Wednesday, March 19, 2014

All About AmazinAdrielle - G!

After brainstorming some things relating to my life, I have created this lovely alphabet about me - so you can get to know me a little better! You can also find more information about me on my website =). 


G is for...

Glasses - I've needed glasses since I was about 12 years old - but I hated wearing them when I was at school. They were always getting caught when I tried to do acrobatics, and they always seemed to need cleaning. I wore contact lenses while I was in the circus and at university - but had to switch back to glasses again when I started needing stronger pain relief for my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, as the medications make my eyes too dry. I have two pairs of glasses at the moment - one is pale blue with little gems in the sides of the frames, and the others are purple. The lenses in the purple pair turn dark in the sun =D.

Me wearing my purple glasses!
Grass rash - I spent most of my childhood and teenage years with an ailment that is locally known as grass rash (an allergic reaction to grass that you get when you roll in it, lie in it... or start a backyard acrobatic troupe that trains every night on the front or back lawn)!

Franklin turtle on our back lawn!
Garden - I like our garden, and my turtles like it too! I like to take pictures of the plants that grow in our garden, and of the bugs and animals that visit =D. I also sometimes write poems about the garden.

Multicoloured glitter stripes on my nails!
Glitter - I love glitter! I have celebrated its shininess in poetry, artwork, pixel animation and photography. I also love glitter nail polish and make-up - and well - anything glittery, really!

Some of my glitter graphics! 

Games - I've always loved playing games! I started playing Jack Attack with my dad on Commodore 64 as a preschooler. When I got a bit older, I conquered my parents' high scores on the old orange handheld version of Donkey Kong, and started playing PC games like Tetris Classic, Keen, Pipe Dream, Word Zap, Pandemonium, Pitfall, Chip's Challenge, and Aladdin. I also loved playing the Super Mario Bros. games with my cousins, but I didn't have a Nintendo.

When I was about eight, I got a Game Boy Pocket and some games (Donkey Kong Land III, and some retro ones like Oil Panic), and a couple of years later, I saved up and bought a Super Nintendo - with Super Mario All Stars! =D. I also collected other games over the years (like Wario's Woods, Tetris & Dr. Mario, Super Mario World and Yoshi's Island). Almost 20 years later, that console and those games all still work!

My drawing of an Oddworld Scrab!
When I was around 10 or 11, I started playing Abe's Oddysee on PC, and I got a Playstation when I was 12 so that I could get Abe's Exoddus (which is still one of my favourite games). I was disappointed when the next Oddworld title came out on XBox, as I could never hope to afford one of those (although, having played the game since, I think I would've been terribly disappointed if I'd somehow managed to save enough money to get it! It just was -not- the same!) On Playstation, I played Medievil, Crash Bandicoot, and the Spice Girls game - but even I - a die hard fan of the group at the time - couldn't stand to play that last one for very long... LOL!

I played a lot of Windows games in my later years of high school - while waiting for various study materials to download on our dial-up internet - and with a computer (cleverly built from recycled bits of other old computers) that would keel over if I tried to use anything else at the same time as Internet Explorer. By the time I finished high school, we had broadband. I started playing games on Miniclip (like Crypt Raider, and other puzzle games) while I was waiting for lecture notes to download and print. Then I started to play Puzzle Pirates - an obsession that lasted seven years. My dad also got a Wii during this time, and I had fun buying all the old Super Mario games to play on it =D.

When I was at university, I had an iPod touch, and played lots of word games. After I'd finished my course, I got an iPad, and became a bit addicted to various iPad games - especially word and puzzle games. I loved Plants vz. Zombies survival mode, and I held the top score in Scramble 2, Jumbline 2, and Letris and various other word games for varying lengths of time (although I am nowhere near the top now!)

The games I play most at the moment are iPad games (like Bejeweled, Montezuma, Pocket Legends, Take It Easy, Letris Friends, Spell Tower, PAC-CHAIN, Elemental Knights Online, and various games to learn Spanish) and PC games on MiniClip and Steam. I am also helping to beta test an awesome new game from Double Cluepon Studios, called Emerald Kingdom.


Some of my Puzzle Pirates art - eggs and trinket designs!

Game art - I've always liked games, and game art. As a kid, I was captivated by the way that game artists and animators could make pixels move to create the game graphics, and I wanted to make art like that one day. In adulthood, this is still one of my many dreams. I was really excited to get my work in the Puzzle Pirates game in 2010-2013.

Some of my Puzzle Pirates portrait background designs. 

Golden Key International Honour Society - I became a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society during my time at university. I was used to getting congratulatory letters from the Dean and faculty heads, but the golden key invite was a special bonus - a pretty invitation with gold on it! It was pretty cool =D.


The next installment in this alphabet will be coming soon! 

~Ad =)