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Vol 2 cover - Final

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - FinalHere's the finished cover for 'Plok Volume 2: Boom'. We hope to release this as an ebook, and a paperback volume, before the end of November, which will make this perfect companion to 'Plok Volume 1: Awake' for anyone Christmas shopping for a comics or ...

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Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint goes ...

Blog posted by JPickford

Wed, 04 Sep 2013

As of today, our iOS game Magnetic Billiards is now free for the main game (20+ levels). We've also dropped the price of in-app purchases to the lowest tier (69p / $1) for level packs and the Skeleton Key which gives you all the content plus access to pr...

Poposity #15

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Sun, 30 Dec 2012

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Poposity #13

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Fri, 28 Dec 2012

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Poposity #11

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Wed, 26 Dec 2012

Poposity #11

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Poposity #9

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Mon, 24 Dec 2012

Poposity #9

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Poposity #7

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Sat, 22 Dec 2012

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Poposity #5

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Thu, 20 Dec 2012

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Poposity #3

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Tue, 18 Dec 2012

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Poposity #1

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Sun, 16 Dec 2012

Poposity #1

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Is fairness the first casualty of b...

Blog posted by JPickford

Tue, 01 May 2012

Over the last few weeks I've heard of a business practice amongst indie developers that I found quite shockingly unfair. This lead me to thinking about the concept of fairness in business. I suppose, along with my brother Ste, I've been a businessman ...

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Vol 2 cover - combined!

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - combined!

And now that wondrous moment when everything gets combined together, and I add the title logo and text, and it all looks... urgh. I did't like it. It's too busy and the background is fighting for attention with the foreground, and the composition is a b...

Vol 2 cover - Plok 2

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - Plok 2

Now I added the shading to the Plok layer. Straightforward again, using the same technique of two adjustment layers between the colour and ink layers. I also added a subtle white 'glow' effect to the colour layer, which I hoped would help the Plok limb...

Vol 2 cover - Plok 1

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - Plok 1

I finally decided that I might as well try and finish it off, as I'd done most of the work. I coloured in the Plok inks, which was totally straightforward, although I did move them about a bit compared to the layout in the pencils, as I tried out differ...

Vol 2 cover - background 3

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - background 3

Now I added the shading to the background. This is usually my favourite part of the process, as the slightly ugly flat colours have a bit of light and dark added to them, and the whole thing starts to look more solid and 3D. My process here (which is t...

Vol 2 cover - background 2

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - background 2

Now the background texture has the inks and basic colour added over the top. The colours for the characters and rocks are just painted in as a layer of flat colour, above the background texture layer but below the inks layer. The brown colour for the...

Vol 2 cover - background 1

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - background 1

Now for colour! From this point on all the work is done in Photoshop (I'm still on CS5), using scanned and cleaned up versions of the inked drawings. I wanted to the cover to be of a slightly higher quality than the strips themselves, so I wanted to av...

Vol 2 cover - inks 2

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - inks 2

Here are the tidy inks for the Plok limb layer. Not much to say here. I did an extra thick outline around each limb with a Sharpie marker, just to add a bit of variety to the line thickness, and hopefully help the limbs stand out a bit when they're ove...

Vol 2 cover - inks 1

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - inks 1

These are the lovely neat inks for the background, done with my trusty 0.5mm Rotring Isograph pen (the same one I use for each episode of the comic). The inking here took ages, but it was nice, mindless work that didn't require any decision making, so ...

Vol 2 cover - pencils 3

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 09 Nov 2014

Vol 2 cover - pencils 3

I transferred the sketched Plok limbs from the tracing paper onto another sheet of Bristol Board to neaten them up, using a proper old-fashioned technique of tracing the lines on the back of the tracing paper, then flipping it over and rubbing the original...

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