The Ice Cream Man

Sometimes Corgan and I will sit down with an iPad in each of our laps and she will decide what we paint (she loves to be in charge). So we’ll paint for a while and maybe pick it up in a day or so (together or on our own) to finish. Anyhow a few weeks ago we had another one of these sessions and this time she decided we would draw an ice cream man on a bridge in a city … so that was where this one originated. Since I took this one farther than I normally do I figured I’d post it … because who doesn’t like the ice cream man, right?

Here’s Corgan’s final version btw 🙂

Valiant Hearts

I shared my fondness of this game a few months ago but after finally finishing it this morning I had to mention it one more time. The game was simply a masterpiece on all fronts. The history was fascinating, the gameplay was fun, the puzzles had just the right level of difficulty, the story-telling never got old, the artwork was impossible to not drool over and the music was always perfect and often touching. From start to finish you could feel the developer’s respect for the history and the many “extra miles” I no doubt know they invested making this game.

Sincere thank you to everyone at Ubisoft Montpellier and whoever else played a role in making this game – bravo to you all.

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Vector Oven

For the past couple years I’ve enjoyed watching many designers create some great artwork and icon libraries using a more line-art and generally minimalist style. Unfortunately I haven’t really had the chance to try making anything like that myself to-date … mainly because my day job doesn’t need it and my (little) artistic free time usually goes to iPad painting. Another thing working against me here is that most of my vector artwork skills have historically been dependent on a somewhat-obsolete illustration application – Adobe Flash Professional – and I’ve never really gotten comfortable with the more traditional, industry-standard one Adobe Illustrator.

Well I finally got fed up and forced myself to make something in this style using Adobe Illustrator to see if I could pull it off. The first thing that came to my mind was an oven icon … maybe because I was hungry at the time? The final product isn’t a mind-blowing work of art and I still have lots to learn but I’m happy with it and am going to try to continue the theme to make a few more icons to hone my Illustrator skills a bit more.

Suburbs: You Are Here

I’ve been watching a lot of war documentaries this year from WWI to WWII to Korea and Vietnam – so I guess it’s no surprise that some artwork like this would come out. All these documentaries inspire me to create artwork that pays homage to the soldiers and the human achievements and tragedies from all the different wars … but so far I haven’t come up with much besides this yet. 

For what it’s worth this piece isn’t really what I intended it to be as it was originally going to be a standalone WWI scene more along the lines of that intense WWI scene in Legends of the Fall – but it morphed into something else. Anyhow even though it falls quite short of conveying what I’d like it to and the fact that it skews things a bit too much towards the USA – I figured I’d finish it off and post it anyhow. 

Beyond whatever issues myself or others may have about any given war, at the very least learning about each of them makes me appreciate (and feel plenty guilty about) just how fortunate I am to be able to raise a family in the safety (bubble) of an American suburb. Here’s to all the people, from the past to the present, who have put their lives on the line to defend the freedoms I enjoy today.

(My Grandfather’s WWII era photos)