Watch list – March

March 28th, 2015

Between drawing stickers for Viber and drawing strips for Up to Four Players, most of what I do in my free time (and sometimes in the background while doing the stuff in the beginning of the sentence) is watch TV. This week I made an effort and drew some of the things I watch.

I did it once before, and that post included a paragraph (in Hebrew) about every show, but this time – instead of admitting to just being too lazy to do it – I decided to make it into a game: see how many shows you can identify! Which ones do you watch? Are there any you feel were terribly overlooked? (Just to clarify: the drawing doesn’t include all of the TV shows I watch; there are several others that are even worse than these!)

TV Watch list - March

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Up to 4 Players – my new webcomics!

January 18th, 2015

I’ve mentioned it briefly before, and now it’s up: Eran Aviram and my new webcomics, Up to 4 Players.

Up to 4 Players

You can read the first three strips here: www.uptofourplayers.com

and for our Israeli readers, we have a Hebrew version: www.uptofourplayers.co.il

Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter to get updates, and I will greatly appreciate any comments, Likes, Retweets, Shares and any other buzzword that will help spread the word, because in addition to the satisfaction of creating new content, knowing there’s an audience to consume it gives us loads of motivation.

Let’s hope this is the beginning of a long, wonderful and funny journey.

Aviv

See ya 2014, Hiya 2015

January 4th, 2015

Ah, New Year’s Eve. That magical time of the year when I remember I have a blog, and it might be a good idea to update it every once in a while, even if it does take more effort than just throwing images on my Facebook Page (which I recommend following for more frequent – if less verbose – updates).

Lots of things happened in 2014, but everything also stayed the same. Like every year. I started a job, left a job, started a new one; made new friends, drank new beers, made cupcakes; we got used to our flat, found a new one, learned to despise one specific UK gas and electricity supplier; got married. Same as always.

And like always, work and every-day life tried to steal away my time and energy, but occasionally I showed ‘em and managed to draw something, and this year several “support” groups helped.

I’ve mentioned Sketch Dailies before, and here are a few more drawings this group pulled out of me in recent months:

Sketch Dailies 15/07: Frau Holda Sketch Dailies 29/08: Dr. Strange

Sketch Dailies 13/09: Poison Ivy Sketch Dailies 15/12: Loki

The Israeli Daily Speed Sketch group lets its members pick from three different subjects (or combine them) every day, but the twist is that you have a time limit of 30 minutes, and must draw on actual paper, like in the days of yore. It’s a cool challenge, and even if you don’t read Hebrew it’s nice to see some of the interpretations – and try to work out what the daily subjects are. I haven’t been very good with keeping up and had to scroll way back to find these three sketches of mine from the group’s page…which, curiously, all feature birds.

Daily Speed Sketch: Artistic Gryphon Daily Speed Sketch: Wagtail School

Daily Speed Sketch: Drunk Turkey

But what made me draw on paper most – and even get a new set of inking pens – was INKtober, a whole month (guess which) where you draw a small piece every day, using only inks. The only prize is feeling part of an internet-wide art project and flexing those inking muscles; and it’s apparently enough, because people created some gorgeous stuff, some of which can be found in INKtober’s Facebook Page. With superhuman efforts, I managed to ink about half the days of the month, and you can see the results in a dedicated album on my Facebook Page. Here’s a small selection:

Inktober 31: Nosferatu Inktober 2: Lizard Inktober 05: Bard Inktober 09: Fairy market Inktober 11: Moustache comb Inktober 12: Gravedigger

Not sure if I mentioned on the English version of the blog, but good friends of mine are running an Israeli podcast about roleplaying games (“On the Shoulders of Dwarves” for you Hebrew speakers), and they recently ran a very successful crowd funding campaign. I donated two character portraits based on supporters’ descriptions, and here are the results, Connie and “Gentle” Gorthang:

Connie - character portrait Gorthang- character portrait

Teaser!

One of the stretch goals of said campaign was for me and Eran Aviram, one of the podcast hosts, a good friend and long-time creative partner, to start a webcomics about gaming and gamers. It’s been brewing in the background for some time, and will go live in a couple of weeks. Here’s a small sneak preview:

Up to Four Players - Initial character sketches

The webcomics is called “Up to Four Players” and will be updated weekly in both Hebrew and English. More details coming very soon!

