Friday, 28 March 2014

Art Challenge 5 - 15th-28th March - "Vicious"

This is an unfinished one, I'm afraid. I want to be able to put a lot of time and effort into painting this and the art challenge doesn't really allow for that unless it's all I do, so this is just the drawing, pre-watercolour.

It's a fanart piece of the Fallout games. I couldn't think of the word "vicious" without "deathclaw" coming to mind. They're renowned for it.

I used two screenshots as reference - one for the main pose which was a deathclaw in the quarry in New Vegas (the alpha male, I believe), and another one because I couldn't make out what the hell was going on with their teeth, which I think is from Fallout 3. It's still not very accurate, probably, but I'm past caring. They don't kill with their teeth anyway and it still looks mean.




I apologise for the utterly awful photo; it's too dark here to get a decent one. If I remember I'll retake it in daylight. Unfortunately it's too big for me to bother scanning it until it's finished. It's the biggest thing I've done so far (still not huge by art standards but the largest I usually work at is 10"x7") and will need to be scanned in parts and then put together digitally. I don't fancy doing that twice.

The painting will be completed for a goal in April. I'll probably upload progress photos to Twitter, as per usual. This is half my blog title - the broken dreams half - but I hardly ever draw things that aren't pretty flowers these days, so it was nice to exit the comfort zone and do something else. It's actually been quite fun to do.

The next art challenge starts on the 1st of April, so we have a little break from art challenges now, and the word is "ruin". End of the month recap in a few days and I'm still preparing a monster art post!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Updated video game list.

Updated version of the list to remove the completed games that were crossed out (not very many!), to include games on my PS2 and NDS (because I found my PS2 YAAAAAAAY nostalgia!) and to add approximate completion times for most of them (from here) so I have a better idea of what I can do each month. I'm trying to space them out so that I don't get stuck with a few massive games at the end.

The first number is the "main story" time and the second number, where present, is the "completionist" time. Obviously these aren't all super accurate - I'm using the times as a base even if they were flagged as unreliable on the website. If I haven't found the completion time yet, chances are it's a fucking massive game and I'll be playing it for the rest of my life.

This is all the games I own that I've either never played, am yet to finish, or want to replay. I have no real intention of ever touching some of them. Some can never be truly completed, too. In most cases I have special editions, collector's editions or GOTY editions, so I have more than just the base games to contend with.

I'm only going to let myself start a new game when I have less than six games on the in-progress list in future, because having so many games stacked up is making me forget them a little. I've also found that I'm not paying them the attention that I should be; I'm rushing through them so I can move on to another, and I don't want to do that. However, a lot of the ones on this list have sequels, so for the same forgetting-things reason, I'm gonna make it okay to move straight on to the sequels. And G1 Jockey 4, Guild Wars 2 and The Sims 3 will be on that list forever, so I don't think they count.

Currently in progress
* Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (15-42 hours)
* Chantelise (9-20 hours)
* Deponia (8-11 hours)
* The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
* Final Fantasy VII (39-92 hours)
* Final Fantasy X (PS2)
* G1 Jockey 4 (PS2)
* Guild Wars 2
* Metro 2033 (10-16 hours)
* Portal (4-8 hours)
* The Sims 3
* Ys I (7-10 hours)

