Kaleidoscope

Haphazard photography, Illustration

All the colors of the rainbow
Hidden ‘neath my skin
Hearts have colors, don’t we all know
Red runs through our veins
Feel the fire burning up
Inspire me with blood
 of blue and green
I have hope
Inside is not a heart
but a kaleidoscope

Color keying

Illustration

colorkey

Before I start on a drawing that has a complex lighting and color setup, I usually do a color key first to make sure I can pull it off. I did the top one yesterday afternoon and was pretty pleased with it, but this morning someone pointed out it was a bit gloomy, and looking back after the changes I made (bottom) they were totally right.

2016 look-ahead

Freelancing, Game Design, Illustration

We looked back at 2015 earlier this month, now it’s time to look ahead at all the things coming for Hedgefield in 2016.

Finish developing Last Voyage Of The Orlova

I started this project last summer with the intention to finish it up in a month or two, but then I got caught up in other things eventually leading me to my current job at Yoast, so the development timetable for this project has been stretched out somewhat. But this year I’m definitely finishing it and putting it out in itch.io.

Work with some cool people on [REDACTED]

I can’t tell you what it is yet, but this year I’m working on a game spearheaded by Sytze Schalk, though I’m keeping my role in it limited to some design and prototyping work, leaving the heavy lifting to contractors. But that’s a great opportunity to involve some people I’ve wanted to work with.

Write a new draft for Black Feather Forest

This again? Yes. I’ve done a lot of thinking about this game since I completed the vertical slice in 2014. It was way too ambitious, while still missing some crucial mechanics. So I’m slowly writing a new draft, and so far it’s looking pretty solid. 2017 here I come.

Draw more

It sounds weird considering my day job IS drawing, but I want to make more quick little drawings in my free time and learn new techniques. Just get better at it, basically.

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Canals of Venice

Illustration

I’ve yet to visit Venice in person, but it has always held my interest and imagination, so when I could draw a classic Venice canal as a Yoast illustration I jumped at the chance.

And just the background: