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Artist Sahan Gamage Talks About Creating Lil Wayne’s Character For “Need For Speed: No Limits”

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Artist Sahan Gamage Talks About Creating Lil Wayne Character For Need For Speed No Limits

Artist Sahan Gamage recently participated in an interview with EA about his work on Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda and HoodyBaby in the “Need For Speed: No Limits” mobile game.

Sahan spoke on the research put into creating Weezy‘s character, how he catches his unique personalities, the most challenging part of creating him, how long it took to do, and more.

You can read the full interview after the jump below! Have you downloaded the “Need For Speed: No Limits” app yet? If so, how do you like it?

What inspired you to get into creative services?
From a young age I was really interested in illustration and cartoons, and as I grew up I gravitated towards the creative industry. I studied Graphic Design and then 3D Animation. Being in creative services I was given the opportunity to explore almost everything I’ve learnt and loved: from layout design, to illustration, and even some animation.

Who are the three new characters in the latest NFSNL update?
In the new update, players get to roll with legendary hip-hop artist Lil Wayne, along with his crew Gudda Gudda and HoodyBaby.

What research is involved in achieving a realistic character portrayal?
Gathering reference material is essential. We were provided photos from the recording artist’s management team. From there we also gathered our own reference material. This allowed us to composite a full figure of the character that met the in-game art requirements, and matched with the existing game characters.

How do you capture the character’s unique personalities?
Usually this is strongly directed through the research phase. Getting an understanding of who they are, and how they portray themselves as hip-hop artists helped to define each character. Lil Wayne has a strong visual connection through his clothing, tattoos, and even his facial expressions. Those were elements that were quite important to consider when trying to capture his personality.

Walk us through the end to end process of creating a character.
First we gathered reference images and then composited a rough full body pose to block out how they would look against existing game characters. From there, a rough sketch of the character’s main forms are done in grayscale to make sure the tonal range is heading in the right direction.

With this game update, a brand new marketing art direction took place, along with a completely different colour scheme. The next step involved testing the characters by introducing them into the new marketing key art and the new updated colour palette, and then making adjustments accordingly.

From there, the painting was refined with details and rough textures. Eventually I handed the grayscale image over to the NFSNL game team artists who polished and painted colour passes to match in-game palettes and art.

What is your preferred method for digital painting?
I personally use Adobe Photoshop for digital painting. In regards to the Lil Wayne art, the brushes used were mostly standard, round, or square hard edged brushes, along with a few textured brushes to bring out detail in his clothing and skin.

What was the most challenging part of creating Lil Wayne?
Matching the character art to cohesively work with the new marketing art direction that took place this update was probably the most challenging. Mostly because it was new for both the marketing team and the game team. However, along with the game team artists, and another creative services artist it was made possible.

Also, with Lil Wayne being a long standing hip-hop artist, finding recent reference material that was relevant to his personality, music and even tattoos was important to keep in mind when this was being done.

Who else was involved in creating the finished in-game product?
Artists Nathan Barnes and Natasha Hirt from the NFSNL team polished and painted the colour pass for Lil Wayne and Gudda Gudda. Natasha Hirt also painted HoodyBaby’s character from start to finish. Artist Belinda Cheng was involved in creating the official marketing art for the Lil Wayne update.

From concept to completion, how long did it take to create the final NFSNL characters?
The characters took about two weeks to complete, but the whole process of creating the new update look took about a month.

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  • 1017BLOOD

    Legendary hip hop artist.

  • Giraffe Boy

    the game sucks lol its no midnight club dub edition

    • Tru, Dub edition a classic

  • Raz!

    #velvet

  • TRUKFIT

    HONESTLY I GOT BORED OF THE GAME AFTER ABOUT 2 HOURS

  • Young Kermit

    i aint even gonna waste a megabyte downloading dat… my internal hardware aint wit that bitch shit

  • 💰YMCM💰

    Game 🚮

    • jbmurder47

      Lol fr

      • 💰YMCM💰

        I like the skating game whatever happened to it

        • jbmurder47

          Dat trash too

          • 💰YMCM💰

            Not fr fr it needed improvements to it but it never happened I knew they was lien about putting his new songs on there 😂

  • Gudda Gudda

    hi

  • 💰YMCM💰

    All star weekend 🤙🏾Man I wanted to go

  • jbmurder47

    Flocka in his feelings 😂😂

  • jbmurder47

    Somebody tell birdman pay wayne his money

    • 💰YMCM💰

      Nigga flexing on ig but he can’t pay Wayne smh

      • jbmurder47

        Fr

      • Vegeta The Prince

        Gold toilet lol

        • 💰YMCM💰

          Nah he just had his money printer nigga need to be printing 51 mill

  • Vegeta The Prince

    Real niggas played Need For Speed most wanted and Midnight Club Dub edition.

