Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gamer for Life

We lost a good friend today. Kevin was a brilliant and unique character in every way. Visually, he was a large hairy white guy with tiny Asian eyes hidden under dark framed glasses. His straight, teethy smile and his crazy ass hair always made me laugh. You could always tell what he was thinking or about to say based on his posture and animation. I'm going to miss that kick your shins walk cycle and his awful impersonations. 

Kevin was a true gamer. We could argue all day about which classic Squaresoft characters were the best both in terms of story and mechanics. His love/hate relationship with Everquest, WOW and other MMOs was always entertaining to listen to. Weather he was bitching about losing another hardcore Diablo character or talking about the awesome new things happening on his amazing Minecraft server, he always had something entertaining to talk about.    

As a game dev, Kevin was a pillar of the best type of culture in our industry. He was a great, no bullshit communicator and a fantastic problem solver. He accepted peoples flaws and weaknesses and would help out in any way he could. Kevin always pushed us to improve and make our community stronger. He set up sketch groups, epic partys, gatherings, etc. He included everyone and made it cool to be a geek.

While I am sad that we were unable to deliver a hard copy of the Artbook to Kevin, I am glad we finished it and gave him the digital version so he could see all the great works that everyone contributed in his name. This image is how I will remember him. A great character who shared my love for making and playing great games. KKG, the great Cow and Cheese will be missed but never forgotten. Rest in piece, my friend.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Day 20

Im still a week behind on the July Sketch-A-Day. I should be able to catch up durring Thunderdome this week.

Here is a quick sketch of my second favorite character in LOL. Orianna is an incredible champ. Everything about her is so unique and interesting. If I did not suck so bad with her, she would definately be my main mid. As it stands, she is far too skill based for me. I will stick to my Ziggs and Lux mid picks for now. :P


I have played thousands of games. There are maybe 100 that I have had a wide range of emotions about. Of those, there are maybe 15 that I have laughed outlound, been upset and even angry about. Of those, Katamari has pulled off the greatest range of emotion for me. No epic storyline or dramatic million dollar cutscenes needed.

I have had extreme fear of the giant monster dog that keeps knocking things off my katamari and the incredible joy of finally being large enough to scare him and make him run away. Then chasing him across the level and finally cornering him. I laughed maniacally as I run him over and watch his now tiny legs flailing around in my giant ball. BWAHAHAHA! Then I look at the timer and realize the level is almost over. I panic as I think about how disapointed my father is going to be if I dont acheive a decent score or pick up enough 'shiny things' or whatever the goal for this specific level happens to be. Its mad dash time picking up everything I can. Suddenly I realize, I have already surpassed the target goal and Im on one of the best rolls in a long time. I find a swimming pool full of mirors, diamond rings and other shiny things and roll them all up with 2 seconds to spare. YES!!! The level ends with my fathers emotionless face summoning me home on the royal rainbow. I wait patiently through the loading screen feeling pretty good about my performance, then the King of the Cosmos speaks... "This is quite pathetic. Did you even try?"

I felt happiness, fear, excitement, panic, nervous, stress, pride, suprise, anger and sadness all in the span of 3 minutes playing Katamari. GG Namco.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Day 18

The final line art version of the Final Fantasy Trio image for the KKG artbook. These are my 3 favorite characters: Relm, Gogo and Mog. After nearly 20 years, this still has some of the best characters in games. GG old school Squaresoft. :)

Day 17

Chibi Raiden from Mortal Kombat. Yet another quick image for the KKG artbook. 

Day 16

Last weeks sketch group theme:  Guitar Mansion Zeppelin... definately some of my best white board work.

Day 15

The best villain in all of gaming: Kefka. Another Final Fantasy 6 image for the KKG artbook. 

Day 14

Sorry I have been slackin on posting. Just past the deadline on the KKG artbook. The laft few days were epic. We ended with just under 450 submissions! I will try to get back to posting now.

