Category Archives: Traditional Art

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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The Art of Little Bird Episode 1

Posted: May 10, 2017 at 9:47 am
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Christmas 2011, the holiday season was about to begin.. I was just about to begin the slow down for the holidays, you know the usual sort of thing, mulled wine, ginger wine, mince pies, backing up my files, fixing things, you get the idea.  So mid-bite through a mince pie I’m offered a small project to work on, only catch is it needs to be started pretty soon. Something about needing to be done quick. Hmmm.. Tell me more I say..

So first question is, ‘what’s this all about then?’ Turns out the game is a physics based scrolling rollem’about skillfest featuring a little bird that.

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Pinball game you say?!

Posted: May 11, 2015 at 7:36 pm
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Sometimes you’re offered a project that ticks all the boxes right away. Let’s go back to September 2012 when one such project fell in my lap.
The game was called Looksi Pinball and was intended to work with a hardware overlay for an iPad or iPhone to provide.

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A new blog entry

Posted: July 5, 2011 at 11:01 am
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This is a blog entry to let you know (yes ‘you’ that solitary soul peeking around the door at the back of the room) that I shall be writing a new blog entry very soon.
This is a rock!

Bottom about face….

Posted: May 10, 2011 at 5:57 pm
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I like pixel pushing, I like pencils, I like my Wacom tablet, I like water colour paints, I like…. I like…

I realised the other day that I’ve spent most of my professional life drawing digitally. When I say digitally I refer to the creation of graphics (mostly for games) on a computer screen using a graphics program without a pencil or sheet of paper in sight!

As a child (still a child some in the know would say) I used to enjoy drawing and painting, what child doesn’t? I sketched, painted and even managed to fail my art ‘O’ level for taking too long in the exam(ever the perfectionist). Then I discovered video games and thus my digital artistic journey began and my artistic endeavours switched from the analogue world to the digital. Commodore 64 sprites and character sets in glorious chunky fat pixels became my new canvas!

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Sketches of the teleport door and pad

Posted: March 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm
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Here we have two sketches… But not just any old sketches oh no oh no oh no… These are sketches of something that is in my book (yes that book!). These are sketches of a Blobbit repaired ‘Matter No Splatter’ transportation device. Usually these devices appear unbroken but sadly this one wasn’t so lucky. But all is not lost as our hero Blarold Blobbit has made good using some wood, a couple of metal shoes and a rivet gun.Wowsers!  Will it work? Hmmm that’s a good question… Only one way to find out and that’s to see it in action in Blobbit iDash. Yay!!
(Now I must go and finish texturing it in Blender, chie de chie my luvvies!!)


Updates are coming… (soon’ish after some sangria and Ron Trinidad)

Posted: August 3, 2010 at 10:49 pm
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I often feel obliged to write something here when there’s nothing to write other than endless meandering dribbles of uninteresting facts about this and that. Today however I decided I would write something, so here’s some text… oh hang on a mo…. I’ve already finished….Oops…
Here’s a pointless sketch about arrows..

The wit that follows will astound, amaze and have you scratching something in bewilderment, hopefully your head but anywhere else is fine…(hang on again.. erm you really should have that looked at don’t you know.. eww looks kind of… infected..doors over there… yep see ya…(phew))

I should remind you , yes you with the wild eyes, iPhone, you phone, we phone, who phone Blobbit is still going strong it’s just on hold until Mark and I finish our contract jobs. Then it’s manic dev time again.. yay taday tomorrow and last week!


Box Droid Concept Prototype 001 Sketch

Posted: March 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm
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Late 2006 I started designing the sprites for Blobbit Push  and one of the characters I came up with was a small droid known as a Box Droid which later became a series of droids all based around the same box like design.

With the new game in development and the totally separate but loosely linked book on the back burner I wanted to create some proper art for the Blobbit characters. There are various reasons for doing this but the main reason unquestionably is I just want to see these characters visualised how I imagine them rather than as 48×48 pixel sprites. Of course having proper images also helps to create 3D versions and will also do wonders for marketing the game(s) later on.

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Sketch

Posted: May 21, 2009 at 10:21 am
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