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Tom Rider

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The new Tomb Raider game is pretty fantastic so far. According to my save file I’m about 25% in. I’ll quickly make the obligatory comparison to the Uncharted series right now. Yes, it does feel a bit like uncharted, but that’s not a bad thing. Uncharted is a great series that has pioneered many adventure standards. Tomb Raider simply barrows the best parts of it, adds it’s own spice, while keeping in mind that Uncharted was inspired from Tomb Raider. It’s funny how things go full circle.

The game controls excellent, even more responsive than the Uncharted series, some thing Crystal Dynamics seem to nail in all their games. The puzzles are good, doesn’t stump you, but keeps you thinking, and the combat very enjoyable and feels well refined. One of my favorite parts of the game, as superficial as it might be, is the graphics. It’s one of the best looking games I own on my PC, and probably one of the best looking games I’ve seen in quite a while. I won’t comment on the story yet, as I haven’t finished the game, but I can say the common complains that the action aspect of the game play mismatches with Lara’s innocents lost story is exaggerated, and most of the complaint’s references are taken out of context. If you play the game, it does it’s best to explain why Lara is all of a sudden master assassin, even if it’s just through a quick statement or two.

Overall the game is very enjoyable, very polished, and just beautiful to view. Below are some screenshots of my game. There might be some minor spoilers, but they are kept to a minimum. No major story (or even minor) are revealed through these shots.

All screenshots were taken on the Asus G75, no mods, no photoshop, 100% in game graphics, real time renders. The game’s graphical settings are set to maximum with the exception of the anti-aliasing set to “FXAA”, and hair set to “normal” (I don’t like the tressFX hair).

If you are interested in this game please support the developers and make a purchase!

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Education

Just want to throw up some more stuff I did for school. BLEH!

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The Osheaga poster was for Typography class. We had to design a wood-type (or wood-type-ish in my case) poster around an existing festival . One of the last things I did with my buds back home was go to Montreal and did the whole Osheaga 2012 thing. With out getting too much into it, let’s just say it was pretty f*%$ing awesome! If you’ve been to Osheaga 2012 let me know in the comments! I’d like to hear about your experience.

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Just a sketch of a friend of mine. His facebook profile I thought had a lot of character

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Typography’s second assignment. I made a few rough drafts of potential title headers. Just playing around with words and placement. Which one do you like? Got any suggestions?

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Internet Trolls

This was an assignment from Photoshop class. We had to make a movie poster based on a fictitious movie of our own creation.
Internet trolls are kind of scary, trolls is a kind of monster, I think found my idea!

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A quick little diddy I drew for digital imaging class. The assignment was to draw any thing we’d like in grey scale using a tablet. I got swamped with a different assignemt that’s due very soon and had to do this very quickly before class. I decided drawing some thing from scratch in the time frame i had would take too long so I did what any good artist would, I stole. I didn’t actually steal this as all the line work, design, and shading was still done by myself, but I traced over a pre-existing image. Though it’s not totally original, I was rather pleased by how it turned out since it really was my first real attempt to draw any thing with a tablet.

Below is the original image I used to trace. You can tell which one is mine, cause the original one is better :P


The colorful world of black and white

Just want to show off 2 more illustrations I’ve done for school. One on old school paper and ink, and the other in Illustrator. For those who may scour this blog for other art/geek related topics that’s not just my own stuff I apologize for the self centered few postings. I’ll have some other interesting shiznits posted other than my own stuff soon. For now, enjoy these 2 illustrations!


A collection of a semi-educated mind, or how I sucked it up, and didn’t sleep.

Back at’er, as the locals of my home would say. This is quarter two of my graphic design course, and already, the banner I made for this blog before school is making me hate myself. Ah yes, the awakening of a mind, learning new ways to pick things apart needlessly.

So to the point, here’s a bunch of stuff I did during school so far.


This is illustrator assignment 2. We had to create a logo and incorporate it into a scene of our choosing. This took a lot longer than originally anticipated.

This was for design class. We had to make a cardboard spaceship. I chose to do the Sith Destroyer from Star Wars. pew pew pew.

Also for design class. We had to make a short photo animistic, and we did it on a group member named Mikey’s painting process. I drew this as a logo for the intro.


This was just drawn for fun. Can you guess what bone in your body this is? Hint* It’s not the femur.


Another one just for fun.

This was my first Illustrator project. We had to draw some thing with simple geometric shapes, and we were only allowed to manipulate points. Na Na Na Na Na Na Na….ect.

This was a Concept Development project. We had to make a poster describing our selves in some way. This project took too long, and too much energy. I did not enjoy this one :(

Digital Imaging 2. We had to create a CD cover for a band of our chsosing. I really like the Gorillaz and thought it would be interesting to work with their art style. I was unconfident with photoshop at the time of this project, and had missed a class. I asked my friend Steve, a great artist and graphic designer, to help me catch up. While he was there we did this project together as a kind of quick tutorial.

This is Digital Imaging 2′ assignment 2. we had to create an ad from a select era. I was once a huge TF2 player, bus since have waned in the game. I am still a huge fan of the art style of the game. I chose to do my ad from the 40s-50s era, and drew lots of inspiration from TF2’s mock poster advertisements since the game takes place in that era.


Tom ate toes. Dat’s gross.

Hey look, I drew some tomatoes, and here they are :D

Line Drawing

Pointillism

Abstract