Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Winter Solace style concept

I'm super looking forward to getting back into making Winter Solace. This time, it's going to be a game! I'm making a tumblr specifically for the game development, nothing up yet, but it'll be at wintersolacegame.tumblr.com if you'd like to follow preemptively! There will be game design things, art things, unity things. I'll post what I learn and create in an effort to make this game!

Friday, 16 June 2017

Designer Kimono-smock

I've always felt interesting clothes for men are few and far between. What are the options? Shirts, waistcoats and suits? Even a nice one of these is hard to find because patterns for men are either too plain, plaid or insane, hence why I designed my own pattern last year. Even if it's a nice piece of clothing with a nice pattern, it's a miracle if it fits my body snugly because my shoulder width is ridiculous.

This garment is something I designed to be like an indoors jumper, for both being active and lounging. It's like a cross between a kimono and a smock. My goal was to have something like a hoodie but more specialized, hoodies are a really great all rounder but don't excel in any field.


The tailor who realized this design of mine is Josh Harbord. Go to his website, his tailoring is seamless and he's a lovely chap. I plan to be designing more clothes for him to make real soon.

Next I think i'll try to be putting together some alternative to a t-shirt

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

My first comic book is complete!

After having worked on this comic in my spare time for the last 3 years, I'm finally done!
It's a short story about a group of misfit friends who are just about to graduate from school. They're forced to face the future and step away from their comfort zone, the shore beside Lake Geneva. It's a peaceful slice of life story with a Breakfast Club vibe.
So now I'm looking for a publisher, or some help getting published. I really have no idea what to do now and would really appreciate any advice. Has anyone gone through this process before?



Monday, 24 October 2016

Fabric Design

Anyone who's visited the V&A will be familiar with the patterns bellow. I've gone of the V&A countless times and they've always caught my eye but I've only now thought to seek out the designer behind these floral designs. His name is William Morris, a textile designer from the 1800's, and a very interesting character. He's also a poet, novelist and an early adopter of social activism, look him up.


At the same time I became aware that you could now get t-shirts printed all over, and not just in a square on the chest. What happened to me next was as follows:


Being quite old patterns, I didn't know if they were in the public domain. I found that "Morris Co" is still going so I emailed them about getting the rights to print using a pattern, and if not, if they could point me to where I could buy the ones I fancied. Turns out that no, I can't use them, and they're not even in production. Well.

So I designed my own.


I wanted it to feel like a deep moss with a variety of tiny plants. A little dewy, fresh and busy, with a slightly muted color palette. This is what I came up with:


So now I have a shirt! And if you'd like one of these, you can buy one on society6. I've never had more stress trying to publish work before, so if anyone knows any other options for all over shirt printing, please do let me know! Also, if you're looking to have something similar designed, I would be up for making more patterns! Contact me at sam@sunlightafterdark.com

They're super good. Printed on American Apparel tee's too. Get one and look super fancy!

This is my new #tshirt I designed recently! If you'd like one, go to www.goo.gl/KYQJX1 #floral #tee #moss #design

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