Saying goodbye to an old friend.
Last night I finally got around to relaunching my long-suffering portfolio site, Generic Text. Any designer will tell you that rebuilding your own portfolio is pretty fraught, so my aim with this was to keep both the site content and the process as brief as possible.
“ I was thinking about a typical unix bearded guy (think comic book guy from The Simpsons, but more hairy). ”
Officially the best brief ever – had a lot of fun with this. It was for a couple of illustrations I did for Andrew Taylor, who's running a learnable.com course on production Linux and needed an image thumbnail for the course.
There's a couple more illustrations in the full post – including the first version which didn't make the cut (but which I'm still very fond of!)
In which I jury-rig my CMS to emulate the excellent WriteRoom, and thus maybe write articles a little bit quicker.
Earlier this weekend I decided to add a few bits of new functionality to the site. As is so often the case with these things, it quickly snowballed into an early spring-clean, and the first proper refit of the site's backend since I built it the first time. Here's a quick rewrite of what changed and why.
- I started playing Poker again.
- I built an HTML5 cheat sheet and web app to help you sort out chips before a game.
- I wrote an unfeasibly long blog post about points one and two.
A couple of weeks ago I posted this illustration, which I was hoping to develop as a full project. And that's exactly what happened — as the artwork for the debut album from Scared of the Ocean, a band from my home town of Milton Keynes. Plenty of pictures in the full article.
A quick remix of a vector illustration I did last year, for a blog post that I never finished.
On a related note: Dobkeratops is my favourite video game boss of all time. I think that was basically what I was trying to say in the blog post, although I had it padded out over about 1500 words. That, and that you should probably play an R-Type game in the next few days.
A little bit of in-progress illustration work that may or may not be for a future project...
(On a slightly related note, who do I need to screw to get a dribbble invite?)