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Twitch Overlays Part 2

I’ve gotten the chance to do some more Twitch overlay packages. These are fun to do as they are branding sets. Meaning, I get to create the look/feel of the overall experience. It’s also pretty amazing to see the clients reaction when their idea has been brought to live. Here are some other packages I’ve done this year.

IBustFast: IBF found me though the Destiny community. As an up and coming streamer he wanted to set his stream apart from the rest and decided to get an overlay package. We talked for a bit, picked some colors and then I got to work. I really enjoyed working on this and was very happy with the end result. There were a few alt options which I liked just as much and that’s rare. So all in all this was a great project to work on. Check out IBF if you are into Destiny!

twitch.tv/ibustfast

Killer Six: Swinging back to the Borderlands community you’ll find K6 doing his thing. Not only did he want an overlay package, he wanted it to have the look and feel of Borderlands. After some more digging into a game I’ve still never played (but have grown to appreciate) I was ready. As you can see in the image, we did logo variations. K6 liked them all so went with it. I really enjoyed working on his caricature as well an the overlay came out spot on! K6 sometimes plays with his son, so be sure to check them both out and drop a follow!

twitch.tv/ki11ersix

Flyf: Jordan of Fly Nation reached out to me about an overlay package after recently being affiliated with Twitch. We started out with his logo Flyf, short for Fly Lyf (that’s pronounced “Life”). We came up with this cool text look with a paper airplane flying around it. From there we expand to the overlays, cam over and avatars. It has a very chill look and feel to it. And the plane helps your eyes glide across the overlay. Flyf has been very happy with the package and the response it’s getting. If you agree then go show him some love. He mostly plays CS:GO.

twitch.tv/flyflyfe

I’m hoping to pick up some more overlay package work in the near future. If you are looking to have a package made, be sure to reach out and we’ll get you hooked up!

Twitch Emotes

As I learned more about Twitch from a design standpoint, I realized there were a lot of areas where I could apply my skills. One such area is in the Emote department. On Twitch, people express themselves with pictures as much, if not more, than they do with words. Emotes are globally used, however, each Twitch streamer can have custom emotes (provided they are an affiliate or partner). This means the emotes you have can be special to your stream. Just jump into any streamers chat to see what I mean. It’s hard work tho, because the canvas size is super small: 112, 56, and 28 pixels for a full set. It’s hard to convey a lot in a 28×28 sized space, but when it’s done right the result is very cool. These are just a few of the emotes i’ve done for various streamers:

ZombieKing: ZK was one of the first streamers to ask me to do emotes. These were really fun as I got to draw a lot of existing and original characters. It was just like the comission work I used to do a comic convention or upon request. Only on a smaller scale. Still it was more than enough fun to make me want to do more! Check out ZK stream and sub if you want to use the emotes.

twitch.tv/zombiekingny

Morning After Kill: MAK was another guy who decided it was time for a revamp of his emotes. After just finishing his overlay package, he reached out to see if I was interested in doing his emotes, to which I quickly responded: Yes! I was completely unaware of Borderlands at the time so I had to do some digging to get an idea of what I was in for. The characters for that game are so cool it made doing these emotes a blast. Of course, there are some original  pieces in there as well, and that’s always fun as I get to make things up! I gotta give MAK a Ric Flair “WOOOOO” for hooking me up! Check him and and support with a sub!

twitch.tv/morninafterkill

Joltz Dude 139: Joltz is another BIG Borderlands streamer. He also reached out to me wanting to redo his emotes. I was more than happy to help, and we’ve been working together for quite some time now. Joltz has very specific ideas about his emotes and even goes as far as to rough out sketches for me. I love that about him. It’s not necessary in any way, but I think it’s cool that he does it. He likely has as much fun doing so as I do! Be sure to drop by his stream and sub if you can.

twitch.tv/joltzdude139

There are plenty of streamers not mentioned who i’ve worked for that all deserve a shot out. So if you want to see more, be sure to browse my twitter feed for now. I’ll post more when I can.

Twitch Overlays

I stumbled upon Twitch via my video game interests. Back in the day, when stuck in a video game, you might have to consult a friend or a magazine for help. These days you can find help on YouTube or live via Twitch! As much as I love games, I’m never the best player, so help is always welcome. But being able to speak directly to someone with knowledge is always an advantage. And being able to watch them play gives me different perspectives. That aspect of Twitch is what got me hooked. I dove in deeper and found a lot of really cool people trying to help others and just having fun.

As I got to know some of these great guys and gals better, they also got to know me better. Finding out that I was an artist, I started to get branding requests from various streamers. I was more than happy to help out and it’s been a ton of fun. These are a few samples of some Twitch Packages I’ve done.

