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Thursday, November 11, 2010

HOORAY... Heart's Medicine is OUT NOW!

I'm happy to say that Heart's Medicine is ready to play!!!



It's a casual (click management) game that you can play on your PC or Mac. It was a very cool and fun project we worked on at The GameHouse Studio ( http://zylomgamestudio.blogspot.com/ ) Eindhoven (Netherlands). I'm proud to say that I could be a part of this wonderfull project and that I could contribute to the graphics. One of my main tasks was to create the backgrounds and locations.

So if you are curious into this game you are welcome to try this game right here:
http://www.zylom.com

Have Fun!!!

WARNING!!!
THIS IS NOT FOR HARDCORE GAMERS (IT CAN MAKE YOU SICK ;-))

Monday, October 18, 2010

Mr. Wolf & Red Riding Hood

























To be continued...

The kids of Shady Lane - "Pete Jr. (Petie) Harris" (part 2)

Hi Folks, I'm still working on Petie from the Shady Lane.
Studying al sorts of things (hands, expressions, clothes, poses, etc...). He's very important to me, because he has to set the tone for the rest of the characters. With Petie i'm trying to create a road that the rest of the characters can follow :-). I'm not intending to hit a dead end!!! It would be a mistake for me to start too quick with a final version, now is the time for me to experiment (thinking forward). And at a certain point when i'm happy with Petie, I can use alle the things I learned from him to create the other characters from Shady Lane. They have to fit all in the same world!

So I'll take my time and keep you all up to date :-)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Entrance Jumble Blog: week 204 Your Family

This is a post I made for the ART JUMBLE BLOG week theme. Every week there is a new theme and every member can post his own version. Always fun to enter.
This week the theme was: Your Family

This was my post:






























http://artjumble.blogspot.com/

Friday, September 17, 2010

Character skin color (part 3)

It was past midnight and I was borred. So I couldn't resist to take my wacom and draw. No story or new design, just took an old wip to test a color.

Good night... zzzz

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

The kids of Shady Lane - "Pete Jr. (Petie) Harris"

Working on one of the kids of Shady Lane:


"Pete Jr. (Petie) Harris" - 8 years old
He's the son of Pete Sr. Harris and Marie Harris and he's the little brother of Susie Harris. Marie Harris died two years ago after a long illness. Now she's dead, Pete Sr. takes care of his two kids on his own and tries to keep running his own garage/junkyard called "Pete's Garage".  Pete Jr. is always out and is a real street kid (always making fun and getting into trouble) and running away from his emotions (he misses his mom a lot). He's one off the youngest and smallest kids from the street, but has the biggest mouth! His official name is Pete Jr. but every one calls him Petie... and so can you!

Here are a few wips ... still in progress...


Friday, September 10, 2010

The kids of Shady Lane

I just came back from a 5 day vacation. I left my laptop at home so I would be released from the "EVIL" internet for 5 days. But I brought my sketchbook along. I didn't sketch much but during these five days I came up with a new idea and made some wips to get myself motivated... Meanwhile the story is growing in my head and I'm trying to get it on paper (and it's not going fast :-(.

The story is taking place in the 50's is about a bunch of kids who all live in the same street called "Shady Lane Ave". 

At this moment i'm working on the characters. Who they are and how they will look. How are they related to each other, what is there individual story and what's their place/meaning in Shady Lane? Things are constantly changing, so nothing is final. But i'm trying to give more body to the characters by adding more personal stuff. Thinking about the characters all day and every time I come up with something good I write it down, so I can use it later on. Step by step Shady Lane will come to live!

So here is a first quick peak of "The kids of Shady Lane"... but keep in mind... ANYTHING CAN STILL CHANGE! The style isn't picked yet, it's just a simple impression wip to start with...

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Window (part 2)

Hi folks,
One good thing about running a blog is that you don't forget what projects you are working on. Normaly your ideas disappear in sketchbooks or between big piles of paper... or your dog eats the wips or a elephant sits on them... and you'll forget about them. Oke oke, i don't have an elephant... but anyway... for me it works perfect!

On idea i just picked up (from my older posts) is The Window. I'm not sure which way i'm heading, but i just want to show where i'm at the moment. I've got an empty window where any story can happen. I made some small changes in composition and color to make it stronger. Just to test it, i filled it with the little kid.















I'll let it rest for the moment and try to come up with a cool and strong story (so that i can puch the borring kid out of the window to create some space for something better).

