As usual at this time of year I have been designing Christmas cards for friends and family. However, I also completed two additional little Christmas design projects.
Firstly, I was asked if I’d like to contribute a picture for the Skwigly web site advent calendar. It seemed like a bit of fun, so I accepted. For reasons unknown, even to myself, I drew Christmas tree missiles raining down on the surface of the Earth. Cheery.
Lots of other great artists and illustrators also contributed to the calendar. Go check them out. I feel honoured to be in their company.
My second project was to design a card for A Productions. My brief was that it could not include anything Christmas related. That narrows down your choices for a Christmas card. So I went for perhaps the well worn subject of a winter landscape. But I do quite like stark images like this.
I had the idea for Patrick and his strange escapades a few months ago. Originally I was going to produce a choose your own adventure style game. The idea being that you’d watch a video on YouTube and then be given a choice of continuing videos at the end. I started working it out and was surprised by how many videos you end up having to make. I was going to produce all this in my spare time. However, as luck would have it I ended up having some free time at work. So the idea of making multiple videos was knocked on the head and I decided to just get one short film finished in the time I had. The intention was to emulate the classic style of point and click adventures from the PC and Amiga era of the 90s. So the animation was mostly simple loops and all the dialogue appeared as text. I always preferred those adventure games with text instead of audio.
As the film was completed as part of my day job it then became an official A Productions project. So it would be remiss of me if I didn’t direct you to the film on the A productions web site itself.
I hope to make some more adventures for Patrick soon.
Monk on a Surfboard suggested by @sunmoonstudios
Not really an object. But I did it anyway
As usual, I’m late putting this on my web site. This is the 2012 Encounters trailer.