Heidi

Heidi Stewart often sat opposite me in the Sixth-Form center, I’d known her since Junior school and – between you and I – I’d always had a bit of a crush on her. 😳

Around the same sort of time as the Yasmin caricatures, this picture was based on a photograph and my attempt at a more realistic style. Once again this was completed using a custom 32-colour palette in DPaint on the Amiga.

Heidi

Heidi

Dizzy meets Flashback, Apparently!

A while ago I came across a collection of drawings I’d done in the early to mid 90s. For 20 year-old scraps of A4 paper they were reasonably well preserved, however, I figured I was already pushing my luck so spent the afternoon scanning them in.

Among them was a set of drawings and ideas for a character simply called; “Blue.”

Blue

Definitely inspired by Codemaster’s Dizzy I recall a picture (sadly lost) of Blue standing over a cracked and yolk-leaking Dizzy with the tagline; “You can’t make an omelette without breaking some egg!”

The following images show how I wanted a really expressive and realistically animated character whilst only working with a blob, eyes and floating hands/feet.

Blue

Introduction (Ink and Felt Tip)

These two demonstrate an ink and pencil-crayon style of drawing that I’m still very fond of today!

Blue

Poses (Ink and Pencil)

Blue

Rules (Ink and Pencil)

Blue even had an evil twin brother!

Blue

After raiding my Amiga recently I also rediscovered some digital renditions of the character:

Here are some unfinished sprite sheets:

Cover

Here he is featuring in a CDT project as a board game character. This showed off some relatively large-scale DPaint work and was printed, at the time, on my Star LC-100 colour dot matrix printer!

Cover

Board

As I recall my discovery of Blob, Cool Spot and a few other games with similar character stylings put me off further developing of the character.

Logicalis PowerPoint Characters

At work we have this set of marketing materials featuring models posing in business attire, looking pensive and inspirational, and all in black and white to look extra arty.

One morning my boss Adam brought his camera in having decided the team should slink off to a meeting room to recreate the poses with just the right balance of accuracy and mockery. They (mostly) came out brilliantly and Adam began subtly introducing our versions into his management presentations over the coming months.

My awful pose

This was around the same time I was doing my Transformers pics and I decided to recreate our mock poses in my cartoony-style with the idea that I would slip them into a VMware Administration team presentation planned for March 2012-ish.

Adam Dan Hilary Julie Lawrence
Maria Myke Paul Simon Zoltan

The presentation itself evolved into a much more serious VMware Lab Guide affair with printed materials and objectives so the pictures were left on the iPad for a while, however, finally they were used on a set of handsome mugs that I gave out as ‘leaving gifts’ for the team when I transferred to my new role in October 2012.

Mugs