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Characters skin color

Checking out some skin colors (based on an earlier post "skin color wips"), combined with the design of some characterssss...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Nature

Checking out some colors...

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mike (part 2)

I'm trying to get the characters alive on paper that are in my head. It's important for me to know what, or maybe better WHO i'm going to sculp in clay. Not only how they look in design, but also in their reactions (emotions).

One of my goals is to get the sculptures alive. I wil give them an expression, but if you would poke them in the eye, you would expect that their expression would change (oke, oke in my and maybe your imagination ;-)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mike

Sketching is still in progress.
Working on Mike...

... got to keep me motivated ;-)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Dob & Mike

Hi,

A few weeks ago my colleague Dirk van Dulmen brought a cool 3d clay model to work.
Inspired by his work, I decided to buy some clay.

I haven't clayed yet, but i started with some sketching. A few ballpoint pen wips and one colored wip to get things going. I'm intending to create 2 small clay models and paint them.

Here are my first wips of the two characters:
 Dob & Mike


















Looking forward to this project. I think it will be a lot of fun! First i'll keep working on the wips to create the two characters. Got to keep in mind that the shapes are clear and that there are not too much small details in it (it would be hard to shape it in clay). The last time i had a piece off clay in my hand was maybe 20 years ago on school, so that says enough. So wish me luck!

Monday, August 9, 2010

The window

Just jumped up from the couch to make a quick concept sketch from an idea (the Window) i got in my head ... just to see how it would look.

 ... I'm not so happy with the result... but it's a start! From this point i can make some new versions... GOT TO MAKE IT WORK!!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's Now Official!

  (SPECIAL UPDATE)
The much-anticipated hospital game -formerly known as Private Care- which is going to be released very soon has an official name and is called "Heart's Medicine - Season one"

Monday, July 26, 2010

Private Care

Hi,
Didn't post as much as I would like lately :-)
But at this moment we are working on a new game at the GameHouse Studio, called Private Care.

Private Care is an upcoming click-management game.It's about a private hospital were you have to heal / help patients. In this game we are trying to create the same amount of suspense, drama, comedy and romance you would find in a hit (hospital) TV-Series, while still staying true to the click-management game genre. It's a combination of great click-management gameplay, mini-games, events each day, memorable characters and a brilliantly told story :-)

Here are a few drawings I made for this game. The first two are concept drawings for the building. Looking for the right location, feeling  and setting were it all would happen.













The next two drawings are two of the many backgrounds that you will find in the game. These are the places where the story and game play will take place.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Next time i'll post some more info about the game. About what we wanted to tell with our graphics and why we've made certain choices in our artwork.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

color test (dots)

Made a picture of a wip out of an old sketchbook from 2006.
The wip wasn't related to a story, it was just to experiment with lines and shapes.

Now I used it to test a color technique on it in photoshop. I tried to use some colored dots to mix some colors. See what happens with the colors and how it would look. Maybe it would result to something!? It's still weak what i did, but it was just a quick test.

Monday, June 21, 2010

colors created by light

Hi,
Just a quick post. Last weekend i was at an outdoor festival.
It was in a real park with lots of trees. When it became dark the park was lighted with different lights.
But after a while i came on a certain spot and when i looked up, i was stunned by the amazing colors i saw. The leaves were colored by the light and it almost looked unreal. So i quickly took my cheap camera and shot these two pictures.

The first one has an amazing contrast between the green of the leaves and the warm color of the wood. Between those colors you see the blue sky.



















In the next picture the leaves become one with the sky. The light that is hitting the leaves has the same color as the sky. When i was looking up to this, it almost looked flat. It was a monotone color and became a texture to my eyes.
















I didn't do anything to the colors in photoshop, it's just how it was and how i saw it.
It was a SNAP MOMENT and i wanted to share it with you! :-)

Friday, May 28, 2010

Oldskool animation movies (part 3)

Konek-Gorbunok (The Humpbacked Horse)

As prommised, a nother animation i've seen many times when i was a little kid is "The Humpbacked Horse". This movie is a 1947 Soviet traditionally-animated film directed by Ivan Ivanov-Vano, produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. In 1975 Ivan Ivanov-Vano made another version of the same film, upgrading the animation (especially that of the animals) and rearranging and adding a few scenes. This was done because the original film was then in a very bad shape and the technical expertise for a restoration did not exist. Two years later it was released in the US as "The Magic Pony".

