Castlevania 3 – Clock Tower Study

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Nostalgia is not only a powerful source of motivation, but it incentives us to explore contemporary concepts from the past and carry forward that which stands the test of time.  In this vein I enjoy taking a break from my usual set of tasks in order to pay respects to the masters of the past, and to hopefully glean some bit of knowledge myself.

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X-Com – Beat the Night

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For all those who’ve played the classic X-COM UFO DEFENCE game, you’ll know that one of the most important skills to learn is how to stall for Day missions.  Luckily, OpenXCom allows you to hover over a given crash site or terror mission until the glorious sun rises over the mission objective.  Sometimes, however, you’ll have no time to wait.

This art was a joint effort between myself and a good friend, Kayfix.  Still one of my favorite web comics ever! 

If you are interested in X-Com or Open X-Com, feel free to check out youtube.com/StreetLevelGaming Those guys play too much of this game.

BaseTradeTV Reflection

Though I am mired in my current work, I find that it can be a good thing to take small breaks from the grind to reignite my passion for artistic work by tackling smaller more focused projects.  I enjoy doing overlay and eSports work for many reasons, but one of the them is that it utilizes a generally very simple concepts that can be deeply explored through creative problem solving and intelligent design.  This allows me to push aside a lot of the extra considerations that can weigh down exploration of design while I’m working on such a complicated project as my Indie game Mecromage.

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An image to promote the crew of @BaseTradeTV

December of last year I had an encounter with a Starcraft 2 community stream on Twtich.tv that I really enjoyed.  Their obvious passion and dedication purely to the community of gamers was inspiring.  I felt this could be a nice avenue that would allow me to stretch a little and focus on quick creative execution of some small projects.  I contacted BaseTradeTV and offered some graphics support for the channel, they accepted.

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IdrA Logo Reflection

 

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About a year ago I had the pleasure of working with Greg ‘IrdA’ Fields on his solo brand logo.  He was one of the most responsive and engaging clients I’ve had the pleasure of working with.  The logo processes went smoothly. Though a bit on the long side, we both ensured IrdA was getting a logo that would hit all his key branding goals.

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Semper Filly

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  My good friend, and fellow Marine is still active and being deployed around the world.  He has a fantastic family and two wonderful kids.  I thought it would be nice to draw them each something they would like in honor of their sacrificing time with their devoted father.

The young guy received a spider-man image, and for the young lady who quite enjoys My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic, I illustrated this poster that draws inspiration from the Eagle Globe and Anchor.

This was quite different content than I usually work on, so it was very fun and enjoyable.  Something about drawing really cute and fun things makes you smile more while you’re working.

Thanks to all the service members and their families that sacrifice so much more daily than most of us can ever imagine.  – Joshua Keyes

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Spider-Man Hero Inspiration

spiderdudeThis Spider-Man image was inspired by a good friend’s son who’s favorite comic hero is Spider-Man. As an active duty Marine my friend often finds himself on deployments around the world for months at a time. I thought it might be nice to illustrate a poster to boost his little one’s morale a bit.

Heroes in stories, comic books, and video games are sources that allow us as individuals to challenge our own understanding of who we are and how we see the world around us.  These fictional characters are infused with mores, strengths, and weaknesses that play out in dramatized situations.  These situations aren’t just for our entertainment, but I believe they can be viewed as sandbox simulations for us to consider our own values and daily lives in the much simpler and safe environment – our imagination. 

Heroes may be cornerstones in our collective conscious but I believe they inspire us to be real heroes.  The peace officer, the fire fighter, the warrior, the mother, and the best friend that swoops in with a call or text at just the right time are real heroes in our lives.   We may not all have super powers, but we do all have the power to make a superior impact on each others lives daily.

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Cheerful–Grubby Melting Face

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Though I still am quite the nomad currently, I’m very happy to be able to take a moment of respite from time to time.  Today I’m thankful for my laptop, Wacom tablet, and being blessed with the opportunity to watch Grubby 2-0 incumbent Polt at Dreamhack 2013. Way to go Grubby, you’ve brightened yet another fan’s day!

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Envelope Art–Step Up

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Its was a while ago that I illustrated this on an envelope and sent it out to my wife while she was away for a on a challenging trip.  I ran across it and thought it might be fun to share.  I’m currently in a life transition, moving across country. This image reminds me that no matter where I step next in life, I better make it a point to step up to the challenge, and ROFL STOMP THAT SHIZZZ!

Peace be with you!
Raihn