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Homebrew Art, part 10 - Rainbow Invaders

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 10 March 2014 · 1,484 views
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Rainbow Invaders (2006)
Rainbow Invaders - my fourth contest win  - is Silvio Mongo's excellent re-imagining of Space Invaders with multi-colored sprites and a ton of power-ups.
While I'm not particularly fond of using Atar...

Homebrew Art, part 9 - Strat-O-Gems Deluxe contest entries

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 09 March 2014 · 1,433 views
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Strat-O-Gems Deluxe (2006)
Strat-O-Gems Deluxe is John Payson's excellent color-matching puzzle game. I followed it during development and really looked forward to the game's release. But despite how much I liked the game, when the label contest rolled around, I had absolutely no luck coming up with any ideas for it.
When the contes...

Homebrew Art, part 8 - 2005 MiniGame MultiCart

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 08 March 2014 · 1,454 views
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2005 MiniGame MultiCart (2005)
The 2005 MiniGame MultiCart  - my second for-hire label - is a collection of mini-games. When I say "for-hire", I should probably point out that I get paid in store credit or homebrews. I don't ask for money or r...

Homebrew Art, part 7 - Go Fish! contest entries

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 07 March 2014 · 1,808 views
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Go Fish! (2005)
This was the sixth label contest I'd entered, and with it my three-contest winning streak came to an end. But it was a good run while it lasted. :)
Go Fish! is Bob Montgomery's take on games similar to Intellivision's Shark! Shark!
I started with sketches in Painter. Each element was drawn on a separate layer so I c...

Homebrew Art, part 6 - Warring Worms: The Worm (re)turns

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 07 February 2014 · 1,768 views
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Warring Worms: The Worm (Re)turns (2005)
Warring Worms: The Worm (Re)turns was my first non-contest label. I was asked by Billy Eno to create the label for his update to his earlier game Warring Worms . WW:TWR is sort of like Surround but the playe...

Homebrew Art, part 5 - Ultra SCSIcide

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 07 February 2014 · 1,443 views
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Ultra SCSIcide (2005)
UltraSCSIcide is Joe Grand's update to his classic twitch game SCSIcide .
This was my third contest  win in a row, and I took a completely different approach to this one - photography.
I came up with a...

Homebrew Art, part 4 - Man Goes Down

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 05 February 2014 · 2,584 views
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Man Goes Down (2004 - unreleased)
Man Goes Down is Alex Herbert's excellent, but still unfinished and unreleased platform game. This was the second contest  I'd won in a row. Alex ran into health problems and couldn't get the game finishe...

Homebrew Art, part 3 - The Krokodile Cart

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 04 February 2014 · 2,169 views
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Krokodile Cart (2004)
The Krokodile Cart , by Armin Vogl, was a flash memory based cartridge that let users load and run almost any binary on a real 2600. I say "was" because it's been out of production for several years now, although you might be able...

Homebrew Art, part 2 - Backfire contest entry

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 04 February 2014 · 1,176 views
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Backfire (2003)
Backfire was the second contest  I entered (and lost). At the time, since I was still just getting back into drawing, I opted to make the label using 3D software (the long-defunct Infini-D) instead of illustrating it.
The different elements were rendered out separately, then combined in Photoshop so I could tweak...

Homebrew Art, part 1 - Climber 5 contest entries

Posted by Nathan Strum, in Label Artwork 02 February 2014 · 1,573 views
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This is the first entry in a series recounting label artwork I've created at AtariAge. In addition to labels that have been published, I'll also be posting designs I entered into contests - including the losers.
This entry is from the latter category. I have a lot of these. Despite winning several contests, I've created far more losers than winne...