Very Cartoonic VFX for Brawl Stars made with Flash

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Hey Guys! :smiley: I’m Woo who works as a game artist at Supercell.
I’m mainly focusing on the VFX for Brawl Stars. I want to share some of my stuff.

I assume my way to make VFX is a little bit unusual since I’ve been using Flash mostly.
(I hadn’t been using Flash before joined this team either :sweat_smile:)

After a looooong painful time, I eventually got a little bit of know-how and decided to share the idea.
Hopefully my work gives a small help to you guys. :laughing:

When I made a plan for this game my initial goals were like these

  • very cartoon style
  • avoiding to use pre-rendered sequences as possible as I can

And the concerns were like these

  • our engine doesn’t support custom shader nor 3d base meshes for a particle
  • our game has a wide range of ground colors (Desert, Snowy field, Mine, and etc)
  • each VFX has to be represented the side very clearly (blue for allies, red for enemies)

So I had to make something cool with very basic color blending shaders, just a simple plane for particles, limited color palette, and a LOT of animation. :innocent:

These are examples :

1. Gun Smoke

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I used these images to make those kind of gun smokes.
There is a few more different types of gun smokes depends on the weapons in the game.

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And animated them like these,


This is the basic idea. I can change angle, scale, or color to make variations.

2. Explosion

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This is the resources for the explosion & cloud,

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And this is the animation frame,

I separated them as two parts, in the air / on the ground, and randomly generate a few different types of clouds for each parts to make the explosion looks less repetitive.

For example, I made these exploding cloud for the upper part.

And it’s very easy to change the color.

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It took a time to make at the beginning, but after that it’s very easy to reproduce.

3. Electricity

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Used resources are like this,

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And animation frame is like this,


Electricity is quite easier than other elements because it’s very short and usually thin.
But at the same time I should be careful, short frames mean limited time and thin graphics could be easily look noisy.

And these are a few more my favorite works :

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I’m using Behance as a portfolio page. I’ve uploaded more examples, animation frames, and resources on my page. You can check them here :

https://www.behance.net/gallery/87326109/Brawl-Stars-VFX

I hope you guys enjoy my work! :slight_smile:
Thanks to read!

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Super fan of Supercell stuff.

Thanks a lot for sharing! :gem:

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Thanks a lot man! :wink:

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Super instructive thanks a lot !

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Great job man, the simpler the better, although it might’ve been a bit frustrating at first !))

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Thanks for reading! :smiley:

Hahaha that’s true man :laughing: Thanks to say that!

Very interesting VFX, look forward to your future share ~