Altough i've seen it more than 25 years ago, it still like this russian fairytale with his own style and magical music. When you love fairytales, you've got to love this... and ofcourse watch the Russian version!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Gang Member (No.1)

Hi,
After an earlier post with some skin color wips in it, I tried to focus on this color part on this "Gang Member". Telling something about this person with support of the use of colors.

More gang members will follow!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Circus is coming to town!

Yesterday evening, I was trying to start with creating a new character. While I was brainstorming about this, I came up with the classic strongman from the circus. From this point I started to think about what story I wanted to tell. What followed were a couple off wips. One wip contained a simple setting and I thought it could be a good location for my character. So I started to develop this location in a bigger wip with out the character(s)... Normally I focus on characters, but I thought it would be interesting if I focussed on the background/location this time. I still got to learn a lot about this, because I never do this... but this makes it even more fun to do :-)

The first wip you see is on paper (just to start). Here i started with focussing on the background.



The second one is in progress (photoshop) because i just started. I'm working on the composition and the story. What elements do I need to make it credible? A lot of things will be added and changed (the locotion has to tell a story without a character in it).



Later on a character will follow, but after i finish this background!
So Jeremy stop writing and start drawing... you got a lot to do!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Oldskool animation movies (part 2)

Dobutsu takarajima (Animal Treasure Island)

I was hunted by a memory of a film with animal pirates. I wasn't sure this was a real memory or a thing in my imagination, a dream or something else (no I didn't bumb my head). But it wasn't a dream, it was real. One night a little mouse was knocking on my door and then he said... "GOOGLEGOOGLE". So I found this movie a couple of years ago on the internet by Googling some words... and there it was (magic sound)... "ANIMAL TREASURE ISLAND" (Dobutsu takarajima -1971)!!!
Watched it, loved it! Enjoy!

Oh maybe nice to know, Miyazaki was the key animator.

Oldskool animation movies (part 1)

Hugo the Hippo (Hugó, a víziló)

I just received a mail from Michel Maas (THANKS FOR THAT!), that brought back some good old memories. It was about one of my favourite animation films Hugo the Hippo (Hugó, a víziló, 1975)! I'd seen this movie when I was just a little kid (35cm, oke a little bit bigger). We taped it from TV on a VHS videotape and I watched it a dozen times. To bad I lost this tape.



 
But..... a few years ago I contacted Bill (William) Feigenbaum (the director of the film) and I received a version on DVD (JOY!!).

This was the beginning of a great adventure (oke oke, I just watched the film a couple of times :-). After all these years I still love this film (produced by the Pannónia Filmstúdió of Hungary) with his psychedelic and weird ellements.

So at the end, Michels mail brought me to the idea to post some oldskool animation movies tips. Just to get you out of Pixar and Disney flow (there's more good to see besides those movies). I'll try to post at least one movie a week (oke?)... and maybe you can watch them a dozen times as well!?

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Call the Police

Psssst..... somebody is trying to sneak away!

This one isn't finished yet. Going to keep it simple, but still have to look at some color and lightning parts... wasn't able to finish it at the moment...

But I think i've got to hurry, because otherwise he'll get away!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Out of the Zylom box

Hi,

Maybe it would be nice to show you some games i've worked on, sinds i've been working at Zylom (GameHouse Studio). Three of them are Delicious (Road to Fame), Campfire Legends (the Hookman) and Paistry Passion.

We've created these games with a great team and it was a lot of fun to work on. Learned a lot during these projects... and still learning every day at the GameHouse Studio :-) It's great to work on different games, every game with his own style. So every game is a new challenge!Trying to get the best out of the game that is possible witin the available time.

Here are some visuals and screenshots:


























Thursday, April 15, 2010

Grace Jones (a colorful woman)

Last week i went to a concert of Grace Jones. I thought is was GREAT! It was great to listen to, but also to look at, because of her incredible outfits. I've made some pictures of this concert with my cheap small camera (so no high quality :-( ), but i think the colors of the acts were very cool!!! Super costumes , which became stronger by the stage lightning. Each song had its own color palette. A thing we can use in our own visuals. So it's very inspiring!!!




SIR X

Just a quick post :-)
I've colored the wip in photoshop, but i'm not so happy with it. Don't know why yet, but i'll figger it out later. I think i went in the wrong direction with the color of the clothes. I'll come back on this later, so i'll put it in the freezer (brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr).