Work

Reaper’s Undead – The Blue Team

The blue team is now complete! It took a while to get here, but I’m very happy with how the first lot of characters from my ReviverKnight universe have turned out. I now need to adapt these for the red team. The red team are living so they will basically just be the human versions of these.

Vodathrag was the last character completed for this set. He is the Wizard of the Dark Realm. More on the backstory later…

The Ring of Allegiance

This is the first power-up item I designed for the game. There are a number of these scattered throughout the kingdom. Each team can use these rings to pledge allegiance to their ‘masters’ (more on these later). A player who has this equipped will be given a stat boost. The stats will also multiply depending on how many players within the team have them equipped.

Castle of the Forsaken King

This is the first environment piece I have done for the board game. From the very beginning, I’ve known I wanted this castle to be situated in the centre of the board and it would be a ‘boss level’ type location. The players have to defeat the Forsaken King to obtain the Skeleton Key from him. The game cannot be won without it.

Here’s the final version:

Below are the various stages of the castle. Starting with the initial 2 minute sketch (just to get the idea out of my head), the vectors created in Illustrator and then the textures and lighting in Photoshop.

Knight Bites

Knight Bites, a cereal I designed for the Signalnoise Broadcast challege (it won!). The original design was created in Illustrator and moved into Photoshop for texturing. The title text itself was created in Adobe After Effects, then the whole thing was imported into Blender to create the 3D product shot.

Dark Art (Album)

Over the last year, I’ve been having a play and learning how to create some synthwave. ‘Dark Art’ is my first attempt at creating a full length album. As the title suggests, they’re quite dark (duh!), but I’ve tried to add some melody to them that reminds me of the Sega Megadrive soundtracks (I couldn’t resist). I think they came out OK!

Whenever I create music, it’s usually when I have a guitar in my hands, so creating these entirely on a computer was kind of weird to me. There was no overthinking, if I liked the sound of it, I used it. I think it’s a good starting point and I aim to experiment more with synths to see what else I can come up with.

Halfway through creating the album, I made a short teaser video. The cover art is my ‘Immortal’ tribute that can be seen in my Game Night series.

Listen to the full album here:

You can download the album for free on my Bandcamp page. The tracks are also available on Spotify and all major digital music stores.

Gamer Cabinet

A tribute to the forgotten arcade. Vectors were created in Illustrator and moved over to Photoshop for texturing. I used to love spending time in front of these machines (some of my favourites were Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker and Lucky & Wild).

Showtime Series

Gremlins

A small tribute to George from Gremlins 2 in his mutated form.

Pennywise (It)

You could argue that this doesn’t belong here because it originated from a book, but it’s my series so who cares?! I love the book, but I didn’t particularly think the first movie adaption was that good (the first half with the kids was OK, but it went downhill after that). I think the new adaption is amazing. Pennywise looks cool as hell, the kids were fantastic and it’s the first time I laughed out loud in a horror film (and maybe the first time I’ve seen horror mixed with comedy?). The morning after seeing the film I made this. I thought it would be cool to make an animated GIF too, the blinking eyes freak me out.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

The original series of the Power Rangers is fantastic. I used to watch this before school and over my Nan’s house during the school holidays. I also remember playing this in the school yard with my friends, I always wanted to be the Green Ranger. Even though Tommy and Dragonzord were my favourite, I still thought Megazord was awesome and loved how the other zords combined to make it. I love the Power Rangers because it has super heroes, aliens, monsters, “dinosaur robots”, special powers and an awesome theme tune!

Knightmare

Knightmare was a British children’s adventure game show. The general format of the show is on a team of four children – one who takes on the game, and three acting as their guide and advisers – attempting to complete a quest within a fantasy medieval environment, traversing a large dungeon and using their wits to overcome puzzles, obstacles and the unusual characters they meet along the journey.

The ‘one’ who takes on the quest has to wear the helmet illustrated below, and the team mates would guide them through a virtual reality dungeon created via chroma key and 3D modelling.

My brother and I used to love watching this after school. My favourite part was when the ‘one’ had to mount a dragon (can’t remember it’s name) and it would fly over a vast landscape. Back then that was mind-blowing.

Biker Mice from Mars

I used to draw the Biker Mice a lot when I was in school. Trying to draw the bikes from memory was a real challenge! I also remember playing it on the school yard with my friends at break time. I used to have a toy of Throttle. He was fixed to his bike and you had to pull a sort of zip cable through his back wheel. The wheel would then light up and he would then shoot off, brilliant!

Game Night Series

This series is based on some of my favourite and most memorable Sega Megadrive games. I was hooked on the console as a kid, and recently bought another one off eBay. I now play all the old classics with my son (he loves them!). Games were a lot harder to complete back then, most of my games I never actually completed! Some honourable mentions are The Lion King, Ex-Mutants, Mercs, Speedball 2 and The Terminator.

I have purposely left Sonic out of this series. Even though he is the ultimate Sega character (and the games are amazing), I feel like there is more than enough Sonic artwork out there to indulge myself in. Therefore I have chosen to illustrate some less popular but still classic games. Enjoy.

Rocket Knight Adventures

This game is a lost classic. I occasionally mention this title to my gaming friends but surprisingly no one seems to know it. This is one of my favourite games of all time. The whole game has a steam punk kind of style, and the enemies are based on pig like characters and robots. The pace of the levels is well blended via various modes of game-play (plat-former, shooter, time-based etc), and the soundtrack is something that will forever be stuck in the back of my mind.

I remember that my brother received this for his birthday. At first I was disappointed because I thought he was going to get Robocop VS Terminator. The disappointment was quickly abolished after my first play. If you’re any kind of game fan, I seriously urge you to check this one out.

The Immortal

THE HARDEST GAME EVER MADE! I mean that in the way that even though it is punishingly difficult, you can’t help but try again. You die, but you keep going back. I suppose it’s the Dark Souls of the 16-bit era. I didn’t actually start playing this game until I was in university and needed it for research. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t play this when I was a kid…would’ve kept me awake at night!

Fantastic Dizzy

Dizzy is quite the icon in the gaming world. He had a number of games out before this one but this was the first time I was introduced to the character. It is a platform puzzler that I never completed until I played it on an emulator (and used a guide) years later. Anyone remember the mine cart ride?

Zombies (ate my neighbours)

This was another one of my brother’s games. You play the role of Zeke or Julie. Basically, you need to save your neighbours by shooting enemies with your water pistol (other weapons include, tomatoes, fire extinguisher, crucifix, dishes – a wide range of wacky items!). Enemies range from zombies (obviously), aliens, lumberjacks, giant babies, spiders and more!

I think my brother and I got to level 48ish, and could never complete the game. Tons of fun though, especially when you can drink potions to turn you into ‘hulk mode’.

Sunset Riders

Another ridiculously hard game (coming to think of it, maybe I’m just not very good…). I borrowed this game from my cousin so I wanted to play as much of it as I could before I had to give it back. I didn’t get very far! This is Billy, he was the character I used to play as and my brother would be Cormano (he had the better guns).

I still find this game difficult now, especially on 1 player. The arcade version allowed up to 4 players, I think they’re all needed!