It's day #100 of my design challenge, and I decided to do something I've been thinking of for a long time. I've been playing Pokemon Black and White (up the elite 4), Dragon Age 2 (second run) and Persona 4... which is probably what prompted me to do this.
I did an illustration of Jeff on a date with Chie, and how I imagine it would go. He is far too obsessed with his steak whereas she loves steak so much that she has already finished, and she's fed up of waiting for him. Please post comments, I love to read them. The high resolution version is much better.
I finished Crysis 2 earlier in the week. Very happy with the final product. Incredible graphics and cinematic presentation. Interesting story, if not poorly explained and paced. Satisfying gameplay. Got my SSD back so now I have installed it again with the intent of going through on Super Soldier. We'll see.
Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts
I took part in my first TNT. Really enjoyed playing with the community. Brad too. I had no idea anyone else cared about this game. I think it's one of the most creative and inventive games ever made, and one of my favourites. Sure, it's not the Banjo action you expect but it is a lot of fun. I flew around and crashed in to Brad with my Giant Monster. I didn't get to show off my catapult or my crane! Functioning crane is pretty awesome.
After 40 hours I finished Dragon Age 2. I expected to hate it, but I didn't. I really enjoyed it for what it was. While it'll never live up to Origins which is one of my favourite PC games of all time, it doesn't have to. It would be quite worrying if I had so many games vying for my attention at all times. I am content having enjoyed it. The same could be said for the other game I've been playing...
You may or may not know that I'm a PC guy. I have Over 10 consoles too, but I feel in love with PC gaming a couple of years ago and it's my system of choice. For Dragon Age 2 and Crysis 2. Much of the same things I said about Dragon Age 2, but I am blown away by Crysis 2. Everything except the open levels and destruction that I loved from the first game is here and better than I imagined. The cinematic presentation really excites me and I have enjoyed the story up to this point. It is poorly told especially at the beginning but the actual plot points are exciting to me. I dont have high standards for game stories, but as long as I'm happy it doesn't matter. Can't wait to finish it, must be near the end now.
I'm also still playing Pokemon White but not much to say about that. Lvl 42 squad at the moment... just inside the flying gym. Better get back to it!
I've done a blog every day for the past few days, but don't worry. Today is the last. I have put together all my Pokemon designs in to one wallpaper image, at the suggestion of AlwaysBeClothing. I'm doing a design every day for a year and these Pokemon were from Wednesday to Friday.
I am addicted to Dragon Age 2 at the moment. More than perhaps any other Bioware game you are forced to live with the consequences of your actions, and not just at the end or in the sequel. Some of it is lame or weakly portrayed but for the most part I feel a sense of responsibility. There are lessons for Mass Effect 3 in here if that team are paying attention... although I imagine the game is past mid production.
Day #075 of my year in design, I did Squirtle since I've been playing Pokemon white a hell of a lot the last couple of days. Could have done one of the new Pokemon but I have fond memories of Squirtle. My first Pokemon all those years ago in Pokemon Blue.
I have also been playing a lot of Dragon Age 2 still. There's a lot of interesting things in there, especially the qunari. If you take the time to get to know them and talk to them you can already see where the story is going to go right at the beginning of the game. It could be seen as careless, but I like the fact that the seeds for the later storyline is in there.
So, as I have mentioned in all of my blogs I've been doing a design a day since January and planning to keep it up for a whole year. I do a ton of videogame related designs so check out my previous blogs on here or my year in design blog here.
Dragon Age 2
Today I did a design inspired by Dragon Age 2's loading screens. I find them very attractive and I like how they use a very dark blurred foreground and then a glyph on a wall behind that. Check it out at the bottom of the blog.Really enjoying the game so far. Not as much as DA:O, but that is one of my favourite games of all time. I can't expect to top that.
I always like comments and feedback, so lets here it. Also, please check out my previous blogs. I have lots of my videogame designs on there and love to hear what people think.
Nintendo DS and Pokemon
Today I managed to get my best friend's original DS. He died last summer and since then his family have been sorting out his stuff. They gave me one of his Chaos Emerald replicas after the funeral and now I have his original DS. He covered it in Sonic stickers because he was upset (he was 21 too... never grew out of it :p) I must have forgotten, but I'm amazed at what a crappy piece of hardware the original DS is. There is nothing attractive about the form factor or design, it's bulky and the screen quality is pretty terrible. They came a long way with the DS Lite. I also started playing Pokemon White and I love it. I honestly dont care about gameplay changes. They have added some nice aesthetic touches that make it a more pleasant experience, especially in battle. Feels more dynamic.
So, I have been posting my art here for a while. Currently dong a year in design, some creative every day. Some days it's really hard. Haven't posted them here for a month so here is a backlog of videogame based designs. Check out my blog to see what I've been up to since January. http://ayearindesign.blogspot.com/
So, Day #037 of my design challenge and I finally got round to doing an illustration of Phoenix Wright. If you look back in my blogs you'll see that I've done several characters from the series before but I put off doing Phoenix until now. In other news, I bought Magicka. Quick Look had me interested so I played it with a friend of steam and I found that more than any other game I've played friendly fire makes you an asshole. I couldn't help myself blasting my friend with an arcane beam or a massive boulder because I knew I could just revive or heal him. Wasn't very productive.
Also, I've started watching the Persona 4 endurance run again. The less said about that the better.
Anyway, here is the illustration. As always comments and appreciated.