Keys

Keys

While the purpose of a key in the structure of a game is to slow you down, there’s a joy in acquiring each one. Here’s a collection of keys from my favorite video games in one joyful illustration.

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And here’s a numbered key (no pun intended) if you’re truly bored and want to match each key to the correct game.

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Onion Babies

Onion Babies

garlic baby cute drawing My fascination with onion baby started in the car last week on my way to a wedding. I doodled its bulbous shape over and over and experimented with the eye-to-mouth-size ratio to make the cutest thing possible. Here’s the result of that “research,” done in Cinema 4D:jumping cute onion babies motion graphics

I like the way Cinema 4D’s cel shader gives things a 2D look on the surface but the 3D volume is obviously still there. I didn’t use any sort of rigging for this, I simply keyframed the scale and rotation of the body, limbs, and leaves. I did cheat just a tad by using jiggle deformers on the leaves: it makes bouncy movements really dynamic and takes just seconds to set up!

walking onion

For the kid (teen? tween?) onion I did use a more traditional IK rig, albeit with a bezier spline rather than a linear one, and a squash and stretch deformer on its body.

Hermit Crabs

Hermit Crabs

I’m on a roll, making my way through all the myriad mograph tools in Cinema 4D. Today I modeled my friend Julie’s hermit crabs (L-R): Joe “Big Claw” Pesci, Robert “Crabs” DeNiro (happy 1st birthday), and Martin “Boss Man” Scorsese.

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Here’s what the entire scene looks like (albeit way too fast). The shells were the most fun part to model: I used a helix spline with a sweep NURBS to make the middle crab’s ice-cream-swirled shell. The one on the left is simply a pyramid primative swirled around by a twist deformer. The second-most fun was the pebbles, which I used the cloner and dynamics to rest at the bottom of an invisible glass fishbowl.

cinema 4d hermit crabs low-poly

My least favorite part is the pink coral; for whatever reason, its shadows appear weird and glossy despite having the same material properties as everything else in the scene. Oh well. Next time!

New game: Brotozoa

New game: Brotozoa

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Welcome to the grooviest petri dish on the net. Ready to be the best brotozoan you can be? Swim around the dish and spread your love to as many fellow protozoa as you can. When you befriend 100% of them, you win. But beware, there are some bad hombres out there tryin’ to goof up your friendships. Play in your web browser now!

brotozoa

I made Brotozoa last weekend for Ludum Dare 38, a solo game development competition where you have 48 hours to make a game. Admittedly this is not the funnest game I’ve made (I think it barely passes as fun) but my goal was to get more comfortable with Unity’s component system and controlling particle generators via scripts. I also had to do a bit of 3D modeling and the final Brotozoa character looked really cool with a spring-loaded, wobbly nucleus, but it ultimately ended up being too small to see clearly.

The bottom line: Brotozoa is a cool concept but ultimately not challenging or dynamic enough. Also, all the other cells eventually float to the left side of the screen, making it impossible to win. Oops.

Disqus Comics

Disqus Comics

My friend Adam has an amazing Twitter where he catalogs some of the things that people say in online comments on Disqus. You know the ones, the rants and totally unnecessary commentary at the bottom of your local news station’s website or whatever. We don’t know what the people that write these things actually look like, but we do know that they’re a little bit confused, a little bit racist, and definitely into conspiracy theories. I’ve drawn some of them on my Twitter, but since you’re already here:

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The last one is a bit NSFW for rude language but hey. I didn’t say it, they did.

Cute Stuff

Cute Stuff

 

 

Been busy with work lately, doing tons of graphics for Nestiny and an animated explainer vid for SanDisk on the side. I got some exciting news that I will post about, but first I have to tell my mom and my boss. LOL.

hedgehog illustration

I want to animate this little hedgie. He’s so cute.

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I haven’t painted anything in a while so I painted a citrus slice for practice. Then I drew a face on it…