  • 💰YMCM💰

    The fact that he owes Wayne more then 51 mill 😳But he should’ve accepted that payment plan and every time he late it’s interest

    • A$AP Retro

      When was the payment plan offered?

      • 💰YMCM💰

        You remember when he said I want mines now fuck later so it must have been a payment plan offered

  • Young Kermit

    Birdman the nigga that be flexing even tho they behind on payments and got fucked up credit and got back taxes and house in foreclosure

  • 1017BLOOD

    I hope Birdman goes broke, he deserves it more than anyone

    • 💰YMCM💰

      Right but ion think it will happen

  • G.O.A.T worshipper

    Hopefully we get Velvet this month. For the time being, Tunes “rolling in the deep” track got my attention

    #Sftw nigga
    ‘I’ll take yo bitch & make her everybody bitch’

  • Vegeta The Prince

    Whatever happened to the “Glory” music video…They gave us a teaser and said coming soon lol

    • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

      Forgot about that tbh. R.i.p to yo pops.

      • Vegeta The Prince

        He was a real one

        • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

          Yea he was. Why u never accepted the king title even after his death?

          • Vegeta The Prince

            Ask Akira Toriyama lol

            • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

              Lmaooo frfr. U real for that lol. U watching DBS(dragon ball super)

              • Vegeta The Prince

                Im waiting for English Dub

                • alex

                  English dub is on cartoon network. I’m on episode 6 now

                • Vegeta The Prince

                  Damn, I didnt know that.Havnt watched CN in a long time.

                • alex

                  I only reason I’m on it is DBS

    • 1017BLOOD

      Cash Money blocked it

  • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

    If this came out on console I would of snatched it. NFS Carbon was my favorite for Ps2

    • You Know I aint Scared

      NFS Underground 1 and 2 better don’t forget hot pursuit

  • 💰YMCM💰

    You don’t see stunna right next to me I want to see stunna write checks to me they can’t put no mo weezy baby out that’s that cash money vasectomy 😪✌🏽

  • 1017BLOOD

    Ima make her sing like Kelly Price

  • Young Kermit

    i still get caught off guard when i peep a white girl wit a phatty

    • Vegeta The Prince

      Ever seen an asian with a fat ass?

      • Young Kermit

        yes lawd i fuckin luv asians…they got the tightest pussies on God

    • ReGuarlyiiRReGular

      White girls been had phatty’s bruh they’re just not as astronomically rediculously big like black chicks 😂😂

      • Young Kermit

        fax

  • Vegeta The Prince

    I miss those green screen Wayne music video days.

  • Young Kermit

    me n geetune finna wreck shit once again …

    https://soundcloud.com/user-246178206/try-hard-ft-geetune-cdq-1

    • Vegeta The Prince

      Are you a YM affiliate?

      • Young Kermit

        naw famo

  • E dog

    April gonna come an we gon be like maybe this month

  • Young Kermit
  • Vegeta The Prince

    This is Quavo year

    • E dog

      When you gonna be stronger than Goku?

      • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

        Honestly I think he stronger than goku before kaioken x10 blue

        • Weezy504

          They were even

          • E dog

            Goku is stronger now all this training hes doing with Whis

          • Vegeta The Prince

            They are even now, both Gods

          • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

            When vegeta bounced out the time machine to beat goku black ass he spent 2 days (2 years) in the hyperbaulic time chamber

        • E dog

          Vegetas always one step behind smh

      • Vegeta The Prince

        Kakarot is a clown.I am the prince, The true blood of an saiyan.

        • Weezy504

          You had the best punch lines while fighting the androids lol

          • Vegeta The Prince

            When he was fighting #19 was the best

            • Weezy504

              Do androids experience fear!?

              • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

                That line is gold lol

    • Lil Mk vert 🖕🙄🖕

      Travis scotr year

    • dharma

      It’s been Quavo’s year since 2015, but yeah i agree.

  • Young Kermit
  • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

    Top 3 Vegeta moment
    https://youtu.be/Y6qr6qxwOMY

    • Vegeta The Prince

      I havnt watched it yet, waitn on Engl Dub but This fight looks epic af Cant wait.

      • Weezy504

        Shits bout to go down

        • Vegeta The Prince

          Vegeta look like he bout to kick some ass fr

        • E dog

          When beerus slapped bulma thT was beast to!

