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The Colouring Book of Retro Computers

Posted: July 28, 2021 at 3:22 pm
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Exciting news! I shall keep this brief, I’ve teamed up with Neil over at RMC The Cave to create a very cool colouring book of retro computers (and maybe the odd bit of associated tech too).
I’m over the moon and greatly honoured to be tasked with creating all 30 (maybe more) illustrations for this book which will be available later this year via the campaign link below.

Rather than me waffle on, here’s Neil to explain a bit more about what else this project is for.

For the campaign I created 3 illustrations seen in the above video which I thoroughly enjoyed doing along with a handful of background images and a fully coloured up front cover! This gave us the opportunity to really set the design up for the book and gave me a chance to establish how much detail to go into for each illustration.

Find out more by following the link to the main campaign page.

Cheers!


20% OFF CODE “FOOTY20”

Posted: May 20, 2021 at 5:18 pm
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Over at my shop I’ve uploaded the front and backend stuff to enable me to sell customised Footy Canvas prints at long last! To celebrate this fact I’ve also added a discount voucher code which runs until the end of 31st may 2021!

Enter this code at checkout to receive 20% off everything, including Pixel Portraits!

FOOTY20

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Zzap! 64 2021 Annual Kickstarter

Posted: October 31, 2020 at 10:16 am
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It is with great pride to announce I have teamed up with my old mate Chris Wilkins of Fusion Retro Books to bring you an exclusive art canvas presented as a tier level reward with the new Zzap! 64 2021 Annual Kickstarter campaign.

The 12″ x 12″ canvas features the iconic Commodore 64 set against a backdrop of schematic lines and 8bit chips including the SID, VIC-II and 6510 CPU. For the Kickstarter I re-positioned these chips so the Zzap! 64 logo could be incorporated into the design making this a one off exclusive!

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A chance Tweet – Web of…Terror?

Posted: August 14, 2020 at 8:41 am
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I like how things sometimes just happen… Take this morning for example, I was just checking my Twitter feed, sipping my morning cuppa when I gazed upon a tweet from YORE COMPUTER. The tweet was showing an advert from the 11th issue of Zero Magazine 1990 – the advert was a game I had “helped out” on and I’d pretty much forgotten about it.

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Retro Tea Breaks: The Book!

Posted: July 29, 2020 at 9:13 pm
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I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Neil for his Retro Tea Breaks series last year which as a regular viewer of his superb channel was a real honour. So when Mr.RMC himself asked me if I would be interested in creating some pixel art portraits of selected guests for his new book I unreservedly said YES! – Oh and I’m in the book too! Win win!

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A4 Lightbox Review

Posted: July 29, 2020 at 7:59 pm
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Light boxes used to be quite chunky – a light bulb inside a box with an opaque  panel to work on,  simple but effective. The one I used to use generated quite a bit of heat due to the incandescent bulb and had only one light setting, how things have changed looking at these new style models.

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Mean Machine Dean Podcast!

Posted: June 17, 2020 at 7:10 pm
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I had the pleasure of speaking in depth about my career in the games industry with the awesome Dean from the Mean Machine Dean Podcast recorded recently with my lockdown hair and wannabe Gandalf (feeling) beard! Oh and my trusty ZZap! 64 mug courtesy of my ol’mate at Fusion RetroBook Chris Wilkins.

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BBC Level 23! I was on it!

Posted: January 30, 2020 at 8:29 pm
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Before I start this post I’d like to send out a big thanks to Quang from Asobitech for putting Danny (BBC Level 23) in touch with me without whom I would not have been a guest on the show – thanks man I appreciate it! (Quang is awesome by the way check out Mao Mao Castle which I had the pleasure of playing at EGX 2019 – if you love Space Harrier you will adore this! – Check it out >>>here<<< ).

So where was I…Ah yes...BBC Level 23 – I’ve given a fair number of interviews over the years; some in print, some on the web, some as audio and a few on video, so when I was approached by BBC 3 Counties radio to feature as a guest on their Level 23 gaming show I couldn’t say no could I.

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I waffled on with The Waffling Taylors! (podcast)

Posted: January 6, 2020 at 10:10 pm
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October 2019, I’m at EGX helping Matt and Mark (Branching Narrative) man their stand for their debut title “Death Trap Dungeon the Interactive Video Adventure”. Now if you follow me on Twitter you’ll know I’ve been working on this game over the past few months. One of the great things about being at one of these shows is it put faces to names and connects you with people both in and out of the industry. Good old fashioned networking I guess. 😉

One such connection was via the lovely guys at Arcade Attack (Interview here >>><<<) who came over, said hello and introduced me to the lovely chaps from a Podcast called The Waffling Taylors. We had a good chat and they asked me if I would like to be on a future episode to talk about video games along with some of the projects I’ve worked on over the years. I do like a good natter so my immediate answer was – a resounding yes.


The Stoodio Sub Lives Again!

Posted: September 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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I’m sure I’m no different to a lot of artists when it comes to my work environment. A nice hot cup of something in ones favourite mug, a comfy supportive chair, work stuff at hand when it’s needed and one of the driving forces to getting in “The Zone” is of course music!

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