Wednesday, October 25, 2006

IF: "Ghost" Series #4

Illustration Friday:

Yeah, it's an old one, but I still like it. I really didn't want to post any of my older artwork for this series, however I'm just too busy today to come up with anything new. Plus, it might be new for some people.

I originally did this illustration for a German based video game company called 'Mac-Yun-Soft' (at that time – they are now 'Zhang Games') for a sequel to one of their games, 'The Big Quest'. This was going to be one of three bosses that you would face at some point.

I illustrated all three bosses, plus their room backgrounds and various texture sets. Then I fell out of contact with the developer, partly because they kept wanting more and more without offering me anything tangible for my work, and partly because I was far too busy to continue with it.

The last time I emailed them, a few months ago, I was told that the game's still "in production".

They are currently using one of the backgrounds that I did on the page for the original game. You can see it here. My illustration is the one at the bottom of that page, but it's also being used as the game image on the main page. I was assured that, in spite of this, the game being sold is a slightly modified version of the original and not the game I'd been working on.

So, as much as I would love to break into the gaming industry, either video or traditional, I've certainly learned my lesson on offering up my art for nothing more than "future shared royalties" and without a contract of some sort. I don't mind doing work for free as long as we all know going in that's what it's going to be. For example the cherry pie illustration I did for Looney Lab's upcoming game.

As for Ghost #5, we are supposed to be hit by a blizzard tonight so there's no telling if it'll be done before Friday or not. We'll see.

Click the pictures below to see the earlier ghost posts:

1: ... 2: ... 3:

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

IF: "Ghost" Series #3

Illustration Friday:

This is a ghost that almost didn't happen. I'm feeling a bit under the weather today and I had no idea what I wanted to do for the third ghost – which isn't a good sign as I still have two more to do – so I started doodling. Then, when I had something I kind of liked I refined it a bit. I'm still, once again, not entirely happy with it. But really; when am I?

Have a great day all.

Click the pictures below to see the earlier ghost posts:

1 of 5: ... 2 of 5:

Monday, October 23, 2006

IF: "Ghost" Series #2

Illustration Friday:

Here's the ghost of the day. I'm still not completely satisfied with it, however if I'm going to stick with the idea of getting a new ghost up each day until Friday, I just can't keep dinking around with them.

Now, although this might look like a few of the characters from a hugely popular Namco video game by the name of Pac-something-or-other, for all intents and lawsuit purposes it isn't. See, in "reality" these two ghosts went to a party and the one on the right ate damn near all of the cheesecake and marshmallows, and now he's pink with embarrassment. Ignore the 'x's on the cheesecake. My stylus slipped.

See you tomorrow.

UPDATE: Too much looking has lead to a slight modification (still not sure I like it), and a new version of Ghost #2.

Illustration Friday:

I figure it's only natural to want some relief after so much cheesecake.

Click the pictures below to see the earlier ghost posts:

1 of 5:

Friday, October 20, 2006

IF: "Ghost" Series #1

Illustration Friday:

Like the title says, I plan on posting a series of five ghosts for this week's Illustration Friday theme. I'll also be placing them all in this post and then submitting the whole thing next Thursday, so be sure to refresh. I changed my mind about that. Instead I'll do a new post for each one and just link back to the earlier posts.

The first ghost is a whale ghost. Why? Because the first ghosty sketch I did looked a bit like a whale, so I went with it. So it goes.

Have a great weekend everyone. I should have the next ghost up sometime on Monday.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Game Art

Andy Looney – of Looney Labs, makers of many fine games including one of my all time favorites "Fluxx" – put out a call-to-artists back in June for a new game they are developing called "Just Desserts". I tossed my tablet into the ring and offered to illustrate either 'Cherry Pie' or 'Gingerbread' andincluded a link to my Style Portfolio Flickr set.

He wrote back telling me I could do the 'Cherry Pie' which was kind of a shame because I really wanted 'Gingerbread'. Oh well.

This took place on July 29th. I then got involved with buying a house and totally forgot about it until I'd finished moving.


I went back to the site recently to see if he'd replaced me, but he hadn't, so I finished it up the other day and sent it off to Andy today.

Anyhow. Here's my cherry pie:

Cherry Pie

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

Am I a sociopath?

In this boing boing post Cory Doctorow writes:

"Content isn't king. If I sent you to a desert island and gave you the choice of taking your friends or your movies, you'd choose your friends -- if you chose the movies, we'd call you a sociopath."

Now, that's not the point of the post. It's basically an addendum wrapped around an opinion. However it really got me thinking about the scenario that he presents. He didn't provide many details, so I'm going to flesh it out a bit based on "I sent you to a desert island". Also, keep in mind, Cory Doctorow is a published author who is paid to write and think, and I'm not.*


So, I've been approached by a guy who tells me that I'm going to be sent to a desert island forthwith and I can either choose to take my friends with me, or my movies. This will be a one-way trip. There are secure structures on the island with electricity and water, and there will be a once-a-month food drop, although at times foraging may be necessary. They might also forget about me after a few years and I'll have to be prepared to go full-on Robinson Crusoe. What's my choice?

Here is what I'm thinking:

- I have over 600 movies and TV shows on DVD, many of which I've seen only once and some I haven't found the time to watch at all – mainly the TV shows – and a fair number of VHS tapes as well.

- There are around 20 people, including close family, that I would consider "friends".

- At a guess, I could live another 15-20 years tops on a desert island if nothing goes wrong and I'm lucky.

- Do my friends have any say in the matter? Or do large men in black coats load them in a cargo van at gunpoint, bundle them onto the plane/ship/whatever and off we go? Let's assume they have no say, lucky little pumpkins.

- Do they know that I'm the reason their lives have been disrupted?

