At our Oct. 19 meeting (5:30 p.m), Jeff Willis will discuss his work on the award-winning video game Fairway Solitaire.
It’s the most successful title that video gaming giant Big Fish has ever had. Fairway Solitaire presents players with a modified, golf-themed version of the classic card game solitaire.
Jeff, the creator of Gutsy McDivot, the game’s golf-hating gopher, will talk about doing backgrounds, in-game animation, and animated stories featuring his character.
Although he started out as a simple background artist, Jeff’s role in the game mushroomed as the character developed. Today, “Gopher Wrangler,” is Jeff’s unofficial title.
Jeff’s career has included stints doing digital and traditional illustration, concept art, character design, cartooning, and concepts and designs for video games.
He began as a Garfield and Looney Tunes T-shirt artist. He is now primarily a video game artist, and has worked on titles for PC and Mac as well as consol. Notable titles include Rugrats, Digimon, and Harry Potter.
Currently, Jeff is a fulltime artist at Seattle-based Big Fish, a leading casual and mobile games company. He is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
In 2002, he received Cartoonists Northwest’s highest award—the Golden Toonie.
WHAT: October Meeting of Cartoonists Northwest (Meetings on the third Saturday of every month)
DATE: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013
TIME: 5:30 to about 7:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Artist & Craftsman Supply
4350 8th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
(In the University District about a block east of I-5)
Suggested donation of $5 for nonmembers.
Free Parking until 7:30 PM at the parking lot
across the street from Artist & Craftsman.