Sunday, April 26, 2009

Here's a handful of those critters I did for a facebook app - there's like scores more of these but I can't show 'em till they release. :( The game they were originally intended for was put on hold so they're going to be used as charms for an existing app. I hope they get their own spotlight soon!

You guys prolly won't hear back from me for a little while as I am embarking on a journey by train to Chicago this week (I've never been!), then hopping a plane back to Boston to spend long overdue time with my family and out of the chaos that is my life here. I can't even tell you how awesome that feels! What's cooler is that I just got a call from Amtrak and they had to upgrade me to a deluxe bedroom on my journey. I guess I'll survive... somehow... ^_~

Monday, April 20, 2009

A moment of thought and prayer for my Grandmother, Annette Conlon, who passed away two years ago this morning. She was a very loving and beautiful presence in my life and I miss her so much.

This is a photo of her that I found taken circa 1929 when she was 17 years old. I suppose good taste in hats runs in my family <3

For those who haven't read last year's entry about her, I recommend that you do. She was just wonderful and it was heart-wrenching to watch her slip away into dementia. I wanted to do another little illustration of her for today, but the days just slipped by too fast. It will have to be a project for the near future.

I invite you to make a donation in any amount to the Alzheimer's Association, though their site appears to be down at the moment. As soon as it's up, I will make my annual donation in her name.

I miss you, Grandma. I love you.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Make some room to get down up here on the honeycomb!

I did an interior illustration for my friend's band, miRthkon. The album comes out May 26th and you kinda should get it. I mean come on, who doesn't love songs about dancing bees in hot pants?

...all of you people who actually know stuff about good graphic design are allowed to rip me a shiny new one.

In other boring news, my taxes are done and I am off to play World of Goo. <3

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Thank you guys for the congrats and the feedback on the last sketch dump. I am stopping in to say that I have release dates for 1 of the 3 LBP theme packs I have worked on so far... being the Norse set and the Egyptian set.

Check out the official info here.

I only did the 2D sticker art; not sure who did the brilliant 3D costumes. I can't wait to download them! In other news, I got about two dozen of the Dover Sticker Books I illustrated last year in the mail yesterday. They look great! And now that I actually have young relatives to give stuff like this to, they won't feel so wasted like the Leap Frog merch did. ;) One thing that I really like about Dover Publishing in general is that they are adamant about giving credit to their artists. Props to them :)

Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap, I better work on again. So much to update!

Edit: Some eels and Water Owls for ya :D

Friday, April 03, 2009

They say you hit what you head for and after the last 7 days of awesomeness at the Game Developer's Conference (dudes, we made Kotaku!), a whirlwind weekend in LA for the SILA show, an under-the-radar birthday on Monday and back to work Tuesday, it's no wonder I am stuck home with a nasty head cold. I hope I get this out of my system to see the OneUps tomorrow night... but oh, so worth the illness.

I can let the cat out of the bag and announce that I've been fortunate enough to be doing some contract work for Media Molecule's game of epic win, Little Big Planet. For serious, I bought my PS3 last winter just so I could play this game. Actually, this gig and the other one I am working now are two of the most fun and natural-feeling jobs I've had in ages. Anyhoo, I finally met the artists, programmers and level designers at GDC last week and a great time was had by all. I wish I could have taken them all home with me or better, set up a box fort in their studio in the UK ^_~ I'll be able to show what I've been doing once it releases to the Playstation Network, not sure of an exact date though.

So I have clearance to show some sketched for an unnamed project (not LBP though!). Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies. Just enjoy and be patient, I will post up the colored versions of these guys in due time ;) Sketched on my Modbook in Autodesk Sketchbook Pro.

I like the Chimera best <3