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Chapter 3 Final (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Thu, 20 Apr 2017

Chapter 3 Final (Deg Illustrations)This is the finished illustration. The face is from one of my old photographs of a friend from 1989 or 1990. One other element I tried to put into the illustration, which might not be obvious, is the radioactivity symbol. I wanted the background to b...

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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

Poposity #15

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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

Poposity #7

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Poposity #5

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Thu, 20 Dec 2012

Poposity #5

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Poposity #3

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Tue, 18 Dec 2012

Poposity #3

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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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Chapter 3 bees (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

Chapter 3 bees (Deg Illustrations)

Overlaid on top of the background are a series of bees, crawling over everything. I did these as a separate layer, and only drew two, which I inked directly over the photo reference at the top left, then copy and pasted a few times around the image. Th...

Chapter 3 pencils (Deg Illustration...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Thu, 20 Apr 2017

Chapter 3 pencils (Deg Illustrations)

Chapter 3 was the easiest of the illustrations in the series. The face I’d drawn filled most of the area, so there wasn’t that much to draw for the background, and only a few discreet scenes or objects and some abstract patterns that were quick to do....

Chapter 8 final (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Wed, 05 Apr 2017

Chapter 8 final (Deg Illustrations)

Mixed thoughts on the inking of this final illustration. I love the beard of my friend Aaron’s face at the bottom, which works because I inked in white over the top of the black ink. I’m not so happy with the shading on the face, which looks a bit ...

Chapter 8 pencils (Deg Illustration...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Wed, 05 Apr 2017

Chapter 8 pencils (Deg Illustrations)

This chapter contained mentions of a couple of London landmarks, Earl’s Court (which I’d visited many times myself for video game shows) and Battersea Power Station, and I immediately thought of distorting them and kind of folding them together at an i...

Chapter 5 final (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

Chapter 5 final (Deg Illustrations)

I’m really happy with this finished illustration. It’s probably my favourite one of the whole set. It was the first one where all the inking looked right, without any amateurish or wonky bits. There’s nothing in the drawing that makes me cringe whe...

Chapter 5 pencils (Deg Illustration...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

Chapter 5 pencils (Deg Illustrations)

After getting the first two finished, and being sure that I could do several more in the same style for the rest of the book, I went away and made notes for all the remaining illustrations before sketching another line. I probably spent a week or more i...

Chapter 2 final (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Chapter 2 final (Deg Illustrations)

Here’s the finished illustration. Overall I was happy with this one, but I’d started to get worried that I’d end up repeating myself in later illustrations. A cup of tea in every drawing would be fine, but I didn’t want to keep draw the same elem...

Chapter 2 photo reference (Deg Illu...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Chapter 2 photo reference (Deg Illustrations)

This is where I confess to cheating. A bit. Most of the details in the backgrounds of all the Deg illustrations were drawn from my imagination, but there were a few very specific things I needed to draw where I used photo reference. In some cases I wo...

Chapter 2 pencils (Deg Illustration...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Chapter 2 pencils (Deg Illustrations)

These are the pencils for the second illustration for Deg, from Chapter 2. Again, I’d left about two thirds of the image empty, to be filled by a large distorted face later, but there was still a ton of detail to draw here. A little note on the red b...

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