Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Size Five games

Ooh, forgot to post about this one. Earlier this year I designed a robot to go on the new banner image for lovely indie games creators extraordinaire Size Five Games (formally Zombie Cow Studios). It can be seen in place on their sparkly new site, or below (minus all the awesome other stuff they added for the background!)

So, yeah, t-shirts.

No posts for a while I know, I'm going to try and get back on top of things. Important one though this, in that my store just went online for my business venture Font Yeti (the store is hosted through big cartel and can be found here). T-shirts can be purchased there using human currency and more will follow so keep an eye on it! :D

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Doomed Patrol

Haven't updated for a while so may as well update with what I've been up to.

Setting up a screen printing business with my lady Abi so a shit-ton of planning work has been going into that, taking up most of my time. More on that to come

Otherwise I've been drawing a few pieces for a blog a few friends have set up called doomed patrol. The basic idea is that we take it in turns to choose a character each week from anything and all have a bash at drawing them. It's a great deal of fun and means I've been able to experiment with using my iPad as a digital sketchbook some more, you can check out the blog with everyone's entries at...
I'll post my pics so far though here. They are, in order: Spiderman 2099, The Metal Men, Garrett Hawke (Dragon Age 2), Howl, Casey Jones, and The Shining.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Some 'Sir Reg' pages

Here are the pages I've worked up so far. A cover (with title included), and pages three to six (i.e.. The first four story pages). Pages four and five are a double page splash. Did them before Christmas but only just added the font work and balloons to them. Really enjoyed the simple act of including the type elements so it's given me suitable motivation to crack back on with the project, providing I can break the back of my dissertation!

Lots to trim off the sides of some pages (been working with quite a large bleed area) and as I believe I mentioned before, they will be printed on brown paper eventually. Might look at scanning in some brown paper stock so I can layer it in as a preview or if I decide to distribute a digital copy. We'll see.

Monday, 24 January 2011

New profile pic

Needed to update the old profile picture so decided to doodle one up on my iPad. Really feel good about this one. Put a lot more detail into it than usual and really happy with the result.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Choices, choices

Real quick initial sketch for my next t-shirt design. Dreamt this up last night so wanted to get something down. I'll work it up this week.

Whur ar thee oi-paahds?!

Bought me one o' those swanky iPad thingamees. Finally justified the cost to myself when I realised I could use it as a digital portfolio and a digital sketchbook with one of the variety of styluses that are now available for the product. Went with this one by Griffin and using Sketchbook pro for iPad. I'm liking the results so far. Only drawback of the iPad for me is the lack of pressure sensitivity. Hopefully they'll integrate it into future versions of the hardware and I can upgrade! Anyway, here's a wee sketch of my D&D player character and a little doodle I did over a hipstamatic snap I took on my phone.

Inkwell poster

Here's the poster I designed to advertise our live art night. You'll notice I recycled the same ink splat I used for the t-shirt design. Getting back into using those as backgrounds. Reckon I'll make a few more and scan them in for stock in future.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Inkwell fundraiser and T-Shirt design

Since I'm in my third year of uni at the moment, I have to contribute toward the fundraising needed to put on our degree shows.
The other Students and I put on a live art night at a local club in order to get our names out there, live paint, and sell our wares. We set up a stall and dotted ourselves around the room armed with canvases and paints. I set up near the dj stand and did some live digital painting on a projector. I'll post the image I produced here soon.

I put a couple of prints up for sale on the stall and also did screen printed a few t-shirts to sell. The design was quite nerdy and I think it was lost on most people but I sold a couple so I'm happy. Plus it meant I got to keep one to wear myself. I do love me some t-shirts!

Behold! The "Savior" shirt. Black ink design on sand coloured shirt.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

'The Remarkable Adventures of Sir Reginald Kingdom Fairfax (Deceased)' (or TRAOSRKFD, if you'd prefer)

Been cooking 'Trouser-Kurfed' for a while now. It's been an idea I just haven't been able to shake. I pictured this little fat old Victorian gent and all the whimsical adventures he might have, and it just went from there

Here is the front cover. Decided to go for simple black and White as it'll reduce printing costs, though I intend to print it on brown paper as it should give it a nice old textured quality. More to come!

AceGamez editorial pieces

I decided to stop doing my editorial pics for Harry on AceGamez as the amount of work being put in was not paying off in the slightest. Felt I was producing some pretty good work and getting no traffic for it.

Regardless, here are some of the pieces I produced since my blogger ceasefire. In order as they appear here: AvP, Bioshock 2, Heavy Rain, BF:BC2, and God of War 3

Charging... CLEAR! *BZZZT*

Right. Lots to do. Time to get off my arse and finally update this thing with what I've been up to in the last year.

Let's start with this. A little concept I did a while back for a comic I've been working on. I'll post up some pages soon.