The Real Coyote: TRC really enjoyed my illustration work. He is an up and coming streamer who wanted me to go all out with his Coyote theme. We decided on a red/black/gold color theme and then he let me take it from there. This theme has a real dangerous feel, with claw marks and sharp teeth to back it up. Check out his stream and drop him a follow. You’ll be howling at the moon for more!

twitch.tv/tharealcoyote

PJ Quill: This was a fun package to do. A play off GOTG, Quill is a hedgehog ready for action! We went for an action/adventure type look, with some sharp edges to bring it all together. I really enjoyed creating the character and matching art to go with it, and PJ was more than happy with the result! Another up and coming streamer, be sure to check him out and show some luv, just don’t get pricked!

twitch.tv/pjquill

Morning After Kill: MAK was the first big streamer to request my services. He is BIG in the Borderlands community. He was already a big name on YouTube and recently added Twitch to his to his growing empire. MAK had a very specific idea in mind for his stream, and was able to convey it with ease. It made my job that much easier, and I could focus of the fun stuff. I added some extra details to the overlay and panels. Paid special attention to his caricature and the fun, large tip screen. MAK and his fan base loved it and I’ve been doing some work for him as needed ever since. Check out MAKs stream for a fun time and drop a follow to show some love!

twitch.tv/MorninAfterKill 

CN Game Stats

It’s always great to see how people react when you put out a product. Putting out a game is super exciting as people really love games. It’s also interesting to see the stats behind how well a game does. Usually tho, I don’t have access to that information. Fortunately, Cartoon Network gives us a little bit of insight into the stats of the games we produce. It’s not the full backend stats mind you, just the number of likes and plays a game has, which is displayed for all to see.

In the image above you can see the the kids are really enjoying the games we’ve put out. Drillionaire is super popular! It’s been out for more than a year now, so it’s numbers are higher than Panic Mode and D2 just on time alone. Still, I think all things being equal it’s our most popular game. But I’ll be watching to see how D2 does as it’s a new release, it’s hot on the trail of Panic Mode and Royal Ruckus, and those games have have been out longer.

Special thanks to CN for giving us the chance to make some great games. And to Kenny (ZG), Kevin (IM) and Gina (SL), it’s always a pleasure working with you guys! Here’s to our next project!

Portraits

I did a few portraits for Kecker, Fl0wer and Storvox. These were a lot of fun to do and they loved them! Storvox wanted one as a gamer, and one as a professional. He does video work and you can see him putting it in behind the camera.

Kecker DoubleDecker

I’m a big fan of Destiny the game. My friends and I spend a great deal of time playing. However, it’s one of those games where you are going to have to make new friends to do all the things you want to do. There are quite a few sites out there that help you do that, and twitch is one of them. Unlike the sites that help match you with like minded players, twitch is a site where really good (and sometimes just ok) players stream their game play. These streamers help other players achieve their goals in the game, they tend to build up followers which then turn into communities. While there are quite a few streamers that I follow, there is one who I’ve helped out a little.

I’m not going to get into all the aspects of streaming, but like any visual medium, there are things that can be done to make it feel more unique. This is where I come in. I designed a few pieces of art that Kecker uses on his stream. They include a Stream Starting Soon page, and Stream Overlay, a BRB page, a logo and more. In fact I’m working on something now for his supporters.

It’s always great to see people come together. Kecker (Justin) and his girlfriend Fl0wer (Amanda) are great hosts, a lot of fun and just good people. If you play Destiny, be sure to check them out. Fair warning, it’s a mature stream so make sure you have on headphones!

Catching Up

The end of 2014 saw a lot of steady clients move on. Early 2015 was a very slow work period with only a few small projects (from very loyal clients). Around the summer, a very large project dropped into my lap, one that looked like it would spark a long term partnership with a new client. The project didn’t get under way until the fall, and ran until about the summer of 2016. That’s when the project got put on hold. Not long after it was pulled in house, and now it’s seemingly just on the shelf. If it is truly shelved, that’s very unfortunate. Still, I learned quite a bit while working on this project, and I’m more than ready to apply that knowledge and skill to whatever comes next.

As always I’ll keep pushing forward. That next great project is just around the corner!

Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus is LIVE!

It’s Live! We are very excited that this game is out and playable around the world!

Kids seem to be diggin’ the Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus game! Here is what a few the them had to say (Quotes taken from Cartoonnetwork.com):

CN Scout: This game is not easy! But I like it!

Icy Bobo Gullet: The 2nd dungeon is so hard but I love this game. 9/10

Defiant Chuck Celsius: I just realized you can change the controls in the pause menu! When I set them to LEFT I find it’s much easier to play – but that’s just me  Super fun game! The replicant on dungeon 3 is insane!

Normal Natalie Ninja: I got my first badge in this game! And I love the title. “Royal Ruckus.” Cool game title, CN!

Be sure to check out the game and drop us a line to let us know what you think!

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Update: Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus

WGCNY + Zephyr-Games Inc + Interactive Monster + Serial Lab team up with Cartoon Network to bring you Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus.

We’ve got a launch date! July 21st.

Royal Ruckus is going to get some heavy promotion as it ties in with an episode of Adventure Time. Not only that, we recently found out the game will be localized for Cartoon Network’s Asian/Pacific division!

So be sure to keep an eye out for the on-air spots, and mark your calendars for July 21st cuz that’s when the Ruckus begins!

Kimberly-Clark CEO Conference Animation

WGCNY + MJM Creative team up to produce animated presentation for Kimberly-Clark CEO conference.

When my buddy Dennis Climent found himself overbooked and unable to help out a friend, he referred said friend (who’s name is Ellen Burnett) to me. Ellen is a part of MJM Creative and she told me she was in need of a game themed animation. I worked with Ellen and her team to figure out what the needed and then got to work. After the initial meetings, I started working more with Marijana Sarich. She was very helpful and provided a lot of design solutions, animation ideas and insight about the client for who this was for: Kimberly-Clark.

I found out not too long after it’s completion that the animations were a big hit at the conference. Everyone loved it. I was very happy to have been a part of this project and I’m just as happy to be able to share it with you now.

And just FYI, the audio has been added for the web presentation. In the original presentation these animations were split up and intermixed with content slides.

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