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.

Teeny Tiny Hatbirds

I have half an idea stuck in my brain, but lack the wherewithal to explore it further. In the meantime, here are some tiny doodles while I watch a render bar creep from left to right. As I have been doing these last 20 years.

Pencil v Computer

Here’s a thing:

Drawing with a pen and colouring with pencils is faster, better and more enjoyable than using a computer.

Who knew?