<Roscoe> Art. Warning to those with sensitive eyes

<Roscoe> By Pimbly 2014
<Roscoe> By Pimbly 2014

Hi. Hello. I am back again with something special. It's bright! It's beautiful! It's... <Roscoe>. It's finished, and made it well before any Rock Band 4 announcement.

This all started from wanting to work on pen and paper again, but moving it to the digital world. Had to get my old groove back with Illustrator and Photoshop. Doing almost all abstract work, I thought making Giant Bomb a theme and subject matter mixed with my own unique style and memories could be fun and something different. This was always meant to be a very large and intricate piece. Do yourself a favor and zoom in.

Many months back I shared the pen and paper drawing, that started all this, in a blog: Unfinished: <Roscoe> Original drawing by Pimbly. There are an amazing amount of references and hidden stuff in this. Read it for a list of what's intentional. Everything else is up to the viewer to decide what they see and think.

Of course it all started with Roscoe, that crazy alligator.

The pen on paper was scanned at 4000dpi and then converted into a vector graphic in Illustrator. Here's the before and after:

Pen on paper scan.
Pen on paper scan.
Conversion to Illustrator vector graphic.
Conversion to Illustrator vector graphic.

I first thought that mixing a whole bunch of photos, including many of my own, into the vector art could be interesting. Couldn't have been more wrong. Point and example:

While hilarious, and embarrassing, this was not the way I wanted to go with this art. Stopped at this point to pursue a different idea.
While hilarious, and embarrassing, this was not the way I wanted to go with this art. Stopped at this point to pursue a different idea.

It took months of sitting on this "cool" art to finally reach the moment that the finished product derived from. I decided to mix my own original oil on canvas paintings with the drawing. There's a lot of physics and patternism involved with my abstract art, so overlaying/blending them should bring some sort of connection. It's science and math!

Here's the two oil on canvas paintings that were used in Photoshop to blend within certain selections with the drawing:

Original Oil on Canvas by Pimbly 2002
Original Oil on Canvas by Pimbly 2002
Original Oil on Canvas by Pimbly 2013
Original Oil on Canvas by Pimbly 2013

Here's some other versions of <Roscoe> without the Giant Bomb bomb:

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I can't tell if people will think this art is terrible, okay or brilliant. So glad to finally share these even if people think they're terrible. I think they are stunning.

So what do you think? What do you see and feel? Any criticism is welcome. You're all awesome anyway.

Giant Bomb rocks.

-PIMBLY

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<Roscoe> Art. Warning to those with sensitive eyes

<Roscoe> By Pimbly 2014
<Roscoe> By Pimbly 2014

Hi. Hello. I am back again with something special. It's bright! It's beautiful! It's... <Roscoe>. It's finished, and made it well before any Rock Band 4 announcement.

This all started from wanting to work on pen and paper again, but moving it to the digital world. Had to get my old groove back with Illustrator and Photoshop. Doing almost all abstract work, I thought making Giant Bomb a theme and subject matter mixed with my own unique style and memories could be fun and something different. This was always meant to be a very large and intricate piece. Do yourself a favor and zoom in.

Many months back I shared the pen and paper drawing, that started all this, in a blog: Unfinished: <Roscoe> Original drawing by Pimbly. There are an amazing amount of references and hidden stuff in this. Read it for a list of what's intentional. Everything else is up to the viewer to decide what they see and think.

Of course it all started with Roscoe, that crazy alligator.

The pen on paper was scanned at 4000dpi and then converted into a vector graphic in Illustrator. Here's the before and after:

Pen on paper scan.
Pen on paper scan.
Conversion to Illustrator vector graphic.
Conversion to Illustrator vector graphic.

I first thought that mixing a whole bunch of photos, including many of my own, into the vector art could be interesting. Couldn't have been more wrong. Point and example:

While hilarious, and embarrassing, this was not the way I wanted to go with this art. Stopped at this point to pursue a different idea.
While hilarious, and embarrassing, this was not the way I wanted to go with this art. Stopped at this point to pursue a different idea.

