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Just wanted to update this blog.
Been thinking very much about posting some new content to NG, provided I can get around to making something new soon. This whole year has been a big drag for me, to say the least. However, I still can't seem to stop drawing, so it's probably inevitable that I'll make something new eventually.
In the meantime, I'll include a little preview to show where I'm at these days. The goal would be to start making content that goes into some new territory for me, both with what tools I use and what stories I tell.
Been long overdue to put a new post up on this account (it's been over two years already?!), so I'll do that right now!
Things have changed a bit for me since I last posted anything here on NG. I've worked on a few projects for a handful of people and studios, got to attend Youmacon 2013 with the Sonic Paradox team and work at an artist alley table (which is a ton of fun by the way; getting to sit at a table and let people watch you draw stuff all day is something I can't get enough of, haha), and have been studying many different forms of art and culture to bring some variety to my work. I am also (as of this writing) doing an internship for a studio in-between classes at college, so that has been keeping me busy too. In the end though, my personal projects have consisted of a lot of throwing ideas and concepts at a wall, and seeing what sticks. But nothing has really stuck, and my lack of completion is really starting to wear me down.
I'm going to try to fix this though. I really want to get back to being an animator and animating things. Making concept art, character designs, comics, storyboards and animatics is fun and all, but my real pride and joy is in animation!
I will not give up. I will make this work.
With that said, thank you to everyone who has been following my profile! It means quite a lot to me! I hope someday I can post something new on NG again, since I have NG to partially thank for helping me to get started in animation. It seems only right to come back, actually.
I wanna make a quick update or two here before I go running off to do some more homework, so I'll do just that.
First off, thank you everyone for the HUGE support you showed for True Friendship. It means a lot to me, and I'm completely blown away by the support it's received. I'm also very sorry that I haven't been able to even come close to answering all the reviews I've received for it, but I do read them all and take note of all the feedback. Yes, ALL OF IT.
Also, as for my activity here on Newgrouds, expect me to go quiet here for a while. I tend not to post anything here on Newgrounds unless it's finished, substantial and is something I think all you folks would like. In other words, you get the best of the best here on NG, but you'll have to wait a while before my next big projects show up here.
And lastly, I have some bad news to report for some of you and some awesome news for the rest. I apparently lied about True Friendship being my last My Little Pony animation project. Yes, I know, I said many times True Friendship would be my very last MLP project unless I got pulled into a studio project and/or I got hired to work for something involved with the show. Apparently, much to my great joy, the former happened.
I have volunteered to help animate segments and do storyboarding for a friend of mine's animation, which is Flamingo1986's latest gigantic MLP project "Double Rainboom". The animation will essentially be the length of a full-blown episode of MLP:FiM, and will go out of it's way to take advantage of the fact it's a fan-created episode. Plus, it's officially approved by Hasbro, so that's another reason why I'm thrilled to help out with making this a reality. This will also be some wonderful practice for me as well, since this is the closest I'll get to working on a professional animation project until I start looking for internships later on in my college years.
In other words, even if this IS yet another MLP project, it's a project too awesome to pass up. So I'll be going quiet here as a result. I've got some submissions in some other collabs though (such as the Sonic Shorts collections) that should be showing up eventually, so do keep an eye out for those.
Until next time!
Wow, that last journal entry sounds pretty rough when you read it today. How about in an effort to get that old entry off my profile page, let's just stick with a good ol' update on things happening for me recently instead!
First off, I have been really quiet here on NG. Some might say I've been TOO quiet, especially with how key NG was with getting me rolling with animation. To be blunt, I've been doing a plethora of animation work recently, for not just me but many other people and groups as well. I'm currently pursuing an animation degree at my college, and have been extremely fortunate in getting to make a lot of friends with people in the field, both professionals and hobbyists. As a result, I've made leaps and bounds over what my last submission here as of this writing had accomplished, and I have a lot of talented people to thank for that.