Full list
* Age of Empires 2, Age of Empires 3
* Alan Wake (11-20 hours)
* Alien Breed: Assault
* Amnesia: The Dark Descent (9-11 hours)
* Anodyne (6-11 hours)
* Another World (2-3 hours)
* Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (15-42 hours), Assassin's Creed: Revelations (12-35 hours), Assassin's Creed III (14-51 hours), Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (21-50 hours)
* Avatar (7 hours)
* Awesomenauts (44-239 hours)
* Bastion (6-18 hours)
* Batman: Arkham City (14-66 hours)
* The Binding of Isaac
* Bioshock (12-21 hours), Bioshock 2 (11-23 hours), Bioshock Infinite (12-26 hours)
* Borderlands, Borderlands 2
* The Bridge (6-8 hours)
* Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (3-4 hours)
* Burnout Paradise
* Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
* Cave Story (6-10 hours)
* Chantelise (9-20 hours)
* Cogs (5-14 hours)
* Commandos 2: Men of Courage, Commandos 3: Destination Berlin
* Dark Souls (51-99 hours)
* Dead Island (21-35 hours)
* Dead Space (12-19 hours), Dead Space 2 (9-15 hours)
* Deponia (8-11 hours)
* Deus Ex (24-36 hours), Deus Ex: Invisible War (10-16 hours), Deus Ex: Human Revolution (21-43 hours)
* Dishonored (13-30 hours)
* Divine Divinity (44-78 hours), Beyond Divinity (not listed), Divinity II (39-60 hours)
* Don't Starve
* Dragon Age: Origins (42-86 hours)
* Dust: An Elysian Tail (10-17 hours)
* Ecco the Dolphin, Ecco: The Tides of Time
* The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
* Eldritch (4-7 hours)
* Fable: The Lost Chapters (17-44 hours)
* Fable 3 (14-45 hours)
* Fallout, Fallout 2, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas
* Far Cry (14-18 hours), Far Cry 2 (17-32 hours), Far Cry 3 (15-37 hours)
* Farming Simulator 2013
* Fez (6-12 hours)
* Final Fantasy I (PS2), Final Fantasy II (PS2), Final Fantasy III (NDS), Final Fantasy IV (PS2 + NDS), Final Fantasy V (PS2), Final Fantasy VI (PS2), Final Fantasy VII (39-92 hours), Final Fantasy VIII (41-92 hours), Final Fantasy IX (PS2), Final Fantasy X (PS2), Final Fantasy X-2 (PS2), Final Fantasy XII (PS2), Final Fantasy XII: Revenant Wings (NDS)
* Grand Theft Auto 1, 2, 3, 4, Episodes from Liberty City, San Andreas, Vice City
* Guild Wars 2
* The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing (12-16 hours)
* Just Cause 2 (18-86 hours)
* Killing Floor
* Kingdom Hearts (PS2), Kingdom Hearts II (PS2), Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (NDS)
* La-Mulana (28 hours)
* Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light (6-20 hours)
* Lego Batman (9-30 hours)
* Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7
* Lego Lord of the Rings (9-32 hours)
* Limbo (4-6 hours)
* Machinarium (5-6 hours)
* Magicka
* Mark of the Ninja (9-20 hours)
* Mass Effect (17-42 hours), Mass Effect 2 (25-48 hours)
* Metro 2033 (10-16 hours), Metro: Last Light (11-28 hours)
* Mirror's Edge (6-11 hours)
* Monaco
* Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit
* Nihilumbra (3-6 hours)
* Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee (12-18 hours), Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus (15-20 hours), Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee (14 hours), Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath (12-34 hours)
* PixelJunk Eden (6-13 hours)
* Portal (4-8 hours), Portal 2 (9-17 hours)
* Prince of Persia, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones, Prince of Persia: The Warrior Within, Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
* Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale (13-39 hours)
* Resident Evil 5 (12-31 hours), Resident Evil 6 (22-54 hours)
* Reus
* Shadowgrounds, Shadowgrounds: Survivor
* Shelter
* The Sims 3
* Spec Ops: The Line (6-15 hours)
* Spiral Knights
* Spyro: A Hero's Tail (PS2)
* Super Meat Boy (11-40 hours)
* Syberia (11-12 hours), Syberia 2 (8 hours)
* System Shock 2 (13-25 hours)
* Terraria
* Thief Gold (19-32 hours), Thief II (21-33 hours), Thief: Deadly Shadows (18-28 hours)
* Tomb Raider I (16-17 hours), Tomb Raider II (12-19 hours), Tomb Raider III (12-18 hours), Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation (13-23 hours), Tomb Raider: Chronicles (12-17 hours), Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness (17 hours), Tomb Raider: Legend (8-18 hours), Tomb Raider: Anniversary (13-18 hours), Tomb Raider: Underworld (10-16 hours)
* Torchlight 2 (20-54 hours)
* Trine 2 (12-20 hours)
* Valdis Story: Abyssal City (11-16 hours)
* Vessel (9-14 hours)
* VVVVVV (3-5 hours)
* The Witcher (41-65 hours), The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings (24-54 hours)
* Worms Reloaded
* Ys I (7-10 hours), Ys II (7-15 hours), Ys: Origins (13-24 hours), Ys: The Oath in Felghana (11-16 hours)

Friday, 14 March 2014

Art Challenge 4 - 1st-14th March - "Colour"

I finished a traditional version of this yesterday (I know, a day early! Weird!) and then decided that actually, I'd rather do a digital version as it'd be "cleaner" (and "much better"). So, this time my art challenge submission is a digital piece, which I don't think has happened before. I don't think I've put a digital piece on my blog for ages, either. The label must be covered in dust.


I used the traditional painting to get the rainbow colours: cadmium red, cadmium orange, cadmium yellow, emerald, ultramarine, dioxazine violet and mauve. I used Photoshop to paint over everything except the umbrella and the blending in the sky, where I switched to a very temperamental Corel Painter. I used to utterly adore using that program and now it seems to be a million miles away from what I need it to be, which makes me feel a bit sad.

I have a HUGE draft post in progress with EVERYTHING that I haven't bothered to post over the last two years or so. It's going to be a monster, so don't hold your breath on me finishing it soon. There's a lot of things to scan and photograph!

Next art challenge is "vicious" - at the moment I'm thinking "deathclaw fanart"...