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NCsoft Forest Orc
A design for a fearsome forest orc, working to a strict style guide that defined the proportions and physiognomy of the characters. For a cancelled NCsoft MMORPG title.
NCsoft Character Designs
Designs for a selection of human and elvish characters, working to a strict style guide that defined the proportions and physiognomy of the characters. For a cancelled NCsoft MMORPG title.
Strawberry Blonde
Strawberry Blonde, created for a mobile phone game called Rocket Girl vs The Robots, by bitBull.
Drac Attack
A young vampire called Drac, created for a mobile phone game by bitBull.
BattleTXT Characters
Created for a texting mobile phone game by bitBull.
Polar Opposites
If you like these cute polar bears, why not visit my RedBubble shop and buy them on a lovely big poster or an awesome iPhone case?
Wild5: Short Leash
From a series of character illustrations for the now defunct Wild5 dating site, created by bitBull. Drawn, inked and shaded by me, coloured by Russ Cogman.
Wild5: Minted Geezer
From a series of character illustrations for the now defunct Wild5 dating site, created by bitBull. Drawn, inked and shaded by me, coloured by Russ Cogman.
ExclamationSoft Robots
A series of friendly robots, designed to represent the software products created by the then newly established ExclamationSoft. They've changed their corporate image quite a lot since those early days.
Dreamcats: Shinbi
From a series of characters designed to represent different aspects of the Sega Dreamcast console, released in 1999. The idea was conceived by my oldest virtual friend, Dan Magaha.
Dreamcats: Jinko
From a series of characters designed to represent different aspects of the Sega Dreamcast console, released in 1999. The idea was conceived by my oldest virtual friend, Dan Magaha.
Terrapin in Flight
3D model of the spaceship I designed for the lead character in my FutureQuake comic strip. Created using Google Sketchup.
Terrapin Landed
3D model of the spaceship I designed for the lead character in my FutureQuake comic strip. Created using Google Sketchup.
Blasted Boathouse Environment
Environment design for an NCsoft MMORPG (sadly cancelled). The design had to fit a very strict style guide.
Farmhouse and Longhouse
Building and prop designs for an NCsoft MMORPG (sadly cancelled). The design had to fit a very strict style guide.
Spaceship Designs
A selection of designs for a space trading MMO, currently under development by a small independent studio.
Dolphin Hover Bike
Something I originally designed for my own amusement, but ended up used in a illustration for a fashion model's website.
Akiko: Bleeding Edge Technology
Robot detail from an early painting of Akiko, a character I created to practice my comic book and figure drawing skills. Here she's battling a mechanical foe.
Flick Golf Extreme: Loading
Loading and mode select screen for Flick Golf Extreme, by Full Fat Productions Ltd. The awesome background painting is by Heather Sheppard.
Flick Golf Extreme: Level Select
Level select screens for Quickshot and World Tour modes in Flick Golf Extreme, by Full Fat Productions Ltd. The awesome background paintings are by Heather Sheppard.
Flick Golf Extreme: Shot Results
Examples of shot results in Flick Golf Extreme, by Full Fat Productions Ltd.
Flick Golf Extreme: 5 Ball Mode
Start end end screens of 5 Ball Mode in Flick Golf Extreme, by Full Fat Productions Ltd.
Flick Golf Extreme: Round Results
Examples of round end screens in Flick Golf Extreme, by Full Fat Productions Ltd.
Flick Golf Extreme: Stats
Examples of statistics and achievements screens in Flick Golf Extreme, by Full Fat Productions Ltd. The awesome background painting is by Heather Sheppard.
Flick Golf: Loading and Mode Select
The initial loading screen and mode select screen from Flick Golf, a hugely successful title by Full Fat Productions Ltd.
Flick Golf: Level Select
The level select screens from Flick Golf, a hugely successful title by Full Fat Productions Ltd. The awesome background painting is by Heather Sheppard.
Flick Golf: Level Loading Screens
Example loading screens from Flick Golf, a hugely successful title by Full Fat Productions Ltd. I created these two awesome background paintings myself.
Flick Golf: Flyby Screens
Example fly-by screens from Flick Golf, a hugely successful title by Full Fat Productions Ltd.
Flick Golf: In-game Screens
Example of the in-game HUD from Flick Golf, a hugely successful title by Full Fat Productions Ltd.
Flick Golf: Stats
Statistics and leaderboards screens from Flick Golf, a hugely successful title by Full Fat Productions Ltd.
Jordan Paris
A caricature of fashion model Jordan Paris (she used to date Russell Brand, y'know), used on her personal website (created by Reality Dreamship). Sadly the site is no longer available.
Pod Girl
Pod Girl was used in a Flash-based animated character that formed part of the identity for the Reality Dreamship graphic design portal.
Fjord: Flirtomatic
Characters and icons that formed part of the original incarnation of the Flirtomatic mobile chatting and flirting site, created by Fjord.
Fjord: Sushi
Part of the artwork that formed a Flash-based technology presentation by Fjord.
Fjord: Technology Presentation
The main character, and an element of an animation in a Flash-based technology presentation by Fjord.
Fjord: PDA Presentation
Elements used in a Flash-based presentation on potential PDA usage, by Fjord.
Musical Mysteries
Characters and scenes that formed part of an award winning BBC Northern Ireland web site investigating music and sound.
Indus Valley
Artwork used in a BBC Interactive site exploring the ancient civilisation of the Indus Valley. Sadly the site is no longer available.
Scotland: Southern Uplands
Artwork for a BBC Interactive website exploring the Scottish Southern Uplands (requires Flash). Many of the elements in these images were created to enable them to be animated.
Scotland: Highlands and Islands
Artwork for a BBC Interactive website exploring the Scottish Highlands and Islands (requires Flash).
Environmental Intelligence Unit
Artwork used in a BBC See You See Me website about protecting the environment (requires Flash).
Typhoon Club: Sports Covers
Cover artwork from two issues of Typhoon Club, a Hong Kong dual-language magazine.
Typhoon Club: Covers
Cover artwork from two issues of Typhoon Club, a Hong Kong dual-language magazine.
Camper Van Girl
Cover artwork for a Volkswagen Camper Van magazine.
Triceratops Taxi
A character study for a children's book idea that my old friend Russ and I have been kicking around since 1994.
Car Chase
A scene-setting illustration for a children's book idea that my old friend Russ and I have been kicking around since 1994.
Akiko: Sitting Pretty
From a scan of a rather raunchy painting of Akiko, a character I created to practice my figure drawing skills. Acrylic on Bristol board.
Cast of Friends
I was a big fan of NBC's Friends in 1996, when I painted this caricature in acrylic on textured art board. That stuff is hard to scan.
FutureQuake #17 Cover
Cover artwork for issue 17 of FutureQuake.
Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, page 1
Artwork for page 1 of Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, written by Neil Merrett, which appeared in issue 17 of FutureQuake, the finest free press comic book you'll ever have the pleasure of reading.
Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, page 2
Artwork for page 2 of Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, written by Neil Merrett, which appeared in issue 17 of FutureQuake, the finest free press comic book you'll ever have the pleasure of reading.
Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, page 3
Artwork for page 3 of Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, written by Neil Merrett, which appeared in issue 17 of FutureQuake, the finest free press comic book you'll ever have the pleasure of reading.
Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, page 4
Artwork for page 4 of Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, written by Neil Merrett, which appeared in issue 17 of FutureQuake, the finest free press comic book you'll ever have the pleasure of reading.
Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, page 5
Artwork for page 5 of Regrets, Rules and Jellied Eels, written by Neil Merrett, which appeared in issue 17 of FutureQuake, the finest free press comic book you'll ever have the pleasure of reading.
Flesh of my Flesh, page 1
I produced this short series of pages from an original script sent to me by Dan Abnett, one of the writers of the Early Voyages series for Marvel Comics.
Flesh of my Flesh, pages 2 & 3
I produced this short series of pages from an original script sent to me by Dan Abnett, one of the writers of the Early Voyages series for Marvel Comics.
Flesh of my Flesh pages 4 & 5
I produced this short series of pages from an original script sent to me by Dan Abnett, one of the writers of the Early Voyages series for Marvel Comics.
Flesh of my Flesh, page 6
I produced this short series of pages from an original script sent to me by Dan Abnett, one of the writers of the Early Voyages series for Marvel Comics.
Judge Dredd, Awayday: pages 2 & 3
A sample page from a spec script sent to me in 1996 by John Tomlinson; at the time John was the editor of the Judge Dredd Megazine.
Judge Dredd, Awayday: page 5
A sample page from a spec script sent to me in 1996 by John Tomlinson; at the time John was the editor of the Judge Dredd Megazine. The inset sketch is my favourite of all the drawings I've done of Dredd.
Akiko: Sword Play
Akiko is a character I designed to practice my figure drawing and comic book style. She's very fond of her sword.