It took months of sitting on this "cool" art to finally reach the moment that the finished product derived from. I decided to mix my own original oil on canvas paintings with the drawing. There's a lot of physics and patternism involved with my abstract art, so overlaying/blending them should bring some sort of connection. It's science and math!

Here's the two oil on canvas paintings that were used in Photoshop to blend within certain selections with the drawing:

Original Oil on Canvas by Pimbly 2002
Original Oil on Canvas by Pimbly 2002
Original Oil on Canvas by Pimbly 2013
Original Oil on Canvas by Pimbly 2013

Here's some other versions of <Roscoe> without the Giant Bomb bomb:

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I can't tell if people will think this art is terrible, okay or brilliant. So glad to finally share these even if people think they're terrible. I think they are stunning.

So what do you think? What do you see and feel? Any criticism is welcome. You're all awesome anyway.

Giant Bomb rocks.

-PIMBLY

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A gift to Giant Bomb and the community

Hi Cheznos.Bad new name for duders? I agree.

This is somewhat in relation to: 1,000th Forum Post - A look back at 10 years ago

I found old and original Photoshop mutations from 2002 while backing up 10+ year old CDs. Did these for a class in college, and have forgot about them until now.

Seeing them again, the first thing that came to my mind is the symbolism of Giant Bomb. It kind of blew my mind. This is 2002!

Point is, they make for GREAT avatars.

Though it's a small sacrifice on the Giant Bomb altar, these now belong forever to Giant Bomb and the community. <Spelunky Reference>

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I, PimblyCharles, hereby give all rights concerning the above imagery to GiantBomb.com (Giant Bomb) and all its constituents (community).

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Unfinished: <Roscoe> Original drawing by Pimbly

Unfinished: <Roscoe> - Original Pen on Paper - By Pimbly (2014)
Unfinished: <Roscoe> - Original Pen on Paper - By Pimbly (2014)

Yup, this happened.

I've been amazed and inspired from seeing the duders here on Giant Bomb create some of the best original and digital art over the years. There are some seriously talented graphic designers in this community.

They've (you've?) inspired me to work digitally again. The goal is to make an incredibly detailed black on white drawing turned into a multi-layered and colorful Photoshop mutation. This is like Rock Band 4 or 12, so don't expect the end result for a while.

The mentality behind it is to express myself while also allowing the viewers to create and express their own subject matter. It's a typical abstract expressionist methodology (ala Jackson Pollock).

Fuck! Not another one of those!

Unlike the drunk and angry abstract expressionists (ala Dave Lang), I bring more love, structure, energy, movement and meaning. Basically being a human being...

There's much more Giant Bomb and other references to come. Figured this was a great quarter-way point to finally share and get some feedback.

Here's a mostly complete list of what was intentional in this so far:

Giant Bomb references:

-Giant Bomb bomb

-Roscoe the alligator

-VinnCo

-Drew jumping out of an upside down plane

-Wind Jammers

-A one star review

-Jeff

Non-Giant Bomb references:

-Ball lighting on the beach of Lake Ontario with my friend Dre. We both saw a floating ball of light moving towards us in the night sky and at one point Dre felt like he was possessed by electricity. We ran screaming to the car 30 minutes away, and then one of the worst thunder storms we've ever witnessed occurred. Maybe it was aliens though... maybe g-g-g-oooosts?! Nope, it was ball lightning.

-The SiS and I at an Umphrey's McGee show in Syracuse. REPRESENT!

-Sitting by a fire in the middle of nowhere in the Adirondacks.

-Super Mario Bros. blocks and end level flag.

-My high school friends and I sitting on top of a roof at 3am; Phil Fish style - <wink> <wink> (you'll understand if you watch the GDC video).

-An old friend Jake and his infamous College shirt that went from pristine to destroyed all within a night drinking at a field party. If you find him and look REAL CLOSE you'll see he's holding a bomb which basically describes that night in a metaphor.

-The infamous JP ala Mr John Powers and I sitting comfortably on the top floor of the Wigwam in the old BH woods.

-Snapping turtle that lives in a pool at lower falls Rattlesnake Gulf NY.

-The initials: PFH.

-Marcel Duchamp's chess board floor in NYC.

-Many random mountains and waterfalls in NY.

-Taking a VW Van from New York to Tennessee for Bonnaroo.

