November 15, 2009
October 06, 2009
But yeah, I feel bad about not bothering, it's not like I haven't got loads of stuff to show. I has a fail.
September 01, 2009
August 26, 2009
I've had alot of people asking me to share more of the process behind Felicity and the concepts and 'base' work. I'm trying my best to remember that, here I've scanned in a few rough sketches.
I usually take a pencil to a page and spend a few minutes jotting down ideas for compositions, poses, expressions. In this instance doing some early work fleshing out a few scenes in Issue 3. My poses, composition and everything else are usually always completely defined during the storyboarding phase, where I'll literally thumbnail the comic panel by panel, page by page. I find doing these kind of 'warm-ups' make for a good chance to try things on and visualize a scenairo.
Hugely rough and quick work but it qualifies for the process and I'm trying to share more of that.
PS: This blog better format correctly or so help me God >:I
August 17, 2009
August 09, 2009
August 08, 2009
As the years go on I find myself having more and more affection for The Legend Of Zelda: The WindWaker. It was summer 2003 whenever I first set sail on the Great Sea and I can honestly say that I enjoyed every minute of WW. It felt like the game my expectation had built in my mind, it didn't disappoint. However, my overall affection for The Ocarina Of Time won over, with Windwaker always placing alittle behind.
While I'm not ready to say WW is better than OOT- I find it catches up alittle every year and each time I play it. Here's some of my thoughts as to why- in years to come, the WindWaker might actually be considered as much of a masterpiece as Ocarina is.
Twilight Princess helped me realize that Zelda is in danger of getting old, it's in danger of repeating itself and never breaking any boundries. WindWaker was exactly what Nintendo need now. It's fresh, unique and at the very least- its style would provide us with a current gen visual experience, helping Wii owners to forget they're playing with the least power. I feel it's actually quite amusing how Twilight Princess, the game everyone wanted Windwaker to be, has ultimately been the game that has revealed just how tired Zelda has become. So like I said right from day one- Long Live the Wind Waker.
The Windwaker is beautiful. The goal to create a 'living cartoon' succeeds on every level.
It pays tribute to the franchises roots with clear inspiration showing through from earlier 2D games; it summarizes perfectly what Zelda is all about. Cleverly- the visual style not only presents Zelda in an all new way but it goes leaps and bounds beyond what we expect the Gamecube to be capable of, with seamless loading through the overworld and high resolution textures, first class animation and just sheer brilliant art design.
Thanks entirely to such a brave move concerning the Art direction, WW is ageless, looking newer now than any Zelda game since and easily one of the prettiest games Nintendo have ever made.
It stands the test of time.
While the WW arguebly does nothing to reshuffle the Zelda deck, the strong visual idenity does more to freshen the franchise than anything before or since. And on closer expection- elements we've seen again and again in Zelda titles aren't quite the same in WW.
For example, the Overworld is gone in this game, there is no vast stretch of land connecting the points of our adventure. Instead, for the first time ever, we're given an entire sea to play with. A brave move that ultimately could have backfired if Nintendo had not of created an 'Epona' that would completely change how we play Zelda.
The Boat in WW is something I feel a lot of people take forgranted, to craft a vast ocean and to have our hero sail across it, taking the wind into consideration, the speed, the waves, the weather and for it to feel natural and simple for the player- that is an incredible achievement. Far more challenging, from a design point, than giving us a horse and a field.
The combat is as well refined and polished as OOT first made it. Only now it combines brand new elements of parrying, dodging and acrobatics- making each fight an intense experience of speed and reaction. In addition- a curious element of note chimes climbing in pitch combined in relation to your strikes informs you just how much more damage your enemy can take. Tying in beautifully with the games Musical conductor theme and at the same time providing vital information about how close you are to success. Combat in WW is a unique, perfectly crafted system that is an absolute joy to execute.
WW has no prentences, it doesn't think it's any other Zelda- it's a brand new story. It hasn't got the problems most of the other 3D Zeldas have, which is the obvious burden of topping OOT. The WW has confidence in itself and it shows through the major design choices. There's a sense that this game is proud of how different it is and that the difference is what saves it from the OOT trap.
Ultimately at the core- it's the same game we've come to expect, that is why it works. But there are so many new layers to WW that people forget just how different it really was. It's about as different as any Zelda has been without breaking the forumla.
The story combines all the Zelda elements but all begins with a simple mission to save a little sister from harm. Innocently, Link becomes involved with a far larger picture and we discover each part of it with him, as we adventure across the ocean for answers. The Story in WW is an adventure, we feel the need to explore and hunt for the answers as much as Link does and I feel that is the key to the success of WWs story. We don't have some predetermined path of righteous justice, we don't have knowledge of the world we're venuturing into. We're just some little kid from a happy little island who ends up being the boy who saves the world. That's an adventure. That's Zelda.
No other Zelda like it.
The WW style hasn't died completely, it lives wild and free on the ever popular DS. Phantom Hourglass and the upcoming Spirit Tracks both lend themselves to the beautiful art direction composed for the WW. However, they aren't 3D Zelda games, they're a whole beast of their own, with excellent precision controls and the gameplay flow we've all come to expect from Zelda. As great as that is, it isn't the same as the experience had on Gamecubes WW and Fully 3D Zelda titles. This makes WW one of a kind and I wish it wasn't. I long for another fully 3D WW adventure but to be honest, I feel that the knowledge that I won't ever get one is what helps elevate WW even further in my mind.
