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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!

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.

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!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Hey all! I’m back with a minor update before we hit the holidays hard.

Sudler & Hennessey
To start with, I’ve been pretty busy lately bopping around from place to place, lending my skills to those that need it. I spent a few months with the good people over at Sudler & Hennessey helping them design and animate an Interactive kiosk display. This was done for a Pharmaceutical client to be used at a convention. This particular kiosk display has a unique combination of illustration, design and animation. It’s a different take on the usual “Pharma” displays, and it uses the new Leap Motion controller instead of a touchscreen. All in all it was a great project to work on with a awesome group of people. Hopefully all goes well and we’ll get to do another!

H&S
I also spent a few weeks with my good pals over at Harrison & Star. I’ve been freelancing there for a few years now, and while things are always changing over there, it’s always remained a great place to work. These last few weeks were no different, other than the fact it was a shorter run than usual. But part of that is a testament to how well we’ve done our jobs (as in “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”)!

Quiz Hero
On top of all that I’ve been working on an educational game app called Quiz Hero. I’ve been working on this with my buddies Kevin and Larry, and there will be more to come about this in the next few weeks. Scheduled to be released this year, Quiz Hero will make a great download for the holidays! You can see more on the Facebook Fan Page HERE.

TMNT
Lastly, I recently did some storyboard shots for the good folks over at Nickelodeon. They had an idea for a TMNT game and asked if I could mock up a few scenes. What you see above is the first panel and snippets from a few other panels. Since we didn’t want to give anything way we figured this was the best way to show it. And I’m all for it since I usually can’t show any of this stuff!

That’s it for now. Check back soon for more updates!

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!

Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus TV Spot

Adventure Time: Royal Ruckus was created to help promote a new Adventure Time episode called “Princess Day”. Princess Day will air on July 31st, so be sure to check it out. More info about the episode is below:

It’s Princess Day in Ooo! You know what that means? Yep, LSP and Marceline team up to prank Breakfast Princess!

 


From Bleeding Cool:

SPOILERS!
Finn and Jake aren’t in this episode. Breakfast Princess is having a conference for the various Princesses (and this series has a lot of them) to work out their complicated trade issues, as each kingdom needs something from another, and it’s all very O. Henry “The Gift of the Magi” but during all of this, Lumpy Space Princess gets into like a real fight with the Breakfast Princess and she is all getting angry and what the lump?! Basically, the episode turns into sort of a Kill Bill meets Thelma and Louise as Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline become a very strange duo out for revenge and not quite killing people! As opposed to the trippy “Food Chain”, this was a more traditional classic story, featuring our odd couple of the Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline, out for vengeance and like, stuff.

It’s fun. If you like Adventure Time, but felt that the series’ recent focus on relationships and how broken Finn and Jake are has distracted from the fun, this episode is nothing but. It is scheduled to air next Thursday.
– Peter S. Svensson, BleedingCool.com


 

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!

Play Now!

WGCNY Updated: 2014

Hey all. I’m gonna keep this one short so you can spend more time looking around. I just wanted to say I’m happy to have a new site, one that is MUCH easier to update. Now I might actually be able to update more regularly!

So with that said, let me just say thanks for all your continued support, and I hope you enjoy the new site!

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