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New Shorts Series

Blog posted by Ste Pickford on Fri, 17 Nov 2017

There's a new Plok comic strip up today. You've probably noticed that it looks a bit different from the usual comics, and isn't following directly from the last episode of Volume 5, posted a couple of weeks back. We've started a new strand of the Plok...

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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

Blog posted by JPickford

Sun, 30 Dec 2012

Poposity #15

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Poposity #13

Blog posted by JPickford

Fri, 28 Dec 2012

Poposity #13

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Poposity #11

Blog posted by JPickford

Wed, 26 Dec 2012

Poposity #11

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Poposity #9

Blog posted by JPickford

Mon, 24 Dec 2012

Poposity #9

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Poposity #7

Blog posted by JPickford

Sat, 22 Dec 2012

Poposity #7

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Poposity #5

Blog posted by JPickford

Thu, 20 Dec 2012

Poposity #5

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Poposity #3

Blog posted by JPickford

Tue, 18 Dec 2012

Poposity #3

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Poposity #1

Blog posted by JPickford

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 11 final (Deg Illustrations...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

Chapter 11 final (Deg Illustrations)

This is the final image, without halftone, that I’m just about happy with. The divers at the bottom don’t stand out quite as much as I’d like, but I can live with that. The big face in the centre is actually my brother, based on a photo taken by...

Chapter 11 halftone (Deg Illustrati...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

Chapter 11 halftone (Deg Illustrations)

This stage shows an abandoned experiment that I tried it on this and a couple of other illustrations in the series. Once I’d inked in the background I became worried that it was all too flat and even - that there wasn’t enough contrast between dark...

Chapter 11 work (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Mon, 19 Jun 2017

Chapter 11 work (Deg Illustrations)

This is the final illustration in the book, although not the last that I drew, and I changed my approach slightly with this one, to reflect the tone of the final chapter of the book. Instead of dense, overlapping detail, I went for just two background ...

Chapter 9 final (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

Chapter 9 final (Deg Illustrations)

I wanted a look something like the poster for "Dead Man’s Shoes" for the main figure in this illustration (without being too close), but couldn’t find any reference that was exactly right. There are a lot of different types of gas mask out there! In ...

Chapter 9 pencils (Deg Illustration...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Fri, 16 Jun 2017

Chapter 9 pencils (Deg Illustrations)

By this stage in the project I’d planned out everything that was going to appear in the remaining four illustrations, after making copious notes on each chapter, and so I knew that this was the last of the ‘easy’ ones - the last one without a massive...

Chapter 10 final (Deg Illustrations...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Tue, 02 May 2017

Chapter 10 final (Deg Illustrations)

The final illustration is mostly empty white-space, which I thought worked well as a contrast between this and the previous illustrations, reflecting the change of tone in this chapter. With the eye detail in place, I was particularly pleased with the c...

Chapter 10 eye (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Tue, 02 May 2017

Chapter 10 eye (Deg Illustrations)

After all the work I’d put into the illustrations so far, this one felt like cheating as it only took me a couple of hours. There was no pencilling stage at all. At this point in the book the pace calms down dramatically, and there’s a moment of ...

Chapter 6 final (Deg Illustrations)

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 30 Apr 2017

Chapter 6 final (Deg Illustrations)

I was very pleased with the finished illustration here. I felt like I’d become comfortable with digital inking by now, and the final rendering here is pretty much exactly what I was aiming for in terms of line thickness, shading, contrast, texture, etc....

Chapter 6 pencils (Deg Illustration...

Blog posted by Ste Pickford

Sun, 30 Apr 2017

Chapter 6 pencils (Deg Illustrations)

This illustration felt most like drawing a regular comic page. I’d split all the visual elements apart from each other, dividing them up with twisted wire pairs into about 20 or 21 sections Each of these was then just like drawing a single comic panel....

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