overworldtheme: (art)
Thursday, April 17th, 2014 09:38 am

BANANA! by TheGrandHero on deviantART

Done completely in Photoshop CS2. Time taken: ~3-4 hours.
overworldtheme: (programming)
Monday, December 23rd, 2013 09:13 am
(Cross posted from the Vision Riders Blog)

I've been hard at work trying to get Another Star ready for release. Part of that entails making sure the game looks its absolute best.

Comparison of Tachi's old and new sprites.

Tachi looks more like his promotional art now.

As discussed in my last post, I've been toying with the idea of abolishing the self-imposed 256 tile limit. I haven't decided for sure one way or the other, but I have been making new sprites to test out the waters.

Comparison of the original graphics and the possible updated graphics.

It's quite a difference!

What does everyone else think? Is the improvement enough to follow up on?
overworldtheme: (comics)
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 01:07 pm
Here is an absolutely gorgeous comic by French artist Boulet:

Our Toyota Was Fantastic
overworldtheme: (art)
Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 04:45 pm

Another Star - The Cast by ~TheGrandHero on deviantART

Here's some new promotional artwork for Another Star that I just finished up. These are some of the characters that you will meet in your journey. I'm trying to emulate the style of Yoshitaka Amano, although I think my colors are far too saturated.

From left-to-right: Kyne, Eva, Tachi, Rygar, and Soel.

Might end up using this for the game's cover art, although it's not quite what I had in mind for that.

Done completely in Photoshop CS2. Time taken: ~4-6 hours.
overworldtheme: (writing)
Monday, September 2nd, 2013 02:07 pm
[Cross-posted from the Vision Riders blog.]

Anybody who has seen any of my artwork or read many of the stories I've written over the years probably realizes that my preferred subjects are teenagers. This may seem like a strange choice to some, perhaps, but I simply find them to be the most interesting characters.

There's something fascinating to me about the teenage years that give them such a dynamic range of topics, struggles, and characterization. When you're a teenager there's still a bit of “magic” to the world, locked into that delicate balance between becoming a full-fledged adult and still being a child and having fun. You have your whole life ahead of you, and you're getting your first tastes of responsibility, independence, and individuality. Teenagers are still finding their place in this world and working to form lasting opinions on its many issues, while at the same time trying to make sense of everything, not to mention trying to make sense of themselves and who they are as a person. This age of discovery is such a ripe bed of story and character ideas, and teenagers will naturally have some sort of character arc to them just by existing in the world of a story. Not to mention children and teenagers are always so expressive, moving in wide motions that waste energy and display their raw emotions bare for the whole world to see, not caring who else sees or hears them other than their immediate friends.

Adults, on the other hand, tend to have things figured out--even if only in their own head. They're stiffer, less pliable, more reserved. Every action is subconsciously thought out, even things so simple as a basic walk cycle or standing in place. They've already been through the trying fires of adolescence and, having mastered mastered the many trials of puberty, their personalities and emotions are far more stable and static. That's not to say I don't find adults fascinating. It's just that their character arcs tend to be very different in nature, and stem more from the circumstances of what's going on around them instead of welling up from within themselves.

Sometimes I feel like I should grow up and write more “mature” characters, or start filling my sketch book with more “grown-ups”. But I never seem to stick with it for very long. The fluidity of youth is more fun to write or doodle than the subtleties of adulthood. And it's not like I'm alone. The majority of young adult literature is written by actual adults, after all.

There's also the difficulties of perspective. A decade ago I was a teenager. While clarity fades with time, I do still remember what it was like and how it felt. On the other hand, I'm single and don't have any children. That makes writing from the perspective of a parent, for example, more difficult. It's not that I can't put myself in the place of a parent when writing a character--I do so all the time. But it takes a lot more research to craft and understand, because I can't rely on my own experiences to the degree I can when writing about, say, young siblings interacting.

Looking back, I realize this is nothing new in my life. It seems I've always favored characters that are younger than myself. When I was nine, I wrote a story wherein the hero is a four year old. When I was a teenager, most of my characters where either very young teenagers, or more often preteen. Perhaps there's more than a bit of longing to it?

