Beyond 4 Year Anniversary 3D-Printed Lego Set

This is a project I decided to do, partly to celebrate Beyond's 4 year anniversary, but mainly to practice at 3D model making.

My idea was to create a 3D object that represented how the company had grown over their 4 years - My first thought was to create a 3D ornamental sculpture - but I wasn't happy with the results and it proved problematic to print out. So, I decided to go with a custom Lego set.



The first step was to create the bricks - this was actually much harder than its sounds and it makes you realise how fine and consistent the tolerances are real Lego pieces! Building the model (in Google Sketchup) was relatively easy - the hard part was getting the sizes right to allow for the material when 'clicking' bricks together.


Next, the many many many attempts to print them out. Each time I'd have to adjust the model, or try a different approach to the print settings, with supports, without etc etc. Eventually, though, it all came together, and I printed them out in a few colours.

The interlocking worked well and the model could be printed at normal resolution without supports.


Wanting this to be as close to the feel of a real Lego set as I could, I then went about creating the box and instructions graphics, created in Adobe Illustrator.


With everything ready, I purchased some white lidded blank boxes, and had the slip-cover graphics printed at high res. And here is the finished results!







Official Harry Potter Pottermore Infographic: Herbology Do's & Don'ts

More work for Pottermore.com - this time a celebration of the birthday of Professor Sprout, the Herbology Master. This one was aimed more at social media specifically, so we designed it in a square. Love doing this one with more hand-drawn graphics - I wanted to give it an impression of being more like a text book entry. Great fun to do!

Official Harry Potter Pottermore Infographic: Famous Slytherins Through the Ages

Another great opportunity to provide some work for Pottermore.com - this time showing some of the most famous Slytherins through the ages. Never knew Merlin was in Slytherin! This was used as part of Pottermore's House Cup, where fans vote & compete to get their favourite house the most points. The winner receives a prize - this time, my infographic!

CATASTRONAUT 3D Model

This is my very first real attempt at creating a complete 3D model and then producing it as a printable kit, complete with moving parts and the ability to print in multiple colours.

It's been a steep learning curve, from learning to create 3D models, to buying a printer and learning what works and what doesn't - but finally here's the results.

I'll be creating a video shortly outlining more details and how it came to be - but for now, here's some more images.


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Official Harry Potter Pottermore Infographic: Defence Against the Dark Arts

This is the second of my official Harry Potter infographics, commissioned by Pottermore.com - the Harry Potter social / gaming / news site, originally set up by J K Rowling as a home to expanded development of her works.

This work focuses on Defence Against the Dark Arts, asking which of the cannon's Professors you would want to be taught by yourself.

This piece required more illustration, as it was calling out for 'portraits' of each of the characters. And it needed a darker feel (due to the subject matter) than the Cybil Trelawney infographic - so I went with a darker parchment and mixing some red into the colour palette.

You can see it via the Pottermore social media channels



Official Harry Potter Pottermore Infographic - Sybil Trelawney


I was recently contacted by Pottermore.com, the Harry Potter social / gaming / news site, originally set up by J K Rowling, as a home to expanded development of her works.

They found my Harry Potter infographic from a couple of years ago, and asked if I'd like to create some new content for Pottermore - I said yes immediately!

This is the first one, featuring some true or false facts on Sybil Trelawney, the strange Professor of Divination at Hogwarts. Its been featured so far on their social media channels

I devised a style that tries to emulate the world of Potter, with elements of ancient and new working together. I did this with an ancient parchment background overlaid with vibrant colours and some contemporary illustration.

It was great fun (and an honour to do!)

Board game art: Pleasant Dreams final print unboxing photos

Nearly 2 years ago I was approached by board games designer Aerjen Tamminga, who was planning to create several games and wanted to know if I'd be interested in helping. I loved his ideas, and thus began a fantastic journey working with Aerjen, with a view to primarily creating his card game, Pleasant Dreams.

We created a lot of artwork, brainstorming ideas and refining a style - and just over a year later, we had completed all the artwork he needed to proceed with his business plan.

The next step was launching a Kickstart Campaign, which was hugely successful and provided him with more than enough money to put Pleasant Dreams into production. (Check out the page including the Updates tab, which has lots of background into the production, with some of my concept sketches)

Today was a great day, and the end of the journey - when my copies of the final printed version arrived in the post.  Here's some photos of the unboxing some of my favourite pieces of work - the quality of the printing is excellent - which I know Aerjen worked hard on with the printer to get right.

Many thanks again to my mate Aerjen - here's to all your future games and continued success!

You can check out Pleasant Dreams and buy your own copy at www.pleasantdreamsgame.com

 










Illustration: Life, the Universe and Everything


This is the third in my series of reimagining beloved Douglas Adams book covers in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series.

In the third instalment, Life, the Universe and Everything, we again centralise around Arthur Dent, who seems to be an unwilling observer of bizarre occurrences, which just seem to happen around him whether he likes it or not.

Here, we see him in one of his rare happy moments in the stories, flying through the air above a ravaged landscape, terrorised by the flying party that pillages it for booze and snacks.

We see Arthur about to collide with the flying party, and on it we can just see the feet of Ford Prefect and Slartibartfast as they cling to edge for dear life, unable to get in without a bottle.


Illustration: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe


Here is my reimagining of the second book in the classic Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy book series - this time its The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.

In this cover, I again focus around Arthur Dent, who is the book's main protagonist. We follow the adventures of a hapless Arthur, as he gets continually presented with an unsatisfactory Universe that never really seems to meet his approval.

In this moment, we find him finally back on Earth, but sadly millions of years to early due to an unplanned time-warp. He stands watching the burning forests and the faint distant wreckage of the Golgafrinchan Ark Fleet Ship B, and in the foreground... Crude Scrabble tiles?

More to come!

Illustration: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy redux


This is a re-work of an earlier illustration I did as part of a series reimagining my favourite books with new covers.

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy is by far my favourite book series ever, so I'm planning to create all of the books in the same way. To begin with, I went back and touched up the original illustration (but not much).

This shows the moment where Arthur first realises he is truly on another planet, walking on the surface of Magrathea as the dual suns set. We also se a dejected Marvin nearby and the Heart of Gold ship parked in the distance.

Look out for other in the series coming soon on the blog!

Illustration: Star Wars C-3PO Goes Postal

Its nerdy time again!!  I haven't done a Star Wars graphic for some time, but I had an idea for one and thought I'd put it out there.

This is imagining what would happen if C-3PO lost his shit after being thrown out of the Cantina by the Barman in the original Star Wars... and came back in ready to get busy.

It is what it is.

It made me laugh as an idea, anyway.

Animation: Rated RPG



My friends Aaron Yonda and Matt Sloan asked me to come up with some intro graphics for their new Blame Society Youtube Channel, Rated RPG.

The series is Matt and Aaron playing Role Play games with special guests, with the emphasis on comedy. Matt and Aaron are seasoned comedy performers, as are many of their guests so the show is great fun to watch and created some hilarious moments!

I may have gone a bit overboard on the intro though - I had an idea to create an animated cartoon for the intro, to give it a real 'fantasy' start each episode. It took a while to illustrate and animate, and I quickly realised I hand once again come up with an idea that was probably too ambitious.

But, eventually I completed it, and sent it over the Matt & Aaron - and they loved it!

As soon as it showcased on their next Rated RPG episode, the fans began to post comments about how they liked it, and Matt and Aaron tell me its a great success.

So here's the intro as seen in an episode - I animated it 'old school' style in Adobe Flash, as I'm lazy and haven't really got into After Effects yet.  Hope you like it.