I went back to an old design project I did in school on the Doctors of Doctor Who (which is actually still in my portfolio, here) and remembered how proud I was of those little illustrations I did of each of the 11 Doctors’ signature items. So I polished them up and made an icon set to flaunt my Whovian pride before this all becomes depressingly outdated and I finally have to add another card for Doctor #12. I sort of stopped watching after the Ponds left though, oh well.
I like to warm up for a few minutes before work by making random icons sort of in the vein of what I plan on doing that day. Recently I’ve been freelancing on a branding project for a program related to primary education, so for fun the last few weeks I made a ton of warm up icons of the stuff on my desk that reminded me of school. They’re all in a collection over at The Noun Project.
…I have a very cluttered desk.
Heya, folks. This is the first of our promised weekly progress updates on Costume Fairy Adventures. Not much movement on the writing front in the past week, but we’ve made significant inroads on the editing and layout, and gotten a few more illustrations turned in as well. Here’s where things stand as of today:
Laid Out: 60%
Core Costume Deck
Laid Out: 67%
We’ll leave you with a few additional preview spreads from the player rules chapter; this will be the last set of preview spreads until we have something from the GM rules chapter laid out, illustrated and ready to show off - but that’s in the works as we speak, so it might not be as long a wait as you think!
- "Mystic Mayhem", "Power Panorama" and "Make a Wish!" by Louise Kay Uy
More fun layout stuff for CFA. kalkiedoodles has masterfully tackled some of the craziest composition challenges and deserves extra props. The “Make a Wish!” illustration on the Wishful Thinking spread is one of my favorites in the whole book, so epic, but I also have Snapdragon Red bias. ^^
Check out the blog I designed for John for our anniversary. If he starts writing in it more maybe I’ll take the time and money to design an actual Wordpress site for him, so go bother him to write more because I really have no excuse as to why I haven’t figured out Wordpress yet.
Heya, folks. We’ve just wrapped up layout on the “Playing the Game” chapter of our upcoming tabletop roleplaying game, Costume Fairy Adventures. This chapter contains all of the player-facing rules (i.e., the dice-and-tokens stuff). We still have a number of pieces of art to come in for this chapter, but we thought we’d give y’all a preview of some of the finished spreads.
These images represent two-page spreads in the printed book; as always, the page numbers are just placeholders, and thus are not necessarily representative of the final page count. Click on any image for a high-res version!
You can also see some sample spreads from the previous chapter, “Your Fairy” (character creation), in a previous update.
That’s all for now, folks!
Some more layout stuff I’ve been doing in my freelance with Penguin King. I’ve had the fortune of working with some really talented illustrators lately, they’ve been oh so lovely accommodating all my silly ideas, if I’m like “I think it would be funny to illustrate this excerpt from the narrative example about putting makeup on a sheep” they’re like “Alright yeah, let’s make some really handsome sheep!”
Heya, folks. Apologies for the extended radio silence. We’ve been elbow-deep in the layout process for Costume Fairy Adventures these past few weeks, so there hasn’t been a lot to show off lately. Things are finally starting to come together, though, so we thought we’d give you a peek at how the final page design for the Character Creation chapter is shaping up.
Note: Each of these images is a two-page spread, so you can get a better idea of what the printed book will look like. The actual page dimensions are 6”x9” digest. Note also that the book is currently in pieces, so the page numbers are placeholders that do not necessarily reflect the game’s final page count. Click on each image for a higher-res version!
Some more stuff I’ve been working on for Penguin King, I’m *officially* not only the Graphic Designer but now also the Layout Artist and Art Director for Costume Fairy Adventures' core rule book! SUPER EXCITING! I think I’ve truly found my calling as a designer, 150 pages in and I’m still not even remotely sick of arranging type. Well, the fact it’s so entertaining to read as I go probably helps too. ^_^
Have you heard of Sketch Dailies? It’s a pretty neat thing that’s been going on over at Twitter for a while so I decided to give it a try for my warm up this morning. The prompt was a German legend about Frau Holda, admittedly I spent more time reading about her than I did sketching, it’s a rather interesting story. I chose to depict her leading the souls of the dead through some woods in the winter, I’m not sure if that’s accurate, I kinda just wanted to draw some trees.
It’s our anniversary again, and I’ve accepted that although there’s no way I can possibly top last year’s gift in the substantially less free time I have now, that I should still stick to something handmade. So I made John a blog, because, you know, he has that English degree thing and I find it ridiculous he doesn’t have somewhere online to write already. I’ll post an actual link to the site later, once he’s had some time to remove all that filler I junked it up with to work on the layout, but for now here’s the logo’s progress. It’s supposed to look like a game HUD or something futurey like that, although I feel like you can hardly tell it’s still the letters GC with all that fiddlefaddle on top now, oh well, still cool.
Dem puppy eyes, damn. This is Addy, another character from that WoD post-post-apocalypse game, played by my friend Laura. He’s 16 and FULL OF HORMONES. We use him mostly for busting down doors, he’s about as smart as you’d expect a battering ram to be. But so sweet. So sweet and full of adorable, puppy innocence.
Check it out, I was a guest star on a podcast because I know an embarrassing amount of trivial Star Wars knowledge. NERD POWAH!
Spoil the ending of your favorite game without any context
Save the world and grew a tree
Your dead wife is actually dead and you are the killer.
nothing you did matters but now it’s color coded
you killed the president. maybe.
Everyone’s going to turn into mushrooms now because you couldn’t deal with your feelings.
I joined a new World of Darkness / Hunter tabletop game yesterday, it’s post-post-apocalypse themed, so like the zombie apocalypse happened and now it’s 20 years later as society is trying to rebuild. My character is the town doctor (or close enough to one considering she was only in pre-med for 2 years), she’s a 39 year old Chinese American named Judi Hai. She goes by just Jude though, her parents were big fans of the Beatles.
HAHA GET IT? I’M HILARIOUS.
SKETCHBOOK (MAY 2011 - DECEMBER 2011)
I was going through some boxes in my office and found one of my old sketchbooks from my senior year of college, a lot of it was junk for my brand identities classes but I scanned in some of the random things I doodled sitting in lectures or people-watching in the coffee shop. I was failing miserably at writing a graphic novel at the time so most of it is characters from that or animals from the game Subeta I was wasting embarrassing amounts of time playing. Interesting how when going back through a sketchbook it reads almost like a diary, I can see all the things I did and places I went, even though I never physically recorded any of them, just scribbled whatever was on my mind.
Pro Tip: When I start or end a skechbook, I write the date on the inside cover, at first I thought I’d be able to remember just by looking at the content/skill/style but by the time I was going through 3+ moleskines a year it was totally impossible to tell. I started doing this in high school and thank myself every time I have to sort through the massive number of identical sketchbooks I’ve accumulated.