When you set sail on the open Ocean in Windwaker, the waves crashing against your vessel, the seagulls racing along side you and the gloomy tower on the horizion lurching closer, this is an experience that no other Zelda has ever given us.
You can actually feel the wind in your face.
If you never played it, play it right now. If you did- go and replay it.
Got featured on Destructoid, a popular Gaming website. Really cool to be featured especially when you see some of the other artists featured before me. Curious choices for the gallery upload though! Some ancient artwork that sucks but then again, all my artwork sucks to me.
Thank you to whoever did it! Even though you probably don't know I have a blog and therefore won't read this. Thanks all the same!
July 29, 2009
July 28, 2009
July 18, 2009
I put 'em side by side for the best comparison. I'm aware the text in the second is harder to read and what not but I was only really aiming to update the artwork. Skidoosh.
July 04, 2009
And one of the 10 minute speed paints I've been doing for the last week or so-
June 06, 2009
June 01, 2009
May 30, 2009
April 23, 2009
Cleans for latest 99 ref. Two interesting things about her latest design updates- they're both old elements re-introduced. First being the surface to her body suit and the second being the streamlined boots with black banding the bottom. When I say old elements, I mean from like 2007, so we're talking waaay back.
March 29, 2009
March 15, 2009
I've never shown any of the process behind the creation of Felicity, atleast- the comic itself. Felicity is a 100% Digital comic, everything is drawn and enhanced on the computer, as opposed to any of my other work which is usually scanned from paper. The reason for this, was initially as an experiment to see if I could do it, how fast it would take, how much worse it'd look than if I'd drawn it on paper.
Now that I have a Cintiq the process of creating the lineart and backgrounds for the comic has sped up... quite abit. It's really quite staggering how much faster the whole process is now, although that could also be because of the experience I've earned from Issue 1.
Above is an example of how the storyboard looks directly opposed to the finished comic(Note that it is the full image cut 50/50 and not Uncolored/colored). Couple of things I want to share about the storyboarding process- first is how I do it. I use MS Paint, which is pretty hilarious but I have to stress that you should try it yourself if you're struggling to get a comic started.
MS Paint is limited in so many ways- it forces you to roll with your gut instinct, which in my experience is often the best. It forces you to look at the page as a whole and not as separate panels(a mistake I made a lot in comics I tested out long before Felicity). I think each page has to look like a full piece of art itself and something in the limitations of MS Paint(Especially the lack of zoom)really helps you to create the best overall guideline for your image.
What would follow story-boarding is rough dialog, often in-correct as I won't refer to the scriptword-for-word until I come to do the final text. Sometimes I change dialog at this stage if I feel it'll help the panel, often though this isn't a good idea so I try my best to avoid it. Then after that I work up the line-art in Photoshop(Essentially drawing the image properly from my MS Paint thumbnail guidelines.) After that the hard work begins with the coloring and backgrounds.The backgrounds are hand painted in Photoshop, sometimes I'll also include textures if it is supa-up-close.
That's a very basic overview of the process, I just think I should really share the fact that MS Paint is a great composition tool, atleast for when you're working completely digitally. I still maintain that paper and pencil is the best method for anything really but when going digi, I go paint for sure. Best of all, it's a program we all have by default!
Okay, time to get to work on the next scene. Oh actually, one more thing-
My brother got me an early birthday gift in the form of a 3D Bust of Mounty! It's totally rad, I can't really explain how amazed I am at the accuracy the sculptor achieved(accurate to the 3D Mounty I see in my head).
I don't know his name at the moment, so I can't thank him personally but I love it, makes me more curious than ever to see if the other cast members can exist in true 3D.
You can head on over to the Felicity Forums to have a look at a textured version of the bust, along with a few more camera angles.
February 23, 2009
Doodled this while on the phone the other night, kinda liked it so began to color it, nothing fancy at all but I figure I'll slap it up here.
Even superheroes have heroes! (Character here is Magpie, unmasked) and they daydream of those heroes... or something. I just wanted to draw floating stuff.
February 08, 2009
I'm going to make a cup of tea.
An AMAZING cup of tea.
Got some proper content to add to the blog abit later on. Just wanted to mark the launch.
January 23, 2009
Fingers aren't much in the mood to type- figured I'd update the blog though. Here's some random rough stuff from over the past month and abit.
I'm still a concept artist for the Perfect Dark Source mod, which incase anyone was wondering- is going to be back online very soon. They used alot of my old artwork on the site and I can't stand the sight of it now so I did a new piece. I drew the pose from photoreference and just painted it up in Photoshop(works best on a white background.)
'Fake' Felicity still, I just badly painted over an existing photo for abit of fun. Results quite nice-
Very rough sketch of Magpie-
Rough thumbnail for a possible Mirrors Edge fan-art I'm thinking of doing. I added basic color to help me define my composition and ideas-
I've got alot of Felicity guff still to do and I'm quite inspired tonight to do some superhero stuff- so expect some doodles.
Oh and Happy new year :D