Thursday, 19 October 2006

Voodoo Badger [Retrospective]

Old Work
DATE: October 2006

Voodoo Badger, the danceoff.

Ok so here's some of my first pixel art... At the time I was experimenting with work-flows and game asset creation. I produced a fair range of assets under this concept including animations, game screens, and flash prototypes.

TOOLS: Photoshop & ImageReady

These are the early character animation tests. I'll be adding more to this post later with a link to some flash files hosted at my site too.

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For anyone interested this character sheet is how I was worked on the animations. It shows each head I'd pixelled so I could easily reuse it in another animation. Oh and it shows the palette I was using ;_;

TOOLS: Photoshop

Here's the improved version - after a couple of months of pixelling I was a bit more clued up on colour selection... I'm tempted to do it again and see where I've got to now but that will have to wait.

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Thursday, 6 April 2006

Fynoderee Chapter Illustrations Ch.1 [Retospective]

Old Work
DATE: April 2006

While cleaning through some old files I found my Fynoderee™ illustration folder...

I got lucky a couple of years ago and was commissioned to illustrate Fynoderee, a modern fantasy book. If you want to get the jist of what it was about take Harry Potter swap Hogwarts for the Isle of Man, magic with myths and legends unique to the Isle and you're about there. It's a fun little book.

Working closely with Alex Duncan, the author, I researched Norse and Celtic stone carvings and developed a suitable illustrative style (it was great fun - me being a fantasy dweeb and all). He wanted the illustrations to reflect the Island's heritage. He also wanted each illustration to feature the chapter's title in a runic alphabet.

First off we've got a coloured promo piece and the second one's a hand inked prototype. The prototype shows one of my first concept designs for the Bugganes - the nasty bad guys.

Chapter One: Whispers on the Wind.

TOOLS: Photoshop, Pen & Ink

"William Faulds, another young Manx man and also an extremely talented artist, has provided the unique and original illustrations in Fynoderee. They subtly weave through the text creating intricate, powerful images and compliment the brooding atmosphere of the story. William has cleverly integrated both Celtic and Norse symbols and elements into his artwork and as a result they superbly reflect the Island's cultural heritage."

Angie Greenhalgh, Montreal, Canada, Nov 2006.


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