Monday, 1 August 2011

New T-Shirt Design

Just finished illustrating a new T-Shirt design for Skullfuk Clothing. Will be printed in the near future!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

SkullFuk T-shirts are out!

I recently illustrated a design along with fellow illustrator Tom Ward for SkullFuk clothing company. The T-shirts have now been printed and available to buy on their Ebay Store! I have also been commissioned to illustrate a follow up design for a new T-shirt coming out in August so keep your eyes open as this design is going to be badass (if I do say so myself). After a year of illustrating for various projects intended for Children I have gone back to the dark side with these T-shirt designs so for those of you who know me, expect some old school creepy and disturbing stuff. Anyway, here are some pictures of SkullFuk being represented at the Download Festival so if you like the look of them go and buy one!



Monday, 16 May 2011

Postcards Now Available!

If anyone wants one of my post cards let me know and I'll get one to you! If you know any business or individuals who are looking for an illustrator let me know and I can forward on a postcard and business card.


 
Front
Back

New Skaven Illustration

Skaven Gutter Runner Illustration Complete. 




Wednesday, 11 May 2011

New Character design for a possible future web comic

So I've been toying with the idea of developing a web comic for awhile and as my course is ending this week I thought I'd give it a go. May start out with a weekly page or something. Not sure yet but let me know what you think! At the moment the story revolves around this guy who (thanks to his mother) has been brought up to think that girls are evil...little does he know...they turn out to be exactly that. Although these girls aren't going to break his heart...they seem to be very interested in a guy with a big squishy brain! Bit of a hint/teaser/spoiler there for you...Will update with more characters and stuff soon.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Mortal Kombat Review

For today's update I thought I would give a review ago. Seeing as I am getting into the world of illustrating for things I guess I should take more of a 'real' interest in games rather than just sitting at home button mashing. So yeah, a few days a go I picked up a copy of MK9 and decided to give it a go before I read any reviews. So here we go.

My initial worries were that this was going to be a newer version of MK vs. DC which was an absolute shambles. With many games now catering for noobs (MW2 death streaks...ahem) it is hard to bring yourself to play on XboxLive when any person with a grip can pick up the controller and spam out special moves over and over again. MK vs. DC was a prime example of this. I could go Batman or Scorpion and spam the hell out of my opponent until he rage quit back to whatever real game he was playing before he bought that mess. Anyways...the point is it isn't much fun for either player and I am glad to see that the new MK has reduced the special spam for most of thecharacters. Special Attacks still play a large part in most fights and will probably be used a lot more than the standard attacks or kombos but most can be blocked or avoided pretty easy which allows you to pwn the spammer in the corner. However, lengthy kombos are quite difficult to pull off as the characters move a lot slower than fighting games such as Marvel vs. Capcom or Street Fighter IV. It is still possible to pull of decent size kombos but unlike Marve; vs. Capcom 3 it is more difficult to juggle your opponent for long periods of time which I believe makes MK9 a bit more fun to play.
One thing I dislike about MvC3 is that once you get caught in a combo it's difficult to break out and by the time it has ended most of your health bar is on the floor. In MK9 you actually stand a fighting chance after coming out of most kombos which I think balances the game quite well.

I was telling my brother how over powered a lot of the characters are in MK9 and after I listed nearly all the roster I realised that the game is actually quite balanced. There are some cheese characters which consist of most of the teleporters. Smoke, Scorpion, Noob and even Sheeva's jump attack can get pretty annoying if spammed but luckily you can pop up a block and counter their specials without much effort. The game does really focus a lot around blocks and how to break past them and requires quick reflexes to block then counter both high and low attacks. After playing for a bit online I found that Reptile players spam a lot of projectiles, same as Sektor, but for the most part players are guna have to get down and dirty due to the amount of teleporters and screen dashers on the roster list. Cyrax is pretty badass although quite underpowered compared to Sektor and Scorpion has retained his standard moves set that make him again one of the most formidable fighters in the game. My main characters at the moment seem to be Cyrax, Noob or Smoke. The last two are pretty easy to play. Noob is crazy good at just spamming a load of inky crap and smoke just dashes around the place while teleporting his opponent with his specials. Not all characters have the same amount of specials which is kind of a shame but they all have an X-Ray attack and the same number of Fatalities (except the DLC costumes chars, they have one extra).

