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volume 1, issue 35

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Thinking Outside the Box:
The All-Pic Issue

By Paul "Villam" Steed

First though let’s say hi to Todd Hollenshead, Our CEO! Howdy, Todd!

Todd’s such a nice guy!

Finally we come to my door. For awhile I tried to come up with the perfect sign to go with my door and eventually settled on this one.

Pretty clever, huh? Let’s go in the Steed office and see what we can find. Here’s the work space where I make those whacky models and read and compose those delightful e-mails and posts…

Look at the other side of my desk…

…here’s where I view dreadful demo reels and scan naked pictures from nudie magazines (oops, don’t tell mom and dad about that one, now!)

Looking over in the corner and we find something Cool!

Like My big tree? I carried it myself from the furniture store next door. I also have a really bitchin’ stereo with extra bass to thump the walls of even Club Antkow next door! Look at the other side of my desk…

…A big comfortable couch when I’m too tired or too drunk to drive home (it’s REEEAAALLLYY comfortable boys and girls…) To the right of the couch we have some really cool posters by Alex Ross and Steven Hanks…

And here’s my chess set that holds up the toughest little plant on the six floor (coz I don’t water it until it’s about dead…)

Of course if everyone at work wasn’t so afraid to get their asses kicked, the board would see some more action, but alas, they all are so afraid (sigh). Of course they might be afraid of those big Scottish Claymores coming down on their heads, too!

Ah, well. The poster I’m most proud of in my office is the SIGNED Oscar Chichoni print I bagged while still at Origin from that badass Italian himself – OC.

Speaking of posters, here’s the ‘Gen13’ Poster I got while visiting Jim Lee of Image Comics in San Diego (Fairchild is almost as good as Janet, Woof!). Also check out my dartboard, print of the ‘PC Powerplay’ poster I did the art for and my snappy ‘Kingpin’ poster ala Greg and Drew.

Of course I have plenty of reference to steal ideas from here on the bookshelf…

But more importantly, the bookshelf is a place to line up my action figures! See how they all play nicely? That Lara Croft action figure sure is the popular one with the Spawn toys! She’s always bending over backwards to make the other toys feel special!

Seems that Star Wars guy needs a little help from that Hulk-Spawn, though. That’s okay, because Boba Fett is pulling up in the 911 to help the guys out with their fun!

So, what did you think of my office, kids? Pretty fucking cool, huh? Wanna see the guys who pay me? Okay! Let’s Go!

Here’s that shy, even-tempered Kevin Cloud (artist/owner)…

And that crazy, never-stops-talking, heavily tattooed owner/artist Adrian Carmack hard at work…

And Oh, LOOK! It’s Carmack! John Carmack! WoooHooo!

So that’s it for the tour today, kiddies. Come back next time and I won’t give my fellow workers a reason to run in terror at the sight of me with a digital camera in my hand, and possibly impart something useful to you!



- Paul Steed is a 3D artist for id Software. He's currently hard at work on Quake 3: Arena.


Credits: Thinking Outside the Box logo illustrated and is © 1999 Dan Zalkus. Thinking Outside the Box is © 1999 Paul Steed. All other content is © 1999 loonyboi productions. Unauthorized reproduction is strictly prohibited, so don't even try it. We've got really big guns, and we're ripped, baby.