Thursday, October 21, 2010

Game idea

I'll just post it here so I can say I told you so in 6 months time.
Its a bunch of ideas I had last christmas.

Basically its like an augmented reality seance or a summoning type idea whereby the more iphones/ipads being used or focused on the same area the greater the resolution/clarity/power of the summoning or summoned entity.

So you could go on a hunt or summon otherworldy entities- perhaps engage in a block war type thing. But the main thingis the more of you in a small group in the same 'game' the greater the power/clarity of your summoning- perhaps you need a number of people ghostbusters style to contain certain entities.

The idea would be that on one hand -the combined processing power of the units talking to each other provides the shared compute power to bring the thing into an impressive augmented reality life, but also to leverage the fact that often you've got a bunch of people or friends who've all got these type of devices in close proximity to each other. (often when they meet socially at night out or at someones place)

You'd use key real locations would be settings for various encounters, maybe localised .
So you'd have to go to a particular place at a particular time for the best chance of success- somewhere spoooky at night etc.....

You could maybe mix in some ghostly video transmissions being sent to people, or appearing/overlaid onto participants video chat.

Another riff on that mechanic could be revealing/decloaking a race of aliens/ships living amongst us-(parked in the sky above monuments etc)-and you 'need more people at once to overcome their cloaking signal' in a given location(a-la- 'they live').
This one about aliens is probably the most doable- you could have floating things in the sky and not worry about collisions so much, but maybe also have things crawling over buildings in the CBDs-(which are more likely to be mapped in 3d somewhere already).

I might do some roughs to illustrate the ideas of some of the monsters/entities or the aliens.

Elizabeth's rufous minge bat

The rufous minge bat was named by Frances Drake in Honour of Queen Elizabeth 1st.
Originating in the Americas, the minge bat found its way to europe via traders ships in shipments of cat or beaver pelts.
Once there it quickly spread, often stowed away in cases of merkins bound for wealthy clientele.
The decline in merkin sales has considerably reduced the habitat and spread of the species, and the current fashion for brazillian's is surely the death knell for the minge bat.

The blue tailed woohoo

Feared extinct, this image is a alcohol assisted reconstruction of the blue tailed woohoo based on a rough field sketch orignally found in the hands of a mummified naturalist found somehere in the Nugini highlands.
The woohoo is an uncanny mimic, an ability which unfortunately has lead to the decline of its species. It is named a woohoo because it mimics the mating call of other species- and is subsequently beaten up by invariably larger rival males.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Ice shark

Attack beast from the arctic

A WIP from Helpful Harry

The hairy nosed wombat is hard of hearing, and the hopping mouse is hardly there.
We'll fix that, might lengthen the horses muzzle a bit while I'm at it.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Lady of the lake

Some ideas- one more weird and arty I guess
but I went that way because everyone else didn't.

'Live' drawing.

Me at the Illustrators Australia 9x5 exhibition ...drawing away- as I do,

Didn't get too much done because there was a wine and conversation interlude but you can see the mermaid thing I was drawing.

Pictures are by Gary Collett (a visualiser and storyboard artist).

I can see that I'm looking considerably older and more haggard than my profile pic.
oh well....

Monday, October 11, 2010

Endangered species

Discovered in a newly started sketchbook, the Curly Snouted Dingler is poorly documented species-
scientists unsure if the white spots are warning to would be predators
or merely crumbs of coconut from a recently consumed lamington.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Grizzling Grace Wip

A wip from one of the current children's books.
Geckoes on go karts...