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Thursday, August 26, 2010


So I found myself happily busy over the summer doing Dare, however about half way through I smuggled home one of the Intuos 4 Tablets we were given (I gave it back before I left) and began drawing a caricature. So yeah, it has been a while since now since I started but I finally managed to finish it. Here's a picture of Myself, Mark Stokes and Claire Meehan. The trio who were put together to work on a Mark's short animation "Two Dogs" in our first year of ADA. I couldn't imagine how the year would have gone had I been on one of the other two teams and I'll happily attribute the majority good times through the year to these two dopes. So here is my gift to them.

You best be clicking it

Cheers guys, I really mean it. Let's kick ass in 2nd year!

Kev Ryan

Monday, August 23, 2010

His name is Robert Paulson (Discretion Advised)

So I'm working on an image that has been sitting unfinished in a "pending projects" folder. I had an urge to watch Fight Club and with no rush to finish the picture, figured I could put it on my second monitor while I painted on my first. I got through about 5 minutes of the film and a piece of dialogue put an image in my head. I figured I could sketch it and ink it fairly quickly. However while I'm now able to draw from scratch with my PenTablet, as opposed to sketching and scanning, I'm still not quick at it yet. So it took a little longer then...fairly quickly. Nevertheless, the image is below, there's two versions, both are a little disgraceful...

I guess it's fairly easy to work out in which scene the inspiration struck.

So this would be my first image, of many, done completely with my PenTablet, which is a bit annoying as I have a caricature on my laptop which is about 3/4 of the way done. It would have made a much better debut but sure I'm happy with how this picture turned out.

Kev Ryan

Friday, August 20, 2010

Dare 2010 Part 4 - Images

The last of the Dare posts...I hope, unless I think of anything else. The following 3 images are part of our promotional images we used for WiiKick and Protoplay. Click for larger.

Our team image, taken on a greenscreen background at first, it's not perfect but it get's the point across.

The Magic of HDRI

X-Ray of our Goalie that I drew in photoshop.

This image was printed out in A6 and autographed "Tayto" by yours truly and were handed out to players at protoplay.

These paintings need some explanation. We had power-ups in our smash scene, and we needed objects to be smashed to release them. I came up with the idea to make these objects paintings, which first meant painting pictures, and then ruining them with big dirty looking question marks before texturing the appropriate meshes.

These are the icons that would fly out of the paintings after they were smashed, signifying one of 3 power-ups.

Well, I thinks that's everything for Dare, I did much more here and there though, sadly I didn't get rendering our crowd animations, but if I figure out a way to get the darn max files working on my pc I'll be sure to put the animations in the previous post.

Kev Ryan

Dare 2010 Part 3

Boo yeah!!!!

Two final things, first, you can see above both the final design for the logo that I put together and the front of our business cards. It went through about 4 or 5 iterations before I settled on this design, and seeing as it's on all of the team's business cards, I reckon we'll be sticking with it for now. I would post up the back of my card, but you'll just have to meet me in person so I can give you one.

Aside from that, I also have all of the animations I did for our games Goalie character, which we lovingly nicknamed "Tayto", who has been described as looking like a cross between Jason Statham and a pint of Guinness.

He's a little rough around the edges but this is from a few weeks in, the animations were cleaned up since, however I didn't manage to get an updated render.

Kev Ryan

Dare 2010 Part 2

Ok here we go again, with all the flash stuff I did for this competition. First off is a video explaining how to put on our unique peripheral and navigate our games menu. Second is a logo animation for our company and an animated version of the logo our other artist, Kevin McGarry, created.

WiiKick Instructional Video
Nevermind Games Logo
WiiKick logo

MegaSwf is a pretty cool site. Last year I posted up an swf here using that site to host it and it worked out really well. The video has since been removed although I had not created an account then. with any luck these videos will stay on until I get myself some proper web hosting sorted out.


Dare 2010 Part 1

So I'm back in Ireland now after probably the most awesome experience of my life. 9 weeks living in Dundee making a game and another week showing it off to the public. The whole experience thought me so much about myself, the industry and working under the conditions one would expect when making games. The rest of the teams were awesome people and every winning team really deserved their prizes.

Nevertheless, I've got the task now of uploading all of what I've done for dare onto this, starting with this first post with the menu icons that I made.

If you click the slideshow you can see the images in much bigger detail and scroll at your own pace.

Or you could click this and see them all in one huge image.
Each of these were textured onto a large tablet like object with words above them signifying the option the player was picking. Also, our game, being a football game controlled with a wii-mote strapped to the players foot, had the player kicking a ball at these tablets to pick the option they wanted. Which was pretty cool to be sure.


*I'm still deciding what I want to sign these things off as, I'm trying to phase out my old name Kryvin, which meant making new accounts for almost everything, sadly I couldn't get KevRyan for everything.