- Assuming they don't, can I live the rest of my life on that island with those 20 people and the knowledge that it's my fault we are all in this situation?

- And if they do, how long will it be before they exact their revenge? Can I spend the rest of my life sleeping with one eye open?

- Or can I count on my friends being forgiving and understanding?

- Do my friends have the skills and knowledge to build a boat or a raft so that we can get off the island and back to civilization?

- If they did, and they blamed me for being there – since it IS kinda my fault and all – would they leave me on the island, friendless and movie-less, laughing the laugh of the avenged as they paddled for freedom?

- Can my friends bring movies?

That all said, my ideal answer is that I would bring my friends AND my movies: "Yeah, I know, this is my fault and you all hate me, but look! I have three seasons of 'CSI', three seasons of 'Monk', two seasons of '24', the full set of 'The Prisoner' (huh? huh?) one season of 'Lost' (c'mon now, that's funny!) and a ton more! I have comedy, drama, horror AND I even managed to toss in some last minute "survivalist" DVDs before they were able to finish packing! It's movie time! ...please don't hate me."

But, if I had to choose one or the other, I'm afraid I would have to choose the movies simply because they won't blame me for being there.

Does that really make me a sociopath?



A person, as a psychopathic personality, whose behavior is antisocial and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

One who is affected with a personality disorder marked by antisocial behavior.

* If you're ever told, "I'm not paying you to think!" believe it or not, the best response isn't, "Consider it a perk." That just gets you labeled "not a team player" and "smart ass" if not outright fired.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Illustration Friday: "Trouble"

Illustration Friday:

This is another one of those "I didn't wind up where I thought I would" illustrations. I'd planned a looming guy, but there was originally going to be a knife and an unsuspecting victim to be loomed over as well. And then when I'd finished, it didn't. All-in-all I like it, although it might have been interesting the other way too. Perhaps I'll do a second version at some point.

Two posts in two days! Could this be a comeback?!

Tune in tomorrow to find out!
(although the Magic 8-Ball says "not likely".)

Monday, October 09, 2006

I've got some 'splaining to do.

That photo I showed a couple posts back isn't from a stalker or anything interesting like that. A couple weeks ago I ordered the three DVD set of "The Darrel Show: 5th Anniversary Spectacular", and that picture came with it.

The first I'd heard of The Darrel Show was at the website Movies Made Me Do It, and if you follow that link you can read their whole review.

I had planned on watching all three discs by the end of this weekend so I could include what I thought of it with this post, however I forgot. Oops. I did watch the first disc earlier last week, however, and I must say that it is one of the most awkward shows I've ever seen. Yet it also had some really good bits that kept it from totally sucking. And the whole thing only cost a penny plus shipping. And you get the penny back.

I think if it had been given a chance, and it had aired on something like MTV rather than Arizona public access stations, it might have been able to develop into something quite entertaining.

The whole set has been lovingly burned to three DVD-Rs and are individually sealed in collectable paper sleeves. And it's topped off by a disturbing personalized photo of Darrel himself.

Or is it?

I'm wondering, because I also decided to spring for the self-proclaimed "Worst Movie of All Time": Anus Magillicutty for $9.99. It might be that they only include the personalized photo for the really big spenders.

Is "Anus Magillicutty" the worst move of all time? I don't know. I haven't watched it yet, either. But I will, and when I do I'll let you know how it ranks against my current Top 5 of Suck:

1. The Astro-Zombies (1968)
I got this movie for free and I still felt ripped off. It was also created the same year that I was, which is quite annoying to me.

Best/Worst memory: The flashlight powered zombie stumbling up the sidewalk, trying to get back to the lab.

2. Laser Moon (1992)
Derek and I will have more on this one and three others at some point on "the pod".

Best/Worst memory: When former porn actress and lead, Traci Lords, says out loud, "This movie sucks."

3. Frogs (1972)
I've seen this for sale at a local used DVD place for about $3 and I still can't force myself to get it.

Best/Worst memory: They were FROGS. Not even frogs with machine guns or fire breath. Ordinary FROOOOGS!

4. Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1972)
The director/co-writer of this gem, Bob Clark, also brought us "Porky's" 1 & 2, "Baby Geniuses" 1 & 2, "Turk 182!" annnnnnd "A Christmas Story" plus many others. I also just found out that he's remaking "Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things". Color me agahst. No word yet on "A Christmas Story 2".

Best/Worst memory: If the two gay characters vamped any harder Dracula would have shown up and smacked those bitches.

5. The Burbs (1989)
Hahahah! Just kidding Derek. It's not in my top five of suck.

5 (really). Pokémon: The First Movie (1999)
Said like it's a promise AND a threat. I actually saw this in the theater. My son was massively into Pokemon when this movie came out and he really wanted to see it. So I took him thinking, "How bad could it be?" #5 is how bad.

Best/Worst memory: Near the end, when all of the Pokemon have paired off and are beating each other with no end in sight because they are too evenly matched, the lead character starts whining about how all this fighting is wrong, blah-blah-blah. IT'S WHAT THEY ARE FOR! IT'S WHY THEY EXIST! IT'S WHY THERE'S A MOVIE! AND A GAME! I wish I could remember exactly what it was that was said, but not nearly enough to watch it again.

So there you go. I'm pretty sure that "Anus Magillicutty" will fit somewhere in the top 5, but I'm not sure if it will take the top spot.

Have a great week everyone!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


I'll explain this later. For now let's just say it arrived in the mail a few days ago. Let your imaginations run wild. The truth isn't going to be nearly as interesting as whatever you come up with, I'm sure.
"Boring a hole in the patient’s head creates a door through which the demons can escape, and - viola! - out goes the crazy."