Now that I'm less than a year away from thirty I've noticed I've been slipping ever more twenty-something protagonists into my work. Tachi and Eva, the main characters in Another Star, are in their early twenties, and the player character Serenity in Junction is roughly twenty-eight. Perhaps when I'm ninety I'll be writing stories about all those spy young whippersnappers in their seventies.
overworldtheme: (comics)
Saturday, July 27th, 2013 12:21 pm
I don't regularly read xkcd, so I wasn't aware of a little gem that Randall Munroe recently cooked up called Time until it was pointed out to me. It's an experimental comic that doesn't seem like much at first, but keep with it. I haven't finished it, but thus far the story is very cute.
overworldtheme: (tales of cress)
Saturday, April 20th, 2013 01:43 pm

Wherein I do a sketch of Medusa Gorgon, a character I know nothing about from Soul Eater. Maybe you can enlighten me.

This was a request done for a friend. Maybe if you leave a request in the comments a character you want to see will show up in a later week?
overworldtheme: (art)
Saturday, April 6th, 2013 10:42 am

Wherein I do a sketch of Heavy Weapons Guy, everyone's favorite Russian dude with a giant minigun from Valve's Team Fortress 2. Still need to find a place for everyone to post their own drawings, but for now you can just post them here, or link to them in the YouTube comments via an image hosting service or an art site like DeviantArt.

If you're interested in commissioning some artwork for yourself, here's my prices and information on how to get started:

Heads up: there may be no Let's Draw next week because I'll be doing a second gameplay preview for Junction. I will continue with a new Let's Draw the week after that, though, barring any unforeseen circumstances.
overworldtheme: (art)
Monday, April 1st, 2013 09:22 am
Exactly what the title says: I'm dropping my commission prices.

overworldtheme: (art)
Saturday, March 30th, 2013 12:09 pm
Wherein I do a sketch of Mickey Mouse, the iconic animation legend. In hindsight I should have stuck to original plan and just colored the rough sketch because watching me ink is boring and I didn't have time to do it right. In the end it meant I had to hurry the coloring phase and didn't even have time left to do any shading. I don't even use the magic wand very often for coloring! I'll try to do another colored sketch in the future so you can see how I actually color things.

overworldtheme: (art)
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 11:08 am

Wherein I do a sketch of Naruto, the yellow-haired ninja of the Hidden Leaf Village. This is my second Let's Draw and I'm still working out the kinks, so your comments, feedback, and suggestions are much appreciated. Video too long? Too short? Anything you'd like to see me do in the future? Leave a comment to let me know.

I've included more varied music this time around. Some of it is from old projects that never got off the ground, while others are from freelance work, and I've even included some music from Junction. I'm thinking about including tracks from other artists in the future, so if you're interested in having your music played behind the video while I draw, let me know. If it ends up getting used, you'll be credited and a link to your site/Bandcamp/SoundCloud will be included.

Go ahead and share your own Naruto artwork in the comments!
overworldtheme: (art)
Sunday, March 17th, 2013 08:23 pm
Oh look, it's me! Ugly body hair and all. I only wish my hair stayed that straight, though. In real life I have a head of super-curly hair, but I couldn't get it to look right so I just went with what you see here. Those are my actual clothes, though, down to the boring gray jacket.

I'll probably use this for my Let's Draw series.

by ~TheGrandHero on deviantART

Done completely in Photoshop. Time taken: ~2.5 hours
overworldtheme: (art)
Sunday, March 17th, 2013 02:32 pm
Wherein I do a sketch of Link, the hero from The Legend of Zelda series. I'm planning to do more of these in the future, so your comments, feedback, and suggestions are much appreciated. Video too long? Too short? Anything you'd like to see me do in the future? Leave a comment to let me know.

The (barely audible) music is just the old LizVenture soundtrack that you can listen to on this channel. I would have rather had something from the actual games, but I didn't want to run into copyright troubles. I'll try to pick something more interesting to listen to next time.

Almost ran out of room on my hard drive recording this. I'll have to be more careful about keeping an eye on that in the future.

overworldtheme: (animation)
Saturday, February 9th, 2013 12:03 pm
I have the beautiful hardcover art book for Avatar: The Last Airbender and love it to death. So imagine my glee when I happened upon this just now: "The hardcover "The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series—Book One: Air" will out [sic] July 24 from Dark Horse, featuring commentary from the show's creators."

Also, the article's commentary on the show annoys me, but that's neither here nor there.