The comic is called 'The Remarkable Adventures of Sir Reginald Kingdom Fairfax (deceased)' and is a lighthearted, fantasy, steampunk adventure.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Mass Defect

AceGamez piece again. This time Mass Effect 2.

Really enjoyed this sketch. Loved every minute of doing it. I think you'll agree from the video that you can tell I was having a blast. Been ages since I've worked this fluidly. I love the energy and the sketchiness so decided not to get rid of too much.

Next week: Dante's Inferno and Star Trek Online... together?

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Rock... et... MAN!

(Edit: So it looks like the youtube video window is cropped from one side in the view for this blog template. This is... annoying)

(2nd Edit: Sorted! Had to go and edit the template HTML myself, OLD SCHOOL!)

So Friday came and went and I submitted a pic for Harry Slater at AceGamez as usual. This time the piece was for Dark Void, an unfortunately bland game with an excellent idea.

Also (because I seem to be getting the hang of it), here is another 'making of' screencast.

Love doing these. It's really surreal seeing yourself draw. S'kinda like an out-of-body experience. Going to keep doing them for now as I'm really feeling the benefit.

Next Week: Mass Effect 2!

Monday, 25 January 2010

Franky goes to Hollywood

Piece on myths and tall tales for 'tone' magazine, published by my lovely lady Abigail.

And, as I planned, a little 'making of' youtube video.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Army of Who?

New AceGamez pic. This time for Army of Two: the 40th Day. I had recorded this one as I said I wanted to, but the file corrupted as it was too big and made Abi's laptop go kablewy. I'll know for next time to record in small chunks so it doesn't get too crazy memory-wise.
Two versions this time around as I spent a while colouring only to realise that the background I used suited the bare lineart much better. You be the judge.

Whole sketch done in Sketchbook pro then coloured in Photoshop. Going to be using Sketchbook a lot more I think. Just love the way it replicates pencil and none of that pesky scanning and titting around! The background was a new technique for me. I actually drew a selection into photoshop then pasted an ink splatter into it. I loved the result.

Next week: Dunno! I'm early so haven't got next week's pic brief yet. Woo!

Saturday, 9 January 2010


Okay. AceGamez deadline comes a-knocking again and I'm pretty happy with the result. Observe...

Decided this week to include some of my workup as well. Eventually I'd like to post some videos of me working. Think it might be beneficial to my practice in general as well as being interesting. For now I'll just post some work-in-progress scans. Here's the original pencil sketch. Then I adjusted the hue/saturation and printed the lines out in blue, which can be seen here. Inked the lines with a brush pen filled with india black ink and rescanned: see here. Then touched up a few lines in photoshop. Added a stock texture and adjusted hue/sat on that and voila!

It's clear to me that my female anatomy skills are still lackng somewhat. I'm not as afraid to mess with the way the male form looks as I'm not concerned with whether I find them attractive, but it's always in the back of my mind when drawing women. This one's not too bad though. Maybe I'll do some studies and warmups and post the results here. We'll see.

Next week: Army of Two: the 40th Day

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Too faasund-ten

Another post to make sure I'm up-to-date before I submit all this for my theory evidence. Again, make no mistake, this piece was up in time for 'my client', (Heh. I'm sure he'd hate me calling him that) at AceGamez. This also served as Harry's christmas present as he wanted something special for the site and, on the whole, I like how this turned out.

Simple pencil lines then scanned and photoshop coloured. The large size of the pic meant a sacrifice in overall character detail, but I was going for quantity, not quality so I was happy to make the concession! Incidentally, here's the black and white version I did for Harry's print


Next week : Bayonetta! Really been looking forward to this one so should be good I hope! I'll also post my assignments for the semester if I get them back from assessment.

Late christmas presents...

Whew. 'X'-Mas all done with and now time to catch up on my blog (I do have deadlines, after all!) Here is the second piece I did for Christmas over at AceGamez for Harry.
Note that although this blog post is late, I did manage to stick to my deadline and send him it on time, you know, just in case there was any confusion... :P

Unfortunately, my idea wasn't really as strong with this one as it was for the last Christmas piece, though I'm happy with the technique I used (Water soluble pen with a brush-pen filled with water to shade) which I've also been using for one of the uni assignment briefs (update to follow here after assessments).

Next post... well, it'll be in a couple of minutes so I'm sure you can wait.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Don we now our gay apparel...

Harry at AceGamez (new site up now incidentally!) wanted a festive mood for this week's article, so I did christmas: the videogame way.

Think this turned out ok. Not totally happy with it but couldn't really get the finish to look right. Decided to go for a similar look to my lego art from a couple weeks back as I thought it suited the christmas card look. Thought of a few nice little gaming christmas nuggets (I especially liked using sephiroth from FFVII as the angel for the top of the tree).
Wasn't going to add a texture like the lego one but it looked too flat without it, so added it in and washed out the colours too. It was a bit too garish before.

Next week: More christmas things!