cvpic_640_640Christina “Chride” Lassheikki, b. 1992, is a Helsinki-based game designer, illustrator and narrative designer with an MA in art education. She is currently a second year MA student in New Media – Game Design and Production at Aalto University.

With minors in film animation at ELO film school and general history at Åbo Akademi, Christina has a special interest for breathing life into projects through world building and visual storytelling. She is an avid game jam enthusiast  and organiser, and game education spokesperson.

With a comprehensive understanding of both contemporary visual culture and art history, Lassheikki loves mixing traditional methods and inspirations like watercolour and acrylic painting, with the ease of digital techniques, be it for illustration, games or animation.

In narratives she particularly enjoys stories that tackle the absurd, but with a gentle touch. Watching characters struggle with accepting the inevitable heat death of life as we know it, make futile attempts to control their life and perhaps find solace in others seem to be a recurring theme in her stories. Her working languages are English, Finnish and Swedish.

Lassheikki is a surname from Finnish Lapland. It can be pronounced lass-hay-key; “lass” (as in girl) “hay” (as in dry grass) “key” (as in item to unlock things).

Core skills:

  • Narrative design and writing for games; including narrative scripting, dialog writing, world building, and quest design
  • Digital painting for concept art, portraiture and environment art
  • Compelling and charming character design and animation in 2D and 3D
  • Game prototyping and visual and IP development
  • Vast experience teaching, all ages, through workshops, courses and lectures

Software experience:

  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and inDesign for graphic design and digital art
  • Unity, Construct 3, Twine, Ink Engine for game prototyping and asset management
  • blender 2.8 and Maya 2018 for 3D modelling, rendering and animation
  • Premiere Pro, After Effects and Final Cut Pro X for video editing
  • Spriter, OpenToonz, DragonFrame and PiskelApp for animation

Working languages:

  • English
  • Swedish
  • Finnish

Miscellaneous facts:

  • Makes very good vegan cinnamon buns, and never too tired to make bad puns
  • Learning to juggle and play the violin (not very successfully)

Click here to [download my resume (PDF)].

Connect with me on LinkedIn: [LinkedIn]

Check out and play my latest game projects on itch.io: [classheikki.itch.io]

Study of Gwen John

For the course Digital image expression (Digitaalinen  kuvailmaisu) we were to make a digital study of a classical painting. I chose this self-portrait by the Welsh painter Gwen John (1876 – 1939) from 1902 as it speaks to me on a human level. My version feels like more of a sister than a copy; a… Continue reading Study of Gwen John

Digital Portrait Studies 2017

Digital portrait studies, 2017.

Everyday Life

  Everyday Life, watercolour, 2016 In this triptych I painted still lives in my home, reveling in the Finnish August light and the beauty of the mundane: the soap bars in my bathroom, the eggplant on my cutting board and the half full glass of water on my boyfriend’s side of the bed. This was… Continue reading Everyday Life

Aalto CS Textbook

  Illustrations for Aalto University Programming 1, 2017 Illustrations and visual identity work for Aalto University School of Computer Science, online course material for Programming 1 (Ohjelmointi 1). For this project I created 45 illustrations, which can be found all around the course material. The full material is available here: Aalto Scala Programming Course  

MochaBot Organic

Mochabot Organic In Mochabot Organic you take the role of a robotic barista and tend to the curious customers of your isometric establishment. Tend to your plants, harvest coffee beans, carefully prepare drinks, receive great reviews, and listen to the occasional gossip. Mochabot Organic was created in 33 hours and received first prize at the… Continue reading MochaBot Organic

Aalto Drawing

A scalable introductory drawing and visual communication course for all Aalto students, implemented as a digital game that automatically assesses the drawings of students and provides clear quantitative and visual feedback.  Aalto Drawing is a gameful platform for learning to draw, developed in the Gamifying Learning in Visual Communication research project for Aalto Online Learning.… Continue reading Aalto Drawing

Inktober 2017

It’s Dragontober! For inktober 2017, I decided to create a dragon character design for every day of October, inspired by the official prompt list. Here are some of my personal favourites. Hubertus the Sword-Hoarder. Frankie the Filthy. Lars the Long and Sally the Short. Petty and Puny the Poisonous. All 31 illustrations are also available… Continue reading Inktober 2017

Witch Apprentice

Apprentice Witch Low-Poly Hand-painted Character modelling challenge A model created inside blender in order to test creating an animation-ready character for games – mesh, rig, weight painting and texture atlas – from scratch in one weekend. I also use this character as an example for teaching character modelling in blender. Created and rendered in blender… Continue reading Witch Apprentice

Thesis: Game Jams for Learning

Thesis: Game Jams for Learning – Examining the pedagogical attitudes, ideas and experiences of game jam organizers in the Finnish game jam community In my MA thesis for art education at Aalto University, I dug deeper into what makes game jams so darn good for learning. Download the thesis for free on ResearchGate: [ResearchGate] Abstract: Game… Continue reading Thesis: Game Jams for Learning

Sails of Change

  Sails of Change Learn to sail the sea, trade with the quirky Islanders and explore the archipelago in this cozy small open-world game about sailing, trading and community set in the Archipelago! Team: Tuure Saloheimo, Oskari Liukku, Nadiia Honcharuk, Christina Lassheikki, Jaakko Kulomaa, Kevan Murtagh, Izzan Bacharrudin Soedarsono, Jenni Halkola, Martin Varama, Antti Nieminen.… Continue reading Sails of Change