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ggj08 roach work

This will be my final post for BaconGameJam08. I enjoyed the jam and just drew and painted the whole time. I’d like to take some of the images further into 3d and a game in future.

Enjoy –


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BBJ08 Bugs

The theme for BaconGameJam08 is Millions Of Them.

An excellent theme. Very open and wide with an interesting keyword – millions.

I was at my Mothers place when the them announced. I had a team (2 other programmers) but had problems commuacting with them so I gave up for the afternoon and just focused on helping Mother.

I did talk to my sister about the theme. My first thought was bugs and beetle.

Once I got home I started on digital painting of weird bugs.

Next step is 3d.

Ideas for the bugs theme. Lots of bugsBBJ08-LINE-BUGLarge bug in the middle is the main. I love the headpiece attached to their head. I watched Bobs Burgers with my sister and drew several characters. These will likely not be turned into 3d models, rather focus on the more bug like characters.





Currently in Porirua and don’t have my drawings tablet with me.

Here’s a portrait I painted a couple of days ago of someone on RedditGetsDrawn:

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artcontrol draws you

So since being banned from posting on RedditGetsDrawn I decided to go ahead and make my own subreddit – artcontroldrawsyou.
I have been writing Reddit python scripts that gets data from one subreddit and posting the data to a new subreddit/saving the data.

I have also been getting back into doing tonal black and white/color digital works. These are not included in this post – but keep an eye out in future.

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May Paintings

It’s been a long time since I have updated artcontrol.me with some artwork. I have myself a new tablet so my plan is to work on more art and upload it. For a long time I was updating this site every two or so days. I’ve slacked off in this and other projects. I have my code which has been going well.

Here is the result from the new tablet and drawing people on RedditGetsDrawn. I am happy with the tablet. Small, but I get the result. I use to own an intous5 medium which was a little too large. The small fits me fine.

Happy I had no problems with the linux drivers also – it was all plug and go. We installed the drivers on the machines at the center – so have it working there.

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RedditGetsDrawn – Feb Dig Guy

Spending the majority of my time mucking around with Linux. I’m now using Fedora on the majority of my machines.

I certainly have not been drawing but here is a digital painting I did the other day:



RedditGetsDrawn – New Years Day

Happy New Years!
To celebrate the first day of 2014 I painted people on Reddit. Let’s hope these ones don’t get reported.

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Nightmare sketches

Found my tablet pen, and got my laptop working. I’ve been focused on 3d and Python lately. Need to get back into some regular digital painting. Here’s something I worked on tonight:


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Several weeks ago i was involved with a game jam – redditbaconjam06.
Since this is my art site i felt the need to upload several digital painting i did during the jam. Sadly, this was not used. Enjoy.

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Color explored with RedditGetsDrawn Paintings

Here’s some more digital works. This time I used reference from RedditGetsDrawn.


Portrait photo reference. I usually go for photos that have more of the body but this one was interesting with the tape covering her mouth. The background was plain, with only the vertical tiles. I added in quick flicks. I wanted to work different here – created a map top down view rather than a perspective looking over the ocean to the hills in the distance.




The tone changed the map idea with more of a focus on perspective  – the normal way I do these scenes. I’ve used range of brushes. Normally I stick with the one brush in the whole painting but adding more adds texture and variety to the piece.

Color. Went with a orange for the skin. Since I’ve been using a range of tones with the color I feel I can explore other colors without having problems of the colors not working together – like in washes. Using the range of tones allows for clarity and flow within the color – and spreads throughout the whole painting.


This was a great reference of these two people. When I was little my uncle would give me piggy back rides.  Extremely large scale for the figure sitting on the others shoulder.



Grayscale tone. Much of the work is flattened out – the ground area doesn’t contain the texture that the line version had. Minimal focus on the face details – leaving out eyes/nose/mouth.


A range of saturation was used in the figure. Previously I had only worked with adjusting values. I love the brush for the leaves. TODAY.LINE

Figure on the left. I used a photo I took in Wellington for the environment  I often just use my imagination. Working from reference will be helpful. Especially using my own photographs.


Mixing up the colors with a blue for the figure. Pink was used in the building, not sure how I feel about it – doesn’t fit the flow of the painting. Maybe a nice brown would have worked better. Fun times with the green, covering the majority of the painting. The hills and sky in the distance are painted blue.

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