Hello. I'm Daniel Vaughan. Welcome to my portfolio website! Creative Computer Games Design Graduate || General Artist and Animator

Recently I started writing reviews again with the guys from GamersFTW and was asked to create a new mascot for the site. I thumb nailed out a couple of ideas for the new Button Bash Gamer mascot.

This character wasn't selected but I liked enough to continue it.
Also, as a bit of a test, I recorded myself drawing her up in Photoshop using my shiny new Gaomon tablet.

As of recently I have been working on creating a series of transitional animation that could be used in picture application. Essentially when a user hovers over or clicks on an image an animation effect will play revealing a secondary image. While these below are in GIF format these would also be saved out as SVG making them scale-able and giving users the option to alter the colours to their preference.

These animations were created using a mix of Photoshop and Illustrator.
To see more (hopefully) regular updates of my artwork, such as the images featured below, check out my gallery over at DeviantArt.

Here's the level designs for the cat game and the cat flap asset.

Cat Flap Design

So here's just a couple of designs for the cat game from early concepts to finals.

Final Animations
Over the last month or so (Oct/Nov 2017) I set myself a little exercise to update my portfolio (as I haven't been recently) and to play around with elements of Unity I was less familiar with. The object? To create something playable in Unity.

During university I didn't get great deal of time to play around in Unity as I was kind of thrown into learning about motion capture systems and working with C3D data which was a bit of a headache. The only times I dipped into program was to play with the Animator features.

This was just a little exercise to experiment more with unity then I had previously. It still needs some work and friends are pointing out some odd behaviours I've missed so I'm still working to fix those. Plus there's still some things I'd like to play around with further so i'm going to keep updating this prototype when I can.

If you fancy trying out this daft little prototype as it is currently the PC build version can be downloaded from the link below. 
Don't worry it's nothing complicated!

Arrow keys     -     Move
Spacebar        -     Jump

Next new additions on the agenda are opening and closing splash screens, an intro animation to draw the character to the objective, an overall soundtrack and tying sound effects to the cats movements.

If you have any feedback please feel free to drop me a message.

@the_mrsnesbitt was looking to spruce her twitter account with a new profile picture so she asked me for some ideas…so this is what I came up with. She wanted her face in it somehow and was interested in a cartoonish style. The only other thing was she wanted to wave around her missing arm like Buzz Lightyear does in this scene.

You can check out her game streaming shenanigans via her Twitch channel www.twitch.tv/the_mrsnesbitt
Typical scene of me between drawing odd doodles or writing random games reviews. I wanted a some sort of drawing involving what I can do to use as a banner image for my social media accounts.
Of course it had to be being choked up with game and anime references. During the Euros 2016 I made a slight alteration to the scene....

Gabs Tanner is a games critic currently writing for We Got This Covered and her own personal blog Gabs Tanner Reviews. She has also previously written for Wales Arts Review and GamersFTW. “Writing has always been my go to device for connecting with the world, while exploring my personal opinions. Meanwhile, being a Critic gives the opportunity to make conversation, through sharing experiences with others.”

While at GamersFTW Gabs asked if I would be interested in designing her a banner image that she could use for her personal blog and social media pages. She stated that she would like the banner to contain no writing so that she could use it no matter who she was writing for, and that it should include a number of games references. The list giving included…“Alice Madness Returns, Persona 3, Zelda, Phoenix Wright, Professor Layton, Kingdom Hearts, Pokemon, Tekken, Left 4 Dead, Katamari, Bayonetta, Splatoon, Borderlands (2/Tales from the), Portal 2, The Binding of Isaac, Bioshock (and Infinite), Castle Crashers, Don't Starve, Plants vs Zombies, Psychonauts, Space Channel 5: Part 2, Zoombinis”

Check out her stuff at www.gabstanner.wordpress.com

The panda posse trying their hand at Splatoons brutal and messy turf wars!
The panda posse struggling to get to grips with life in the commonwealth wasteland!
After the interview with Troy Baker the people at Optimus Bristol asked if we could also interview Victoria Atkin (voice of Evie Frye in Assassin's Creed Syndicate) who was a late attendee to the event. As no one was able to get to the event for day two a Skype interview was conducted instead. As the first one went down well I was again asked if I could edit the conversation add some visuals and upload it to our Youtube page.

Daniel Vaughan
Computer Games Design graduate from South Wales. Enthusiastic gamer, otaku, games journalist, doodler and wannabe animator.