The Countdown to 2016…

…is on!

I thought it correct to round off the year with Countdown as it’s basically been a part of every other post of my 2015 tenure here, some way or another. That, and the clock itself is surely the coolest way to countdown to midnight. Who needs Big Ben and millions of pounds worth of fireworks when you have that music?

This is just a quick render using the original (current set design) version of the Countdown graphics made by me, which I spoke about in exhaustive detail in an August post wherein I gave them an 80s redressing.

CLOCK2016-1_0498As you can see, I got overexcited and ended up building the entire set. This gave me the hope of flying cameras around it while the clock ticked, but nightmarish render times put me off doing that.

But this post isn’t about me, nor is it about Countdown. I’m here to say thank you to YOU for putting up with me for, goodness, five months now! You are all so kind and encouraging – it quickly became a lovely place to be and that’s definitely more down to you than me.

I wish a Happy New Year to all who jaywalk, be it regularly or just occasionally, long-standing or newcomer, loud or in silent. Have a great night whatever you’re getting up to, and I shall see you here, next year – you be sure of it!

To 2016! x

49 comments
  1. Lee Hesketh said:

    Only you would do this Jay! Gotta love it! Hope you Have a great NY!

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha, yes, you won’t find this anywhere else I’m quite certain. I hope you’ve had a good night!

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      • Lee Hesketh said:

        I did I hope you did too!

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      • Jacob said:

        Glad to hear it. Ha ha – I sat alone, eating shortbread and making a portrait. So yes. Yes I did.

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  2. Geke Hop-Wassink said:

    Wish you and the people you love an amazing and sparkling 2016, Happy New Year ❤

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you, Geke – you too! Let’s hope for a good year.

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        Me too, but there’s only one way to find out, so……… here we go 😉

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      • Jacob said:

        Here we go indeed. I hope your first day of 2016 has started as we mean it to continue!

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      • Geke Hop-Wassink said:

        Slow, very slow hehe 😉

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  3. Bill Fufkin said:

    Dna het mesa ot uyo, Bajoc! Llib.

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    • Jacob said:

      Oh dear, it’s too late for conundrums, Bill! Or perhaps you’re just sozzled? 😉

      Happy New Year to you – hope you had a lovely night.

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    • Jacob said:

      Thank you sir – Happy New Year to you too! Let’s hope for a good one!

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  4. Hehe!! Of course it would be Countdown!! Yay! And still have watched it properly but you have quite a list from me as well to watch so there’s something for us both to accomplish in 2016! Happy New Year, Jacob and thanks so much for all the laughs, friendship and fun!! ❤️😃

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    • Jacob said:

      I don’t think there’s going to be time for me to watch Countdown or indeed do anything else this year, with all these films you’ve insisted I watch!

      Same back to you, Charlie, of course. Here’s to another year of friendship and fun!

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    • Jacob said:

      Ha ha, glad you agree! 😉 Thanks, Rebecca – you too!

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  5. Mr Kearns said:

    What a wicked idea!

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  6. Jason said:

    That looks almost like the 3D model that’s used in the current Countdown app made by Barnstorm Games!

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    • Jacob said:

      Hello Jason – thanks! I’m well pleased with that as, from what I’ve seen, the modelling on the app looks brilliant.

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  7. Robert Hall said:

    Another fantastic piece of design work! By any chance, do you have any head-on shots of this studio design, Jacob?

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  8. Robert Hall said:

    Hey Jacob. I’ve been working on my own, dreadful version of this set based on the screenshot you sent. Again, done in Adobe Illustrator. Since you’re the expert, here it is if you’d like to cast your opinion! Hoping to give the current set a go next, but we’ll see.

    https://imgur.com/a/S9agm

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    • Jacob said:

      Haha ‘dreadful’ – should’ve gone to Specsavers. It looks sharper than mine! Really great job.

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      • Robert Hall said:

        Wow – thanks a lot!

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  9. Robert Hall said:

    Hi Jacob. Hope you are enjoying December! I’ve been working on this version of the ‘wings’ set over the last couple of weeks – what do you think? https://imgur.com/a/uZxuL

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    • Jacob said:

      I am, very much!

      Holy heck, that’s fantastic. 😮 I really like the desk, it looks so real. My own version is meant to be coming this afternoon as it happens. but it’s not quite so smooth as that!

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  10. Brandin said:

    sorry if my questions are annoying u jay haha but would u be able to send a few picture of this set i tried mine but i know there is something thats not right and would u be able to show a side view of the clock too coz ik this will sound strange but im trying to get the “layers” correct so that my clock looks as realistic as possibly thanks in advance!

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      • Brandin said:

        thank you very much jay 🙂

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      • Adam Beach said:

        Oh wow. This looks gorgeous 😍

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  11. Brandin said:

    hey again jay upgraded my set a bit with the help of those pictures which im still thankful for here is an image of it https://imgur.com/undefined was just gonna ask if i could borrow the textures u used for the clock and desk if its alright with u.

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      • Jacob said:

        Looks great! You’re improving so much with every attempt, nice to see 🙂

        The clock texture is the top one here: https://imgur.com/a/p9ZsvcB

        Incidentally, it’s the same for the present set (where it’s used elsewhere too, like the front of the desk and the side of the letters board).

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      • Brandin said:

        thanks jay! i do hope in the future it will look alot better im still trying to get lighting down and shaping 🙂

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  12. Brandin said:

    hi jay, was just wondering if i could get a hold of the texture in the circle thing in front of the desk?

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      • Brandin said:

        thank you so much jay 🙂

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  13. Brandin said:

    hi jay, it’s been a while since I’ve shown you my last attempt at this set, here’s an attempt I whipped up today when i finally got home from my birthday lunch, lemme know whatcha think 😀 https://imgur.com/a/9aGpgtr

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    • Jacob said:

      Wow, that looks really good! Happy birthday, hope you’ve had a good one 🙂

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      • Brandin said:

        Thanks Jay, I certainly did 🙂

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  14. Brandin said:

    hey, thought id show you the new clock I’ve worked on, I’ve been very much paying attention to detail this time around and managed to add some of the things I didn’t notice last time such as the clock stands and the little bolts across from each tick, what do u think? https://imgur.com/a/qWW0xhO

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