A few weeks ago I posted about a big project I’ve been working on recently, a cat-based app for Android and iOS devices. Now need some help with one area of the app. Cat names! The more you play the match3 and sim management aspects, the more cats will pass through the virtual Homing Centre so I need to come up with around 100 names for all these moggies. Can you help? Let me know the name of your cat or if you have a great name you’ve been saving then let me have it, but other than that, I’m open to all ideas! Ask your friends too and share this post if you can because the more names the better :)
It’s a shame that some cats don’t come with gift receipts…
So it was brought to my attention by a friend of mine that it appears as if I drew Suzy, one of the lead characters from my new mini-comic Protocol, with a massive butt on the comic’s cover. Not true! The second bulge is actually Suzy’s upper leg. She doesn’t have as much ‘junk in the trunk’ as some may believe.
Tali can be extremely lazy at times. So much so that if you move her while she’s sleeping, even if that involves physically moving her, she won’t even open her eyes and continues to sleep. Other times the slightest movement causes her to flee. She’s such a weird cat!
Here’s another illustration from this quarter’s The Cat magazine about a young girl who fashioned a makeshift ramp for her new kittens to be able to climb up onto her bed. Super cute idea!
The other day poor Tali got herself all worked up in some kind of sneezing episode. When I say she got worked up I actually mean Tali simply sneezed repeatedly and I totally freaked out. But all is well and she seems completely fine. So it was me just being an idiot.
Right about now, those who regularly get The Cat magazine should be receiving their copies through the post and in it will be the illustration you see above. Well, eventually see after it’s all come together! Illustrating this piece was ace and perfect to show the process I went through. I’m rather fond of making process posts now!
If you would like a copy of The Cat magazine, details can be found here.
Last weekend saw quite possibly my favourite MCM Expo to date play out at the ExCel in London with oodles of people of all ages attending, browsing, chatting and cosplaying over three days. I was only there on the Saturday and Sunday however had a great time not only catching up with some great artist pals (such as Cristian Ortiz and Michael Lomon) but also with some kind folk who follow and buy my comics. It’s a shame I won’t be attending any conventions until October though I am hoping to be at a few other events between now and then. I’ll more details once I know them myself! In the mean time, I’ve posted some of the quick commissions I drew over the weekend (click the images to enlarge) and you can see my ugly mug and lovely table set up over at the Pages and Panels site along with a lot of cool people showing their wares too.
Thanks once again to everyone who said Hi and visited my table!
No matter how angry, fidgety, restless or excitable Tali is, there’s a spot on the back of her neck that when scratched, instantly makes her drop to the floor in a state of pure glee. Naturally I exploit this trick.
Here’s a sneak peek of a project I’ve been working on for around a year now. It’s an app for Cats Protection. Initially it was just concepts and rough artwork but since January this year, I and the multi-talented developer Moopf, have been busying ourselves with all manner of coding, illustrating and gaming mechanics to get this app off the ground. And it’s working!
The idea of the app is to give the player a lighthearted view of what it’s like to run a Cats Protection Homing Centre, rehome and look after a number of cats. In gaming terms we’ve combined the fun of a match-3 puzzle game with the challenge of a light sim management game. How it works is that a cat will come in to your Centre in need of rehoming. You then play a match-3 puzzle game to get that cat ready for adoption by making sure it’s well fed, looked after and entertained. If successful the cat then has a short stay in the Centre before being adopted. The Centre can be improved with new rooms such as a Behaviour Suite, Vet Block additional Cat Wings and more.
The screen shots above show the match-3 game in action (how cute is Burt?!). It’s been so fun to work on but it’s not over yet as we’re currently putting together the management sim. So I still get to draw a lot more cool things! The plan is to launch the app on all Android and iOS devices this Summer but I will have a build with me for anyone who is going to the MCM Expo to have a play with this weekend. Yet another reason to come along to my table!
So, I wasn’t being completely honest last Monday with my comic about Tali slowly shredding the sofa. It may have something to do with me playing with her and encouraging her to use the sofa as her toy… Oops…
It’s been a very long time coming but after months of hard work, my new mini-comic is finished! Protocol is a story following two crew members onboard a research ship somewhere in the galaxy. It’s my first foray into one of my favourite genres, Sci-Fi, and hopefully won’t be the last. I’m hesitant to give too much information for fear it would spoil the story but I will say it’s my biggest comic to date - 56 pages!
The see a slideshow of three pages to give a taste of what Protocol is all about, check out my official site. To get your hands on a copy, I’ll be bringing it along with me to the MCM Expo next week (May 24th-26th) and all future conventions. Shortly after MCM, it’ll appear in my online shop too (as will the other bits and pieces that I’m yet to add!).
When we first got our new sofa we were pretty strict with Tali if ever she started to scratch or climb up the arms. As time went on, we became less and less bothered…
The weather has been great recently which means no more excuses, I have to start regularly cutting the grass. If I could, I’d leave Tali to do it however as this limerick shows, that would be unpleasant for all concerned.
Poor Tali. Damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t.