-Two accidental grease stains that have been re-purposed and are now a part of the art. Will not confirm or deny they were caused by Taco Bell.

-The second level in Battletoads, with a friend, that ends up in nothing but hitting each other over and over. And over.

-Wolverine's claws (only once intentionally).

-Heisenberg...

-Tingle, from the Zelda series, is dual wielding a crack pipe and a dollar bill. One for smoking, and one for snorting. Winners don't do drugs.

Do you really want to end up like Tingle?

REALLY?

No, you don't.

So what are your opinions so far? Bring it.

PIMBLY

Cubism :

Jackson Pollock always said to deny the accident ::

Salvador Dali's obsession with using his great eye sight and steady hand to create intended small intricacies :::

Marcel Duchamp's love with structure, mechanicalism and motion captured in time....

P.S. I know I'm crazy. It's a beautiful thing.

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1,000th Forum Post - A look back at 10 years ago

Hi duders!

Hello. Hiiiii. Hola... Bonjour.

OYE!

My name is Pimbly and you may know me from fine moments such as the <Bomba Gigante> painting, or just being a wise ass on streams.

<Bomba Gigante> Original Oil on canvas. By Pimbly (2014)
<Bomba Gigante> Original Oil on canvas. By Pimbly (2014)

This is my 1,000th forum post. Usually not much for tradition, but this is special. Figured why not share a select collection of pictures I took from 10 years ago (2004).

Been going through 10+ year old CDs containing my photography, recordings with the old band, graphic art, web sites & old code. If these CDs aren't backed up, they will degrade and become useless; the data will be gone forever.

For the small amount of CDs that are already nonfunctional, it's all made up for because some Dreamcast games were discovered!

Unfortunately, none of these pictures below are video game related. Then again, why would I pay $50/year to post video game related material on this web site anyway?

Mmmmm...... Steak Umms?

I love you Giant Bomb. This not only means the internal crew, but the entire community that makes days just that much more brighter. I love all you duders.

This is a huge step for this duder. I'm breaking out of character and showing the true Pimbly and his adventures. By the way, my real name is Patrick.

Giant Bomb has inspired me in so many ways over the years. The internal crew are inspiring in that they all put themselves out there with their real identities. It's a hold nothing back; accept it, love it or hate it mentality. Of course it helps that all members of the team have unique personalities yet play very well off each other. It's like a really good improvisational band. Damnit if they're not all real funny duders too.

Been following these guys since the Gamespot days. Can't believe it took me till' Jan 2010 to sign up. It's embarrassing, but here's my first post ever on this site:

I feel so bad for the users having overheating & freezing problems! It’s just not fair after all this. However, I’m not surprised that LA Noire’s engine is probably just as much a cause as the firmware update (possibly). Not many console games, includingXB360, use ssao (ambient occlusion) and what looks like 2x-4x anti-aliasing. Also, the LOD of all the textures in the game is too small of an increment between each new compression. Basically, what I mean is that this game is fricking gorgeous, and uses all the graphics tricks in the book. However, for this reason, it causes the consoles to gain more heat than can be dispersed. I really hope it’s a firmware issue, otherwise I don’t see an easy solution in the future from Rockstar & Team Bondi. By the way, I have one of the newer 320GB PS3 Slims & haven’t had LA Noire freeze once. The framerate is all over the place though, which is normal for this type of game engine. Maybe the older PS3 models don’t have the proper heat dispersement capabilities that the newer models do?

I love hiking and 3d modeling most. Finding a common connection between the two is my passion. Resources are always limited, so the task is not easy. Been working on an algorithm that procedurally creates distinct overlays based on the type of texture put into memory, thus making unique textures from the same pattern; repeated.

Shit... I've already gotten carried away from the main goal of this blog.