          • Vegeta The Prince

            Vegeta got a few hits in.Roshi said he was stronger than Goku at that moment

      • Weezy504

        I prefer the English dub but I love dragonball to much to wait. I’ll just re watch them when they catch up

        • Vegeta The Prince

          Its so hard to avoid it man.I see black Goku and God Vegito and want to watch so bad..but imma wait

          • E dog

            You real

      • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

        Sorry bro but I just had to show u the respect he deserves

        • Vegeta The Prince

          💯.

        • Khaos

          But goku will always be the number 1 sayian

          • Weezy504

            Gohan was at one point but chi chi fucked that up like she doing with Goten. Gohans making a comeback tho

            • Khaos

              Yeah but goku will always be stronger because he the fan favorite😈😂

              • Weezy504

                Not mine lol

          • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

            Can’t stand goku and his damn power boost lol. Gohan needs to be great again and get back to fighting. Freiza made him his bitch

            • Weezy504

              Gohan made cell his bitch

              • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

                Faxxx

                • 1017BLOOD

                  Yall niggas need to leave the house

                • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

                  Been watching dragon ball since the late 90′ and early 2000s. It’s apart of me

                • 1017BLOOD

                  Fair enough im jus playin, that shit aint ever been for me lol

                • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

                  Lol respect fam

            • Vegeta The Prince

              Mystic Gohan was beast, they should bring it back.

              • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

                Hell yea. He still got the potential but he just seriously failed off on his training

        • Goku Black

          He deserves another ki blade in his chest that filthy mortal monkey lol

          • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

            U embarrassed him enough lol

      • Goku Black
  • Vegeta The Prince

    I remember someone from Wayne camp said 2017 is Wayne year.I hope so, tired of these mumble raps.

    • Weezy504

      Lil 21 Kodak bitch’s

    • E dog

      If he can drop 2/3 projects this year it will be

      • Vegeta The Prince

        March he should drop a tape

  • Young Kermit

    niggas panic
    button pressing
    the end is coming
    count your blessing
    we livin in the dead times
    where 10 commandments are now suggestions

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/854ea1c9376c6f644bcf127b9942658ceca1b75fd2be7adb5ccbd30f4f7bef76.png

    • Vegeta The Prince

      FWA kinda got slept under the rug not to many talk about that album.It was a pretty good album imo

      • Young Kermit

        fax asf fam

      • A.T

        Anyone telling me post bail ballin and glory ain’t 2 of Wayne’s best tracks played themselves. He go too hard im those in fr 🔥🔥

        • bb5132014

          Post Bail Ballin Last verse CLASSIC

  • Young Kermit

    shoot or get shot
    or a nigga ull choose 4 yuh

    WAYNE THE 🐐

    • Khosta

      Goat

  • 💰YMCM💰

    Lmao Chris rock said Rick Ross the best rapper alive 😂😂😂🚮

    • Young Kermit

      thats y everbody hate him

      • 💰YMCM💰

        Lmao literally

  • Young Kermit

    We livin in hell/inhale
    like a deep breath

    • Khosta

      Shit this line always flew over my head

      • Porta-Potty Tunechi

        Fr

    • Seattle@Home

      Yea too many people didn’t get that.. Wayne would be even bigger today if everyone understood stuff like that

  • 1017BLOOD

    Bumpin Carter 5 on my ipod
    My bitch mad as hell cause it aint out yet
    She said soon as these niggas hear your new shit
    They gon have to give they styles back.

  • Young Kermit

    ak 47 my business partner
    business is swell

  • Young Kermit

    fwa wont ever get old… soooo slept on

    • Vegeta The Prince

      Whats your fav track?

      • Young Kermit

        i liked Hes Dead the most then London Roads then Pullup then Murda then Street Chains … they all fire bruh lol

        • Vegeta The Prince

          I Feel Good my fav, that track gives me energy.Wayne so hyped on that track I listen to that shit at the gym.

          • Young Kermit

            yep its so fucked up that the most dedicated mc in rap history got done so dirty… boy gave his life to music and got screwed royally for his royalties

            • Vegeta The Prince

              I know its fukd up.Birdmans karma is coming soon.

              • Young Kermit

                wait on it lol

  • Young Kermit

    i drive in neutral
    and shout the future
    like Dr Luther

  • Young Kermit

    you are not immuned to thic kind of music you gotem tunechi (i got em)

    glory hallelujah

  • Young Kermit

    imma need that Glory video to be leaked before i bust birdman over his big ass dome piece wit a hot frying pan

  • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

    I drive fast in my driveway,I pop tags throw em down and watch the ground shake
    Not the greatest thing he said but it still got a wow factor to it

  • 1017BLOOD

    Off The Rip blend > I Aint Gon lie

  • Young Kermit

    when wayne die all his albums gonna sell another milli a piece that week… niggas dont show luv til its too late tbh

  • Young Kermit

    them xans got me walkin round like zombie!!! lol

  • 1017BLOOD

    All that snitchin like the cops got a medal for ya

  • Vegeta The Prince

    Two collab albums the world needs

    Lil Wayne x Drake

    Kendrick x Cole

    • 1017BLOOD

      The world needed ICFMF more than anything tbh 😞

  • Goku Black

    Anybody here plays DB Xenoverse2

    • Vegeta The Prince

      I need to get that, you have it?

