Ah that post painting funk

Ok after a little breather It’s time to get back to working on things that are fun.  Finishing a painting is both exhilarating and exhausting and I find myself having to take a couple days and recoup my creative energy or I’ll find the need to go back and fix, and tweak and tweak irrisistable.  But taking a bit of time away lets me just be proud of what I’ve done and let it be. After a couple days I … MORE

Missed a few

Ok missed a few updates like updates 24-32.. they’re there, just not gotten around to posting them However on sketch 32 this little guy popped out. and then I decided he needed a chance to get a world to live in. And by 37 it was looking like this:       Then pulled in some rough textures and and blocked things in a bit more. By update 40 the trees were looking flat and the overall color was beginning … MORE

More Make-a-thing days end of m1

OK so i lost a few days to kids, illness and a mini-vacation to PAX South (which was awesome!) But none the less, scribbles were made, but i’m having a hard time ‘finishing’ even these things. So I’ve been making myself to more and more thumbnails to just start being able to see the composition before starting on the actual drawing. And i feel that it’s been improving my sense of wholeness of each thing, if that makes any sense. … MORE

More thing a day, week 2.

More art and stuff playing around. Trying to make a conscious effort to design shapes that works as a whole instead of just pieces that fit together.

Perspective forever

    Took another pass at this, and made a binch of thums and eventually came up with perspective I liked. Then I tossed into the perspective view maker http://drakkheim.com/perspective/grid.php?image=2a811acb319a27b462e6185e36aa491d.png&save=2 and saved out some guides.   Then a little bit of time blocking out some of the shapes and it’s something I’m beginning to think works.   But now it’s time for some holiday cheer so perhaps things will be a bit slow for a while.  

Perspective Homework Beginnings

So the next homework assignment in the Magic Box is 3 point perspective and basic environment drawing. Start off with a sketch.   And then go back and really nail down the perspective. Which I’m in the process of doing … Still have a long way to go.

Flying Golden Turtle Final

  I think this is going to be it!  Gonna sleep on it but I think this is where this journey ends for this piece. At least for tonight. Barring any last changes I’m looking to get this to a printer this week.       And here’s some details of some of my favorite parts of the painting. The little path into the forest The little church and houses on the hill The turtle.. shell and belt buckle just … MORE

Almost there!!!

Getting really close to getting this beast under control. Need one more pass on the mid ground trees and then maybe some more balance adjustments but I’ve stared at this for over a month now and it’s almost time to get it sent off to the presses.

A Rendering we go

Foreground just about done. Mid ground mostly done maybe needs another pass. Castle almost getting there.

New WIP

The doldrums of summer and start of a new school year is like a parasitic leech that sits on your forehead and drains motivation and inspiration right out of you.   But what do you do?  You plow through it. thumbnail / color rough for a new painting. Pretty excited to see where / how this one goes.    

TEXTURES…galore

okokok.. end of summer and life gets a litte crazy so it’s taken a long time to get this far. I know I overdid it, but there’s not a whole lot of structure to work off of in the original. So I had to pull in a bunch of other references to get something resembling a Victorian dress out of it.

Lady Gazelle paint.

Ok a couple weeks of quiet, but not unproductive. So Month 2 of the awesome yet super challenging Magic Box digital painting course unlocked and the next step is to work on brush skills and economy of brush strokes.  So pushing onward, I’ve started rendering out the Lady Gazelle color comp. And here’s where I’m at.     And here’s the final color comp from month 1, all lasso tool and gradients. And the original Master’s painting Man was this … MORE

Homework week 3

More progress on moving along to the color comps portion of the month 1 homework.  Next week is looking like not much painting time so I’m going to crunch the rest of this week and see if I can get these guys done.

UI and update

UI! That’s right, with a little love I managed to get an in-game UI working for the basic play button (shop does nothing yet)  I also got the fundamentals of the in-app options set up and much more, but it’s not really anything that you can see.. After that, I went back and did a minor re-factoring of some of the War Mages  will have a few more changes being made this weekend for the beginning of the challenge/training levels.  I … MORE

Reboot

Tough decision made.  The original planned February game isn’t going to happen. The Bad News As I rapidly approached the mid-month mark I realized that I had actually made Anti-progress… I had started out with working off of the base Jan game  and broken it to the point where  it no longer had sound, and was actually unbeatable as that would crash it.  And I hadn’t even finished adding a single new feature (other than preparing to get the Spine actors put into place) … MORE