Here's a selection of pictures I took with a FUJI FinePix J110w 10MP ten years ago:

Krit in lower falls - Cascade Falls
Krit in lower falls - Cascade Falls
Mai Boys in upper falls - Cascade Falls
Mai Boys in upper falls - Cascade Falls
Krit in upper falls - Cascade Falls
Krit in upper falls - Cascade Falls
Mr. Snapping Turtle - lower falls - Rattlesnake Gulf - Otisco, NY
Mr. Snapping Turtle - lower falls - Rattlesnake Gulf - Otisco, NY
Hello World! - Pimbly at Carpenter's Falls, NY
Hello World! - Pimbly at Carpenter's Falls, NY
Sup birdies!
Sup birdies!
Birdie says: Hi. Hello. Hola. OYE!
Birdie says: Hi. Hello. Hola. OYE!
My new beard... thoughts?
My new beard... thoughts?
Tim at Fellow's Falls, NY - 1
Tim at Fellow's Falls, NY - 1
Tim at Fellow's Falls, NY - 0
Tim at Fellow's Falls, NY - 0
Jimbo wondering if Cabagepatch Kids really exist under the falls - Blue Hole - Otisco, NY
Jimbo wondering if Cabagepatch Kids really exist under the falls - Blue Hole - Otisco, NY
Adrian!!!!!
Adrian!!!!!
Infestation of 2004
Infestation of 2004
Jimbo
Jimbo
Chris and his fiance at lower falls - Rattlesnake Gulf, NY
Chris and his fiance at lower falls - Rattlesnake Gulf, NY
Jeremy at Chimney Bluffs NY
Jeremy at Chimney Bluffs NY
30 Minutes before broken ankle extraction - Fall Brook Falls - Ithaca, NY
30 Minutes before broken ankle extraction - Fall Brook Falls - Ithaca, NY
Adrian's Revenge - lower falls Carpenter's Falls, NY
Adrian's Revenge - lower falls Carpenter's Falls, NY
Adrian's Triumph - lower falls Carpenter's Falls, NY
Adrian's Triumph - lower falls Carpenter's Falls, NY
Adrian's Zen - lower falls Carpenter's Falls, NY
Adrian's Zen - lower falls Carpenter's Falls, NY
Jeremy and Rose - lower Delphi Falls, NY
Jeremy and Rose - lower Delphi Falls, NY
Rose at lower Delphi Falls, NY
Rose at lower Delphi Falls, NY
Top left is my friend Chris at Manlius Falls NY
Top left is my friend Chris at Manlius Falls NY
My friend Tim at Perryville Falls, NY
My friend Tim at Perryville Falls, NY
We're all up to no good - Cascade Falls
We're all up to no good - Cascade Falls

So what do you duders think?

PIMBLY

About Me

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<Bomba Gigante> Original oil on canvas by PimblyCharles

Thank you to Giant Bomb, and this incredible community. This is for all you duders.

<Bomba Gigante>

"<Bomba Gigante>" Oil On Cavas. By Pimbly 2014.

Started working on this painting using an abstract expressionist method with only one subject matter in mind: Giant Bomb.

Influences are Marcel Duchamp and Jackson Pollock. Would like to think video games are also an influence.

What do you duders think? Should I continue working on it, or call it done?

This is always a hard decision for an artist. However, art should be just as susceptible to the forces that drive the creation and destruction all around; from past to present into the future; continuously being altered.

What would you recommend adding?

Suggestions and any sort of criticism are welcome! Negative or positive, bring it on!

Thanks again to Giant Bomb for making a place for smart people to hang out, and make fun of the crazy idea we call life through video games.

PIMBLY

About Me

[EDIT 2-3-15]

Wow! I had no idea it's been a year since this blog and painting was done. For some subconscious reason I did some interesting edits to this tonight. An entire year later I find myself drawn to this piece. The AI trace used in these was made hastily in one night so please excuse the sloppiness. Actually, forget that. It's the sloppiness and lack of thinking that makes this unique.

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[EDIT 2-28-14]

Calling it done duders! This painting has gotten some incredible feedback from you all and locally. It's achieved everything intended from the start which was to express the artist's love for Giant Bomb and allow the viewer to make their own subject matter. It's an inadvertent look into Pimbly's psyche and at the same time represents Giant Bomb in their free-form style, playfulness and aggression.

[EDIT 1-29-14]

Here's a few new photos:

"<Bomba Gigante>" Oil On Cavas. By Pimbly 2014.

Here's a shot while in progress
Here's a shot while in progress
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