September 18, 2014

Dream Arcade is Here!

Dream Arcade
Download on the Windows Store! ---OR--- Play Dream Arcade online right now!

It's been a long time coming, but Dream Arcade is finally here! This is one of the largest projects we've done at Light Grey Art Lab, and as the project lead I've been working on it since January (which seems like a lifetime ago)! After a final month or two of non-stop crunch, it's finally live!
Dream Arcade Opening Reception
If you want to hear about the process of making Dream Arcade, check out these episodes of the Light Grey Art Lab Podcast where we talk about it in great length at a couple stages during the process: In Progress: Dream Arcade - Games We Play - The Run Up
Dream Arcade Opening Reception
Dream Arcade was a massive undertaking, and I'm super proud of all the work that the artists involved, our super-programer David Washington, incredibly patient and helpful friend Ian Gorton, and the Light Grey team (Lindsay Nohl, Francecsa Buchko and Jenny Bookler) put in to make this incredible exhibition a reality. It hugely ambitious project on an insane timetable, but it worked out in the end!

You can download Dream Arcade on the Windows Store! There's also a free trial if you want to give it a try first!

You can also play the entire game online right here!

You can find links to all the participating artists as well as more information on our site.

May 30, 2014

Light Grey Game Night

Earlier this year I started hosting a bi-weekly board game night at Light Grey Art Lab. It's open to anyone who's willing to learn and play, and it's a lot of fun. I attach a theme to each night to give visitors an idea of what we might play, but also to help narrow down the games to bring from my personal collection.

Oddly enough, one of my favorite parts of the whole shebang is taking the photos for the game night graphic. Part of the appeal of physical board games is opening up the box and handling all of the beautiful pieces. I love pursuing my shelves trying to choose the perfect game for the theme, taking out all the pieces and setting them up just so.

So I though I'd just post a collection of the game night photos/graphics so far. I usually forget to save a version without the type, but I will try to do that in the future...
Light Grey Game Night
Light Grey Game Night
Light Grey Game Night: Treasures
And if you're in the twin cities and want to join us, keep on eye on the Light Grey Art Lab blog! We try to play a mix of fun social games, lighter games, and some heavier stuff, so anyone's welcome!

April 27, 2014

Big Cats at the Zoo

Sleeping Cougar
Went to the Como Zoo for a Light Grey Art Lab drawing excursion today. We met up with some artists to sketch. I spent a lot of the time looking at the big cats, and I'm always amazed at how similar they are to small cats. I just wish I could jump in and cuddle them. But then I would die.

April 24, 2014

Eight Down

Eight Down
I made this piece for Light Grey Art Lab's newest show, Animystics, which opens tomorrow! It's a huge show, with over 100 artists, and a part of every sale gets donated to one of three different animal charities; the Animal Humane Society, Homeward Bound Dog Rescue, or Feline Rescue, Inc. Awesome!

Here's some pertinent stats about this guy:
  • Animal Type: Feline
  • Physical Attributes: Although not the most fearsome warrior, this house cat came armed with a warrior's spirit and a hearty supply of lives.
  • Mystical Attributes: Blind determination.
  • Healing Properties: He can’t heal, but nine lives can get you pretty far.
You can find my piece along side all the other awesome art in the Light Grey Art Lab Shop, so go buy some art and help out those pets in need!

April 15, 2014

Dream Arcade Call for Art!

Dream Arcade
Over at Light Grey Art Lab we're doing an amazing new show called Dream Arcade! It's a fully playable game, with 30 artists creating the characters, enemies, and level assets for 30 unique, artist-specific levels!

I've been working really hard with the help of Microsoft's David Washington* to create a game engine that we'll be using to create the final game! Check out the playable sample level and sign up to be in the show over at the Light Grey Art Lab blog!

Hope you can join us, it's going to be awesome!

*To be fair, David has been doing the hard work of programming it. I've been figuring out how the art will be integrated...

March 22, 2014

Dinosaur Skulls

Dinosaur Skulls
I went to the Science Museum of Minnesota tonight for a friend's birthday and I spent most of the night taking photos of dinosaur bones. As I sat in my game room at 2 am pumping G'n'F'n'R at full volume and editing dinosaur photos, I realized the young me might think the old me was pretty cool.
Dinosaur Skulls
Dinosaur Skulls
Dinosaur Skulls
Dinosaur Skulls
Check out all the pictures in my dinosaur skull flickr set.

January 17, 2014

Cat Warriors for Christmas

Every year at Light Grey Art Lab we do Make My Holiday, a fun event where artists are paired up to swap artwork for the holidays! This year I was paired with Karina Rehrbehn. Karina is awesome and lives in Germany, which is perfect because I have a remedial knowledge of the German language! We spent some time getting to know each other while I occasionally embarrassed myself stumbling over my terrible, rusty German.
Cat Warrior
Karina told me she liked comics, cats, and she has a good sense of humor. So I made this little cat warrior scene for her!
Cat Warrior
In hindsight, maybe Ioan Stones, the little glowing cubes floating over his head, are a little too esoteric for a most people. But they're one of my favorite D&D items so why not?

Karina obviously knows a thing or two about Minneapolis winters and sent me some homemade cherry pit warming pillows to keep me warm during the cold, cold nights. She also gave me a ton of awesome candy and a sweet drawing! I ate the candy, but I think my cats the the biggest fans of the pillows!
Make My Holiday 2013
Make My Holiday 2013Make My Holiday 2013
See what everyone else got in the Make My Holiday recaps on the Light Grey Art Lab blog! And thanks again, Karina!