Welcome back everyone….YEAH!
I have no idea why I wrote that, but it made me feel slightly less awkward, so that was nice. I’ve started many posts off with “It’s been a while…sorry for not posting etc.” and the truth is, life just gets in the way.
I hope you like the new site. It has taken a lot of time and effort to create and populate this thing. With that in mind, I’m sure there’s a ton of scrappy/unfinished content you may stumble upon, but I see the site as a work-in-progress project that will continue to evolve, rather than being a perfectly refined end-product (at least that’s my excuse).
If any of you spot anything unfinished, please let me know in the comments of this post. Also, I’m figuring out the best way to setup a more direct way of sending me feedback and ideas for future posts.
So, what have I been up to, you may ask?
I’ve worked on two different teams at 5TH CELL, both with different sized teams and design requirements. As neither of these titles have gone public, I can’t talk about them (I know, it sucks). I have spent time on a platform and game-type that I’ve never done before, so there’s that 🙂
For those wondering, the answer is NO, I wasn’t a part of the Anchors in the Drift team. It was unfortunate the game didn’t make its FIG target, as they’d worked incredibly hard to put that content out there in such a short period of time.
I find myself using Pinterest, a lot. I use it to gather tons of reference for future characters, weapons, armour, environments and all sorts of other things…even upping my photography and graphic design game.
Surprisingly, I’ve managed to hit 19,000 followers on there….I know…amazing. I tell myself that it validates I have a taste that interests a wide range of people, and for a designer, that’s a great thing to have.
I’ve used the Secret Board option on Pinterest a few times now. These boards have been shared with groups of people which allow us to pool our ideas quickly, give comments and share our own takes on a theme. I’d suggest giving them a try if you have a client base, or a team of people working on a common goal which involves any type of visual direction. I know that after I shared my Pinterest account with some artists at 5TH CELL, they also started to use it to collate their own work/projects/reference materials.
I consider myself a hobbyist when it comes to photography. I understand how ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture affect the quality and output of my camera, the rule of thirds etc. and like to learn and try new things out in my spare time. About 2 years ago, I bought myself a Canon 70D crop sensor camera. Canon had added image stabilization and autofocusing for the video it took, which I thought added additional value for me, just starting out. I’ve barely used the video, but the camera has worked out for my budding needs.
I’ve been checking Canon Rumours in the hope that the replacement to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III will be announced in the coming months. It will be my first serious step, into the next level of photography.
If you’re wondering what sorts of things I shoot with camera, here’s a random selection of things I’ve snapped:
A Fresh Moment
I, like many other people, enjoy using my cell phone’s camera to take pictures. It’s handy, easy to use and can deliver some great images, really quickly. I wanted to also step up my mobile game (in the photography sense), so I did some research into iPhone 6s lenses. After reading many reviews, I decided to opt for a Wide Lens produced by a Seattle based company called Moment. I also took the plunge on one of the cases. This is what the kit looks like:
Here’s a few samples taken on my phone with the lens:
I’m not a serious reader, never have been, but, as I’ve mentioned before (I think) on here, the iPad got me back into reading. My reading material is 90% fantasy and 10% books on personal interests, such as design, photography or other creative process.
My current favourite writer is Joe Abercrombie, who wrote a great trilogy of books called “The First Law Trilogy”. His writing style is very direct, sets up characters quickly, sharp dialogue, twists, good action, deceit, romance….they have a bit of everything. It was Joe Madureira who introduced to me, to Abercrombie, as he was reading “The Blade Itself”, which is the first of the trilogy. After the reading the trilogy, I couldn’t get enough of his work, and thankfully, he had written three other books in the same universe.
Read these if you love fantasy and action:
- The Blade Itself
- Before They Are Hanged
- Last Argument of Kings
- Best Served Cold
- The Heroes
- Red Country
Another two fantasy trilogies worth checking out, are these two:
Creative & Design
From a creative and design point of view, I’m making my way through these books. They’re are all worth picking up if your interested in how to organize and execute on creative development and growth.
- The Design of Everyday Things – Don Norman. This is fascinating and interesting read about breaking the design process of items all around us. I cannot recommend this high-enough.
- Creativity Inc. – Ed Catmull. Most people I know in the industry have heard, know or read this book. It’s an interesting insight into the creative process and how to deal with the problems that arise in such an environment.
- The Art of Game Design (a book of lenses) – Jesse Schell. This is the only one I haven’t started yet (lightly skimmed would be my interaction with this book). I know enough about it though, that it’ll be a good read for people interested in Game Design
That’s all I got for now. PEACE!