Hitch-Hiker's picture competition

This Is Not The Story ...

... of one of the most remarkable, or even the most successful, books ever to come out of the great publishing corporations of Ursa Minor.  To do that is the job of others, notably one Douglas Adams, lately masquerading as a human but given away by the incredible depth of his thought, his extreme height, and his large nose, which he (like Pete Townshend) used to house extra brain.  Sadly he is no longer with us, but his imagination has lit fires everywhere.  This is one of those fires.

I mainly entered the Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy computer game picture competition (hereinafter, "THE EVENT") so I could appear in the next radio series of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  Nolan Worthington and I were declared joint winners, so I got to do this -- listen out for a screaming bass player falling out of a window in the first episode of the new series when it comes out!  The BBC website has a ton of details.

An odd sequel follows, as sequels are wont.  The computer game for which the pictures were drawn was itself entered in a competition -- specifically, it was nominated for an interactive BAFTA.  Nolan's and my graphics were sent to the committee judging it, making them a part of the package being judged.  The game won.  I am therefore able to say, perfectly truthfully, that I have contributed to a BAFTA-winning computer game.

The competition organizers asked for pictures at double resolution; resolutely, I complied.  Since I put rather more detail in than I would have done working at normal size (something it's surprisingly hard to avoid!), here, for your viewing pleasure, is the complete list of locations at the size I drew them.

Do have a wander around, look at all the places and objects, and maybe see some other things I've done elsewhere on this site.

The Galley of the Heart of Gold The Engine Room of the Heart of Gold Marvin the Magnificent's Cupboard of Hidden Delights Somewhere within an unspecified brain Zaphod Beeblebrox's speedboat (which shoots across the water, like that) A presidential dais on Damogran The Outer Layer of the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal The War Room of a degenerate Star Battle Destroyinator

I've made a single page for objects.

Alien Fruit Storage Carton Asteroid Paint Chipper Common Sense Particle Santraginean Mineral Water Nutrimat Computer Interface Molecular Hyperwave Pincer Hypersonic Pliers Atomic Vector Plotter Ionic Diffusion Rasp Strange Gun Ultra-plasmic Vacuum Awl Laser-Assisted Monkey Wrench Thermo-Fusion Chisel

Various inspirations throughout the project have included the "computer" graphics for the TV series, the computers of the Digital Equipment Corporation, especially the PDP-8, and films like War Games, Star Wars and Super Fly (well, mostly the poster for Super Fly).