If you spend time on Fortnite Twitter, you have probably seen The Final Hoss’ unique fishstick designs for various streamers.
This is part of our new series where we interview the creative members of the Fortnite community who make the concepts and designs that make this community so special. For part one, read up on Easkate – the UI designer who perfectly matches Fortnite’s art style.
He has had his #UpstreamLegends designs picked up by Ninja, Dr. Lupo, Timthetatman, SypherPK and more. The unique aspect of the work combined with the attention to detail in logos and teasers has made him one of the most popular Fortnite concept artists in the scene.
What a codly squad! Another seashoreganization has joined the#upstreamlegends – tanks for being good sports! 🐠 🐟 🐠 🐟 #teamliquid #teamlitsquid @72hrs @Poach @LiquidChap @VividFN pic.twitter.com/3BhdNDgwcl— The Final Hoss (@TheFinalHoss) June 30, 2019
We interviewed him about his designs, where they came from and what’s next for him in the future. He also promised to tease his next design in the comments to this post.
Interview With The Final Hoss
Q: Where did the inspiration for Upstream Legends come from?
A: One day the name “Dr. Fishrespect” popped into my head. I was in the middle of a similar campaign of posts at the time (SypherPK Battlepass) so sat on the idea for a few weeks & continued to laugh out loud at when visualizing how ridiculous Dr Fishrespect could be.”
As soon as that campaign wrapped, Dr. Fishrespect was the first thing I wanted to make. The community had a decent response so I thought there might be something to this. A day or two later Fishstick appeared in the Item shop & the first comment I saw below fortnite’s itemshop post that night was from HighDistortion saying something like “use code HD and ill finally by this dumb fish.”
That’s when “HighFishtortion” popped into my head & I laughed so hard I abandoned another concept I was doing to make Jimmy into a fish, create the Upstream Legends logo & the rest is fishetory.”
Going back to the beginning of the series you can see how much his popularity – and fish puns – have grown over the campaign:
Q: What was your first reaction when you saw they got picked up by Ninja and some other huge streamers?
A: The morning that Tim, Ninja & Lupo all discovered Tim the Troutman, Ninja & Dr. Blupo on twitter I couldn’t believe it. It became really surfreel when I jumped on twitch and they were actually giggling about the their ploppleanglers. Dr. Lupo is the Dad joke God so having these guys laugh at of the concepts reely gassed up U.S.S. Legends for the journey ahead.
Why are these skin concepts freaking amazing LOL https://t.co/2haIc5TgZR— Ninja (@Ninja) May 31, 2019
From that point streamers started paying attention. Some would ask if they could get one coming up and most would reply when their design went live.
Lmfao dude you are a clown! 😂👊🏼— Nickmercs (@NICKMERCS) June 2, 2019
Starting with just a couple hundred followers, The Final Hoss timeline started going crazy as he quickly added 3,000 new followers.
Q: What is the design process? How do they start, what tools do you use to create them, how do you come up with so many great fish puns, etc?
A: “I’ll usually start with some really simple sketches to start to try and come up with ways to bring the streamers quirks to life. Once that’s on paper, I use a combo of Blender, Photoshop, & After Effects to experiment with the concept until I feel like its decent enough for the community to understand it.”
There’s been so many concepts – it’s been important to work quickly and be flexible to pivot when needed. At this point I think my brain just processes my thoughts as fish puns… but If the content isn’t punny enough, Ill check some rhymezone and word association lists for inspiration. The community has also been krilling it suggestfins. 72 Flounders (72 hours) was one that someone said very early on that I had me dead.”
Welcome @72hrs to the #UpstreamLegends!— The Final Hoss (@TheFinalHoss) June 30, 2019
72 Flounders has been a MegaloTom in the Fishnite Procean since the beginning – originally as part of Faze Clam and then eventually migrating to team LitSquid where his legasea has become whale known.#liquid72hours #Fortnite pic.twitter.com/sHTkwEJvKr
Q: The Legends are almost done with the second group. Are you going to keep doing them or turn your attention to something else?
A: Creating the Upstream Legends been a long, amazing voyage & I’ve loved how the SeaSports Community has climbed aboard… but I’ll have to leave everyone in seaspence for now. We’ll have to see where the waves take us, but we all know that there’s always more fish in the sea.
After creating 32 different streamers as fish, it is probably a good time to take a break. Otherwise his brain may permanently start speaking in fish puns.
Q: Who do you have on deck? Mind sharing your next teaser with us?
A: I think the SeaSports Community will be excited about the next legend- It’s one that everybody nose, and seems has been seaquesting for a few weeks now… I’ll drop the teaser in the comments below!