Sunday, January 30, 2011

Global Game Jam 2011

Game Jam : Make a game in 48 hrs.

Here is the timeline of my experience as the team artist.

Friday: Join a team, concept a game. Draw sketches. Spend 3 hours trying to get the test critter animation to wiggle properly. No, I will not go to sleep until it is working right. Go to "bed" (floor) at 1:30am, don't actually sleep until 4am. Wake up constantly. Quietly panic that game will never be finished.
Saturday morning: Omg I look dead. And why doesn't the Tim Hortons have bagels. Oh hello delicious coffee. Then this youtube video.
Saturday morning onwards (time to get back to work): Paint the critter animation frames roughly. Paint it better. Paint repeatable background tiles ALL DAY.
Saturday night: Wait our game actually works? Amazing. Discover new types of tiles that I have to make. Make new tiles. Repeat. Paint ending screens. Sleep a little.
Sunday morning: Touch ups. Make instruction screen. Paint a few more tiles.
Sunday afternoon: We get sound! Game is working. Lack of sleep sets in. OUR GAME IS AWESOME AND I LOVE EVERYONE.
Sunday early evening: Present games. Everyone made awesome things. It's so fun to see what people come up with, probably the one thing I miss the most about school.

It was a blast, and I think our game turned out pretty great. Thanks / props to Scott, Ian, Ryan, and Jeff. It was fun working with you all, and everybody did awesome work.

People reading this: You should check it out!

Download / play game:
Youtube demo video:

I think I need to sleep now.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Paintings from November

I did these sort of "level palette" sketches for Balloon Ferret, back in November. Color and theme and style, making sure everything matches and works as a whole, kinda thing.

Some more sketches from the last couple days. I am so close to finishing this sketchbook, I can taste it!

Except I wouldn't really want to, because this sketchbook has kinda been dragged just about everywhere...

Thursday, January 13, 2011


As my pens die, I tend to become bolder and take more risks with my lines. I wonder if that is a metaphor for anything.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Here are some pages.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Adventures in Cookie Construction

We had grand plans for our gingerbread house. Inspired by the back of the box which had pictures like this:

I was sure that we would easily be able to surpass these examples and create something even better. We even mixed extra icing. Surely it would be great. We would make carefully constructed roof decorations of squiggly swirly beauty. Artfully applied icicles. A gated yard of licorice, candy, and icing snow drifts.

It is at this point which I would like to remind you that this gingerbread house was made by three adults, one of which has an art degree.

And things did not go exactly as planned.

The icing was not quite thick enough so.. we basically couldn't do anything with it. We decided to work with what we had, and change design intentions.

Actually I guess it turned out pretty good.