Thursday, October 14, 2010


Here's an illustration I just finished for my office's holiday party invitation.

I actually had fun working on this, and think it turned out ok (talk to me in a week). Since there weren't any real restrictions on this, I figured it might be a good opportunity to play around and experiment. I've been wanting to test out using textures, so I started slow with a stock paper texture. It really added a neat effect to the overall image once I was done with the final drawing. I think as long as you don't overplay/rely too much on textures, they can be a great tool. Maybe I'll try my hand at creating some custom textures in photoshop some time.

A little color comp to figure out placement and silhouette. I wasn't sure of the hues at this point so it looks like the rooster is either underwater or in a doomsday volcano's ash cloud.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Sketching in Flash..

I'm currently reading J.M. Barrie's unabridged Peter Pan, having realized after doodling this, that I've never actually read the book. Strange, but true. The storytelling voice Barrie uses to address the child listener is full of tangents and stream of consciousness. It's similar to how a kid may tell a story, but with the slyness of knowing what will happen next.

So far, I've learned that the crocodile that hunts Captain Hook is actually female, and that all the pirate dialog is playfully violent. Smee, for instance, has a cutlass named Johnny Corkscrew, so named because he likes to twist it in a victim's guts after he's stabbed them. Delightful.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Epic Win

A little shaman/witchdoctor guy inspired by EpicWin.

So what have I been getting a kick out of lately?
This great little app called EpicWin, which combines To Do list/task management with the fun and ridiculousness of a fantasy RPG. Right up my alley. I've always been a checklist gal, and garner a good amount of satisfaction from crossing things off lists in the name of productivity. With EpicWin, it's just that, but with added, gorgeously designed incentive. The graphics for the app are a treat to behold, and the interface slick and easy to use. When you complete tasks, you earn gold, and eventually discover loot. All things befitting of a warrior gone a-questing. The loot you can earn is hilarious and offbeat, from "Helmet of Questionable Appeal" to "Flask of Soured Cat's Milk".

The team that put this little gem together started up a development blog for user input and newly added features, as the app continues to grow. Give the app a try, your chores will never be the same again.

You start out choosing one of the five characters to battle your way through quests (i.e. laundry, take out the trash, call your mom for heaven's sake). Behold, my little shambling undead minion, Knuckleduster.

An example of the loot you earn from completed quests. Tasty.

I can't wait to go home and do my laundry.