Friday, May 17, 2013

Crash Bandicoot - Origin of N Gin

For the Crash fans. This is the only drawing of N Gin that I could find in my collection so far. It's a xerox copy of the original. Not dated. I do believe this is the very first concept development sketch of the character. There are more drawings of N Gin online but I don't think they include this one. The character first appeared in Crash 2. He was a scientist / engineer who had an accident and one of his rockets embedded into his head. Thus he lived with it and it became the central trait of his personality. Fun character. I had a good time with this guy. He didn't change much as he was all there design wise from the beginning.

13 comments:

Mikey Miller said...

N. Gin is actually little changed...

Gabriele Fiasconaro said...

I have other N. Gin drawing from the old ND site.

Here is the backup of the site: http://crashland.elynx.fr/ressourcebonus/siteofficiel/c2-character.htm

However N. Gin first appeared in Crash 2 ;)

Matt said...

He first appeared in Crash 2 didn't he?

David said...

Charles, N. Gin alreaady appeared in Crash 2...

Charles Z said...

Right you are fellas. I kept thinking I did N Gin after Dingodile and N Tropy for some reason. It's the other way around. That means the drawing has to be from 1997. Thanks for clearing it up!

Charles Z said...

PS - I changed the date in the image and also edited the text of the blog entry to correctly reflect the info.

Daniel Fischler said...

That was a great drawing Charles loved it :)

Btw Charles just wondering do you have skype? because I have an account added with your name on there

Gabriele Fiasconaro said...

If I recall correctly Jason Rubin said that the character was inspired by his headache. Is that correct?

Pat Caldora said...

I knew that N.Gin would've been an easy character from the start. The missile on his head also acts as support too.

It's a shame you can't find the others, hopefully they're hidden somewhere good and we can see them sometime in the future Charles!

Charles Z said...

To Daniel - Thanks for your comment. I do have Skype through my school but use it only for communication and training purposes in situations with online students.

Gabriele - No idea whether or not Jason's headaches were the inspiration for the character. I never knew he had headaches to begin with so this is news to me.

Pat - The other drawings of N Gin that I'm not able to locate are pretty much what's online already with the exception of this particular sketch. I remember that I did a series of drawings with Crash and his jet pack at around the same time. They were in the same folder as the N Gin images. Sooner or later they'll show up.

Daniel Fischler said...

Aha I understand, I wish you could accept me I would love to have conversations with you about crash and drawings in general, if you won't mind adding me my skype is dj_dany4, hopefully you could add me :)

RL said...

Hi Charles!

Your drawings are amazing...

Somehow, N. Gin reminds me about Phineas Gage... also Phineas's personality changed and he became more angry...

However, I always loved N. Gin's madness... and rocket, of course...

- RL

Charles Z said...

Hi RL and thanks for your comments. N Gin was a fun character to work on. And yes, now that you mention it, there is a correlation with Phineas Gage. Like Gage his personality has been affected by the traumatic alteration to his brain.