first eight double pages of moth

Here are the first 8 double pages of my next story, hopefully to be book. It is the first third as there are 14 more to go. As you can see it is set within a PC adventure game from the nineties. I thought it was a fun idea and was interested to see if it would work as a concept. Also I wanted to try to recreate the look and feel of those games, I always liked the backgrounds and how they evoked a much larger environment than what was actually in the game. This way you get to move through the world without the game’s protagonist, seeing what the other characters get up to whilst they’re hanging around waiting.

It feels as though it’s going well so far. It would also work nicely as an animation but as I absolutely don’t want to try to learn how to animate it’ll have to do just as it is. It’ll look cool printed. If it gets printed. Click on the small pictures to see them properly.

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uk singles chart top ten rundown #2

It’s been six months since the last one. The charts have been flushed. It’s time to check out what’s hot in the world of popular music. I’ve not got a lot of time so let’s just get it done, I’m hoping to not spend more than an hour on this.

10. 7 Years – Lukas Graham

*press*

Piano twinkles. Bad singing, being whiny. This song is an autobio. Lukas is treating us to his life story even though he looks about twelve years old. In the song he is now “once I was twenty years old”. How old can he possibly be? It’s only a minute and a half into the song. He must be forty five years old. Maybe he’s speculating. There’s no content here by the way, it’s drivel. He’s still twenty years old. Now he is speculating about when he’s thirty years old. When he’s thirty years old he won’t have time for this, he’s only got an hour. Next track please.

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pixel art character drawing process

My current project, which is a story set within a computer game (see intro to it here), involves creating pixel characters. I’ve not made any pixel art before and it’s turning out to be a pretty fun way of drawing. I presumed that there would be technical, computer design type fundamentals to it but I was glad to discover that it is basically exactly the same as drawing with pencil and paper in that you start broadly and then refine until you’re happy. The only difference is that you’re working with a predetermined amount of squares. I expect I’d need to employ more graphic design tools if I was creating complex pieces but as I only need static individual objects it’s super basic. Here is process:

Firstly I’ve been sketching the character on graph paper, which has been helpful way to begin converting lines to squares. This isn’t a very good example, there are a couple of better ones at bottom of this post.

character sketch

Then I grab the area that the character needs to fit into from my backdrops, which are scanned paintings, and begin sketching as you would with a pencil.

pixel art 1

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