Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Music Box on Xbox Live Arcade

This post comes as a bit of a surprise to me.  I was going to put up an entirely different image until it came to my attention that a game I’d been working on a year ago has finally been released on Xbox Live.  Actually, “game” might be a misnomer, since it’s more a music/beat sampling software similar to flstudio compressed into a console experience.  My role in the game was to design the UI, and you can see above some of the design ideas we were discussing.
We liked the first design sample best so we extrapolated on that and the UI you see here is pretty much what made it into the game, with some minor changes and tweaks.  I’m curious as to why it took so long to come out, though my gut tells me it has something to do with Microsoft Certification.  You can check out some gameplay videos here and here to get a better idea of what the game’s like; the former was released by the creator of the game and the latter by a music producer doing a review of the game.  Anyway it’s pretty cool, so if you’re musically inclined (or not!) and have 80 Microsoft points to spend, why not give it a shot?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Urban Sketching : Man Under Tree 2

Turns out I have an affinity for drawing men under trees (make of that what you will).  This was drawn while having drinks and dessert with some friends in Eastwood City last Sunday night.  This is one of the few times I’ve used both pages of my sketchpad, and I find that I like having the extra space to let a sketch breath a little bit.  I’m not sure how I feel about the placement of my caption though.  In terms of composition I think it may have been better in the upper right corner.