Have a wonderful and creative 2015, and here’s to updating more!

Aviv

Om nom nom

October 23rd, 2014

This is probably the Viber sticker pack that was the most fun – and the most frustrating – to work on. Can you imagine drawing all these foods while not eating a single one of them? Hell.

It’s available for purchase on Viber’s Sticker Market on mobile, and may be available for free on the desktop app soon.

Viber - Bon Appetit Sticker Pack

 

And I’d like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who’s commented or even emailed, letting me know they love Freddie & Eve and enjoy adding them to their conversation. It’s making me really happy to hear that =)

Aviv

 

A-Z Characters – The End

September 23rd, 2014

ABC Characters

A little over two years ago I started sketching on my iPad and thought, “hey, this seems like fun, if only I had some project that would make me keep at it.” A similar project I finished before went through all 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, so I decided to take the same route, but change the language – and the complexity. Instead of illustrating drawn-out, grammatically-acrobatic sentences, I focused on two characters per letter, the goals being: having fun, trying different styles with the iPad (using a Wacom stylus and the excellent app Procreate), and of course covering as many fandoms as possible.

In the beginning I chose characters pretty much randomly: I just listed all the names that came to mind, picked two that seemed fun to draw or would work well together, and threw them on the canvas. But after I posted B, and someone pointed out that so far there’s a vampire slayer in every illustration, I thought it would be really cool if there was some link going through all the letters. Nothing too obvious, like a small easter egg that only I would be aware of, until the big reveal at the end.

I quickly gave up on finding a vampire slayer for every letter in the alphabet, but since the link so far had been between two characters, I decided to roll with it: a thematic link between every two characters from consecutive letters (A and B, B and C, without using the same character for two different links). Sometimes the connection is very general, like “comic book characters”, and sometimes quite specific. For some characters it came almost naturally, and for others I had to force connections on quite a narrow list of options. I’m proud to say that except for the few impossible letters at the end of the alphabet, I always picked characters solely for the letter I was working on, without planning future links. Handicap, yo!

Here’s the entire series. You’re welcome to go over the letters and try to figure out the links before scrolling down to the table that lists all of them. And you can see all the illustrations in this nifty page my husband wrote for me.

A B C D
E F G H
I J K L
M N O P
Q R S T
U V W X
Y Z

Below is the list of links I had in mind. Did you get all of them? Found others that fit even better? What’s your favourite letter in the series? Tell me everything in the comments.

Cheers!
Aviv

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Between the letters The characters The link
A-B Abraham Lincoln/Buffy Vampire slayers
B-C Batman/Cyclops Comic book characters
C-D Chikorita/Dolf Children’s cartoons characters
D-E Death/Edward Pale, dark and scary but ultimately adorable
E-F Elrond/Frodo Lord of the Rings characters
F-G Falcore/Gizmo Fluffy, friendly monsters
G-H Ganesh/Horus Beastly Gods
H-I Hawkeye/Ironman Avengers teammates
I-J Inigo/Cpt. Jack Sparrow Dread pirates
J-K Jayne/Kaylee Serenity crew members
K-L Khalisee/Lockheed Dragons!
L-M Lara Croft/Mario Loved video game characters
M-N Marie Antoinette/Napoleon Famous French folk
N-O Nessie/Ogopogo Lake monsters
O-P Obi-Wan/Plato Wise masters
P-Q Pocahontas/Quetzlcoatl Pre-Columbian America figures
Q-R Qetesh/Rush Stargate characters
R-S Rumplestiltskin/Snow White Once Upon a Time fables
S-T Snape/Trinity Just pale, dark and scary
T-U Te’alc/Uhura Token black characters
U-V Ursula/Voldemort Evil magic users
V-W V/William Wallace Idealistic freedom fighters
W-X Wolverine/Xavier X-men
X-Y Xena/Ygritte Awesome warrior ladies
Y-Z Yoda/Zoidberg Look weird, talk funny
Z-A Zelda/April Drawn to guys in green

Z for Zelda and Zoidberg

August 25th, 2014

That’s all, folks! 26 letters down, only 784 days since I started this project. So let’s call it a monthly project and consider me doing pretty well on deadlines!

