I’m super excited about my newest creative project, Building the Game: A Documentary Podcast. I’ve partnered with Jason from Imminent Entertainment to do this. check out the website to learn some more about it. Our first episode will be released June 4th.
Almost two years ago my wife and a couple of her friends started a non-profit company to try to raise money to help pay for the funerals of children who had passed away unexpectedly. The Keriann McLain Fund for Children and Young Adults (the KMF) was named for my wife’s younger sister who was killed in a car accident in 2009. I am so proud of the work they’ve put into the project, and happy that they’ve trusted me to design so much of the visual presentation of the company. I’ve added a few things to my Graphic Design gallery that were put together for the KMF. The events they’re advertising have passed, but if you have a minute please visit their website and make a donation if you can.
Ahoy there friends!
I’m back in the saddle here. I apologize for the long hiatus. We had a rough Fall and Winter with some real bummer stuff keeping me away from fun things like this. But I’m back in business. I’ve got a lot of new artwork to post. And an exciting new project launching at the end of May. So stay tuned!!!
Just a quick update today. I’ve uploaded a copy of a sketch I did for my recent D&D game. It’s a tattoo that the players discovered on Mad Mathoth’s chest. I won’t go into details as to what it means, because they might read this!
- Mad Mathoth’s Tattoo
As the story goes, the “SVZ” mark at the top of the image was given to Mathoth by an evil Vampire Lord, known as Strahd Von Zarovich (D&D fans out there will recognize the name). With the mark of his House, Strahd gave Mathoth the ability to travel through magical mists that border his Domain. But Mathoth became intoxicated by this freedom and wanted more. So he traded his sanity to a Gypsy witch in exchange for the ability to travel even father, across dimensions and to other planes of reality. So the Gypsy added her image to the mark of Strahd, using its magic to make Mathoth’s desire come true. The consequence to Mathoth, apart from going insane of course, was that he could no longer pass through the mists. If he did, Strahd would find him and punish him for his trechery. So while Mathoth can travel at will to heaven or hell, he can never return to his own home.
In other news, I’ve added a link to the “Friends of PD” sidebar. Check it out. www.nimajneb.com
It’s my friend Ben’s blog where he’s posting pictures of some 3D sculptures he made. I look at his stuff and I am stunned, and I wish I had that kind of talent.
Good afternoon! Just a quick post today. I’ve added a new page to the site titled “Other Projects”. It’s going to be a place where I can put info about other stuff I’m working on. This is going to be mostly personal stuff, like maps I make for my D&D campaign. Or whatever woodworking project I’m in the middle of. I prefer to differentiate it mainly because of the personal nature, but also beacuse it’s not going to always be my original stuff. For example, the first thing I’m posting is a map for my D&D game:
- Lord Godefroy’s Dining Hall
This map is an original design, but most of the images and textures that I used to make it were pulled out of Google Image Search. I think its important for me to make that clear, so no one thinks I’m stealing anything. But also so no one thinks I created all of this from scratch. Creating maps using Google as a resource is a quick and easy way for me to put together a one-time use map for a one session game that still looks better than black lines on a wet-erase mat. Still, that all said, I’m really happy with the end result. Especially with the light from the gothic window arches on the floor. If I wanted to be extremely picky, I would’ve adjusted the position of the sunlight as it hits the tables along the top edge, since those tables are theoretically higher than the floor. But because this was for one short game, I didn’t worry about it.
I was a little bummed though. I had planned on reusing the design and detailing it to look old, dusty and rotten for the players to return to later. But then they burned the whole mansion down. So that’s out the window. Thank goodness I waited to do that.
Pretty soon I’ll post some pictures of the dice tower I made in my garage out of wood. Anyone who follows my twitter feed has already seen one picture. Right now it needs to be sanded, stained and finished. Time permitting, I’ll have it done this coming weekend.
Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve been busy getting the Keriann McLain Fund’s site up and running lately. Take a look:
Now back to my own site. I updated the banner graphic. I have a feeling I’ll be doing that a lot. I also managed to add my Twitter feed over there on the sidebar. I sure am learning a bunch about WordPress. It’s about time I learned something about WordPress. I’m overdue.
Anyway, the next project is to get the photography page situated. Wish me luck.
I’ve updated the project descriptions on the Graphic Design page, and added the Poorlydesigned Timeline on the About page. That was fun, going back through all the work I’ve done in the past. I realized just how much I’ve actually done in the past 8 years. Wow. 8 years.
Ok, the Video page is ready to go with some embeds. This WordPress thing is starting to make some sense. The more I use it, the easier it gets.
Time for lunch, then the photography page.
Ok, I’ve got the first gallery of PD design work posted on the Graphic Design page. The page still needs descriptions of the projects, but it’s a step in the right direction.
The Photography page has some images in it as well… but those are temporary. I was just using those to figure out how to post images and make a gallery.