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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 

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.

Sqvad Up

While working on another project for Utility NYC, I was asked to revise some of the UI Design for Lil Wayne’s Sqvad Up app. Not all of my designs made it in for launch*, and I’m uncertain weather the rest will make it in via an update. Still, it was a lot of fun working on this game.

*Upon further review it looks like the app was updated on 11/11 and all the UI was redone again, removing all the original designs and my revisions/additions.

End of Summer Recap

Hello Everyone. Happy Labor Day Weekend!

Summer is winding down now and Fall quickly approaching. Are you ready for cool days and nights, sweaters and the leaves changing? Are you ready to go back to school, for pumpkin spice or your favorite TV shows to return? I am, but I’ll still take a few more days, or weeks, of summer 🙂

I thought it was time for a quick update, and I figure since I have this new site and easy to update blog, I could do a little something something for ya. So with that, here’s what’s been going on!

Gregory Victorin

At the start of summer, I did some designs for a friend who has a Non-Profit Organization. I honestly don’t know much about the project, but I do know he wanted to make T-shirts to sell for charity. And I believe his church is involved, and that some, if not all, of the money would be going to help Haiti. So while I didn’t/don’t have all the project info, I know it’s all for a good cause which was more than enough for me to hop on board. These images would be used like the Polo logo is used on a shirt, small and placed where the breast pocket might go. And you can see there are a wide variety of color options. I’m not quite sure if any shirts have been made yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing them when they are.

Chi Intentioned

Early in the summer I made a logo for a friend’s start-up. She (Chi) sells jewelry, among other things, and she really wasn’t feeling the logo she already had. Since I had hooked up a logo sometime back for a friend of her’s that she liked, she had kept me in mind for when it was time to revamp her logo. Also, along with the final logo and logo with image, you can see some of the original sketches and mocks that lead to the final design.

Danielle Burnette

Around mid-summer I designed and illustrated a dust jacket for Danielle Burnette. Danielle wrote a book that she wanted to self publish, and she reached out to me for the cover design and illustration. I was more than happy to help out and the end result came out great! When the book was done she then asked me to create an intro image for her website. I had a lot of fun illustrating both images and it looks like I’ll be helping out with some business cards very soon as well! You can check out the book and site at the links below!

Buy Book on Amazon

Website

Everything Else

Past that, there are a few other things going on, that I either can’t talk about yet, or can’t show work for. However, I can still tell you a little bit about what’s going on. For example, I’m currently working on a new educational game app. It’s got a pretty cute style and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the final product. Also, the Legend of Fat Ninja team is working on another game for Cartoon Network. I’m excited about this one, but it’ll be a long time off before it comes out, so stay tuned. I’m also adding to the NBA buddies I did a few years back for Curriculum Associates. And speaking of C.A, I’m also doing a few illustrations for their educational website. This is another project that’s a long way off from release. And lastly, I’ve been freelancing for Sudler and Hennessy, illustrating and designing an Interactive Kiosk Display for a pharmaceutical convention. This display includes some mini games using the new Leap Motion controller, which is similar to the X-Box Kinect.

Ok, I think that about wraps it up. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your summer!

“Last” Video Animation

WGCNY + Aja Music & Film Productions team up to create Music Video for The Lady Jenn Bocian.

Referred to me by The Cutting Rooms Studios, Darrell Lawrence came to me with a mission. He had a client in The Lady Jenn Bocian. He had a song that she sung and he produced. He had video footage of her and her crew. But what he didn’t have, and what he needed, were some animations that would bring it all together.

Darrell had a vision. He was very clear about what he wanted, and how it should look. I went to work on a sample to see if I could provided him with what he was looking for. When I showed it to him the expression on his face said it all. I hit the mark. From there it was on!

With so much to do, I enlisted the help from John Hazard, Jimmy Tran and Sandra Charles (all on colors). I also got some good advice from my buddies Kevin Loughran and Stephan Nilson. Together we managed to turn out a very cool, fun and detailed comic styled animation.

The album release Party will be on July 9th. There will be a performance by The Lady Jenn Bocian as well as a screening of the video. Sign up if you want to attend. I’ll be there, so come and hang with me and watch a cool video as well.

RSVP

NBC Peacocks

This yeah I had an opportunity to work over at MSNBC. I was mainly doing banner design and animation, with a small on air animation thrown in. The offices, which are in the 30 Rock building, were pretty cool, and I got to meet Blackthought and Questlove during my time there.

While that was definitely the highlight of my time there, there was on other thing that stood out. On the walls of the office were pictures and posters of various things, but the one that caught my eye had 5 variations of the NBC Peacock, drawn by different artists. Several times a day I would pass this poster, stop, look at it, and then wander off with my mind racing over the images I just saw.

One day when I got back to my desk I was waiting for feedback on the work I just trued in. I had also just walked past the picture again, so it was still on my mind. I decided I was going to do a version of the peacock, but that’s all I knew. It was still a few hours before I had an idea, but when it came I jumped right on it.

Since NBC had just announced they were bringing back Heroes (ask me my opinion on that another time) I thought I could do that peacock as a Heroes character. I started mixing the names of characters with the word peacock, and when I got to HRGCock, I started cracking up. That was it! That was what I was gonna draw.

So I picked up the wacom pen and got to it. When I finished, I was pretty happy with the out come and I had actually wanted to do more. So I did. I did 5 pieces in all during my run. The last being the Questcock image, as I decided to do one of him right after we met.

I hope you get a little kick out of these as I did.  If I ever do any more I’ll post them up here!

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.

Beta The Game

When my buddy Chris Moody showed me the game he and his friend Errol King were working on, I was pretty amazed. They had an idea that seemed familiar, to make a game that teaches kids (people) to code, but their approach was unlike anything I had seen or heard of before.

Enter Beta: a cute little robot who lives in a world of limitless imagination. Users of the game will be able to create the world Beta moves around in. They can add obstacles, power-ups, platforms and more. They can then upload and share the games or worlds they made for others to play. All the while learning how to create games, a skill which could take them very far in life.

In an effort to help promote Beta, Chris asked me to do a few designs that would help show Beta is a new light. We sat down and talked about a few ideas and then I went to work. We ended up with a few cool designs that Team Beta could use to help promote the game while it is still in production.

Statue of Liberty Beta: This was a fun one to do. It was the first one we did and it really got us excited to do more.

Code Pop Beta (Raising the Flag): This one, image wise, is based off of the iconic image of the Marine Corps War Memorial. We changed it up to fit the coding and gaming aspects of Beta.

Code Pops Cereal: We decided to have a little fun with Beta and this time we wanted to put him on a cereal box. The Lucky Charms box design worried well for our purposes, since there are items and power ups that could be displayed like the hearts, stars and horse-shoes, clovers etc. This one really made me hungry for code!

Stay Calm and Code On: Based on a popular meme, we figured that a Beta version would work nicely.  We wanted to work in the crown a little differently, and Beta wanted the king treatment, so we hooked him up. The end result came out great and I’m looking forward to doing more in the future.

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