Introducing Shirley…

My pal Timothy Winchester (Follow Timothy on Twitter) publishes the lovely People I Know webcomic (Read it here.).  He recently ran a week where he asked readers to send their pictures in for a boyfriend for the hapless Toby. Below is my entry for Boyfriend Week. Meet Shirley…
Shirley

“This is Shirley.

He is a bearded vegan pigmy diplodocus with a big heart.

He could be Toby’s boyfriend, he has one big arm that can dish out hugs, but can also give Toby a good old smack and knock some sense into him when needed (always)…Away from speed dating fictional characters he likes to take part in Tudor re-enactments and has an extensive store loyalty card collection.

His favourite colour’s hex value is #cc9999!”

Red or Black? Playalong

In 2011, I produced the playalong game for ITV’s Red or Black? For 7 nights Ant and Dec invited 1000 people to make one simple decision – Red or Black? Over the course of ten spectacular rounds these 1000 people would be whittled down to one, who would then get the chance to spin for £1m live on telly…

Accompanying the show was an interactive playalong game, (designed and built by  the chaps at Monterosa) that gave the audience at home the opportunity to make the same EXACT decisions as those in the show. Decisions such as picking Red or Black, blind picking a rubber duck or to even crack open a fortune cookie…

Unlike the players in the show the playalong players had lifelines, where they could flip their wrong answers and protect their winning streaks. They also couldn’t win £1million, they were just playing for honour and bragging rights amongst their social friends…

They earned these FLIPS by sharing their scores and inviting friends to playalong on Twitter and Facebook.

Direct to the presenters, and within seconds, simple stats were fed into the show. Real time info such as amount of players who predicted correctly, to the colour that the playalong audience in a contestants home town had chosen as they spanned for £1m…

Link: Red or Black? on ITV.com

Red or Black?
Red or Black?
Red or Black?

The Florossoneri

The Florossoneri

Florossoneri 2011

The Florossoneri, the team I play for, 2009/10 Hackney And Leyton Football League Division Four champs.

Only took five years or so to get a proper team photo…

Shambles.

Me and my XBox Avatar

Xbox Avatar & Me...

Me and my XBox Avatar, not much difference between myself and virtual self…

I’m nothing like my Xbox avatar…
Got the stormtrooper helmet on the left as a present. Paid £4 for the one on the right…
The trackie top – £40 in real life, £2 on the XBox…
How is this any different to buying Street Fighter 2 for Megadrive/PS1/PS2/PS3/XBox and iPhone?

In 2010…

My 2010…

In 2010 I liked The Black Keys (discovered them through FIFA 11 – despite my mate Jack loving them for years), Best Coast and some of The Arcade Fire album. Bit of a poor year.

I finished Red Dead Redemption (didn’t like the zombie version), Assasin’s Creed 2 (nice engine, but got bored of it), Heavy Rain (Jason! Jason! Jason!). Downloaded Ilomilo and got a little freaked out by the giant spiders and the dead kid in Limbo…

I bought some Star Wars trainers.
Adidas Skywalker

I took too many photos with Hipstomatic…
A wing...

Finally got Mad Men, devoured all four seasons in the space of a month. Who is Don Draper? Still haven’t finished Season Two of The Wire. Got well caught up in Downton Abbey and very excited about what’s going to happen this year there…

Got hooked on The Walking Dead, love that nobody is ever safe and also that no other comic book has made me gasp out loud whilst reading it. Just when you think it couldn’t get any darker it always does. Who are ‘the walking dead’? The zombies or the survivors?

Despite my part-time job as kid being on the fish counter at Tescos, I finally started liking fish, especially Monkfish and the fish finger sandwiches…

Discovered my addiction to Falafels, regularly getting lunch from King Of Falafel on Leather Lane market…

I scored a goal...
I scored a goal for The Florossoneri (after four seasons), it helped us win the Hackney & Leyton Football League Division 4 Title and made it into the paper…

Finally I managed to get my real name on a couple of web sites:
www.flavors.me/markowen
www.vimeo.com/markowen

Corrie Arcade

Corrie Arcade was a game I produced for ITV.com it launched in October 2010. Basically condensing iconic scenes from 50 years of Coronation Street down into mini games that last no more than 10 seconds.

Here are some doodles that helped shaped the minigames in the game,  some made it in to the final version, others got tweaked, others didn’t make it at all…

Corrie Doodles...

Playerthree created the mini games, from shaving Kevin’s tache, stealing Derek’s gnomes, dodging trams, completing families, punching Mike Baldwin in The Rovers and many more…

Link: Corrie Arcade on ITV.com

Florist Arms Football Club Badge



FAFC, originally uploaded by markhassize11feet.

I run a football team that plays in Hackney & Leyton Football League. We’re a pub team, and we’re not a bad football team… Anyways I had a play about in my notepad at designing a badge for the team… Our nickname is The Florossoneri (we play in black and red like Milan and we play out of The Florist Arms pub), so it’s very heavily influenced from a couple of Italian teams badges… It started off as a bit of a project to teach myself Illustrator, but then with a little help from a couple of pals I turned it into a proper badge… Essentially I’m a bit of a big kid… Just without a Maths book to doodle in the back of now…