My week before Easter was taken up by a couple of larger projects - one I'll have for sale at the London Gaming Market next weekend, and one I'll have for sale at the London Film & Comic Con. I teased you last time with a Ninja Gaiden piece, and finally finished it (after running out of light blue beads, and having to wait for a delivery). It measures 50x50cm and took many hours to make!
Next up, another big one. I haven't yet seen Batman V Superman, but couldn't resist making a triple portrait of the 3 main characters. I know the reviews aren't great, but it seems to have hit with the fans, and I'm a fan, so I reckon I'll probably like it. Not sure about Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor though... Anyway, it took a long time to make, due to on-the-fly modifications I had to make (the computer program rarely makes a flawless design). This one measures 40x50cm, and is just awaiting a frame.
I'm really happy with how it came out, and I'm looking forward to seeing peoples' responses at the convention.
After doing large pieces, I always like to do some smaller ones - makes me feel productive to see some quicker results! I found these 2 designs on Google and couldn't resist beading them. Since I was young I've been a big fan of Bruce Lee and Star Wars, so the decision was easy. Each one took about an hour and I love how much detail they convey, in so few beads. It inspired me to design my own black and white portraits, the first of which I started this morning. Pics of that to follow!
Hello there! Not long now until the next London Gaming Market (it's on April 3rd), so I thought I'd whet your appetites with some of the pixel art I'll have for sale on the day!
This is of course in addition to the art in my previous blog post, as well as loads of other stuff I'll be taking too. I'll have a portfolio for customers to browse on the day, and don't be afraid to ask for something specific - I'll have lots of art under the table, so there's a chance I just haven't had space to display it yet!
Hope to see you there.
This week I've mostly been concentrating on gaming projects for the upcoming London Gaming Market. I feel like I've made enough smaller pieces to sell, so now I've been working on some larger pieces, as well as designing some artwork to make for the London Film & Comic Con in July. The smaller pieces I've finished are as follows:
I finally took the plunge and made a screenshot from the NES Batman game that I've had on my to-do list for a long time. It came out pretty big, taking over 4 hours to make. After a little experimentation with frames, I found the best size (40x50cm), and the white colour seems to work well in making the art stand out. Very happy with this one :)
I've always been a fan of Burton's Batman movie (the sequel not so much), but I never particularly enjoyed the games based on the original film. I remember having the Gameboy version and being a little confused as to why Batman had a gun and basically shot everyone. Did the developers not know who Batman was?? The current Arkham series of games is amazing, but my favourite retro Batman game will always be Batman Returns on SNES. The only downside is it's 1 player only - they missed a golden opportunity to include Robin or Catwoman as player 2!
And now, a little work in progress! Here is another screenshot I've been wanting to do for a long time. Currently just under 2 hours in, it will be 50x50cm when finished.
For the record, I've always been terrible at the Ninja Gaiden games, but the sprites and cutscenes are awesome!
I’ve been busy creating artwork for my next market stall appearance – the London Gaming Market in Russell Square, London. Held on Sunday 3 April, doors open at 11am and close at 4pm. I had a great time at the last one in November and can’t wait to sell there again.
After that I have the big one – the London Film & Comic Con in Olympia, London. As it runs from July 28-31, I’ll have to create a lot of artwork! I’ll be able to use comics and movies as inspirations too, rather than solely focusing on games. And after you've come and met me, you can go meet Hellboy! I’ve been to this convention a few times as a customer, so I know how busy it gets. Looking forward to a successful weekend!
My name is Iain and my addiction is making pixel bead art. My main inspirations are comics, video games and movies.