Monday, April 26, 2010

Red Dead Redemption in the LA Times

The LA Times came to our San Diego studio to see what we've been up to:

Red Dead Redemption Brings the Western to Video Games
Cowboys and six-shooters may have become forgotten on the big screen, but Rockstar Games hopes to bring the western to a new frontier: the video game. Red Dead Redemption is set in the Old West in 1908.

In other Red Dead news, the News for Gamers website has a thread where you can read all the other online articles and blog posts related to Red Dead Redemption.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Red Dead Redemption: New Multiplayer Video

It's finally here: the sneak peek video of Red Dead's multiplayer competitive modes. Prepare to dodge gatling guns, cannons, snipers, and horseback riders to get the most gold:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Latest RDR2 Hype/News

It's tough to balance how much reposted Red Dead Redemption news I should put on this blog, so here's a few of the more important bits that have come out in the last week or so:

-Fox has announced it will air a thirty minute Red Dead Redemption special on Saturday May 15th at midnight. It will be animated, so I have no idea what that will look like but I'm excited to find out.

-For the Nascar fans out there, Red Dead Redemption is advertised on racer Joey Logano's GameStop #20 car, which will be seen during the O'Reilly 300 Nationwide Race. Click the link to see a great photo of it in action.

-In upcoming movie news, Red Dead Redemption will be screening advertisements before three of the spring's biggest movies, Iron Man 2, Robin Hood, and Nightmare on Elm Street. I know the kind of people that will see those movies, and they will definitely be gamers, so I can't wait to see my game in a movie theater (for a limited time). So cool!

-The next multiplayer promo video will be released tomorrow. The last one, about Multiplayer Free Mode, was released the other week.

-Red Dead fever is spreading...

-Lastly, there was a great write-up of a fan's experience playing RDR2 at an official Rockstar hands-on demo event (Scroll down to Day 2 Part 2), which was played in a special spot in Brooklyn filled with authentic set pieces, as well as a piano player and servers dressed in period attire. I wish I had seen it myself.

It's great to see news about the game spreading. Keep sharing links about it and don't forget to pre-order the game for the Xbox 360 or PS3 if you haven't already!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pieces for Paul

I first met my friend Paul Booth back in Vancouver when I was going to film school. He attended the Vancouver Film School for the live-action film making program and I was attending the same school, but was taking the 3D Animation course. We've been good friends since then, and he currently writes an Online Movie Review for his paper in Hawaii. This week's article is on The Dark Knight, so I made a photo manipulation piece of his regular picture in the article. I used Photoshop to paint over his features to tie it into the Joker/Heath Ledger theme:

(note the green/purple necklace)

He's also produced a movie called Empty Streets that features American blues musician Charlie Musselwhite on its soundtrack. I did the illustration of him for the liner notes:

Charlie Musselwhite, 2010, 9" x 10"
 It was hand drawn, then touched up a bit in Photoshop.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Tao of Calvin

This piece is for my friend Tone, who has a sketchbook full of Calvin and Hobbes drawings that people have done for him. I had all the books of Calvin and Hobbes growing up and it remains my #1 comic by far. I've been on the relaxing kick this week, so I wanted to show Calvin unwinding in the woods that are always seen in the comic. To me, it's a much more believable scene than him praying to a cross or choosing sides in the Chevy vs. Ford debate.

It started out as a drawing (2B pencil), then I scanned it and painted/refined it in Photoshop. Took about 3 hours, minus the time it took me to make a veggie burger sandwich.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I've never worked with Adobe Illustrator before, so I decided to spend some time with it to make a self-portrait. I used the pencil tool the most, and it took me a couple days to find out how to expand the art board to get the full image to save correctly (there are so many things I take for granted when using Photoshop that I had to relearn with Illustrator). The Japanese symbol stands for "balance"--according to the internet, anyway. Now that my part of the animation on Red Dead Redemption is complete, I'm now on a month-long vacation, so it felt like the right character to use.

Friday, April 9, 2010

New RDR2 Video: "Multiplayer Free Roam"

"Free Roam" is one of many ways to play Red Dead Redemption with other people. As the video below explains, during Free Roam, you pick an avatar and explore the Red Dead world in a group of up to 16 people. You are all then free to start a posse and team up with others, start fights, go hunting, or do anything else you would normally do in the game. You and the other players in your group all stay in Free Roam while your group leader sets up a traditional/structured multiplayer match, rather than the traditional chore of making everyone wait in a lobby menu until the match is ready to start. This concept of always being in the game's world was applied to my last game Midnight Club: Los Angeles as well, but RDR2 pushes the concept much further.
But enough of my yapping. This video shows it better than I can tell:

Click here for full "Multiplayer Free Mode" write-ups on the Rockstar website.

And keep an eye out for the new Red Dead Redemption Dueling Facebook Game on Monday.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Newest, shiniest RDR2 video now online at

Titled "Life in the West Part 2," it does a great job of summing up the gameplay in Red Dead Redemption's ambient world. Check it out in HD below:

The video is a definite hit. As of right now it already past 68,000 viewers, 750 comments, and a 9.8 rating from over 1,400 votes. We are now the #1 Game Trailers Game Rank. Click here to keep us at #1

Ready to pre-order? (how could you not be?!) Visit the Red Dead Redemption site and decide which pre-order bonus you want.