Joe Rosshirt, a 2013 Portland grantee, has graduated from Assets for Artists. Congratulations, Joe!
Joe came into Assets for Artists with a game plan in mind, quite literally. After completing a degree in illustration from the Maine College of Art in Portland, Joe moved from illustration and sculpture to a completely new medium: gaming. With help from his matched-savings grant, Joe invested in the equipment needed to develop games for iPhone and iPad. This past May, he launched his debut game Super Dust Bunny, the story of “an ambitious little dust bunny whose purpose is to evade an evil vacuum and scurry away to safety.” Super Dust Bunny features Joe’s original illustrations and inventive obstacles, including meatballs, helpful minion dust bunnies, and an increasingly menacing vacuum cleaner.
Super Dust Bunny sprang from FortHouse Studios, of which Joe is founder and art director. FortHouse focuses on design that is both strong in craft and “light hearted, humorous, and fun.” Whether for children or adults, and whether digital or molded in clay, Joe’s designs elicit an irresistible sense of silliness and joy.
Learn more about Joe and FortHouse Studios here, and check out the Super Dust Bunny game app, on iTunes.