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Chapter 5 final (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Fri, 24 Mar 2017

Chapter 5 final (Deg Illustrations)I’m really happy with this finished illustration. It’s probably my favourite one of the whole set. It was the first one where all the inking looked right, without any amateurish or wonky bits. There’s nothing in the drawing that makes me cringe whe...

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Magnetic Billiards: Blueprint goes ...

Blog posted by JPickford

Wed, 04 Sep 2013

As of today, our iOS game Magnetic Billiards is now free for the main game (20+ levels). We've also dropped the price of in-app purchases to the lowest tier (69p / $1) for level packs and the Skeleton Key which gives you all the content plus access to pr...

Poposity #15

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Sun, 30 Dec 2012

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Poposity #13

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Fri, 28 Dec 2012

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Poposity #11

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Wed, 26 Dec 2012

Poposity #11

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Poposity #9

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Mon, 24 Dec 2012

Poposity #9

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Poposity #7

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Sat, 22 Dec 2012

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Poposity #5

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Thu, 20 Dec 2012

Poposity #5

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Poposity #3

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Tue, 18 Dec 2012

Poposity #3

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Poposity #1

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Sun, 16 Dec 2012

Poposity #1

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Is fairness the first casualty of b...

Blog posted by JPickford

Tue, 01 May 2012

Over the last few weeks I've heard of a business practice amongst indie developers that I found quite shockingly unfair. This lead me to thinking about the concept of fairness in business. I suppose, along with my brother Ste, I've been a businessman ...

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Chapter 5 pencils (Deg Illustration...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Fri, 24 Mar 2017

Chapter 5 pencils (Deg Illustrations)

After getting the first two finished, and being sure that I could do several more in the same style for the rest of the book, I went away and made notes for all the remaining illustrations before sketching another line. I probably spent a week or more i...

Chapter 2 final (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Chapter 2 final (Deg Illustrations)

Here’s the finished illustration. Overall I was happy with this one, but I’d started to get worried that I’d end up repeating myself in later illustrations. A cup of tea in every drawing would be fine, but I didn’t want to keep draw the same elem...

Chapter 2 photo reference (Deg Illu...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Chapter 2 photo reference (Deg Illustrations)

This is where I confess to cheating. A bit. Most of the details in the backgrounds of all the Deg illustrations were drawn from my imagination, but there were a few very specific things I needed to draw where I used photo reference. In some cases I wo...

Chapter 2 pencils (Deg Illustration...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 20 Mar 2017

Chapter 2 pencils (Deg Illustrations)

These are the pencils for the second illustration for Deg, from Chapter 2. Again, I’d left about two thirds of the image empty, to be filled by a large distorted face later, but there was still a ton of detail to draw here. A little note on the red b...

Chapter 1 final (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Fri, 17 Mar 2017

Chapter 1 final (Deg Illustrations)

This is the finished illustration, all inked (and pencilled, come to that) in Manga Studio / Clip Studio Pro, at A4 / 600 dpi (around 6000 x 8000 pixels), using a Wacom Intuos 5 tablet. I’d only recently got a decent tablet, thanks to an incredibly ki...

Chapter 1 pencils (Deg Illustration...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Fri, 17 Mar 2017

Chapter 1 pencils (Deg Illustrations)

In this series of blog posts I’m going to talk about each of the illustrations I did for Patrick Garratt’s debut novel Deg, and show some of my drawing process along the way. There are 11 illustrations in total, one for each chapter of the book, and I...

Hacienda print

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Thu, 16 Mar 2017

Hacienda print

By popular demand I've got some prints of my Hacienda dancefloor drawing for sale. This is a digital painting I originally did as part of the cover for the reprint edition of the Freaky Dancing fanzine I've been putting together with my friend Fish Kid....

Busy!

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 12 Dec 2016

Busy!

A quick note to explain the absence of any new Plok comic strip episodes for the last few weeks. John and I have been doing a short freelance contract for the last month or so, and we've both been too busy to find any spare time to work on the Plok comi...

300!

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Thu, 27 Oct 2016

300!

Today we sold the 300th Plok comic book! Well, yesterday actually - it takes a day before I see the sales figures update. Woohoo! Actually, that's probably a pretty small number in the whole scheme of things, but I still feel very proud to reach thi...

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