developers, Smartdog, have recently joined hands across the ocean with
antipodean artists in Australia.
Arcade sports experts have enlisted the aid of brothers Joe and Rob Sharp,
former Disney artists, on their new PS2 title, due this autumn. "We
detailed the characters background story and gave a profile of what features
to include, from that the guy’s were able to produce visuals to fit"
commented art director Ashley Routledge. The brothers both started their
careers in the world of animation with Joe beginning work within a local
animation studio at age 17, whilst Rob joined Walt Disney Animation Australia,
beginning as a trainee. After advancing through the company from animation to
layout artist Rob was joined by his brother, and soon after formed the Sharp
Brothers Studio. "The Sharp brothers have a solid reputation for high
quality work, and are well known for their ability to create characters with
personality", stated Smartdog MD Dave Thompson. The brothers have signed
an exclusive deal, with the Warwickshire developers, to supply all 12
characters for the latest racer to be born out of the Smartdog Kennel.