Gradient and Shadows

Been experimenting with gradients, shadows, and text lately. Let me know what you think. Be sure to follow me on Instagram: @iam_callen for all of my recent illustrations.

Social Distancing Illustrations

I thought that I would have more time to draw lately. Due to the nature of my real job, I find myself just as busy as before. As information changes and gets updated every day, I am basically on-call 24-7. 

When I do find some time for myself, I play Animal Crossing. Only when I need a break from it that I can get myself to draw. Even then, I am not as motivated. I have a bunch of illustrations that I worked on lately, but yet to finish. 


Finally! I got my Animal Crossing Edition Switch

First, my apologies for not updating this blog in a while. My real job has been taking a lot of my time, including my "free time". I also recently went on vacation in Puerto Vallarta, right before this whole pandemic got really crazy. Now I am back at work, dealing with some public relations communications stuff. The magnitude of it is uncharted territory for me.

Anyway, some good news. I finally got a Nintendo Switch. Not just the basic, standard-issue version, but the Special Edition Animal Crossing console - which I was almost deprived of. I missed the pre-order day, and some enterprising people already had listed for twice the amount on Amazon and eBay. So I had no choice but to go to Walmart at 11:40 PM on Thursday, March 12 - so I could be one of the first people in line for the gaming console.

I joked that it was a new low for me, but I gots to do what I gots to do. It was a good thing that there were 6 other nerds there that night, waiting for midnight - the official release date. The store I went to only had 10, but when I returned later in the day to buy a game, I was informed that it sold out before 10 am.

If you're curious about what it looks like, I compiled my Instagram stories into this short video.

More Custom Content for The Sims

I made this last night while caucusing.

Maison Kitsuné "Fox Head" Sweatshirt

This was created using The Sims 4 Studio to extract the item. Then recolored in Adobe Photoshop. The design was created in Procreate. Then imported back to The Sims 4 Studio to package the layers together, before uploading to the game as custom content. I could just do the recoloring and design process in Procreate, but I find that Photoshop works better on Fill/Adjustment years. I do want the file size to be smaller, however. I might have to do this all in Photoshop or make that the last step - as it has the ability to reduce the file size. Maybe Procreate can do that, but I have not figured out how.

I guess I'm a swimsuit designer now?

Happy Monday!

If you're following me on any of my social media accounts, you might have seen my latest endeavor - which I shared on my Instagram account on Friday. It is something that I am really proud of because I think that it’ll give a new exciting element to my gameplay. I am of course talking about the custom content I created for The Sims 4.

I hand drew this hibiscus pattern on a recolored base game swimsuit.

I just have to say that I have never been this proud of myself since I learned how to write HTML on MySpace.

A couple of hours of research, some reverse engineering, and digital painting, I’ve created my first 2 custom content using TS4 Studio for the “technical” part, and used both Photoshop and Procreate for the “artistic” part. There were a few trials and errors along the way, which I feel helped me understand how the artistic part affects the technical part and vise versa.