I’ll upload a nice final post shortly, with all the letters and an easter egg I’ve been keeping a secret all along.

Z for Zelda and Zoidberg

Previous letters

X & Y

August 2nd, 2014

Whoops, missed uploading a letter, so here are both X and Y, featuring a nice selection of geek culture from all over the place. Special guest appearance: Jon Snow unconscious on a horse!

X for Xena and Xavier

Y for Yoda and Ygritte

Drawings from here and there

June 23rd, 2014

It’s so easy to toss every finished piece on my Facebook Page and forget to properly upload any of them to my blog. The plus side is that every now and then you get a nice big apologetic post full of forgotten stuff.

Two commissions (more or less). The first is for a bidder in an Earth Defense Force 72-hours charity marathon held in Israel, who wanted a combination of Winnie the Pooh’s Eeyore and Marvin from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy for his profile picture. The second is a birthday present requested by Leigh Lahav for her husband. She got several of her artist friends to draw him as a character in his favourite TV shows, and picked Firefly for me.

EDF Marathon: Eeyore meets Marvin

Captain Orenolds and Leighnara

Character design and sketch pages inspired by The Dresden Files, an awesome urban-fantasy detective book series by Jim Butcher.

The Dresden Files - Dresden & Murphy character designs

The Dresden Files - character designs

And three pieces for the Sketch Dailies Twitter group, which comes up with a daily topic and has pretty much the entire artistic internet draw their interpretation of it. The topics here are Goldilocks; Rapunzel and Tarzan; Captain America, Lady of the Lack and Unicorn. There aren’t really any rules preventing topic mash-ups, which is good, because otherwise I’d be missing on a whole lot of good ones.

Sketch Dailies: Goldilocks Sketch Dailies: Tarzan & Rapunzel Sketch Dailies: Captain America, Lady of the Lake & Unicorn

 

Aviv

W for Wolverine and William Wallace

June 10th, 2014

Well well well. Starting to near the end of this seemingly eternal project, where the English language dumped all of its least necessary letters. But I have some ideas for them already, and hopefully I can pick up the pace towards the finale.

W for Wolverine and William Wallace

Previous letters

Fishes and Chuckles (recent work for Chucklefish Games)

April 28th, 2014

A few months ago I joined Chucklefish studio, who created Starbound (among other things), and recently opened a London office to gather all of its members in one place.

I joined as part of a team working on a new game, about which not much is known at the moment, except that it’s going to involve pirates (yay!). Here are some preliminary sketches I did for the recruitment notice:

Chucklefish pirates game sketch
Chucklefish pirates game sketch

And here’s a whole album full of concept art created by Adam Riches, Zach Montoya and myself as part of the very early brainstorming process.

Other than working on the pirates game (working title [I hope]), I also drew some stuff for Starbound; not for the game itself – pixel-art is not my area of expertise – but around it.

Starbound is a “sandbox” game, meaning it’s totally open for exploration and interaction in hundreds of planets that are procedurally generated (instead of having a limited number of pre-designed ones). One of the cool things about it is that it’s constantly evolving, both in game mechanics and in story. In recent months, for example, a plot event titled “The Agaran Menace” unwrapped itself, starting with suspicious spores that popped up in various worlds, followed by mean-looking mushroom people. We uncovered the truth behind this worrisome phenomenon in a trailer, written by Starbound writer Ashton Raze and illustrated by me.

The event was accompanied by an old movie style poster:
Starbound: the Agaran Menace poster

And two comics pages you can see in the Chucklefish forums by clicking this first panel:
Starbound comics: McVicar Makes a Friend

Two Starbound wallpapers, the first of which came out together with the Agaran Menace and is kinda relevant:
Starbound wallpaper: Apex lab
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Starbound wallpaper: Glitch knight
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And last but not least (but kind of a bummer): my first task when I started working for Chucklefish was creating a cover illustration for an issue of PC Gamer UK, that had a long article and interview about Starbound. I worked on it for 3-4 days and was really pleased with the result, but the issue ended up having a different cover. I guess it’s hard to beat a Blizzard all-star design, but I still think it’s nice.
Starbound PC Gamer cover (unused)

Of course, all images and characters in this post belong to Chucklefish Games.

May your May be awesome,
Aviv