Blog #3 - Godot Illustration... and Death

So... this month sucks.
Following on from my previous blog, this has been a bad month. My best friend, one of the most important people in my life died 3 weeks ago. It's been tough, and I don't expect it to get any easier in the coming weeks but I'm trying. He went peacefully and had a good funeral. I won't go in to details. It's been hard signing on to Steam and Xbox Live and seeing his profile. We had just completed Left 4 Dead 2, going to wait a little bit to buy Left 4 Dead 1 and play through that as well as the Chaos Rising expansion for Dawn of War 2. He waited to buy it until I could afford it. It's silly that we put it off... but then again we can't have lived expecting this to happen. He also had an unopened copy of Red Alert 3 that we bought together so we could play co-op, but never did.
To keep myself occupied I've continued my theme of opening up Photoshop and messing around. This time I did an illustration of my favourite Phoenix Wright character Godot (well... it's hard to chose) . I think I did much better this time, considering illustration isn't my thing at all. I put a lot more detail in to it and thought about the background and colours more. I'd like to hear some responses, and suggestions for who I should do next (I'm thinking of doing these all summer on and off).

  Prosecutor Godot. He sure loves his coffee. Godot Blend #107

Blog #2 - Detective Gumshoe Illustration and Death

So... this week sucks.
My friend has been in hospital for quite some time, yet again, but it looks like this time he wont make it. He's terminal and we thought he wasn't going to make it to the morning. At the moment he's still alive but I don't know how long he has left. It's not practical for me to go and see him, so I've been at a loss for what to do. I stayed up all night playing games, trying not to think about it. This morning I decided to play some Phoenix Wright and really wanted to do an illustration to take my mind off things. Spent a couple of hours in photoshop (I take ages to do anything it seems) and did a nice Gumshoe illustration. I don't normally do this kind of thing but I don't think I did too badly with it.  I really should do this in Illustrator but I haven't used it in so long, I can't remember how to do anything.


An illustration of Gumshoe I did while I was bored
If you have any thoughts let me know. I'd like to do more illustrations but it's not my thing and this was just a one off to distract myself for a couple of hours. I kind of worked it in to a war style poster design with muted colours. Didn't want to go too cartoony with it, hence no outlines. I wish I could draw and could do something fancy but that requires years of practice to make up for my lack of natural talent, and I fear it's already too late for that.
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Blog #1 - Not an Achievement Whore Edition

Hey all (if anyone will ever read this). I am a massive fan of giant bomb. I love Vinny, Jeff, Ryan and Brad as well as all the fantastic work they do. The a look of the site, the attitude, the forum and what the site is trying to accomplish. Been coming here for a while now and decided to sign up. A huge mistake. I am a sucker for RPG mechanics and if you add a levelling system to anything I will be there. Damn you Dave, or whoever this idea belongs to!
So now that I am here I might as well say something. I don't find myself susceptible to videogame journalism, but Giant Bomb has made me try out games that I wouldn't have found on my own. They've got me in to the Phoenix Wright series from their quicklook, the endurance run got me to invest 125 hours so far in Persona 4. If Deadly Premonition comes to Europe you'll bet I'll get this game to see how awful it is. The not so serious attitude of the coverage on this site makes my perception of these games more relaxed. When you are giving out super specific game scores and not cracking any jokes it can seem like serious business in an industry of entertainment.
Also, I should note that I am no longer an achievement whore. Upon adding my Gamertag I unlocked all the of the S-Rank quests in one go, and have around 180 rare achievements. I used to be an addict, but I didn't think I was that bad... it's shocking.  My proudest would have to be the Tony Hawk achievements, as I S-Ranked Project 8. Of course I am past all that now. No more whoring around for me.
If you read this thanks for checking it out, might write another one sometime soon.