Graphic Frog from Chrono Trigger.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 13

Continuing to work on the FF6 piece for the KKG Artbook. Making some progress on Gogo.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Day 11

MOG!  As stated in the rules of Sketch-A-Day, it must be a new sketch every day. So of course this is definately not the same image I was working on yesterday. :P

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Day 10

Kind of cheating here. Not a new sketch. Working on the Final Fantasy 6 image some more today. Starting to detail Realm.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Day 9

Its...that weird... pink beaked creature that was in both Altered Beast and Golden Axe... 
Best sketch evar... Dont judge me, im trying to catch up.  :P

Day 8

Already the 11th? Managing the last few days of the KKG artbook is crushing my time. 
NO EXCUSES! I will catch up! 

Here is a sketch of my 3 favorite characters from Final Fantasy 6. Gogo, Realm and Mog.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Day 6

Kintaro from Mortal Kombat 2. I always thought the 4 armed tiger ppl was a much cooler version of the Goro race.

Day 5

Skeleton Archer from Minecraft. I will color this one later. 

Friday, July 04, 2014

Day 4

Another fun Mortal Kombat sketch. My favorite of the ladies, Katana. I'm a big... fan.
(this terrible pun is dedicate to Justin Albers)

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Day 3

Trying out a few different brushes today. Here is a simple Rydia (Final Fantasy 4) sketch. 

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Day 2

Wednesday is always a feebee for sketch-a-day because we have Sketch Group! 

Tonights random theme: Cheese Bottle Badger!  

Check out the rest of the crews images here:  More crazy cheese bottle badgers!

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Day 1

JULY SKETCH-A-DAY is on! Post a new sketch every day on your blog if you want to join. It doesnt have to be anything fancy. If you only have time for a quick scribble, do it! :) I'm going to start a bunch of sketches for the KKG arbook. Here is a quick Mileena from MK2.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Altered Beast fanart for the KKG artbook

We are still having a tough time filling the Altered Beast section of the KKG artbook so I have been doing some sketches to help out. I recently watched a 13 min playthrough of the entire game and I must say, I remember it being much longer, more challenging and way more awesome. hehe. :)
Check it out here:  13 min of amazing!

 If anyone else knows the joy of Altered Beast and wants to contribute some art, please do. Check out the details and proggress of the book here: KKG :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Summoners Rift visual update WIP

Its great to finally be able to show a preview of the work we have been doing. I'm incredibly proud of the team for all the hard work and itteration that has gone in to this so far. We still have a long way to go. We will continue updating in the coming months as we progress towards shipping to live. 


Sunday, April 27, 2014

Annie Sketch

My buddy Tim Hill asked me to do a quick Annie sketch for a friend who is leaving Riot. Tim is an awesome guy who is all about helping others however he can. He never asks for anything, so it was great to finally be able to help him out with something. :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tired of Reviews

In order to keep my game knowlege up, I try to play a new game every day. I try to download every demo I can find. I have found that nearly every game has something to learn from it. I go into nearly every game with expectations based on reviews. Sometimes I am pleaseantly suprised by a game being far better than expected.

Remember me went on sale for $13 on Xbox recently. This is a game that I was very interested in when it was announced. Once it was close to release, the reviews started coming in. The game was given poor reviews focused on bad combat and story. So as usual, I added it to the list of games to try when its on the Steam Summer Sale. I tried the demo and I was instantly suprised by how amazing the asthetics were and how immersive the world felt. The early combat in the demo was pretty bland, but it didnt bother me too much. After 20 min of play, I decided that it was definately worth $13. 

I played it for a couple hours a night over the past 5 days or so until I finished it this morning. I play thousands of games and probably finish less than 1%. Dispite the dialogue being cheesy game writting and the combat being less than stellar, I was completely hooked because of everything else. The over arching story, subtle exploration, interesting characters and fantastic art were enough to forgive the combat which gets much better later in the game. The best part of the game is the memory hacking segments. This was both innovative and engaging. Worth the price of admission all by itself. 

