H.P. Lovecraft’s Commonplace Book…!…?

I just came across an article online, which supposedly has a transcript of a commonplace book written by none other than HP Lovecraft. There are definitely some Lovecraftian elements to Of8, so this is quite a nice treat for me and may be rather useful… This reads like an HP Lovecraft commonplace book, but I haven’t seen any information anywhere on where it …

The Return Of The Real: Berserk Is Back!

Berserk is one of the creative properties out there which I truly consider as one of the fathers of Of8. Berserk creator, Kentaro Miura, has created a unique world with a great mythology and placed one of my favorite characters, Guts (fka “the 100 man slayer” aka “it’s not a big deal for me to slay 100 men anymore, so stop calling me that”), right in …

All Things Considered: Zippers?

I’m about to get into some more armor/clothing design for Of8 and I’ve been debating on whether or not to include zippers. I really don’t want anything with too much of a modern feel, but zippers were actually first patented in the 1800′s… Not sure where I’m gonna go with this one. Decisions….

The Cost Of Com

Open up a new web browser and type in ANY random 3 letter and/or number combination with a “.com” at the end of it. Try the strangest combinations you can. Notice how most of them have some strange looking website on them? There is a reason for that (I’ll explain a little further down). OF8.NET OF8.ORG OF8.INFO OF8.BIZ All of these domain names were and probably still are …

Aiming High…

I’ve always been a man of the “why not?” persuasion, so I sent an email over to Wayne Barlowe to see if he’d be available for some creature design. Mr. Barlowe is quite an accomplished and talented artist/writer. He’s worked on a bunch of super high profile Hollywood flicks (Avatar, all of Guillermo Del Toro’s recent stuff, etc) and has managed to create a very interesting and unique …

Where to Find Concept Artists Online…

I have a great imagination, but… I draw like a 3-year-old. So I need to hire talented artists to work with me on all of the design work that is needed for Of8.  About a month ago I began my quest to find some talented artists. I’m not big on collaborating creatively 100% over the internet. So initially I placed an ad on …

Of8 Pre-Production Begins!!!!!!!!!!

I posted up an ad on craigslist a couple weeks ago looking for NYC area artists to do character design work for Of8. I got about 50 something replies from across the talent and experience spectrum. Today I did lunch with one of those talented artists: Warren. We had a nice discussion over lunch. It’s a little funny, in an unprofessional way, that I …

Monster Design Tips From Guillermo Del Toro…

There is a great article/interview with Guillermo Del Toro in a recent New Yorker magazine. The best bit from it is this great bit of advice on creature design… Defining silhouettes is the first step in good monster design, he said. “Then you start playing with movement. The next element of design is color. And then finally—finally—comes detail. A lot of people go the other …

The Beginning Of The End

Welcome to of8.com!  “Of8″ is a story I have been working on for quite a while. To be exact, the seed which eventually became this story was planted on Wednesday, December 18th 2002, probably around 8:30pm EST. While watching the opening sequence of The Lord Of The Rings: Two Towers, an idea was sparked for a single  action sequence. Over time, this …