      • Goku Black

        Yea I have it on ps4 it’s better then the first one but not much different the story is rehashed besides a couple differences but the game overall is great the parallel Quest online battles

        • Vegeta The Prince

          It looks like the best DBZ game to date,The character selection looks crazy to.

          • Goku Black

            Yea it is there some characters they should have replaced like the Frieza soldiers and Saiberman and added better characters but overall character selection is great I’m waiting for dlc pack 3 so I can get the Ssj Rose version of myself

    • 1017BLOOD

      No

  • 💰YMCM💰

    Sell dope crack kills who got that drank im all in 🤤

  • Vegeta The Prince

    “My life matter! , especially to my bitches “

  • 💰YMCM💰

    Them prices way to high you need to cut it my niggaa way to high them niggas muddy my niggas way to wild them niggas nutty that cash money check is way behind they need to cut it ✂️ 💰

  • 1017BLOOD

    Georgia Georgiaaaaaa

    • Vegeta The Prince

      Bush

  • 💰YMCM💰

    I hope Wayne on future album

    • Vegeta The Prince

      ” Lets fuck up the future Future “

      • 💰YMCM💰

        My homie just robbed the uber I get a discount on cruises 🚢

  • A.

    Is it boming soon?
    Did it brop?

  • JTLivinRight

    Damn son, its sad to see the day when some of your homeboys gave up on Wayne, they start second guessing he’s the greatest by assuming he’s been unplugged. They feel like C5 is now Detox….I’m still gonna scream Free C5 to the dirt…but damn, its some low days for being a Wayne fan, smfh

    • Vegeta The Prince

      Watch When Wayne is back on top everyone will jump back on the train

      • JTLivinRight

        Of course. We know how it go. I see that Wayne does come up in the category of legend a lot more now. Some times I catch ppl on IG listening ti some throw backs. Wayne’s legend status is still felt, they just need C5 to basically remind them of why they do it.

        • Vegeta The Prince

          I think most people gave up on waiting on CV because birdman is always lying about the album coming, people are fed up with the lies and moved on.The true Weezy fans still here no matter what.

          • 💰YMCM💰

            Right but Wayne will always be relevant tho all he gotta do is drop a project

          • JTLivinRight

            I know. All this is a result of Birdman’s foolishness. But I think Wayne realize he gotta chill and be open to reconnecting with Birdman now, so maybe there’s a chance

      • JTLivinRight

        Fax💯💯

    • 💰YMCM💰

      Who you talking about Jae millz ?

      • JTLivinRight

        Haha, no a dude I was smokin with earlier

  • Grateful was the Last single released …

    • 💰YMCM💰

      In September 🤦🏽‍♂️ 5 months

  • 💰YMCM💰

    If she can suck a dick and snort a qualo then ooh baby you got my full attention

  • 💰YMCM💰

    So the reason Kodak wanted to fight Wayne was when he said he didn’t know him Kodak said that shit broke his heart dang bro I’m pretty sure Wayne was saying he don’t know about you but he heard your music in the club or some he said that he was his favorite rapper

  • 💰YMCM💰

    Steve kurr better put Westbrook in with curry klay KD and Draymond in the all star game 🙄

  • Young Kermit
  • Young Kermit
  • Young Kermit
    • Hot Boy

      how do u post soundcloud things ?

  • Khosta

    Wayne truly the goet then

    • Thuggery

      You say this 4 times a post…im sure we all know hes a great.

  • Thuggery

    I hope birdman does well with his upcoming album ‘Ms Gladys’. A true legend in the game

    • Tunefan1234

      Ur gay

    • logan k 32

      Hope he sells 10 copies

    • Weezy504

      Won’t be shit with out Wayne. I liked Fast money & 5*Stunna tho

  • 1017BLOOD

    Chocolate rain, some stay dry and others feel the pain

  • Kentunechi

    It nigga birthday today

  • Tuned #BWA #POP

    Wake up take a sip of ace of spades like it’s water

  • NakNak

    If anyone thinks we are getting new music ANY time soon, you are sadly mistaken. Wayne’s situation AND management are a joke

    • Hot Boy

      agreed

      • NakNak

        But we are all still here every day checking right? lol sometimes I hate being a fan.

