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Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Blog Banner and Callsign for me :)

When I decided to merge my other gaming blogs into one, the first thing I wanted to do was get a professional looking banner that really spoke to what the blog is about, a not to serious look at my gaming adventures. I could attempt to make one in Photo Shop, but my artistic skills are limited to slapping paint on miniatures and not computer graphics. I knew what I wanted the banner to look like I just had no clue how to do it.My daughter offered several times to help me out as she is the artist in the family, but with her AP Art class and applying to colleges sehe was already pretty swamped for time but I appreciated the offer.

The Halloween came around and I was following the 31 Days of Walking Dead on Minions of the Monster Master. I was reading the day 24 post and I knew the answer to a trivia question that was asked,; for my reward I got a cartoon of me as a zombie posted on the Minions site. I had always been an admirer of Biscuits artwork on the site but I wasn't sure how he felt about doing art for other people so I approached Mik (Gyro) from Mik's minis to see if Biscuit does commission work and the answer was yes he does. So I commissioned Biscuit to do a banner for me.

First and foremost I may say that he is absolutely a professional and it was a pleasure doing business with him. The first thing I got was an email describing how he likes the process to work. I then shot him back the idea that was floating in my head and I received the image below.

I was blown away, it surpassed even what I had pictured in my mind, so I wrote him back and asked him to proceed with the direction he was going. A few days later I got the next image.

Again I wrote Biscuit to let him know I was happy with the progress and a few days later I received the final image you now see at the top of the blog. Now I am just in the process of getting the colors of the blog to work well with the image, I am not quite there yet but I will keep working at it as time permits.

So I have a new blog, a new banner and thanks to Gyro, I have a new name. I'm not going to go into how it came about, if you are interested you can read it in the comments here. As of today I am changing my online name for the blog to reflect my Gyro (Mik) generated minion name of Meatball!

Well that's all I got, thanks for putting up with me bragging about my new banner, If you get the chance stop by the Minions website and become a follower, they have some excellent articles and the podcast is pretty funny. If you are looking for some commissioned artwork for your blog, I highly recommend Biscuit, he is very professional and kept the lines of communication open so I always knew what was going on with the banner.

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog adn please feel free to leave some comments.

- Meatball


Warhammer39999 said...

It... looks... fantastic!

I can't get over how spectacular that is. Now And me, with just a generic text block atop my blog. It's definitely time to get a new image...

Congratz on what must be (one of) the best banners for 40k blogs everywhere!

jmezz382 said...

Looks great Biscuit ! .... awesome work as always

Meatball said...

@Warhammer3999 I know I was amazed with each drawing he sent me and then the final product was just amazing. It was very worth it.

@jmezz382 His work is always awesome!

MIK said...

And you got a bonus avatar pic to boot!

Kudos all around, especially to your complete transformation and extreme makeover. Now that you're sporting Minions' digs and a new handle we'll have to get you ramped up to official auxiliary status!

Meatball said...

Uh oh should I be scared :P

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