Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Well hello there

Hey guys, it's been a while. I've been super busy at work and haven't had much of a chance to work on personal artwork, but I figured I'd make a post about what I've been doing at my day job. If I haven't mentioned it before, I make cell phone games for a living. These days it's pretty much iPhone exclusively, which is simply an awesome platform to develop for compared to the traditional handset scene. We've released two games in the last month or so. Toy Bot Diaries and Shaky Summit (the links will take you to the iTunes App Store where you can buy the games if you've got an iPhone or iPod Touch).

Toy Bot Diaries is a 2D platformer starring a tiny little robot who can stick to walls and grapple to metal objects. I was the lead artist as well as a level designer on the project. I created most of the game's art and half of the game's levels. There's a free demo if you want to try it out. There's more Toy Bot coming in the near future!

Shaky Summit is a bit harder to explain. You're racing an opponent to the top of a mountain, but rather than controlling your player, you control the environment. By causing the mountain to shake, you can activate hazards such as bridges and boulders to help yourself or hinder opponents. I was the texture artist on this project.

For anyone out there with an iPhone or iPod Touch, I'd love for you to try the games out and tell me what you think. They're each less than $5, which is less than a cup of coffee, if you happen to drink really huge cups of coffee.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Print Store Updated

Just a quick update letting you know I updated the print store with the latest Steampunk Star Wars images.

Just click here, or if you don't like the looks of this link, there's always the link in the sidebar over there. (eyes that way -->)

They make great Easter gifts! Of course, if you're just ordering them now, you won't get them until long after Easter. Lucky for you they also make great late Easter gifts! And hey, while you're at it, they also make terrific really late Valentine's gifts!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Steampunk Star Wars: Lady Leia, Princess of Alderaan

Lady Leia Organa, Princess of Alderaan

Alderaan's Princess and ambassador to a number of planets, Lady Leia's fiery, confident personality and sharp intellect made her a very strong and influential diplomat extremely critical of Imperial policies. Her speeches and public image were instrumental in generating sympathy for the rebel cause. Using her diplomatic connections to gain access to highly guarded information and smuggle supplies, she was an integral member of the Resistance.

As a member of Alderaan's royal family, Leia grew up in the lap of luxury. During her childhood she was widely adored as a public darling, famous for her curly hair and her performances of the Alderaan Global Anthem at royal events. She was a powerful symbol of hope and optimism in a troubled time. However, as a teenager she suddenly withdrew from the public spotlight and began studying at a private school. This withdrawal coincided with the unprecedented government censorship of a popular musical (Gilbert & Snootles' HMS Executor, a comic opera that was highly critical of the Empire), an act which drew much ire from the people of Alderaan, who saw it as the royal family allowing the Empire to meddle in Alderaanian affairs.

When she turned 17, Leia joined the Alderaanian military. (Although the royal family was not technically exempt from Alderaan's mandatory year of military service, Leia was the first princess in over 400 years to actually serve her time.) After two years in the service, she had become an adept marksman and had even led a number of peacekeeping missions in Rodian territories. It is believed that it was during this time that she joined the Resistance, and may have even had a hand in organizing it into the significant force it became.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Steampunk Star Wars: Captain Ackbar

I've finally got something new to show for Steampunk Star Wars. This was just a quicky, but hopefully it'll help me get back into the groove. There's some characters I'd still really like to do.

Oh, but first, check this out. Three great tastes that go so well together: Steampunk, Star Wars, and Lego!

Captain Ackbar

A scientific genius with a troubled mind, Captain Ackbar spent much of his life roaming the stars in a ship of his own design. After witnessing his homeworld captured and his people enslaved by the Empire, he gathered a loyal crew and fled into deep space, planning to escape civilization entirely.

For the next sixteen years, not a trace of Ackbar or his crew was seen. Meanwhile, the Empire continued to spread, and soon even the darkest corners of the galaxy would hold no sanctuary for Ackbar. Then, as suddenly as he disappeared, a surprise attack on a vital Imperial supply ship signaled Ackbar's return, and the beginning of a long and impressive guerrilla campaign against the Empire. Like a phantom, Ackbar and his ship haunted the Empire, swooping in and hitting them whenever and wherever they were most vulnerable, then disappearing into the void without a trace. The stories of his deeds made him a folk hero among resistance supporters and a fearsome figure to Imperial Stormtroops.

After the annihilation of Alderaan, Ackbar ended his lone campaign and officially joined forces with the Resistance.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Album Covers

Here's a fun little meme by way of Dubious Quality.

1. The first article title on the Wikipedia Random Articles page is the name of your band.
2. The last four words of the very last quotation on the Random Quotations page is the title of your album.
3. The third picture in Flickr's Interesting Photos From The Last 7 Days is your album cover.

Using that formula, I came up with the following:

Try it yourself, it's fun!

More album covers from Dubious Quality: 1, 2

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Last Man Standing: Underneath It All

Sorry for neglecting this place for so long. No excuses, I've just been lazy about keeping this place updated. There's some other stuff I'll be posting soon, but I don't expect you to believe me when I say that anymore.

Anyway! You should all go check out Round 1 of the 3rd Last Man Standing competition over at ConceptArt.org. Tons of mindblowingly awesome art by over 300 artists, including a piece by me.

Matches 1-24
Matches 25-48 (I'm in Match 42)
Matches 49-72

The theme for this round was "Underneath It All". I was against some really tough competition so I made something that I thought would really stand out.

Here's my entry:
Click it!