From The Archives: Illustrating Steve Jobs

I can honestly say it’s the cliché of clichés when I say we see the late Steve Jobs as a source of inspiration in our lives. He truly lived what one might call a ‘full’ life.
So I was particularly struck by a photo of his during one of his last keynotes. It was him holding his hands in a ‘namaste’ thanking the audience in his traditional black turtle neck tee. And I don’t know what got into me but I decided to make a Steve Jobs illustration.

Steve Jobs - Pixel Drop Studios
The immortal Steve Jobs

Illustrating Steve Jobs

What followed that was a gruesome 18 straight hours in front of the computer. Blood shot eyes and multiple coffee cups later this is what we had to show.

This essentially had me drawing individual patches of colours on illustrator up close.

Steve Jobs illustration - Pixel Drop Studios
Each patch is drawn individually

The subtle variations of the colour patches together formed the final picture. Sorta of how pixels work to form a picture, only this time, it has more of an oil painting feel to it.

Steve Jobs Illustration - Pixel Drop Studios
The color on each patch is manually added

It involved a lot of overlapping of the patches . You can see the individual patches in the working drawings of it. Those are really a lot of patches.

Steve Jobs Illustration - Pixel Drop Studios
Those are a lot of patches

And of course his immortal words are a part of it. You can check out the project on our Behance HERE.

As Jobs said “Here’s to the crazy ones”.

Steve Jobs Illustration - Pixel Drop Studios
The final version of our Steve Jobs illustration

Well, the Jobs illustration turned out to be a really fun and eye straining venture. So I decided to make it into a series of Tech Legends. I’ve set out on a course to make illustrations of all the top tech titans of this era. After Jobs, we’ve got Bill Gates, Sergey Brin, Larry Page and Zuckerberg in the works.

Here are some of the works in progress.

Bill Gates Illustration Pixel Drop Studios
Bill Gates Illustration
Sergey Brin and Larry Page illustration - Pixel Drop Studios
The Google Boys – Sergey Brin and Larry Page

I’ll have to be honest. This has been in limbo for quite some years. I’m hoping that writing blog on it will kind of force me into going ahead with this and work on completing the series

oh and if you would like a print copy of the Steve Jobs illustration, feel free to drop a mail 

We are alive

We know that we have been quiet off lately, and some people have even asked us if we’re still alive.

We are alive, and can assure you that the silence is because we have a lot on our hands. And just to soothe your worries, here’s what is happening at the moment:

We have not 1, not 2, not 3 but 4 projects in works! Now we can’t spill out all the details about them, but here are some slices of information.

We are alive - Pixel Drop Boys
Yep. Thats us

Project 1

Quote Codes – We have been working extremely hard on this for the past good year. The bulk of the work is done. What we’re doing now is some in-game mechanics, some animations, a little intro, bug fixing and sound engineering. We would be opening this for beta testing soon so please do sign up if you are interested to test our cool game.

Quote Codes - upcoming iOS game for 2017

We’ll keep you posted on a release date and we have documented the entire journey from Design to Code which we would be sharing– The game will be out in the second half of this year exclusively on iOS

In the meantime go check out the pages from the game and don’t forget to follow them!

Facebook Page

Twitter Page

Instagram Page

Project 2

The Game Quantum – reworking this and coming out with a more refined, more enjoyable version of our first ever game is one off our top priorities. More details in the coming weeks!

Project 3

The WOW Signal – This is a space exploration video game. A topic that makes us jump from our seats. We are in the concept/designing stage of this and will start development in June. More updates on this then!

Project 4

Tuta Tuk Tuk – Embarking new territories on this. We are traditionally 2D artists and developers but have challenged ourselves with doing the art of this in isometric. Currently in Prototype stage, we would be opening this for a closed Beta stage by the end of May!

 

Design with Sketch App

We have always used Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop for the initial prototyping of our app designs. Though a bit of an overkill, we were familiar with it and hence stuck with it for a long time. Then a friend introduced us the Sketch App. And it just blew us away..

Sketch app

Firstly, it’s less than 50 MB installed on your hard disk. 50 freakin MB. Can you imagine that? Adobe Illustrator is more than 1.5 GB and Photoshop is well over that. We became a believer right then. Of course don’t get us wrong. Illustrator is still one of the best when it comes to making accurate drawings that involve stylus inputs and Photoshop is the king of digital image manipulation.

Sketch vs Illustrator vs Photoshop
Photoshop vs Illustrator vs Sketch

If you google you will find a million comparisons between Sketch, Photoshop and Illustrator but believe us Sketch wins when you are looking at getting started with the initial screens of the app and it wins in Web Design because of its superior grid layouts, ability to export all layers separately in one go and get CSS attributes for your designs!

Design with sketch app Pixel Drop Studios
iOS Ui Template in Sketch

And the templates included are so much handy. They have templates and export options for almost every iOS device screen size, Web Design and most popular Android ones. It is a match made in heaven for studios like us.

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Pre-Installed Templates in Sketch

So Sketch has now become our de facto software for building our initial designs.

It is available for download from their official website. You can first download a Trial version and then purchase the licence if you like from HERE.

If you are really interested here is a small list of awesome free tutorials that will help transition to the software. Note that some of the tutorials are of Sketch 3 while the latest version available right now is Sketch 4 but be assured that the learnings in them still apply!

For Readers:

Official Sketch User Manual

Marc Andrew – Sketch App Tutorial Series

Sketch Tutorial for iOS Developers – Robert Chan

Sketch for Beginners – Sebastian Gabriel

For the ones who prefer videos:

Sketch Tutorial Series – LevelUpTuts

Introduction to Sketch for Web Design – CharliMarieTV

Sketch for Beginners – Patrick Benske

Pixel Drop Studios Branding

We love Behance. Back in college days it was our only source of inspiration for design and it’s a great place see the works of so many amazing artists from all around the world. 

Few days back we decided to Reboot our tiny studio and redo the entire branding and identity. You can check out the new Branding of our studio on our Behance Page HERE.

Pixel Drop Studios Branding

If you like it please do not forget to give an appreciation!

2017 Plans

Hi all! Hope you had some great holidays.

After the Reboot of our Studio we took a tiny break and now we’re back in the office.Pixel Drop Studios Pratik and Joseph - 2017 plans

This is what’s happening for 2017!

Finish Quote Codes. We have had a bumpy road on this but finally we are now moving in the right direction. The bulk of the technology is done. What we’re doing now is some in-game mechanics, some animations, a little intro, bug fixing and fine tuning. We’ll keep you posted on a release date and we have documented the entire journey from Design to Code which we would be sharing– The game will be out in the first half of this year.

In the meantime go check out the pages from the game and don’t forget to follow them!

Facebook Page

Twitter Page

Instagram Page

Besides Quote Codes we are doing some exciting collaborations and working on a few cool things

• We’re collaborating with Ranganath Krishnamani an amazing artist to work a secret project that is very close to our hearts (more details on this later!)

• We are also collaborating with some amazing people overseas for a wacky little game called the Last Drop that is based on this awesome saying by a very wise old man – “You can shake it, you can fling it, you can beat it against the wall.. But when you put it in your pants, that last drop will always fall” (We leave the rest to your imagination :p)

The Game Quantum! reworking this and coming out with a more refined, more enjoyable version of our cute little game is one off our top priorities. More details in the coming months!

• Some Android related stuff is also planned!

• And probably a lot more cool stuff for later this year.

Alright, 2017 – here we go.