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Baby I’m back!!!

I know it’s been a while… what, like two years or so… but that is how life goes sometimes… I don’t have time for playing games like I used to… but I want to get back into doing more interviews with artist in the industry and posting about some great games soon…

I have been more an artist who digs games lately… but believe me I am still a gamer who digs art at heart.

Here are some samples of the works I have done in the game area… as you can see there has been a big progression over the time.

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This was my first digital piece done back in 2009 trying my hand with some fan art…

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A sketch from Blue Dragon that I need to color…again done in 2009

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Some sketch work from Team Fortress

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Ryu from street fighter

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A sketch of a jackal from Halo series

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Kratos Sketch

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Crack Down vs Infamous digital illustration

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Mega man digi painting

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Big Daddy sketch

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Master Chief lite

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Chris Redfield vs the infected from Left 4 dead

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Little Sister from BioShock

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Grunt Sketch

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Gravity Hammer Grunt

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Nariko sketch

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Kratos vs Link Sketch

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ODST sketch

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Bayonetta digital illustration

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Blanka and Sloth break Dance

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The flood Tank Form

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Elite

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Johnson

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Skirmisher

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Halo Reach

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Brute Chieftain

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Han Juri

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Bioshock

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Gears

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Locust Horde

Marvel Kombat colored by vic55b

How do you play???

The way gamers have set up their TV and game experience have changed drastically since the time I was first introduced to the world of games.  In the past, in my earliest memories I was at the mercy of my mom’s living room setup.  Gaming was secondary so my snes and genesis traveled from open tv set to tv set so much they could have been called nomads.   My brothers and I finally got our own tv and our systems were finally stationary and life was good.  

The setup was simple.  All we needed to have a great time was a power cord, an av cord, the system and some controllers. Turn the channel to 3 and Blam! Instant bliss!  As the systems advanced so did the television sets.  

Our family never had a projection TV but I heard so many problems with playing video games on them.  So  I was glad we didn’t have one as I didn’t want my mom to yell every time we paused the game for a split second. 

Now I am an adult…I have my own house and I can choose what and how my living room is set up.  Video Game systems dominate my living setup as they not only play the games, they provide Netflix intstant viewing, dvd and bluray viewing.  I have HDMI cords for all my systems (except for the Wii of course) 

As the systems became more powerful they take more effort in taking care of them as well.  They need to breath so to speak and you don’t want them to over heat.  They have Wifi built in to connect to the internet…heck even my Tv connects to the Internet via wifi.  If I could time warp back 15 years to show myself how my living room would look ( I would be 14 years old) I would drop bricks in my pants….

I invest in my gaming setup because I want a nice comfy experience.  From the Surround Sound to my video game chair with built in speakers…I love to get my GAME ON.

Here is my set up

Television : 46 inch Sony KDL W5150 

Xbox 360 

Playstation 3 

Table weight..errr I mean Nintendo Wii

JVC Turner for Surround Sound 

Post your gaming set up here! 

Going live Friday!

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The blog was always the stepping stone to the dream.  The dream was to have a site with full galleries and other features…a mecca so to speak for gamers and artist alike to come to.

In honesty the site has been delayed mostly in part by my inability to remove the controller(s) from my hands…so I apologize!

The site which is being worked on by kalel06 is near completion.  This Friday will mark the day Gamersdigart goes live, back with interviews, articles, and most importantly art!

I hope the community receives the site positively.  I hope it could be a place to share ideas, good art and a place to speak on video games in a way that is not chaotic fanboy gibberishism found on many other sites.

The contest will resume shortly as well which is something I personally am excited about!

I want to thank those who have supported the blog and invite you all to check out the site and set up an account when everything goes live on Friday!

Looking forward to hearing from you guys…

Xbox 360 handle : dreno360

Ps3 Handle : d-reno

Wii Handle: Haven’t gone online with it yet… but Wii sports is fun!

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see ya soon!

Coming back soon I Promise!

Shoulda been back sooner…but you know life happens…

just celebrated my 28th Birthday today and let’s just say I am a little motivated to get the gaming site started!

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Gifts courtesy of me precious wife!

Thanks babe!

I’m as cool as my wife…sort of…

Remember back when my lovely wife 179611333_10780619f0 was in gameinformer with some awesome art?

It was the August 2008 Issue.

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Her illustration was featured on top of the page but they never disclosed if she was the winner…that sucked…but at least it was in the magazine!

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Well I guess I am following in her foot steps.  I know I didn’t win anything, but at least I made it as well.

I made it in the November 2008 issue.

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Same character as her (I drew mine first!!!) Good ‘ol Kratos.

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Well thanks Gameinformer for showing off our Kratos’ pics!

Here is a sketch of Kratos that I am working on right now to prove I AM getting back into some art!

LaTeRs!

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Photoshop Rewind…

Sorry about the week long absence from blogging…been pretty busy lately, but have some cool posts coming up this week!  First of all I want to say thanks to all who have come here and visit!  And another thank you for those who have left comments, they are much appreciated!  It has been a pleasure bringing you all the cool interviews of the fantastic artist that have agreed to come! 

Photoshop Rewind is just a Reverse break down of an illustration I did.  Note: You may want to read this blog from end to beginning since I did it reversed!  Hope you enjoy! 

 

The FINAL! This is the Hovering Hippo.  A quick photoshop illustration I did last night in about 1 hour 45 minutes.  (Finished 15 minutes early!) (2 hour limit)  11 layers in photoshop 7 done with a mouse. 

Step: 10  On a different layer doing some clouds for the background.  Yes Clouds..(The Hovering Hippo!)

