Brooke Condolora is an American illustrator and game developer currently drifting around the continent. Her work is characterized by its clean, graphic style and visual restraint, guided by a background in logo design and a taste for minimalism.
She and her husband David are Brain&Brain, indie game developers working on their second game, Burly Men at Sea. Set for release in 2016, the game has already received several honors, including a nomination for SXSW’s Gamer’s Voice Award (2016) and selection for the Leftfield Collection at EGX Rezzed (2016).
Together, they seek out quiet adventure, like backpacking across the West on the California Zephyr and climbing a New Zealand glacier. In 2015, they spent time working as nomadic farmhands to supplement development costs and have been on the road ever since. Oliver the cairn terrier accompanies them on all dog-friendly escapades.
Brooke grew up on a farm outside a small town in northeast Arkansas, barefoot and usually armed with a slingshot. Scattered inside her toy box were drawings, unfinished stories, and an illustrated chainsaw catalog. Prophetically, her mother saved the first two and threw away the latter.
For a few years, she worked as a freelance graphic designer and web developer, then switched gears in early 2012 to develop a line of hand-printed products called Idle Mouse. Soon after, she and David began work on their first game and discovered a deep, shared love for the medium. She now splits her time between game development and illustration.