Friday, October 31, 2014

Infected City Shell: Sketchbook Friday



I once played Golden Axe the arcade game with my brother and my dad. Once of the levels, which we never got to, you were fighting as a Barbarian, Elf and Wizard on the back of a floating turtle. The moment I saw that I instantly became obsessed with the concept of creatures so large that you could live on them. Insects, bacteria and colonization have since been fascinations of mine. Similarly, Street Fighter and the incredibly graphics with international stages, really began my fascination with other parts of the world, even as inaccurate and fictitous as they were. My sketches above is just a simple marker sketch re-exploring the idea of a giant creature which is the home to many smaller creatures.

Each Friday at noon I scan in one new sketch or drawing from one of my many sketchbooks. You can find information about buying artwork, webcomics, performance art, miniature art hunts and new projects on my fine art website William Hessian dot com. Also like me on Facebook, or as projects right here on my Bearded Bunny art blog. If you enjoy these sketches make sure to also see all of the sketchbook friday posts.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

PBL ROBOTS is LIVE on Kickstarter!



William Hessian and John "Sighless" Supinski have spent the last year creating a brand new strategy card and dice game called PBL ROBOTS! "The game is a interesting mix of Risk and Magic the Gathering, except this game has giant 100 foot Robots!" William said. The card game challenges each player to collect cards in a draft format in order to build their deck. When the battle begins each player slide their pilot card into the robot card, courtesy of a die cut cockpit in the center of the robot. Then players lay armor cards on the robot to watch the robot grow stronger and boost up the attack and defense. When players start attacking they roll dice to determine if the robot will blow of an arm, a leg or a head. Each pilot has a powerful critical form when you are down to one remaining limb, which gives the losing player a chance to make a comeback, but when a robot has lost of four limbs the game is over. 

William and John have spent their free time at their apartment on the East End of Portland developing this intense card game consisting of 113 unique cards and 3 different game play modes. William is a local visual artist and activist, working at Preble Street, teaching at Rivertree Art in Kennebunk and volunteering at the Meg Perry Center. William did all of the artwork and design for the game and originally invented the concept for the game over ten years ago in Minnesota, but did not start finishing it until meeting Sighless in 2012. Sighless is a local musician in the Bumbling Woohas and works at the Maine People Alliance, and was the host of Turnstyle Thursday open mic at CTN Channel 5 for over a year. Once Sighless began working on the game he created a business plan, invented characters and began writing back stories. A group of artists called the Hidden Ladder Collective, which William and John helped start, began play testing the game in-between hosting art shows, art making gatherings and busking out on the streets. Other members of Team Robots, Abbeth Russell and Kara Oster made important contribution to the game. 

Thursday, October 23rd the collective has launched the Kickstarter hoping to raise the $22,000 they need to print the first edition versions of the game. A Kickstarter video was created this September by local production company Walker Productions. Over 100 letters have gone out to game stores across the country. William and Sighless have been playing PBL ROBOTS demo events weekly at R Choice 2 Gaming on 449 Forest Ave from 6-9pm Thursday Nights which is a free event open to the public. They also have planned events to demo the game at Crossroads Games in Scarborough and Weekend Anime in Westbrook. "Many of the game stores have been extremely supportive and often have already asked to carry the game as soon as it is printed!" William said while praising the gaming stores in Maine.

While the game itself is optimal for players 12 years and older, due to the high level of strategy, the game is also very appealing to a younger audience. William teaches art and Lego Robotics classes at Rivertree Arts in Kennebunk and his 4th to 6th grade students have loved the PBL ROBOTS cards. "The kids come back the next day demanding to have another glance at the game, and their parents follow right behind curious to see what the kids are so excited about," William remarked. Because of the kids persistence William and Sighless invented a new way to play the game that makes it a little easier for a younger audience, but retains the fun and excitement of the longer game. The popularity of the game is already growing with over 800 Twitter followers and over 200 Facebook likes. 

To check out their Kickstarter event poster (attached) visit their website at: www.robotcardgame.com and click the Kickstarter link (starting at 7pm Thursday 10/23). The group is hoping to play the game with as many new players as possible all around the greater Portland area, and invite everyone to stop by R Choice 2 Gaming Thursday Nights to try out the game and meet the creators of PBL ROBOTS.   

Friday, October 24, 2014

Futuristic Spherical Space Ship Designs: Sketchbook Friday



Often times when I sitting still, I am thinking up the best possibly designs or creations for a specific thing. Recently, it has been spaceship design. I tried to clear my head of all the current existing spaceships. In my brain I destroyed the Millennium Falcon and the Slave I, Serenity was emploded, Zorg Spaceships vanished, and the Enterprise never happened. My designs were assuming I had endless resources. The designs I came up with were spherical snowflake mathematically symmetrical structures which had both rockets and cannons at every point. Meaning at all times it can move any direction and shoot any direction. The sketches I made at my work meeting are not entirely accurate to my specifications but was an illustration of two separate designs flying into each other. Can you think of a better design?


Each Friday at noon I scan in one new sketch or drawing from one of my many sketchbooks. You can find information about buying artwork, webcomics, performance art, miniature art hunts and new projects on my fine art website William Hessian dot com. Also like me on Facebook, or as projects right here on my Bearded Bunny art blog. If you enjoy these sketches make sure to also see all of the sketchbook friday posts.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Reiki Face Head: Sketchbook Friday




Do you every wonder how many versions of yourself live in your head? Do you ever wonder how we morph from one version to the next in a seemingly seamless transition towards a new version of ourselves. The brain is an odd seas creature, living in the aquarium juices of our skull. I recently had reiki energy work done on me in an attempt to reset myself after some very difficult personal emotional losses. The reiki had a huge effect on me, I was cold, hungry, extremely fatigued and the next time I got very sick. It was like the reiki actually was pulling a mask off my energy, and a flood of real cravings, urges and needs can spilling out. It also seemed to unlock a series of versions of myself who were now battling each other in my brain for dominance. Meanwhile, my regular face was unchanged....indistinguishable from anything but the regular version. Yet, inside arguments were running rampant and the version of myself is still changing every day.

Each Friday at noon I scan in one new sketch or drawing from one of my many sketchbooks. You can find information about buying artwork, webcomics, performance art, miniature art hunts and new projects on my fine art website William Hessian dot com. Also like me on Facebook, or as projects right here on my Bearded Bunny art blog. If you enjoy these sketches make sure to also see all of the sketchbook friday posts.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Final Clues for the Common Ground Fair Art Hunt

Every few hours this weekend a new blog post with the newest art hunt clues will be released. This will aide art hunters at the Common Ground Fair over the weekend, and allow for you mobile devices to take the clues with you as you search around the fair. Please make sure to stop by the Compost & Recycling Booth to see the clues first, and to see which artworks have already been found.

Here is the final batch of clues! Easy clues! 











Saturday, September 20, 2014

Common Ground Fair Art Hunt Clues (Saturday Night)

Every few hours this weekend a new blog post with the newest art hunt clues will be released. This will aide art hunters at the Common Ground Fair over the weekend, and allow for you mobile devices to take the clues with you as you search around the fair. Please make sure to stop by the Compost & Recycling Booth to see the clues first, and to see which artworks have already been found.

Final clues for Saturday! Tomorrow will be the release of the Easy Clues! It will be a race to find the remaining fish art! Make sure to stop by the tent for the most recent clues, as the blog updates will happen later in the day. 




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