Friday, July 19, 2013

Moving house!

We've moved house!

Sort of.

It's the last official day in the old place, so I'm going to be tidying up and getting things in place to get the deposit back.  The landlord we have had the pleasure of being with for the past year is great.  Laid back, kind and friendly.  It's been a joy.

But it's time to move on out.  And up.

While the studio flat was a great place for us - affordable and near town - we're needing something more.  So we've move to St Mark's church - about a mile away.  It's wonderful.

Here's my instagram picture of yesterday.  Pretty exciting.

As you can see, the Inside Out team from Serve Our Community helped us out.  Giving us furniture for the new place was such a blessing!  This whole van was full of sofas, bookshelves and a bed!  It's an amazing team that volunteer - every one of them - and run of donations.  So if you have a bed or chest of drawers or coffee table you don't want any more, give them a call and they'll pick it up from you.

I want to shower you with pictures, but it may well be when we've got a little more settled in.  The place is lovely and I can't wait to show you!

In other news, the fun doesn't stop!  I've got a full day of tidying and errands to run and then tomorrow I have the first Saturday off that I can remember and I'm going to lie in for a long time.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013


I drew this:

It's a long-eared, short-beaked lemurmouse.  Or something.  Don't worry about the black square.  It's better that nobody sees what under there.  Ever.

It's been a long day.  I was about to go home but then I put on Relient K's new album, 'Collapsible Lung' and now I just want to listen to that for the rest of the week.

But I have work tomorrow.  And more drawing to do.



I loaded my camera with images of my work, brought the card into uni and now it won't read.  Good start.

I've been home drawing for the past week (when I've had the chance - as well as work, we're moving house later this week.  It's one of those times when everything comes together at once).  I've loved it!  It's been nice putting on some headphones and losing myself in my sketchbook.

Here's one of the creatures I've been doodling:

It's an elemental sprite, I guess.  Whatever the creature was before becoming so infected by an elemental artifact is anyone's guess.  Right now, it just wanders aimlessly.  Hunger sated by the artifact's effects, elemental discharge pops from its body uncontrollably.

That's about it for the moment.  Still drawing.  Working on getting a lot more pictures up here soon.


Friday, July 12, 2013


I think there's something forming.
Yes.  I'm quite sure of it.
I don't know whether to leave it for the morning.
If I do, it may be forgotten.
I'll scramble for my phone and make a note before it's too late.
Ideally I'd use a pen and paper
but there's not enough light and I'd stir my wife awake.
For her sake I'll strain to make out what I'm writing on this tiny screen.
I'll probably realise tomorrow it's not as important as it seems right now.
But it's purpose tonight is to be out of my head
to stop me tossing and turning restlessly in bed
while I come up with variations of this poem unsaid
that may prove to be...
than it turned out here.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

3D test.

I've been asking around for help from friends with the modelling side of this project.  If I want a decent model this side of Christmas and one, more importantly, that won't turn inside out when I try and animate it, then outside help is a must.

Today, though, I thought that it would be interesting to try and make my own little tester model.  I'm wanting something that I can put on a display poster that I have to show people who are not familiar with the course (I think.  I know I need a poster.  I'm just assuming it's for people who aren't my tutors, seeing as though I've got a load of work and stuff to get done for the displays that I'll be putting up in here).

Basically, it'll be an image with a little note to one side that says something like "Download [this app.], open it and look at this picture!"  When they do that, I want something like this to appear:


It's an example of an Elemental Artifact that I'm going to have in the game.  Hovering over a hand.

Two things that will be different from this example:  The hand will be seen from the front, not the back like this.  Secondly, I'd like the Elemental Artifact to be rotating.  This will add a little more interest to the Augmented Reality example.

That's all for today.  I have a lot of sketchbook scanning to do...


Friday, July 5, 2013

Games and Masters and a lot of typing.

I've been typing out my game project in as much detail as possible so that I can figure out what it is I'm going to be getting across in my drawings.  I love drawing and designing the characters and the animals that are going to be in the game, but I do have to think about the User Interface and how various screens are going to be set out.  I also have to think about the look of the environments and the objects that are going to be available as part of a collection outside of the game.  And a line of toys.  How about that?

I wrote out the titles of the roles (see a few posts ago) and wrote as many questions as I could think of about designing within the roles.  It was pretty enlightening and very productive.

16,025 words is where I am at the moment.  Right now, there's nothing left to write about.  I've been at it for a while and I've loved really - really - thinking of what's going to be going on in the game and how I can feasibly present it.

I love it.  I love my project more now than I did before I started writing out more words than I thought I'd be able to.  From the start of the game to the worlds that the player can experience to the way the game can be played to it's full potential.  It's great.

And here's a picture.

This may be one of the Subject 87+ characters that the player encounters through the game.  Or it may just be the start of a design.  Who knows.

I love this project.

Anyone know any publishers..?



I've never been taught this.
Never been advised.
Never been told.
But I find myself thinking things like "Should I get a thesaurus?
Because describing everything as 'nice' might get old."
I just thought I'd narrate what I see and how I feel about it.
Attaching some sort of metaphor to make an everyday bloke's musings seem poignant.
If I can spell it right.
To be honest I don't know if it is a metaphor.
Using a thesaurus for this may be something to forgo.
I'll get a dictionary so my ignorance doesn't show.