  • Ayo S

    Carter IV into is so slept on.

  • ⁶𓅓ºᵛºᵏᵘˢʰ⁶𓅓

    homegirl Mayia just started a site come thru http://aestheticqe . tumblr . com/ (remove spaces)

  • 💰YMCM💰

    Bitchhhhhh stop talking that shit and suck a nigga dick for some Trukfit

    • Weezy504

      Bitchhhhh stop talking that shit and suck a nigga dick for a iphone6

      • MuddyCupSavage (Untouchable)

        Girrlll stop talkin that shit and suck a nigga dick for a new outfit

  • Kidd|Ambition

    Why tf did views not get best rap album?

    • dharma

      Cuz it was trash lol.

      • Kidd|Ambition

        How do u explain chance getting best album then????

        • Tunefan1234

          Views was trash

        • You Know I aint Scared

          Because Chance is better than Drake

        • WeezyLEF

          It wasn’t trash

        • MuddyCupSavage (Untouchable)

          Chance makes good ass music

        • dharma

          I’ll slap the shit out of you if you even comparing Views to Coloring Book lmao

    • Khosta

      That album was trash im glad it didn’t

  • E dog

    hope we getting atleast a ft Friday. Future album

    • Tunefan1234

      Nope it’s no feats

  • Young Kermit
  • E dog

    cant wait to hear this new Future tomorrow night

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  • Tunefan1234

    If futures shit goes platinum he would go platinum with no features

    • He definitely is too.

    • Hot Boy

      All y’all do is get hype for new music and then what happens everytime y’all get hype y’all get fucked wit weak music dat only last 1-2 days

  • Goku Black

    2 Chainz >Future

    • Delete this

    • TWayneDGRSRTTSOvO

      Tbh. Unless u just a future fan.

    • TooReal

      Don’t like either but If I had to choose it would be 2 chainz at least he raps and not mumble with autotune on repetitive trap beats besides he did OK on collegrove

    • Hot Boy

      Future a lame, he don’t live what he talks about and all he do is make younger kids between 8-17 think if they do pop pills, sip syrup, and do molly their be cool.

      2 Chainz ok at one point way back his style and the way he rapped was garbage like wtf am I saying… 2 Chainz is whack too because me and so many other artist can rap laps around him and anyone speaking on real shit.

      Almost every nigga that people hear on radio can’t even rap, 8/10 mostly have ghostwriters or someone in their crew helping them with what they should say which takes away from excitement and respect from their hype.

  • You Know I aint Scared
  • You Know I aint Scared

    Fuck y’all

  • Khosta

    Started from a leak now we swimming

  • MuddyCupSavage (Untouchable)

    NakNak the biggest bitch on here

  • Seattle@Home

    @LoganKnight – I think u gave me the wrong email.. im not done yet anyway. Was gunna say it will be a week or less

  • JTLivinRight

    Upvote if you think the cover of Ribirth should have been a picture of a pregnant goat.

    • Seattle@Home

      Hahahah

      Too many ppl are dumb tho.. it woulda went over some heads. Thats why ppl like to play it safe

      • Khosta

        Frfr

  • 🌊†unedabigbro🎶.💰.🔥.💨

    Dope

  • Hot Boy

    I really hope Birdman run into Wayne again except this time sneak up behind him while he performing and choke his ass out to sleep on stage in front of thousands, then I bet a week later we’ll get some new music, it’s almost like people gotta try to piss him off every time just to get music like WTF !

  • Seattle@Home

    ‘.. that nina (gun) always work, cuz i can’t fuck with the part-time hoes..’ -Think Im Lyin

    If you get this, swear to God you real

    • Hot Boy

      I play that song every time i hop in my car and got 2 tickets for driving reckless

  • Khosta

    I need to bring bacj that song

  • 💰YMCM💰

    Future will never gone platinum first week

    • YungJackBauer

      One single with jay and beyonce and then dj khaled promoting c5. It will go 1.6m in firstd week

      • WeezyLEF

        Nah

        • YungJackBauer

          hater

          • WeezyLEF

            Nah, just a realist

      • 💰YMCM💰

        Nah Wayne don’t need promo from anybody unless it’s drake or ye or jay

        • YungJackBauer

          And Khaled

          • 💰YMCM💰

            Ehhh nah

  • YungJackBauer

    Almost forgot how dope weezy verse is in glassess malone – haterz

    • Seattle@Home

      Lol. Thats one of his best verses of All-Time

  • Kentunechi