Richard Smith

Skills

I am currently working as Senior User Interface Artist at Hardlight, SEGA’s third UK based studio. Hardlight is focused exclusively on creating high quality, innovative game experiences for mobile handheld platforms. I produce concept art, pixel art, animation, and user interface design for iOS, Android and other mobile platforms.

I graduated from Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic in 1990 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Industrial/Transportation Design.

Before joining Hardlight in October 2012, I worked for more than 6 years at Full Fat, a small independent studio making games for mobile devices and consoles. Prior to joining Full Fat in 2006, I worked for 5 years as a freelance illustrator, for a range of clientele including the BBC, Scholastic, Dorling Kindersley and leading independent new media companies like Fjord and Unique Interactive.

I am a skilled, adaptable illustrator, artist and designer, with a diverse background in industrial design, technical illustration, fine art and web design.

I specialise in character design, and the creation of believable mechanical and industrial design. I am also an experienced user interface (UI) designer.

I have decades of experience in traditional and digital media, and have good communication and team working skills. I am inventive, enthusiastic, mature, experienced, forthright and reliable.

TOOLS

Extremely proficient in:

Proficient in:

  • Autodesk Maya
  • Nintendo Layout Editor (Wii, 3DS)
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Corel Painter

KNOWLEDGE

  • Semantic markup
  • HTML
  • XHTML
  • CSS
  • PHP
  • JavaScript

Endorsements

I've known Richard virtually for over a decade and have worked with him on numerous occasions on various freelance art projects, and I never cease to be amazed by his artistic range or the seeming ease with which he can quickly sketch something that instantly captures what I'm trying to describe. While he has won praise and fans with the cheery, colorful style he often uses for his games work, I have had the pleasure of viewing some of the superbly detailed line work he has done in the past for technical illustrations, and it is just as impressive.

Dan Magaha

Studio Director at Seamless Entertainment, Inc., via LinkedIn

[Richard] is an outstanding illustrative artist, and a phenomenal technical artist - I've had the honour of knowing a large number of excellent artists over the years, and [he] effortlessly stands out from the crowd. He privileged me with some superb concept work for a project of mine, and if I could hire him myself I wouldn't hesitate.

Malcolm Sparrow

Owner at Mak Software Studio, via LinkedIn

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