More Love for @orchidhunter

Hands down, the best thing about my new job, outside of the job, is that I finally have nights, and weekends to draw again.

This is a progression set I did in Sketchbook Mobile for Android, on a Galaxy Note 4. It's my friend Leon, also known as @orchidhunter on Twitter. When I lived in SF, I used to draw him a lot, and you can find some of that output in my gallery, but it's been years now.

Leon has always been a type of muse to me, but in my own work, he's evolved into something totally divorced from the reality. Mind you, the reality is better, but the version of Leon I keep in my head is some cute, rubbery Mario-influenced boy-man. I guess it's the same kind of leap that exists to get from Betty Page to Betty Boop.

Caves & Chasms Beta Testing

This weekend I've been play testing my best friend Chris Morrison's new game, Caves & Chasms, which he's going to be releasing on iOS and Android pretty soon. It's really a special project to me because the music is provided by my favorite game composer Leila Wilson a.k.a. "Woofle," who has scored a ton of things I love, but most notably (for me) my own v-novel project, The Archives of Wyndia. The music for Caves & Chasms is gorgeous.

Coding duties have been handled in large part by Felix Palabrica, who was also behind the programming  for Dragon Snackthe side project Chris and I wrapped up together a few months ago.

So needless to say, it's a game that feels like a of part of my family.

Caves & Chasms looks like it's going to be a very atmospheric combination of a classic arcade feel and a very modern adventure. The sense of exploration is very real, and the light puzzle elements are fun but don't throw a wrench in my fun.

Check out Chris' shots of the game on his studio's blog, here.

Hitomi no Tobira, by Marhy

I've been listening to the ending theme song for the Popolocrois - Hajimari no Bouken, since yesterday. It arrived from CD Japan, as usual requiring me to drive all the way across town to a post office that isn't anywhere near me, to sign for it in a very particular way that only packages from Japan seem to require. But I don't mind. I like it that much.

Production Journal: There's a Story Here

I wish I knew the narrative that these wonderful ornaments are based on. I admired them each on my way to the office this morning, and there is clearly a story behind them, but I don't know it. I'll be looking into it further.

I'm very moved by the glyphs. I'd like to incorporate something similar into the creation story of Wyndia.

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