Bulldogs! FATE based RPG characters

Tetsuashan and Dolome based on Bulldogs! FATE based SciFi RPG from Gallileo Games.

I scanned and inked a sketch I made, this morning, of a Tetsuashan and Dolome from Bulldogs! FATE based SciFi RPG.

Tetsuashan and Dolome, Bulldogs! SciFi RPG FATE

The original sketch was posted to Instagram.

Bulldogs! sci-fi that kicks ass RPG based on FATE from Galileo Games.

comic contest entry

My son brought home “Adventures in Cartooning” from school. He was so inspired that he said we should have a comic contest today. He started working on his before breakfast. This is my entry in the contest.




comic

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My son brought home the book Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles Into Comics from school. He was so inspired that he said we should have a comic contest today. He started working on his before breakfast. This is my entry in the contest.

Mom is to be the judge with the allowance that she can choose both. 😉

Sample Avatar Headshots (in-progress)




avatar headshots

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Here are some naked-mole-people style avatar headshots from the paper-doll avatar catalog which I’m building for my game.

So far I’ve made a few layers for different body colors, eyes, eye colors, and a few noses. Only one mouth so far.

I may need to browse through Foundation Flash Cartoon Animation from the Apress Friends Of Ed imprint for some more ideas on how to layer the pieces.

For example, I made one Anime style hair piece but the facing ear was under the hair because I have the whole body in one layer organized by fill color. This is going to be a problem when I add layers of clothing. Obviously the hands and facing ear will need to come forward and be in another layer.

If I add something like headphones, the far ear will also need to be in it’s own layer and one earphone will be in a layer covering it but under the shape of the face.

Oy vey!

Illustrator, I’m not a-scared of you anymore.

I’ve been wanting to make a paper-doll (wikipedia) style avatar selection for my game, but I’ve been baffled and overwhelmed by Adobe Illustrator in the past. Illustrator, or some vector based program, seems like the best choice because of the … well … vectors.

Being too timid to use Illustrator was obviously a problem. One option was to have someone else make it for me, or maybe I could borrow/buy one from some other person. In the end I realized I would need to buck up and get over my fear of Illustrator.

I’m happy to report that Illustrator is now my bitch. I am able to bend it’s anchors and paths and make it do my bidding. I can select groups and paste them front, send them back and forth in the layer as I will.

I owe it all to this fine, fine tutorial on how to make Killer Chainsaw Bunnies.

Change of pace: Technical Illustrations

A professor friend found himself in a bind and asked me to do some technical illustrations for his research paper. It was a fun change of pace from my usual programming lifestyle.

A professor friend found himself in a bind and asked me to do some technical illustrations for his research paper. It was a fun change of pace from my usual programming lifestyle.

Golf poses
Golf poses

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Evaluating Vector Tools for Game Art Illustration

I’ve been working on a game project in my spare time and need a good tool for vector illustration. The obvious choice is Adobe Illustrator, right? Well, I wanted to explore my options and see if I could find something cheaper. My primary criteria: Mac OS X and Wacom Intuos4 tablet support. Secondary: some sort of Adobe Flash-like animation for cut scenes would be a nice feature to have available; especially with tweening.

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Engineering Notebook Sketches

I scanned some sketches from my engineering notebook which I rediscovered while preparing to leave my current job.

I was recently going through some of my “engineering notebooks” because I’m leaving my current job. I found some of the sketches I alluded to in an earlier post and decided to scan them.

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surprise visitor, engineering notebook sketch by Eric Holsinger



I was a little disappointed going back through the notebook because, obviously, I was a lot less bored in my meetings this past year. Some of my drawings from the year before were pretty elaborate, but they were on sheets with the meeting agenda. Since the agenda was only barely relevant for one 2 hour meeting, I would toss them in the waste basket on my way out. Once I got my new sketchbook in place, I had changed teams and was being placed on some more interesting projects. As a result, I didn’t have to attend those long team meetings anymore. Most of my notebook is the kind of stuff you would expect to find in an engineering notebook.

My Son’s Birthday Invitations

This year my son wants to have a Spiderman theme party. My job is to create a personal birthday invitation card.

This year my son wants to have a Spiderman theme party. We’ve already got a Spiderman pinata, plates, cups, napkins, goodie bags, etc. My job is to create a personal birthday invitation card.

My wife talked to my son to see whether he wanted a photo of himself in his Spiderman clothes, or a drawing by me. He wanted both, of course. So, I set up all my camera gear to try to take some photos of him in his costume. As it turns out, he doesn’t seem to have the Spiderman costume that we thought he had. I could swear my sister and her fiance brought him home with one last year.

I took some photos, but they just weren’t what I was hoping for. He was kind of distracted and I was looking for a little bit more “be the Spiderman” from him. It’s probably a lot to ask of a kid going on 5. He did a good job and I got some nice photos, but it just wasn’t what I was hoping for.

be the spiderman

So, I picked up some small greeting cards and set out to draw a greeting card cover for him. He wanted himself dressed up as Spiderman, and I wasn’t too sure how I was going to accomplish that.

I considered a few panels to tell a story of him playing, his Spider Sense tingling, him donning his costume and then webbing up a robot or something.

Once I sketched it a little, I abandoned the idea as too complex.

I decided to just draw him with everything except the mask on, with his Spider Sense tingling and some clever text about it being his birthday. I really like the chibi style of cartooning and I’ve been practicing a little here and there. My son now recognizes any wild haired brunette boy as himself. Especially if he looks like a super hero. I’m not a comic artist by any means – I never used to draw comic heroes when I was younger. But, my son thinks I am, and that’s all that matters. When I showed him the sketch, he said “cool.” What more can you ask for?

So, after sketching out an idea, I inked it and scanned it into my PC. Then I opened it up in Paint Shop Pro for some clean up.

I had to go in an clean up the random pixels and fix up some rough spots. After cleaning it up, I used the edge erosion to smooth out the lines.

original image cleaned eroded

Then I colored it with the fill tool and added a thought bubble. Here is the final image:

final

I used a custom paper size and print layout to arrange the image on the greeting cards and printed them out. They came out pretty good, I think.