So, with that said, as for keeping NG updated with my submissions, that is something I am not sure I will be able to do much anymore, at least not directly. I have a Sonic Short for the Sonic Shorts Collection that will hopefully be coming your way soon via TheWax70, and I am considering submitting my latest big project here as well (except it's my last big My Little Pony creation; I don't know if people here would really go for that or not...), but beyond that is a mystery.
I've been making lots of animated content recently of all kinds for many things and people, but I'll submit to NG simply when I feel the time is right. Got to try and have some level of quality here, am I right?
Until next time!
Ever since I put out Ask Dr. Stupid and have received the reception from it, I have refrained from releasing any other works here on Newgrounds because I figured the folks here probably wouldn't be interested in seeing those works thanks to how similar some of them are to Ask Dr. Stupid.
However, I've done a lot to change the content of my animations since then and put a much bigger focus on originality and fun. To start, you will be seeing an animated short I created in the newest Sonic Shorts collection, which me and the Sonic Paradox team are really excited about. The second thing is something I want opinions on.
I have recently put out an animatic for what could be the next potential animation I might put up on Newgrounds. You can watch it here: http://piggybank12.deviantart.com/art/
The question is: would you guys be interested if I put the finished version of this cartoon up on Newgrounds? Granted, that won't happen anytime soon (I plan to reanimate the entire cartoon with a voice actor in place as well), but I'm curious if Newgrounds would go for this sort of thing if it were released here. I know that I usually see mostly action and humor animations here (and sorry if I'm sounding too general here, I know there are some truly awesome gems out there in the portal), so I'm not sure if Newgrounds would go for something with an emotional story like this.
Well, as some of you have probably noticed, I've recently uploaded a new cartoon on here. Too bad I can't really think of anything else to say right now besides that...
Oh wait, I could point you out to the other places I hang out as well, since I don't seem to hang around on Newgrounds as much as I used to anymore.
DeviantArt (Piggybank12) : http://piggybank12.deviantart.com/
Youtube (MarkandFlops) : http://www.youtube.com/user/MarkandFlo ps
Kalmar World (our web site) (also under heavy construction at the moment) : http://kalmarworld.com/
Wow, hard to believe I would ever get to submit anything new here that was actually finished. Like I said in the commentary for the cartoon, making it was a blast, and taught me so many things about the world of animation.
So, what's next?
I have been studying many ideas for what to embark on next, from doing a cartoon featuring C64 game icon Giana (look in my art gallery for pics of her), a cartoon starring Sonic and Eggman, or maybe finishing up one of my older projects (Like the one featured in the news post made before this one).
Only time will tell for now, though. Till then, I'm taking a nice long break.
News posts get harder and harder to write over time, but maybe it's just me.
My last post of news here was made a VERY long time ago, and it's only been till now have I actually not only found time to type but also have a little something to show. You see, since last time (as in my last submission) I have seriously been improving on my skills in Flash, and recently I've decided to put up a little snippet of my work on Deviantart.
Anywho, this shows only a taste of this cartoon, which has become a whole lot greater than I ever anticipated it to be. Or maybe I'm just hyped up about it. Yeah, that's probably it. :)
The cartoon is being constructed using Flash 5 (I serously wanna upgrade, but I suppose it'd be more impressive seeing what I could pull off with around 10 yr. old software) and my awesome new Genius tablet. I don't know how this thing might turn out (or if it'll be finished at all) but I'm still having a lot of fun making it anyway.
Oh, as for that other project I mentioned in the last post, it ended up failing miserably.
It just simply wasn't entertaining me or anyone else at all in the long run.
Well, The Art Museum has been getting a decent score as of this writing, having a 2.57 right now. I'm glad it stayed up, and I'm also glad about all the help and suggestions I got from posting it up.
Therefore, I'm planning on using what I learned in my next cartoon, which I'm kinda making as I'm going along. Yep, that's about it for now.