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I had a lot of fun designing the original title screen art for Cafe 51 in the 1950s horror / sci-fi comic style and have been wanting to do it again. I also wanted to make a holiday card that I could send out to my freelance clients so I took the opportunity to full fill both objectives.
This cover was more detailed than the last and took about 15 hours from beginning to end (Cafe 51 took about 8). Some sketches were done on paper but most of the image was created solely in Photoshop using a Wacom. I am pretty happy with the outcome and I think the printed version looks great.
Small Goose was the team the developed the prototype for Cafe 51 on iOS. This is the splash screen I created at the last min to match the 1950s sci-fi comic title screen.
Cafe 51 is free in the app store until Nov 1.
Cafe 51 - Now available in the iOS App Store
In early July we did a game jam at Electrified Games, the team I was on built the original prototype for Cafe 51. Above is the original title screen which I designed and painted using Photoshop. The look has changed from a retro sci-fi comic to a more kids friendly cartoon network style and some small functionality was updated but at the core it is still a fun little puzzle game.
Get it while it is free on the app store:
Cafe 51 for iPhone
I will add additional artwork from the prototype to my website when I do my big update in a month or so.
UPDATE: The link to the game’s page on iTunes has been fixed.
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For the most part I have not been using the Google Chrome web browser since it launched but that changed this week, mostly because of Don’t Starve.
I still have a bit of mixed feelings about Chrome being a platform for Apps but the biggest plus I see is that it is Mac / PC compatible (for now) so I don’t have to worry about getting different versions or finding a game that I want but ends up being PC only (Steam). However, if I am going to spend money and have the option of Chrome or Steam and the game is offered on both PC or Mac I would end up buying the game on Steam.
It is possible that this will change in the future once Chrome is proven to be a successful platform. For now there are a handful of good games that you can play for free through the Chrome browser and I think it will likely become a viable platform for developers going forward.
GAMES WORTH TRYING:
- Don’t Starve (survival adventure game)
- AirMech (action RTS)
- Gravity Duck (puzzle platformer)
- Monster Dash (endless runner, also on iphone for $.99)
- Kingdom Rush (tower defense, also on iphone for $.99)
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I painted this in Photoshop as a gift for one of my friends for xmas. It happens to be both of our favorite Street Fighter character.
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Electrified Games Figure
We had a holiday gift exchange at work for the art department. It was a white elephant and the gift had to be crafted in some way. This was what I made, a figure of our logo, with light up eyes. Kristen, our sound engineer ended up with it and she says that it proudly lives on the speaker in the studio at work now.
All the gifts were great.
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We had small decorative pumpkins left over from Thanksgiving so I used them to create a Nightmare Before Christmas style pumpkin snowman.
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Making an adjustment layer allows you to do things like “non-distructively” edit levels, hue and saturation, etc. for every layer underneath it. Putting it at the top of all the layers will affect the whole image.
Sometimes you want to affect only a single part of an image. For instance, in the Manta Claus image that I just posted I only wanted to affect the images that I was compositing in like the Santa hat and sack of toys. I could have done this by making a mask which is a good idea if you are working with a flattened image. For this I was able to put the adjustment layer over the hat layer, hold Option (Alt) and click between the layers. Doing this links the adjustment layer to only one layer, in this case the hat. You are also able to stack multiple adjustments to one layer in the same way.
The perk of doing this in a non-destructive manor is that I can go back and make adjustments or turn off the effect without damaging the layer or causing it to look worse from applying and repairing changes.
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This would be an awesome movie.
I did this in reply to an email I received about Manta Claus, which to my disappointment was not this but an Old Spice viral marketing thing. The email encouraged other Photoshopped images from the art team that I work with. I only spent about 5 min on this but it came out pretty good.
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