Go On a Virtual Camping Trip with “Wide Ocean Big Jacket”

Unfortunately, current conditions means that many of us are locked up inside our homes. In the meantime, if you’re itching for a camping experience filled with all the adventures and anxieties of being a teen and raising a teen, then Wide Ocean Big Jacket is for you! Created by Turnfollow, Wide Ocean Big Jacket is…

Celebrate Experimental Game Design from Your Home with Now Play This 2020

While current events have led to countless public events being canceled around the world, one festival decided to broadcast its schedule online to viewers everywhere this past weekend. Now Play This is an experimental game festival that’s been hosted at Somerset House in London for the past few years celebrating game designers who push the…

Rethinking Workflows with Game Engines?

Over the weekend, I came across a video of the manga artist Inio Asano (Goodnight Punpun, Dead Dead Demon’s Dededede Destruction) discussing his workflow for illustrating pages, which involved a particularly novel asset: the Unreal Engine. While the video serves as mostly a glorified advertisement for Unreal, a popular game engine, Asano’s testimony provoked intriguing…

Design Culture in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Nintendo’s newest installment in the Animal Crossing series released last Friday, and already the game has proven popular for the sharing of digital designs and artwork! Within Animal Crossing: New Horizons, the player is given a set of custom design tools that allow them to create designs for clothing, for tilesets to place on the ground, and for…

Picrew Creators and Self-Expression

A fun trend that has been circulating amongst the online spaces I frequent in recent months have been these “Picrew” character creators. Picrew is a Japanese character creator website that allows artists to create their own character creators to then share with others. For the viewer, these creators function like a fairly standard doll maker…

“Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken!” and the Joys of Animation

Since we’re starting off a project that will be looking at animation, for this week’s blog post I wanted to spotlight a show that’s been airing that, for me, is perhaps the most joyous celebration of the act of creating, specifically creating animation, that I’ve seen. Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken! is an adaptation of…

Fighting Back Against T-Shirt Bot Art Thieves

One notorious problem for artists on social media platforms like Twitter is the proliferation of art theft. Post a piece that you worked incredibly hard on and chances are some art account on Twitter or on Instagram winds up reposting it, usually without credit. Even worse, oftentimes that piece can wind up on made-to-order clothing…

What Kind of Apple Are You Imagining? Aphantasia and Visualization

I came across this tweet over the weekend that was being passed around, about the different levels of visualization that people are capable of: This is still blowing my mind lol Close your eyes and imagine an apple. What do you see? I'm a 5 pic.twitter.com/fL6JpxOsZS — Mary (@premium__heart) February 7, 2020   It was…

Hourly Comics Day and Social Media Tradition

Yesterday was the annual Hourly Comics Day, a social media event where artists are encouraged to create short-form comics for every hour they’re awake. It’s always been a cute tradition for me to see with the artists I follow on Twitter, one that encourages off-the-cuff drawings without concern for editing or precision. Most hourlies end…

aurahack – “be invisible, do crimes”

aurahack is an artist I’ve followed for a while on Twitter, and this piece of hers from June 2019 came to mind as we discussed abstract art. This piece was inspired by CV Dazzle, which created facial recognition camouflage through the use of makeup and styling, and shows the ways in which abstract art techniques…