Monday, February 9, 2009

Begin Again

It's a new year, in a new city, a new job, a new stage of the game. So I've nuked all of my rarely updated archives, and it's time to start again. For those of you who I've lost touch with, I'm now in Chicago working as a concept and production artist for a small, independent game developer. Our office is pushing out a lot of mobile games on a whole lot of devices right now, from the iPhone to some pretty sweet new future-tech devices I feel really privileged to get to play with. I work with some of the coolest, most talented people I've ever met. From day one, I've been learning so much from all of them.

The art team is just straight up amazing. More on them individually in later posts when I get their permssion to laud their mad skills to all of the internet. What's so amazing about them is that they are so different in style! We've got some amazing cartoonists, an absolutely phenomenal character animator, and a few great painters. I love the combination of working between all of them.

Because I don't have enough on my plate working, I freelance web design and am working on a whole slew of side projects, including an xbla (xbox live arcade) title we're self-publishing and no, not announcing yet, a mod for Crysis called Rise (these guys are an awesome, international development team), and a couple of iPhone apps which are just starting up but have me pretty excited. I'll be doing periodic updates for that project as news develops. On top of all that I'm redoing my whole website in upcoming months because, well, my name and identity are changing.

Oh yes. I am getting married. To an ubersuper man. We're planning on having a pretty darn geeky gamer wedding, which has been a little bit of a challenge since my family isn't always sure how they feel about having a gamer for a daughter...let alone her celebrating her gamer-ness at a traditional wedding. But hey! For me, being a gamer means constantly looking for a better solution, a better way to solve every problem I come up against, and a wedding is just a way to have fun with friends and food...and of course games. (:

That being said, Ariel over at the offbeat bride blog and the folks at the offbeat bride tribe are amazing resources for people who are looking to step away from the attrocious "well you have to do ______" crap you hear when you start trying to plan a wedding. So if you don't want to feel like you have to do anything on your own damn wedding day...check out those resources. They are by far the least bitch-tastic of any on the internet.