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Ian McIntosh - Lachlan Cromarty
Artist | Professional | Design & Interfaces
United States

Installing the images from my mind into yours

Who am I?

I'm Ian. I am an artist/game developer specializing in mobile casual games. Right now, I work for a company called MobileDeluxe. Current titles I've worked on include: Solitaire Deluxe Social, Jewel Factory, Big Win Slots, Big Win Blackjack, The Game is Afoot, and BlissHD.

And, I'm Lachlan. In the SCA, I am an heraldic artist, painter, calligrapher and illustrator. I do accept commissions for heraldic art.
At work, I'm the technical artist. This week I was creating a new template for artists and programmers to create the next generation of Slot Machines by MobileDeluxe. There are three main, competing priorities:

1. Efficiency - The final graphics have to be small in terms of data size. Each slot machine has to be downloaded onto mobile devices, so we want the download to be as quick as possible. Once downloaded, the graphics also have to fit in system memory without bogging down the device.

2. Simplicity - Use as few individual graphics files for maximum results. The fewer to keep track of the better. Also, it is best on the programmers if they can display as few files as possible, since every one requires scaling and nudging and calculating and bug fixing... Fewer files helps with #1 above, while hurting #3 below.

3. Flexibility - This is the toughie... Making sure the system can accommodate as many features as possible, even features we have not thought of yet. "Don't paint us into a corner." I could make every little graphic element its own file, which is really flexible, but blows #1 and #2 out of the water!

Altogether, it is not a very "artistic" task, and it is intellectually taxing (you would not believe the amount of algebra involved) but I certainly enjoy it -- so long as it is not all I get to do.

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mackattack1991 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama! :hug:
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WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Awful kind of you to note. Thank you.
TomSoya Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave!
shelly349 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the watch and for adding my "Musical Architecture 2" as a favorite. 
mackattack1991 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for watching! :hug:
mib4art Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for the :+fav: and comment! :)
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:woohoo: :iconcakelickplz: :iconballoonsplz: !!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!! :iconballoonsplz2: :iconcakelickplz: :woohoo:

It's August 8th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year!


Many well wishes and love from your friendly birthdays team :love:

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WorldsEdge Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you all.
Jasperinity Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
Happy birthday! :D
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