Here is one of the more recent sketches of a Loch Maiden proudly sporting a huge stone necklace and a nicely uprooted tree. The pencil sketch was coloured in Photoshop over a treated screengrab from the CryEngine Loch level. I tried to get a little more maidenish, thus the title and the pink highlights just to keep reinforcing the idea that the central premise of the game is the struggle to win the heart of this fair monster. It might be subtle, but playing with various flesh textures and ways to blend the colour into the base was fun. It was interesting playing with the optical illusion created by shifting the monster up and down the screen over the loch background – the effect changed her size.

I have decided to do a little bit of experimenting in terms of how I generate graphics and arty pieces of various forms. I will continue to use my WACOM tablet with photoshop and mudbox connected to my workstation laptop as well as the other apps that arent penish like CryEngine etc. Then to this I will add full blown experiments with the stylus for the Win8 Microsoft Surface Pro which can run the Adobe suite, sketchbook pro and most anything else as well PLUS have a go at the more portable Android powered Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with the s-pen and its app suite. I am keen to add things like ArtDock for the Surface – get it going as a tablet not a flat laptop.

Full review of operating in these various ways to come as soon as I have a few hours under the belt of each. Here are the pieces of the exploration as the moment:
HP Elitebook 8770W with Win7, WACOM tablet, Photoshop, Mudbox, Sketchbook Pro
Microsoft Surface Pro with Win8, WACOM integrated, Photoshop, Mudbox, Sketchbook Pro
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with Android 4.1.2, WACOM integrated, Sketchbook Pro and other s-pen apps