wants to


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#22 Jan 25, 2008 3:15 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Dn't get too crazy with that idea.I do want him to be here more than anything!But lets not bug him too much.


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#23 Jan 25, 2008 3:31 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

If I can think of a polite way to ask him if he could do a Q&A here, I shall, SR. smile

As for the rest... Yeah, don't get too carried away. Mr. Wade is a pretty busy guy. He's doing a lot of work for other games right now.

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#24 Jan 25, 2008 5:55 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Wow that is...
that would be cool to have a staff though on the forum...
This forum is the OFFICIAL spyro forum there is...

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#25 Jan 25, 2008 6:18 AM

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Re: From Oliver Wade

Well we all know which one is the ORIGINAL forum..right?


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