April 29th, 2011
Finished my way through Portal 2 after a couple of days, wanted to take my time with it. Even now I find myself replaying chapter 6 again and again.
Got to love Cave Johnson, this quote had me laughing despite the somberness of the moment, you could just picture him turning off the recorder, popping more pills, with teary eyes sunken into a weary face. Valve did a great job with the writing in this game.
Lemons! The practice for today was to do something with Cave’s rant about lemons. In the end it ended up moving towards a 70′s magazine feel (despite the quote coming from later). I wasn’t really happy with how the quote was formatted, so in the end I did away with the more magazine like elements and just made the quote a simple block of text leading down to the imagery.
I apologize if anyone find this spoilery (I tried to keep it minimal for now), but seriously what have you been doing? Go play Portal 2!
April 27th, 2011
Another heads up regarding lovely textures to add to your growing library. This time the offering comes from Designer’s Terminal, who posted a nice selection of metallic textures for your viewing (and modeling) pleasure.
Head on over and check it out.
April 20th, 2011
Wanted to create something quick and simple for the release of Portal 2. However, I had to wait with the Portal ARG running as I wasn’t sure what release date was going to make it to the poster.
Decided to go with the design based of the lab numbers display featured in the game. I had experimented with a textured dirty design and this clean one, in the end I preferred the clean version.
Grabbed my copy of the game yesterday and have been taking my time playing through it, so far I’ve been impressed with Valve’s ability to take it up a notch.
April 9th, 2011
Recently ordered the combo blu-ray pack of Tron and Tron Legacy, which arrived today. So Kez and I spent the afternoon watching through both films.
Despite the poor reviews (not that I pay any attention to them) I greatly enjoyed Legacy, it’s probably one of my favorite films. The environments and imagery were great (aside from young Kevin/CLU’s face which didn’t quite work for me). Plus Daft Punk as the soundtrack? Hell yes I want some of that.
So I figured my daily practice, I’d do a speed painting, something Tron related so here it is, quick and dirty. Only took about 15 minutes mainly down to the white lines.
April 7th, 2011
Was a bit of an experiment with this one. In the past I would block in the colour then paint up the highlights and shadows. With this one I decided to start with the shadow as the base and just build up the highlights. I think I prefer how this works over the old method.
I also experimented with some more textured brushes to give it more of a painterly textured feel.
The face still feels a little basic, but it turned out better than I expected, I left it last with the view that it was probably going to ruin the piece. I may go back and fix that in the future.
[update]: Of course I posted this image, and then realized I hadn’t finished the gloves.
So I’ve just re-upped the image with that fix and few other fixes to the ammo belt.
April 7th, 2011
Ah the Heavy, Romeo to the Medic’s Juliet. Ended up watching a bunch of TF2 videos last night on youtube and felt like creating something TF2 related.
Usually I play Sniper or Spy but with sayings like “Entire team, is babies!” how can you not appreciate the Heavy.
April 2nd, 2011
Practice piece for today, continuing the “retro” style. Been a bit busy lately working on various other projects so I’ve not had time to post.