Step: 9  Time is running short.  30 minutes to go before the 2 hour mark… layering in a background color.

Step 8:  Getting some shadows established here.  Trying to use colors instead of blacks to give a richer use of shadows.

Step 7:  Working towards getting it more polished.  I wanted to finish the whole thing in under 2 hours so my time is running out.  Been about 1 hour from the start so far.  

Step 6:  Adding more lights and overlay colors to flesh out the hippo.  I am not really caring about the final image just, still playing with overall feel of the piece. 

Step 5: Adding more lights.  Using lighter colors to add tone to the image as supposed to only working with darker shades.

Step 4:  Really starting to add some color to the hippo now.  Still working in tone right now to get the lighting of the hippo.

Step 3:  More shading of the hippo.  Using different opacities and size brushes.  

Step 2:  Trying something different here really.  Layering in some tones to get shadows down.  I don’t really want to use any reference for this piece only because this is just a quick exercise.  Now for a full color final illustration reference would be something I would go for to get the details of how a hippo actually looks.  (Like textures for coloring, shadows etc…)

Step 1: Alright just a quick pencil sketch to get things started.  Maybe when I get a wacom I can someday skip this sketch-step, but for right now every piece I do really starts with a pencil or pen drawing.  This is the blue print for the final illustration. 

There we go!  Hope you guys enjoyed the Rewind!  

Here is the final once again. 

 


How to get your girl into gaming…

Illustration by greenbeanbaby 

Yes…We guys love our games…and at the same time we love our girls as well…but combining the two isn’t always the easiest of tasks.  Instead of drooling over those models who pretend they play games drool over your own girl who could be playing games with you instead!  I have cataloged a guaranteed solution to get your girlfriend/ wife/ whatever/ into gaming!

Step 1 Start small.

If she hasn’t played anything before, start with something simple.  Don’t forget you, yourself started some where, you didn’t just wake up playing GTA IV or Metal Gear overnite…gradually build the interest by making her feel comfortable with games she can relate to at first.  I bought my wife a gamecube and started her off with the gaming icon of the world: Mario

 

Mario KartDouble Dash!! was the game in fact.  I knew that it was a simple enough concept…racing…and it was something we could play together.  She loved it!  She did the whole turn her whole body thing while driving in the game for a while but she was learning.  You don’t have to pick mario…but pick a game that will peek an interest in your girl.  Pick a game that will be fun for you both!

Step 2 Pick a two player game.  

No it doesn’t have to be double dragon! But, to any of the old-school gamers out there…think about the feeling you had playing this with your brother/cousin/friend! You and a partner taking on anyone who crossed your path. Pick a co-op game will build team-work with your girl. It will teach you guys both about team work and each of you work together. You could even start with a lower difficulty level to build her confidence. And guys don’t hog all the kills! Let her get into some action as well!

As time goes on up the difficulty and let her go at it!  Some great co-op games are any halo games, Marvel Ultimate Alliance, X-men legends, Justice League, Streets of Rage 1,2,3, Double Dragon, Smash Bros Brawl, gears of war, and army of two just to name a few. I choose x-men legends for my wife. She crushed it, an while we played I learned her style of play. She rushes in not holding anything back and played support for her.  It was so much fun and we pwned both games! 

    

 

Step 3 Play fair with her.

If you have gotten her this far and she is starting to play on a regular basis…don’t blow it man! Let’s say you guys are playing smash bros or anything together that is against each other don’t blow her out of the water. This would frustrate anyone. Guys you don’t want her to feel uncomfortable at any time…see step 1! You want the gaming time to be a relaxing time, not for arguments on how your killed her. Don’t let her win ALL the time either.  She won’t like it when you show her too much pity.  She is a girl not a wimp!

 

Step 4.  Let her have some ownership!

 

The industry knows this as well.  So should you!  Look how much pink gaming stuff is out there.  Any gamer wants their own stuff.  Find out what interest her and buy her a new game.  A lot of female gamers like puzzle games or simulation games. You have Rock BandGuitar Hero, andThrillville franchises to keep them busy!  Keep in mind not every girl likes pink stuff, but a lot them do! 

  

 

Step 5. Give them respect.

Respect the games they like to play and give them time on their games. Now that you introduced her to the world of gaming and showed her it is not a complete waste of time…give her own time to find out what games spark her joy for the medium.  My wife LOVES Halo 3.  She is actually playing it right now as I type this. Now, I remember back when Halo 2 was released. She wasn’t into games back then, but I was. She would hate the fact that I would go online and play until 3-4 in the morning. She didn’t understand it…now it is her playing till the wee hours of the night. She actually plays more than me right now! If I want to play something besides halo right now, I have to either by me another 360 or get her one.  Her gamertag is teenygreenbean by the way!

Do’s and Don’ts The finale

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Do 

Let her have fun!

Let her win sometimes!

Encourage her to buy a game for herself to enjoy!

Encourage her to talk trash online because guys will be talkin too! 

Spend quality time gaming with her! 

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Don’t 

Make fun of her for her taste in games or if she dies in a co-op game or if she moves her body awkwardly while playing games.

Make her fell stupid because she can’t do certain things in games…be patient and teach her! 

Kill her on VS games to the point where she wants to fight you for real! 

Get mad at her if she gets better than you at a certain game! 

 

The bottom line is you want her to have a good time! 

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I guess you could hit on girls already online…but that is really really desperate. And you never know how she looks! You wouldn’t want anyone showing up on your doorstep like this:

But then again…if you are hitting on a girl online then you must look like this:

 

Enjoy the girl in your life!  Get her into gaming today!!!