Niklas Åkerblad has been working with games since like 2007. He started out co-founding a
company called shortfuse but eventually moved on to fully pursue his calling, as
an autonomic artist. After a while he ran into Erik Svedäng and they set out to
create the iPhone game KOMETEN on the premise that all graphics be painted in
watercolours. Later Niklas, Erik and a couple of friends set out on the
daunting/stupid/outrageous task of creating else Heart.Break() in one year. Four
years later they’ve started to wrap up the work and the game will be released
sometime in 2015.
During those four years he also hung out with Dennaton and helped them with
creating cover art for both their top down fuck em ups Hotline Miami 1 & 2. You
might also know Niklas by his pseudonym El Huervo which he uses to create music,
which has been spilling out into his artwork more lately.
Niklas prefers analog mediums such as oil and watercolour. He doesn’t really like
working with computers at all but realises that the only way for him to create
interactive paintings is to build video games. And then you NEED to domesticate
In his presentation “Expand your mind or you’ll end up a sad lonely washed up
artist! – building a city for else Heart.Break()” he’ll touch upon what it means
to truly build something beautiful and how you can grow as an artist.