Clownosity

Normally when you tell people that your favorite game is an online browser game, they groan at the thought of youth-laden cesspools like RuneScape or NeoPets (did you remember to feed your Poogle?). But this game is brilliant. The Kingdom of Loathing is a browser based MMORPG, if you can call it that. It’s more like a “choose your own adventure” book with surrealistic humor and black-and-white stick figures. The in-game currency is meat.

 

Kingdom Of Loathing The Fun House by JickThis little guy is some of the original art from the game. The Kingdom of Loathing has been around for 11 years now (that’s ridiculous. It’s not even funny). The writing never ceases to amuse, and the community is just fantastic. So, then, here is my full-color rendering of the home of The Clownlord Beelzebozo:

 

Kingdom Of Loathing The Fun House by Ruthie Edwards

Pixel Art Fun

Pixel Ferris Wheel by Ruthie Edwards Pixel Ferris Wheel by Ruthie Edwards

Tried my hand at some pixel art with a program called Pixen— it’s fabulous! Pixen makes it easy to create frame-by-frame animations as well as artwork with layers, transparency, and more. (Above: actual size; left: 4x enlargement)

 

 

Pixel Plague Doctor Sprite by Ruthie Edwards

(Actual size, enlarged 4x, enlarged 8x)
The nature of pixel art is really time-consuming because of the precision involved, but I hope I get to do more of it.

Constellation #1 – Capricorn

Capricorn Constellation Illustration

I remember going to the planetarium at The Discovery Center as a kid and watching the presenter use a laser pointer to highlight the various constellations of the zodiac. What I never understood, though, was how they came up with these things. Cancer just looks like an upside-down “Y.” Taurus looks more like a broom than a bull. I feel bad for Capricorns, the triangle-goat-fish that they are.

Self-Portrait

Self Portrait Ruthie Edwards

Study based on a photo I took in an American Apparel dressing room. HA! And yes, I bought the dress, in case you were wondering.

SHARKNADO

Sharknado Comic by Ruthie Edwards

Okay, so this is in direct opposition to my last post. Godard despises the medium of television, and, well, the creators of Sharknado probably don’t even know he exists. Giuseppe and Joey put it on the TV when we were working on our game, and I have to say, it was, uh, unique. Here I have illustrated the entire plot of the esteemed film, so now you don’t have to watch it. You’re welcome.