J.K. Riki

Art

Art and some Art-Stream Video Links

Today I’m sharing a bunch of things that came from efforts since last Monday! From adorable NES characters to links to live art streams you may have missed, here you’ll find the fruits of last week’s labor. I would also add that I’m still enjoying my new job working full time with my wife on Indie Game Development, though I must admit it’s harder work than I’ve done in years.…
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Live Art Stream(s) on Twitch

As work begins on Weekend Panda’s second game, I thought I would stream some of the art-creation-process on Twitch since I’ll be sitting here doing the art anyway! You can come by and check it out if you’d like. The first one will be tomorrow, April 3rd at 5PM EST but if all goes well I’ll do it again in the coming days/weeks. I’m guessing I’ll stream for about an…
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Game and Art Thoughts: Hollow Knight

Today’s post falls into that category of “I want to talk about something, so here it is.” I try to keep the blog filled with useful stuff to you the reader, and maybe this will be useful to someone other than me, but if not forgive me for taking a week to ramble about some things related to games and art. Specifically we’re going to talk about Hollow Knight. Hollow…
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The Death of Mr. Fishy – Game and Launch Details!

Our first official game release will be The Death of Mr. Fishy, launching on Android and Apple mobile devices next month! I’m excited to share a bunch of the details with you. The game is a choose-your-own-adventure style experience where you have a pet goldfish named Mr. Fishy. It’s got a dark-humor streak to it, as the title may suggest. In the game you will get pop-ups on regular intervals…
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Production vs. Progress

As my wife and I continue to work on our new full-time Indiedev venture, I am learning lessons on a daily basis. (Most of them revolve around patience when technology doesn’t do what I expect it to. Or rather, how little patience I currently have for such times.) One interesting and unexpected lesson from this new job is discovering a pretty massive difference in views on productivity between Artist and…
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Artistential Crisis

I’ve had my fair share of existential crisis experiences in my life. One might say more than my fair share. Today I am experiencing something new, which I think is best explained as “an existential crisis, but art.” Long story short, I like this image: That is a good looking image, right there! It has appeal and style, and I am content to look at that image for a long…
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Listening to Yourself

Sometimes we KNOW what we need to do, we just don’t do it. Last week I wrote about listening to others with more experience. The truth is, sometimes we don’t even need someone else to tell us the right path. Often we’ve already learned it, but we don’t listen to even ourselves! Case in point, this past week I decided to jump back into animating for the first time in……
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Artistic Arrogance

When I was a younger artist, I was arrogant. I’m sure I haven’t completely rid myself of this terrible habit, but I remember many instances when I scoffed at the advice of more experienced artists, thinking I knew better. Or, at the very least, thinking MY journey in art was different, so I didn’t need their advice. I was super wrong. I live life without regrets. I do my best…
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Looking Towards 2018

A new year is upon us, and I noticed something as the calendar rolled over. A lot of artists (and folks in general) did not think fondly of 2017. I saw comic after comic of people fighting with an anthropomorphic version of the year. Some of them were beaten up by Mr. 2017, some of them delivered the blows, but in all cases the same theme appeared: Violence. It was…
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What’s Next…?

After giving it a great deal of thought, I decided on what would be next for JKRiki.com and future updates. Then some other things changed, and I had to go back to the drawing board! At the moment I’m still a little unclear about what the future holds (do we ever really know?) so I am going to keep focusing on getting over my recent dizziness issue and working towards…
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