Excited to support & pre-order the new book, SkyHeart, by Jake Parker of SVSLearn — Congratulations Jake on the exceptional work and labor of love! I look forward to enjoying it!
Pre-order your copy here: shop.mrjakeparker.com
Jake Parker : MrJakeParker.com
Inktober : Inktober.com
SVSLearn : SVSLearn.com
These past months I’ve had the great pleasure of illustrating assets & re-skinning loyalty rewards games (LRG) with Cataboom for Alienware Arena (The community site for Alienware, Dell’s gaming computer division).
In addition to creating assets & skins for “generic” Alienware LRG, I’ve also gotten to skin LRG for branded games’ promotions with many more to come (I may update the list below later). These include:
I have not posted the game screenshots yet (other than the branded ones in this article), nor the tons of other assets developed, not to mention work done with Cataboom for other brands (e.g. NTT DATA). Maybe someday…
But until then, below is a sampling with more that can be seen in a new “Assets” section of this site which will contain Characters, Props, Environments/Backgrounds, GUI, and other assets for games, apps, & video/animation:
Also, be sure to check out the Concept Art section which has pre-production assets: Concept Art and the sketches sections which have a lot of characters in them: Sketches (Select) & Sketches (Archive)
Learn more about Cataboom & AlienwareArena:
Cataboom : Cataboom.com
Alienware : AlienwareArena.com
Delighted to have backed the Kickstarter below!
How to THINK when you DRAW BOOK + SKETCHBOOK 3 + STRANSKI
A 200 PAGE HARDBACK BOOK of Lorenzo Etherington’s HOW TO THINK WHEN YOU DRAW tutorials + a NEW 600 PAGE sketchbook + STRANSKI reprint
I selected the Tutorials Book + Sketchbook 3:
The Tutorials Book
How to THINK when you DRAW will be a 200 page full colour hardback book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The book collects together MASSES of my drawing tutorials, covering an enormous range of subjects. The series is EXTREMELY user-friendly, designed to benefit every skill level, from the absolute beginner to the seasoned professional. The tutorials are better seen than described, so GO HERE for 100 FREE TUTORIALS.
The NEW 600 Page Sketchbook
The Deluxe Collection Part 3 will be a 600 page softcover black and white book measuring 8.5″ by 8.5″. The artwork will be divided into chapters themed around character design, pose and gesture sheets, monsters, robots, concept vehicles, environment design, world building and much more.
Original Sketch by @Andy_Estra (Instagram) : I always admire and am inspired by his work (Thanks, Andy!). This particular sketch amused me so much that I just had to do some painting practice on it! …Of course, there are many other sketches of his I want to paint (and wish I had sketched!). Hopefully, in painting this, I learned something from his work to improve my sketching (and hopefully I did right by your great work, Andy!)
Original Sketch Text:
“Don’t know why my cat always puts her ass in my face. Hope you all have a great weekend”
Original Sketch Permalink:
Visit Instagram.com/Andy_Estra for a constant flow of great work!
The archive of historical children’s books:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature
From the OpenCulture.com article:
We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature. Occupying a space somewhere between the purely didactic and the nonsensical, most children’s books published in the past few hundred years have attempted to find a line between the two poles, seeking a balance between entertainment and instruction. However, that line seems to move closer to one pole or another depending on the prevailing cultural sentiments of the time. And the very fact that children’s books were hardly published at all before the early 18th century tells us a lot about when and how modern ideas of childhood as a separate category of existence began… Enter the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature here, where you can browse several categories, search for subjects, authors, titles, etc, see full-screen, zoomable images of book covers, download XML versions, and read all of the over 6,000 books in the collection with comfortable reader views. Find more classics in our collection, 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices.
May your Valentine’s Day be rich with love… and 新年快樂, 恭喜發財!
Some in-progress images of The Frog Prince illustration: