Friday, April 3, 2015

16 Colours of Light

Click image to enlarge and see gorgeous pixeltude.

I love the classic 16-colour EGA palette. I don't know why, but making teeny checkerboard patterns out of two of the colours (aka dithering) to make a third colour gives me just about the tamest thrill imaginable.

I'm planning on having day/night cycles in my game. At first, I thought there'd be one "day" version and one "night" version of each background, but I got carried away playing with all the colourful little pixels and here are a bunch of attempts at creating different lighting conditions using EGA.

If this was boring ol' 256 colour VGA or whatever else the kids are using nowadays, all I'd do to make a scene lighter or darker would be to slap a transparent layer of that colour on top and call it a day. YAWN. Or maybe edit the actual light source if this was one of those terrifying 3D games.

I'm much happier picking away with my digital cross-stitching :P.

-- Julia

Here's my other game art.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Trying something new -- Patterns!

Here are a bunch of patterns I've made because it's good to try new things and also this makes gift-giving at xmas-time so much easier! I just order a bunch of stuff from Society6 and I'm all done :).

I'm also thinking of trying Print All Over Me. Maybe get a pretty summer dress made! Their terms of service look fair and the range of products they offer is terrific. Dresses, pants, bean bag chairs, rain coats... Exciting!

-- Julia

Monday, March 9, 2015

Ten "New" Macleans Illustrations

I'm trying to catch up on some blogging. Here's a bunch of Macleans illustrations I haven't posted yet! Kinda nice to see them as a set :).

-- Julia

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Elementary, My Dear Boston

The best client is a repeat client! Lindsey Brisbine over at Little Fang Photo commissioned this poster starring Sadie and Baxter, her adorable Boston Terriers. Here's the first one I did for her:


-- Julia
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Monday, January 12, 2015

Beauty illos on a beauty blog!

I was recently contacted by cosmetics blog The Beauty Room about featuring  my work on their site. I love make-up, fragrance, and all beauty products so I was more than happy to share my work!
This time it was some beauty and fashion stuff I did when looking at last year's Oscars photos. Cate Blanchett had a spectacular pair of opal earrings and I wanted to sketch them up.

My favourite thing as an illustrator is for folks to connect with the art I make for fun and on my own time. One of my New Year's Resolutions is to create more art like that :).
-- Julia

Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays!

Hi, folks! I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season filled with family and friends. This cover is for ffwd Calgary and for Velvet Cinema / Hot Mess' Xmas celebrations. Here's a link to the story.
And here's a little version, showing how the whole cover looks:
Best wishes to all!
-- Julia

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Cutaway buildings

Click to see image in all its pixelly glory

After blogging about some possible ways to show building interiors, the fine folks in the Sierra Gamers Facebook Group offered some great suggestions including doing a cutaway showing a bit of the exterior along with the interior, indicating doorways.

I'm glad to be sharing this work with people. The feedback's been wonderful and super motivating!

Click to see image in all its pixelly glory 

Click to see image in all its pixelly glory

-- Julia
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