((Mod Note: Hey there everyone! Finals and packing up for the holidays are really keeping me from doing anything else right now (I should be studying for Geology right now and getting the rest of my final rendered out, lol), so I apologize for having nothing to celebrate this momentous occasion with other then this boring cupcake thing Tumblr wanted me to post. Come to think of it, I wonder how I ever managed to start this blog during finals week two years ago…
However, for those of you that are interested in this sort of thing, have a rough layout from a SDD entry you might recognize, some concepts from a scrapped SDD entry that never saw the light of day, and a month old Spike sketch as compensation!
Here’s links to high-def versions of the sketchbook pages too, if you can’t read them in the photoset that well: page 1page 2
Take care everyone! I’ll see what I can do about getting some new entries made once I’m on break!
All of my bones seem to be broken, but I can walk it off. The excitement from opening up my ask box again and being ready to answer questions again is enough to heal these wounds!
I could also use some new questions too, since all the ones I have are over a year old and from back when everyone on Tumblr frolicked in fields, celebrated world peace, picked flowers and made potato salad for picnics. So, feel free to ask me things again!
Also, a very heartfelt thank you to the gigantic amount of people who STILL followed my blog even after I retired it over a year ago. Perhaps what I needed was less of a retirement from answering questions and more of a really long hiatus to help me feel refreshed again. The fact you kept me on your follower list for over a year of me doing almost nothing means an incredible amount to me, showing that you really do care about what I do here.
Or that you just forgot to remove me, but I won’t get picky. Again, thank you, and I hope you’ll stick around! There’s so much yet for us to talk about!
And thanks to the kindness of the director and all involved with this decision, Spike Da Dragon was allowed to make a cameo in this film. See if you can find him! And here’s the most helpful hint ever: he’s in one of the shots I worked on. ;)
As some of you may know, I was one of the animators on the film, and boy oh boy was this a fun project. By far the biggest project I have ever worked on in my life, and one of the most ambitious. I think that working on this film, getting to know the stellar crew I worked with and a workflow setup that was really close to how an actual studio would operate, really warped my mindset from “Oh, animation is just a hobby of mine!” into “Animation is what I do. It’s what I want to make my profession and revolve my life around, it’s how I want to make my mark in history, and I intend to do whatever it takes to get there and have bundles of fun along the way!”
I guess me being involved with this film so much was also one of the many reasons why I initially pulled the plug on this blog, since I had to devote a lot of time to it like any other animated production of this magnitude. Who knows though: with this gigantic weight now lifted off my shoulders as well, maybe fortunes will change for this blog.
Only time will tell, however. School and paid work have gotta come first, after all! Until that next update though, we go onwards!
I wonder if you get a discount at the ice cream shop down the street if you have a party bigger than 100…
((This wasn’t made in response to a question; rather, it’s simply a fun project I worked on over the past week with Ask Spiiike and Spike Replies. We tried editing the audio to replace the “Billies” with “Spikes”, but that didn’t work out so well, so we left it be, haha. It would be pretty hard to get a Billy West sound-a-like to fill the role quickly enough. :P
Anyways, here’s the list of blogs we worked to get in! We tried to get as many blogs as we could into this, and also tried to get every blog featured a door and a drawn/animated cameo as well (we didn’t manage to get all of them a door though; sorry about that!), so see if you can find all of them!
PART 6: Better Late Than Never “100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEED!”
Here we go! The last the end at last. I hope everyone had as much fun reading it as we had making it.
Iron Will will see you again in a few days!
I just love a happy ending, don’t you? I EVEN GOT A PADDLEBALL LOOK AT THAT WOW
Hope you all enjoyed reading this crazy adventure I went on with Iron Will over this week! I gotta admit, it was kinda nice to step out of retirement for a little bit and have some fun again, not to mention learn a valuable lesson.
As for what’s next for me, I will be completely honest: I’m not so sure now. Deep down, I want to come back and answer questions again, but I gave my word that my blog has ended and I should technically be sleeping right now while letting something Twilight said sink in as a “final” lesson. I’ve actually been getting some chores done too since I stopped answering questions! For instance, I finally installed air conditioning in the library, which is actually pretty hard to do with the library being a tree and all. Isn’t that GREAT?!
…But geez, seeing how many people stuck around for little ol’ me after being gone for months, and how many of you seem to actually miss having me around, I’m not too sure what to do.
But, I will try to let you all know if this dragon comes to some sort of decision. Until then, see ya later, you nutty Internet people/ponies!
PART 5: Paying It Forward "How am I supposed to make any bits if I keep giving advice for free?!"
Alright, so maybe I got caught up in the moment and forgot to pay Iron Will for his advice, but I think it’s something I can pay for over time by putting it in action. I just gotta enjoy my life for what it is, and make the most of my childhood while I still have one to build upon. All that good stuff!
You know, maybe Iron Will is right. Maybe I have been obsessing about this a little too much. Can’t I just enjoy my life for what it is and not get all worked up about not getting “the girl”? Enjoy being a kid, hang out with my friends and go on adventures? Spending my days getting some other sap to paint a fence, while I wear a straw hat and ride a wooden boat I built myself down the Mississippi River and go to Spike Dragon’s Island, where there’s an old fort and indians and a mine an-
Anyways, please please PLEASEgo check out Iron Will’s blog and the guy running it. Ol’ Iron Will just wouldn’t look as good, be in character or make these backgrounds look so awesome if it wasn’t for him being here and helping me out, so definitely give him some of your undivided attention if you like this collab of ours so far.
Man, I sure hope I can get back into the swing of things rather quickly. Sleeping for a whole year means I probably missed out on a few awesome Steam sales.
(( Out-Of-Character: Since finding freelance work has been tough for me lately, I ended up deciding that it made the most sense to bring this blog back from it's year-long retirement to answer more of your wonderful questions, and also keep me drawing stuff while I continue to find work. Drawing is just like exercising: you gotta keep at it or you'll never be able to draw that T-Rex Jedi you always wanted to draw!
If you are interested in keeping up with my other works, feel free to stop by these websites. Your support means the world to me!