I'm restarting this little blog experiment, and aiming for a weekly post. The front page gets crowded with titles, so maybe this can be a space to delve into what's happening on my desk in more detail.
This week has been about paring back. There are, by my last count, four projects sitting on my desk. I'm super excited about all the activity; on the downside, it's hard to make progress with every project at once. A multi-tasker I am not. Still, let's see what's going on:
1) Hobbe Manor. This is the first competitive game I've (successfully) designed. Can't wait to dive more into the art on this one. Got some fancy black paper to try out. I spent part of my birthday drawing out the Hobbe in colored pencil only -- a new technique. Usually there's a graphite security blanket underneath. Not this time. I'm stepping out on the wild side. =P
2)Dogs. I'm pumped to be working on this project with Gary -- we met Meg and Dewey in person a few weeks ago, and they are adorable. This is mainly a pen-and-ink project, with small amounts of graphite shading and white colored pencil. At first, I was worried about reproducing the characters consistently, but good studies and reference photos have helped a lot. Still got quite a few of these illustrations to go; the results so far are quite gratifying for me.
3) Explore! ... Carl Olson's European exploration game, that is. I'm doing the prettification graphics work: lots of antique-style maps and terrain tiles. This is also mixed pen-and-ink/colored pencil work of different sizes. So far I'm happy with the progress. Maybe Carl will let me show you some of the work -- I haven't asked him if it's ok to spoil some yet. I've had my hands full with this latest website update. It's going on my list, though. Remind me if you don't hear anything soon-ish, ok? I need an accountability partner. =)
4) Writing. I still want to make up some stories. Maybe that's why I'm doing this blog right now, to be honest. I've got a few plot ideas, but at the moment they're buried under a house, two dogs and several colonial European empires. Eh, whaddaya gonna do?
So, that's what my week has been like. Thanks for listening. I guess I'll catch up with you next week. Heigh-ho! and back to the board I go.