The X-Ray attacks are a cool idea, basically once you fill up your special meter you go mental and start breaking bones. And unlike the special olympics...they aren't your own. Lulz. Anyways, most X-Ray attacks can be blocked or avoided but perhaps more importantly....they don't make sense! X-rays are sorta like mini-fatalities where eyes are fingered, brains are poked and people are sick over each other. They are actually sick...really....check here. They look badass but there is no way you can survive without  brain, legs or er sick throughout another 2 rounds...but then again there is no way a reptile ninja that spits acid could exist so I guess I forgive them for that one. But yeah, fatalities have gone back to their gory days! The creators have developed some awesome ways to rip your opponent to shreds in a load of different ways which is pretty cool. For those guys out there with a girlfriend who is on the verge of pressing back forward back forward X on your ass then why not whip out a babality? Yeaaah those crazy finishers are back! They allow you to transform your opponent into a baby instead of decimating him. Funny to watch although you cannot perform a fatality on the baby ='[

Anywhoooo...story mode is a good way for new people to get into the MK universe as it goes through the first three games and gives a bit of history on each of the characters. It took me around 3 hours to complete on medium buut that's only cuz I had a massive session on it the day it came out so I would say it has around 5-6 hours of gameplay in it. After the story mode there are loads of things left to play such as Challenge Tower or Test your skill/luck/might/sight which all consist of a variety of mini games and unlockables. There are the standard ladder matches which can be used to unlock alt costumes as well as endings for each character. There is also the Krypt which is where you spend your Koins! Open graves, blow up bodies or torture people and you get cool stuff! You earn Koins everywhere in all game modes so they are easy enough to collect. Last but not least is MK Online which as you probably all know is finding real people over the net and trying to rip them apart. Standard stuff. ALTHOUGH...you need something called a Kombat Pass in order to play over XboxLive. Each game comes with one pass or they cost 800MS points on the Market Place. You must redeem this code on your console and that allows you to play MK online. However, the code can only be used once and only applies to the gamertag it was redeemed with. Which sucks. Big time. This means you can't play MK online over a friends house or watever unless you pay for another code...when we are already paying for XboxLive. Really stupid idea. Whoever thought of that should spend a sexual evening with a Goru and Sheeva tag team...Meh...I'm only pissed cuz I registered it to my girlfriend's Xbox before I actually read the details....lulz.

Okaaaaay...to concluuude: MK9 is pretty good looking 2D fighter with plenty of gameplay and characters. It has loooads of stuff to unlock including classic secret fights from the first three games as well as a couple of Easter eggs thrown in there. On top of all that, it is rumored that there are over 9000 items to dig up in the Krypt! The gameplay itself is fluid and quite balanced. The specials are not too overpowered or extremely spamable. Although their inputs are quite easy...evading and blocking is also just as easy. So if you are getting projectile camped learn to block and jump. Simple. The game offers a lot for older fans as well as new players but the whole Kombat Kode idea is a load of piss.

So yeah that is my review. Leave a comment below if you want. Hope you enjoyed it. May do more in the future that will hopefully include a bit more funny stuff and actual information. But yeah good game. I give it....

9/10

Thanks for reading! Toasty!

Saturday, 23 April 2011

New Illustrations for 'The Olympian'

Peter Neale, author of 'The Olympian', contacted me several months ago to illustrate the cover for his time-traveling children's novel. Since then he has become a regular client and has asked me to illustrate various promotional material for the book. The most recent commission has been to draw scenes that include a 'Turtle Attack' and time-traveling taxi. I have really enjoyed visualising Peter's fantastic and wonderful ideas and characters.


Turtle Attack

'The Olympian' is available on amazon in both digital and paperback. Also check out his website, www.petertempletonneale.com, for more information, illustrations and ordering options!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

New Business Card Design

After spending a couple of hours learning some new stuff and playing about on Photoshop I finally put together my first business card which will also double up as a nice logo/heading for this page. I will be doing a pink version for all the girls out there at some point and both designs will be available on t-shirts, mugs, pens and canvas bags...very limited edition stuff of course. Send me an email and let me know what you think =]



Monday, 18 April 2011

Cell and Update


Here is the 2nd weeks vote winner, Perfect Cell. Hope you like my version of the DBZ character! Will be going on sale for £55 if anyone wants to buy the original. Work is kinda crazy at the moment. Got two deadlines fast approaching plus working on a few commissions for people so the next character vote won't be up until I have caught up with the last two votes. Please feel free to send me more character suggestions for the next vote which hopefully will be up next week! Thanks.



Friday, 15 April 2011

Grey Knight pics

Just thought I would chuck up some pics of the Grey Knight that I have done. Taken with my phone so excuse the quality. Will update with higher quality pics when more are finished. Tips and Crits welcome. Just post below!


Front View - Psilencer

Back View - Personal Teleporter









Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Grey Knights and Other Stuff

Recently bought a couple of boxes of the new Grey Knights models and have so far gotten one and a half models done xD Will be updating the blog with a couple of pics of them when I get some more finished. Cell illustration is done but I'm up my girlfriends house atm with no scanner so will get the pics up as soon as I can. Vote still up and Gary Oak is in the works!

