Shooting Gallery Mockups


The final step in our 2D Design class was to take a more Art Director/Lead Artist perspective. We generated asset lists, given a two-paragraph description of a couple scenes, and even made up one scene from scratch. The focus here wasn’t on correctness, but on providing a deliverable which we could give to an art team […]

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Mine Cart Texture


The design doc we were issued stated that there would be a 3D mine cart which rolls in and out of the mine. First, a couple of ‘finished’ images – these come from 3DS Max: To do this step, we were provided with a basic minecart 3D model and associated UV-unwrapped images. Our task was […]

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Shooting Gallery Menu


Here’s the mockup of the title screen for the shooting gallery game project (from 2D Design for Games): The title is, of course, horrible; I’m trying to think of a play on the fact that both art and recreational shooting happens in galleries, so the game is shooting at oil paintings. I used my standard […]

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Shooting Gallery Mockup


Here is the mockup I’ve done for the Shooting Gallery game (in class, we’re learning the use of Photoshop to generate 2D assets for games). I’ll add more details in later blog posts. In general, I used photographs from Bing searches (gotta earn my Bing rewards!), diced the items out of their original picture, and them […]

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As an introduction, I’d like to include a screenshot of some of my favorite game artwork:   I think the semi-cell style of the Borderlands and Borderlands 2 artwork was a brilliant choice, as it highlighted the semi-serious nature of the game world and gameplay, and allowed a lot of freedom for the special effects […]

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Pro-Life Libertarian?

Everyone knows that Republicans (conservatives) feel that all abortion should be banned, citing the sanctity of life (a basically religious argument). Democrats (liberals), on the other hand, feel any abortion should be allowable, because a woman should be free to decide what she wants to do with her own sex organs. Generally, when the two […]

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Literal and Symbolic, Part I

In his Freeman article “Spontaneous Order: Awakening the Sacred,” Zachary Caceres reveals the latest step in a very modern trend of trying to reconcile the symbolic and the literal – or, as they appear in Caceres’ article, the sacred and the scientific. Throughout known human history, we have continually explored the world around us, our […]

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Rousseau’s Discourse on Inequality

I recently finished reading Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s ‘Discourse on the Origin and Basis of Inequality Among Men’ in an attempt to broaden my literary horizons. As an acknowledged important work of the 1700′s, and a milestone in European political thought, the idea of reading it had long attracted me. As usually happens when one approaches a […]

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Crescent Rolls

Finished Rolls

Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon active yeast (two 2.5-ounce packets, if that’s the form you have it) ¾ cup of warm water ½ cup sugar ½ teaspoon salt 2 eggs ½ cup shortening 4 cups flour (used in two, 2-cup portions) – you might want some extra for dusting the shaping surface Toppings! Grease for the baking […]

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Finance vs Economy

I would like to take a moment to discuss two seemingly similar but wildly different concepts – the Finance Industry, and the Economy. These terms are often misused or misunderstood, in the same way operating on democratic principle (voting) and being a democracy (rule only by popular vote) are so frequently confused or misrepresented. While […]

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