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31 Dec

Boardgame art finished - watch for the design half of the contest!

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As previously mentioned, I've been painting (digitally) some art for a contest on BoardGameGeek in which artists make game art and then designers design a game around the art, as opposed to the usual process which takes place the other way around (for some reason...).

01 Dec

Age of Sail update

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Art for the aforementioned BGG contest entry is well underway - as well as taking part in a competition, it's been a great exercise of my digital painting, which previously I've only really used for VN BGs and the like.

The board for my entry is a six-part modular board that can be refit into a variety of configurations, depicting an island-scattered tropical ocean. The below arrangement isn't actually possible, since it's two sides of the same board stuck together, but it's representative:

IslandsIslands

20 Nov

Boats!

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Boat!Boat!

I've recently been getting back into digital painting after a long time away from the tablet; BoardGameGeek is running a contest in a similar mould to the Assemblee event/contest that TIGSource ran a while back. In the first half (until halfway through December) artists provide graphics and art intended to be turned into board games, but while they can position elements on the board and decide what pictures are available for cards, tokens, player pawns and so on, they don't have any say on the game itself. In the second half, game designers take the assets produced by one of the artists, and design a game which uses the images the artist provided.

20 Jul

New Toy

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Drafting TableDrafting Table

Recently, I acquired a pretty cool new toy - a drafting table nearly a metre wide, with an illuminated centre section, parallel motion ruler and perspective peg slots all around the sides. It was actually cheaper than my previous drawing board - one of those awful plastic-sheet-with-metal-clips things - since it was a fortunate eBay find from a seller just up the road from me which nobody else bid on at all. I felt a bit guilty taking the thing in the end, the charming old guy I picked it up from - an ex-illustrator, apparently - insisted on bringing me in to demonstrate how best to use it, and seemed a bit wistful when he explained that he's having to get rid of half the things in his studio as him and his wife were moving into a small bungalow for their retirement...

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