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

New Stuff

Okay so I have had a bit of a nerdy day making this website a little better. I have no idea what I'm doing...so it's been kinda difficult buuut it will do. We have the Twitter and Facebook links on the right, a new Gallery at the top along with a contact page. Will be putting up a specific fan art gallery at some point, which will feature all the winners from the weekly votes. I have a new fan page on Facebook check it out here and click the like button. A new vote will be up over the next few days, I am still accepting any character suggestions and will have the new Perfect Cell drawing up on Thursday! Thanks guys!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Website Adjustments

I will be adjusting some things on the site over the next few days, weeks etc. Some pages may be empty and some links may not work but I assure you all will be working soon!

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Blanka


Blanka drawing is done...enjoy! Cell illustration now underway! The Original is going on sale for £65 please email me at gtillustrations@gmail.com if you are interested in putting down a deposit!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Twitter...

I said I would never ever get Twitter. Mainly because the idea of sending 'tweets' sounds like a pretty camp thing to do. But networking and promotion is kinda necessary so making a Twitter account seemed like the next step. I still don't get why it is so popular...it seems like facebook but without anything to do except make status updates...meh.

Anyways, here is the link

www.twitter.com/xenus13

follow me...

Saturday, 12 March 2011

New Skaven Drawings

Here are some of my newest Ratmen Drawings!





















Grey Seer























Gutter Runner


















Warlock Engineer

Friday, 11 March 2011

The First Fan Art Vote!

So Mewtwo, Blanka, Stephanie, Ron and Totoro have made the final cut. All other suggestions that didn't make it this week will be included in next weeks draw. I will illustrate whatever character gets the most votes and will hopefully be able to colour it before next weeks pole. Thanks to all who commented on my FB page and for your support!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Fan Art

I am guna be doing a whoooole heap of fan art. But I want YOU to decide what I draw. This could be characters from games, comics, movies, TV...god damn anything you want. Just post it and I will enter it into a Voting Pole >>>>>>>>>> and let you guys decide what I draw! All suggestions will be penciled and hopefully digitally coloured...all original drawings will also be going on sale during the summer! How great is this?! So just pick a character and lets get rolling! I am hoping to complete at least 2 illustrations each week so once the voting is done I will get drawing!


Thanks to Tom Ward for influencing this little endeavor!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Some Skaven Pics

Well my ratty horde has been started! My models are all up my girlfriends house at the moment but she has been kind enough to take a few pics on her phone and send them to me so I can start off this blog. Nat (the gf) has a High Elf army on the go so I do all of my painting when I'm up hers, if I brought my Skaven home then I'd probably never get any drawing done.

So yeah, I got the Island of Blood box along with a Doomwheel and some more rat ogres. Had some spare giant rats and a rat ogre left over from when I started Skaven like, 4 years ago or summin. Will be getting the battalion when I get paid next...even thought these Clanrats are taking foreeever to paint. Managed to make 20 giant rats out of my older rats and the extras on the doomwheel and rat ogres sprues which was coool.

But yeah, here are the progress pics of my Clanrats. Will be taking pics on my camera soon so will upload the higher res ones at some point...





So yeah, here's the start of my army, any tips or criticisms would be appreciated! Higher res pics on the way!

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

My first blog thingy...

Seeing as blogspot has become almost a necessity these days, I thought I'd join and create a blog of my day to day life which usually involves a lot of World of Warcraft, Warhammer, comics, reading and of course my illustrations.

My illustration work is the main reason for setting up this blog. My intentions are to update this page frequently with new material, the progress of my commissions and to review the general feedback of other bloggers. There will be a lot of drawing...

My other ambition is the sketch a day challenge. I first attempted this challenge on the Imagine FX website but failed...a lot. A week tomorrow I will be attempting it again. The goal is to complete at least one sketch every day which will ultimately build up a body of work and (hopefully!) improve my drawing skills. So yeah, I will be uploading a drawing every day to blogspot, deviant art and the ImagineFX forums. This might not be possible on the weekends as I am usually up my girlfriends house which has no internet so will be uploading multiple sketches on the day I come home. If anyone else wants to undertake this challenge, even if you don't have a background in art, then feel free to join me!

Along with all these drawings and illustrations I will be blogging the progression of my Warhammer armies. I have gotten back into the hobby so will be uploading images of my Skaven army as it's built and painted. Might upload a painting guide or two if I have some spare time.

Finally, I will hopefully be starting a short web comic series which will be updated every other week or monthly or... well, I don't really know yet. But will keep you updated!

So yeah, those are my ambitions and plans. All support and constructive feedback is greatly appreciated!

My portfolio can be found at xenus13.deviantart.com and you can buy 'The Olympian' by Peter Templeton Neale, Cover art by me,  at amazon.co.uk or at www.petertempletonneale.com

Thanks for reading. =]