Monday, October 21, 2013


Just something for fun. Many thanks to Ben Simonsen, Jason Kim, and Matt Armstrong for the great last-minute feedback.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Trying out ArtRage

My review is this: if they exposed the controls to the brushes a tiny bit more, this would be a seriously cool painting program. As it is, it's barely more than a neat, but frustrating, toy.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Masters of Anatomy

I've been asked to contribute to this book, along with a whole bunch of artists that I look up to. I'm honored to be a part of such a project. The Kickstarter was put up a few hours ago and it has already reached its goal, so it's going to be a reality. Here's a link if you want one too.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013


I decided I'm going to try and participate. I probably can't post every day, but I will try to do several each week.

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Why a unified style for Infinity?

I read the comments on the Kotaku article that linked here and there were several wondering why we chose to do a unified style for the game instead of just mixing the styles like Kingdom Hearts did.
The answer is really simple. Pixar and Disney said we couldn't mix their characters as is. John Lasseter told us that the only way we could get approval is to make them all from the same toy line with a unifying aesthetic. This is also why the "Disney stole from Skylanders" thing is silly: we were always doing toys or Infinity would never have left the drawing table for approval reasons. Getting everyone on the same page with the characters' looks and the Infinity style was nothing short of a miracle, not to mention that it was the first time any of us at Avalanche have had to design physical toys (which also created huge obstacles for the style).

I don't know what strings Kingdom Hearts pulled to get all the characters together in their original styles, but that option was off the table for us. And frankly I'm glad. Maybe it's the persnickety artist in me, but even though I like Kingdom Hearts, I find the complete shifts in style jarring.