Drewsday

Bird brain

For the final Nancy Drew adventure I worked on at Her Interactive, The Captive Curse, I was tasked to create an illustration for a card game featuring made-up folk tale characters. FOR SOME REASON, they assigned me the character named "Professor Sparrow." Go figure.

Given I basically only had a name to work from, and that it was one of the last things I'd ever do for the company, I decided to go a bit over-the-top with the art. And by over-the-top, I mean I blindly charged beret-first into the gaseous cloud of the arty farty.

Essentially, this piece is an exploration of the phenomenon of anthropomorphism. Here, the professor considers a butterfly that has lighted upon his book. The title of the book, A Sound of Thunder, is a short story by Ray Bradbury (or, I guess in this case, Ray Bradbirdy) in which a time traveler accidentally changes the course of history by stepping on a prehistoric butterfly . The implication: even the most minor change to universe's history could have resulted in another species gaining the evolutionary upper-hand instead of humans. Think about it.

"A Sound of Thunder" also refers to the noise your head made when I blew your mind just then.

So many layers.

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Sayonara

It's that dreaded time again: I've come to the bottom of the barrel of art I did for the most recently released Nancy Drew game, but they've yet to release the next title, so Drewsday is once again going on hiatus. Boooo, guaranteed blog content, you will be missed. Anyway, above you'll find some miscellaneous pieces from Shadow at the Water's Edge. Nothing too flashy, but they were all that was left in the folder. You'll enjoy them more if you imagine they're like the french fries at the bottom of the McDonald's bag: small, unexpected surprises that are covered in grease and salt. Yum!

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Little Lord Catleroy

Japan, can we talk about something? First off, I want you to know that I love you, I think you're a wonderful country and you've got a lot to offer the world. Anybody would be lucky to have you as their home. And I want you to know that what I'm about to say comes from a place of concern for you, I'm not trying to be mean or hurtful.

Japan, you need to stop dressing up your cats. Stop dressing them up. Just stop. And for the love of all that's good and holy stop making game shows about dressing cats up. And if you insist on dressing up your cats and making game shows about dressing up your cats please DO NOT DRESS UP LIKE A CAT YOURSELF ON THE GAME SHOW.

That's sartorial harassment, and they don't have to take it.

Anyone interested in how an abomination like this painting gets created, I've made the below animation of my process. Enjoy!

 

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Boo!

OooooOOOOOooooOOOOOOOoooo! Scary, yeah? Bet you didn't see that coming! Also bet the exceptionally long duration between the posting of this and the previous page did nothing to diminish the impact. Oh yeah. To see The Adventures of Koji and Kit in its entirety, follow these links:

Cover, Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4, Page 5, Page 6.

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