I am so delighted to be able to introduce the new Gay Sauna the Board Game artist to you all: Jose Garrote!
I was introduced to Jose a couple of months ago by a fan of the game (shoutout to Daniel – thank you!), and after our first chat it was clear we had a great connection and energy! A few conversations and some initial artwork later and we’re working super well together on this project.
So Jose, who are you and where are you from?
Hi! As Adrian said, I’m Jose, I am an artist from Spain who loves video games, animation movies and thanks to my friends in Vancouver, also board games.
How did you hear about Gay Sauna the Board Game?
Well, my friend Daniel, from Vancouver, the one who’s guilty for why I like board games, told me about Gay Sauna the Board Game. He said “Why don’t you draw one of the guys they have on their website so they can see what you could do?” and so I did… and here we are!
What’s it like to work on a board game?
Honestly, it’s kinda different from other projects. When you’re working on a board game, the challenge is to keep in mind the mechanics are more important than the art itself, which is a very tricky thing for an artist if you ask me. We just want to make it beautiful! But thanks to my background in video game design I am used to it. I think we’ve been doing a great job emphasising the game strengths and it’s really nice work together I feel very confident about the results.
And what about drawing naked men?
Am I allowed to say dirty stuff? I mean, imagine the places I end up looking for references… My goal is to make these guys sexy and at least they are for me, meaning sometimes it gets a bit hot in the room. But fun facts aside, drawing the human body is basic stuff to do as an artist so usually you don’t really think “this guy is hot” when you’re drawing them, you’re focused on getting the anatomy, the proportions or the lightning right. I am sorry if you thought this would be all fun but you have to be professional too.
Where can everyone find you and your art?
I’m glad you asked, just a few days ago my website was finished and I would really appreciate you all taking a look: https://www.narfil.com
Now with Jose on board, we’re getting close to putting the first version of the game into production! With that announcement, I think it’s only fair we share a visual hint of what’s to come.
We hope you like him as much as we do!
For now he’s nameless, but that’s all for a good reason. We have big plans on the next steps, and we’ll be revealing all (and maybe a bit more) in the coming weeks. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay updated on the latest news!