Concept art for a project. I haven’t touched Blender in a while and it was good to get back into it for a play. There are probably too many colours in this, but it’s not bad. The colour palette is taken from PICO-8.
I rebuilt the lighthouse using Windows 10’s super simple 3D Builder and 3D Paint, just to see how they work. They’re both intriguing tools and a lot of fun. If you have Windows Mixed Reality Viewer installed on your device, or a Hololens you can share and view the models you create. Here’s the lighthouse on Microsoft’s Remix 3D site (unfortunately I can’t embed this on WordPress). Here’s a screenshot:
I and my daughter made some bird sprites in PICO-8 quite some time ago, and only now have I got around to posting them to the PICO-8 BBS. Here is the link to the post with the details, along with the cartridge for you to download and use in your own PICO-8 creations:
What is PICO-8?
From the website:
PICO-8 is a fantasy console for making, sharing and playing tiny games and other computer programs. When you turn it on, the machine greets you with a commandline and simple built-in tools for creating your own cartridges and exploring the PICO-8 cartverse.
128×128 16 colours
4 channel chip blerps
256 8×8 sprites
The harsh limitations of PICO-8 are carefully chosen to be fun to work with, to encourage small but expressive designs, and to give cartridges made with PICO-8 their own particular look and feel.
PICO-8 has tools for editing code, music, sound, sprites, maps built right into the console. Create a whole game or program in one sitting without needing to leave the cosy development environment!
PICO-8 cartridges can be saved in a special .png format and sent directly to other users, shared with anyone via a web cart player, or exported to stand-alone HTML5, Windows, Mac and Linux apps.
Any cartridge can be opened again in PICO-8, letting you peek inside to modify or study the code, graphics and sound.
Explore the Cartverse
PICO-8 comes with a built-in cartridge browser called SPLORE, for searching and favouriting carts from the online collection.
Spring has sprung and I’ve got round to updating my site (it’s actually early summer, but I’ve been busy). I’ve put more of a focus on my work portfolio, as my kids and dog eat a great deal of food. I’ve added to my About page, made a new contact form and have added a mailing list for those who would like to be kept informed of my new work (drawings, comics, prints, animation etc). I hope you like it. Take a look around.
© Tim Frost 2019
What grows underground?
Mushrooms, worms, spuds and monsters?
And glows? Is it safe?
© Tim Frost 2019
Oh little pony
Your cartload of horse apples
Is not fruit to eat
— Tim Frost © 2019