This game makes me dislike reviewers more than ever. Had I known I would enjoy this experience this much, I would have supported the developer and purchased Remember Me on day 1. I give these guys credit for trying something new and making an amazing and engaging cyber punk setting with a solid story. 

Monday, April 07, 2014

Shiva KKG Artbook

Finished the line art for the KKG Shiva pic this weekend. 
I can finally start coloring tonight. :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Day 30

Just trolling my buddy Hing who lasted all the way to Day 27 of our skech for a month challenge. His recent works have been super inspiring and motivating to the crew. He did some crazy good stuff... for a 'new guy'. :P

Check out his awesome work here: Hings blog

Day 29

My Cintiqu stopped working today so I shifted back to paper mode. 
I looked through a giant file of unfinished sketches and found this one. 
Had some fun figuring out the rest of the drawing and inking it. :)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Day 28

Simple creature for a board game I am working on with my kids. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Day 27

Ive been randomly checking out info on the upcomming Wolfenstein game. 
I havent been happy with the last couple of games in the series. Hope this one is better. 
For some reason it made me want to scribble a weird old Nazi General.  :P

Mario RPG

Mario RPG pic I finished a while back for the KKG Artbook. 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Day 26

Wednesday night Sketch Group theme: Koala, Camera, Zipper

Day 25

Happy D3 Reaper of Souls day!!!

Decided to do another simple one for the KKG Artbook. :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Day 24

Just got back from the D3 Reaper of Souls launch event. 
It was great to see my old team again. 
Too tired for much. 3 min Barb face is all I got for tonight. :P

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Tank upgrades plz!

Sorry for the late post. Epic computer crashes tonight. :P

I spent half my day playing World of Tanks. After many hours of getting my ass kicked, buying new tanks and upgrading them, it made me miss the craziness of Twisted Metal, Vigilante 8, Cell Damage or any other vehicle combat game that has fun outside of the constraints of reality. After looking through all the tank upgrades on a wiki and realizing I will never get my flying tank with epic saw blade of doom, I may be done with World of Tanks. Its a great game with some great systems. Its just a bit too realistic for my personal taste. Anyone up for some Alien Front Online?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Day 21

I watched Frozen with the family tonight after a LOL match. 
It inspired me to sketch a quick ice scene with some ugly Singed gas clouds. :P

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Day 20

Day 20 and almost everyone is still in! 
Congrats to everyone for sticking with it. :)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Day 19

Another random sketch group theme: 
!Snake, Shotgun, Mushrooms! 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Day 18

"How about a drink?"

 Riot Rumble starts soon! (internal LOL tournament) Time for a whole lot of SINGED! I have decided that I am going to blind my oponents by using his terrible base skin! While he is my favorite champ, there is no denying that his base colors are hard to look at. Maroon, neon green and bright purple gas... ugh. :P

Monday, March 17, 2014

Day 17

I'm too tired to think of something to draw tonight so I'm phoning it in. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Day 16

All aboard the D3 double XP train! 

Its great to see the amazing Loot 2.0 patch that got everyone back into Diablo 3. I'm looking forward to the Reaper of Souls launch in just over a week. Hurry up and patch the console version! I need my battle roll! :)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Day 15

This is my daughter, Sasha. She is slightly... violent.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Day 14

This is Alex 'Gunzales', our main ADC on our Riot Rumble tournament team. 
He is an incredibly artist and a total boss in the bot lane. :)
A few of us did a quick jam of him tonight after a great game.

Hings version here!
Graces version here! 

Day 13

I finally watched 12 Years as a Slave tonight. Very amazing and powerful movie. Well deserved film of the year awards. I think it is good to have examples that help us remember how valuable our freedom is. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 12

Wednesday Night Sketch Group theme:  Bulldozer + Surf + Top Hat.