This Dog

After thousands of hours of research I can confirm this dog learns instructions 48.3% faster than cats, and 72.6% faster than my children .

The Lighthouse

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.

EDIT:

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:

Birdwatching

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:

https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=34245


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.


Specifications
Display

128×128 16 colours
Cartridge Size

32k
Sound

4 channel chip blerps
Code

Lua
Sprites

256 8×8 sprites
Map

128×32 cels


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.

Creative Tools
PICO-8 has tools for editing codemusicsoundspritesmaps built right into the console. Create a whole game or program in one sitting without needing to leave the cosy development environment!

Shareable Cartridges
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 Cleaning

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.