art, artwork, characters, color, concept art, digital art, faces, fan art, games, photoshop, pics, portaaits, portaits, videogames

Portraits of the Medic, Scout, and Engineer (Team Fortress 2)

scout fan art medic team fortress2 tf2 faces portraits cartoons comic life silly faces mean medic silly scoult irritated engineer

Not one, not two, but THREE portraits paintings for today. This time I did  preliminary sketches with crosshatching then painted over my sketches, and finally smudged the lines and colors together with the smudge tool. Created start to finish in Adobe Photoshop. Time Spent : Under 2 hours. These characters are in the game Team Fortress 2. I tried different expressions to keep things interesting. However I might have over done it with the Scout. The reason I’ve been into drawing TF2 characters lately is the fact that so many funny videos made with Source Filmmaker have appeared on YouTube.

The last two dozen or so portraits, I painted directly to the canvas at the get go. Painting directly to the canvas is both a exciting and frustrating endeavor due to the fact you are constantly checking for and fixing perspective errors but the final result usually looks much livelier because your not bound by line and your forced to think in value. However if you have done a decent preliminary sketch with the perspective worked out, it’s much quicker to paint but your are conformed a little by your line sketch.

Update: Added images with each character separate to this post. So I could display them correctly on my Portrait a Day Page

Characters are copyright 2007 Valve.
Painting 2013 Maugryph

4 down, 5 to go.

boring, dark, digital painting, fan art, game reviews, horror, indie game, pc game, sketchbook pro, video game

Home Review: Is this horror indie game the next Amnesia? Or does it fall victim to it’s own craftiness?

Home indie horror game review. Artwork by Maugryph
Home indie horror game review. Artwork by Maugryph

Home has a great story, in fact the story changes depending on which objects you pick up, pathways you take, and which assumptions you make throughout the game. The game play itself is minimal, focusing solely on narrative and is much more like Dear Esther then Resident Evil. Aesthetically the game resembles a old Commodore 64 game with sound effects to match, and due to this it is very difficult to feel frightened or be in suspense. The game is terribly short and can be completed in less then a hour. Granted you could replay it a second time to see how different actions effect the story but unfortunately the story remains relatively the same throughout. Home is more interactive fiction then game, and is different enough to least check out. I would only recommend purchasing it when it goes on sale.

Steam Store: http://store.steampowered.com/app/215670/Platform:Windows

The artwork is based on a promotion screenshot of the game. SPOILERS: Unfortunately this is exciting as this game gets. Painted in Sketchbook Pro.

adventure games, fan art, game reviews, indie game, reviews, steam, video game art, video games, windows

“Trauma” Game Review – New tier for adventures? Or just a photo gallery?

moon like spheres trauma artwork moon spheres
Get ready to move moon like spheres for 2 hours.

As stated in earlier posts, starting today I will write some short reviews with accompanying artwork. This artwork would focus on what the game is all about. It’s basically just a excuse for me to draw more and to make me feel like I haven’t wasted all my money on that money pit called Steam.

Saying that Trauma is a unique game is a understatement, part Riven mixed in with a hidden object hunt and a touch of Instagram thrown in for good measure. It is a point and click adventure game with no bothersome things like a inventory or brain bending puzzles. In fact Trauma might be the easiest and shortest adventure game I have played so far. Clocking in at a mere 30 minutes first play and about 2 hours to complete everything.

In Trauma you play as a woman who is recovering from a car accident. Confined in the hospital she has these strange dreams. You navigate these dreams while trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

There are four small ‘zones’ in the game, each zone is composed of a bunch of photographs you navigate through via Google maps style in your quest to find hidden endings and Polaroid snap shots. This photo atheistic is the best aspect of the game and feels utterly original. The main weakness of the game is the puzzles and how you solve them in the game. The puzzle solutions themselves are practically handed to you by the narrator, there is no feeling of accomplishment as the game does everything but automatically solve it for you. The game guides you like a dog on a leash.

It’s not that I didn’t enjoy playing though Trauma,  the visual style is fantastic, but the hand holding and short length detracts from the experience.

… Oh and be prepared to move spheres for 2 hours.

The game can be purchased with Steam: “http://store.steampowered.com/app/98100/

artwork, comics, dragon, mascots, money, sales, steam, vector art, video games

Valve’s Steam holiday sale loves you.. and your wallet

steam holiday sale 2013  broke out off money no steam no

This years Steam holiday sale has been going on for little over a week now. This year i’ve actually stashed some cash for the sale this year, as it is the only time I purchase games on steam is on the summer and holiday sales. Prices are so low at these times as I can purchase 20 games (I counted them, I’m not exaggerating) for the price of a new game ($60 bucks), so I always wait  no matter how tempting it is to buy a brand new game. Bundles are my weakness, I have 120 or so games on steam, 75% of those where bough in bundles . Although I get great deals from steam every year, I still feel violated and dirty.

I’ve had a steam account since it’s creation in 2005, I was forced to join to play my copy of Half-Life 2- it’s the same tactic EA used with Battlefield 3 to sign people up with Origin)the biggest problem I have is that since I buy in bulk, I haven’t even played half the games in my library.

To feel like I haven’t wasted my money using Steam for 7 years, I will start writing short reviews with a accommodating vector artwork drawn by moi.

The artwork featured in this post is vector art and show the three Steam mascots taking my money. But instead of drawing myself, I drew a dragon, ’cause dragons are cooler.