Almost Here

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Jul 152014
 

Animate :: Animate Pro :: Harmony

Learn three Toon Boom programs from one book in “Animate to Harmony”, coming in September. The book covers Animate, Animate Pro and Harmony. To get a 20% discount, order from the Focal Press website and enter the discount code A2H20 at the checkout. You also get free shipping on orders over $35.

The book’s Focal Press page now lists the Table of Contents so you can see what the book covers. Also, the following video – developed for the book’s companion website – is from the Focal Press YouTube channel and I introduce particles in Harmony, and a short how-to series will soon follow.

Saiyan

Although I did it over a year ago, my Super Saiyan .GIF recently went viral for the second time, thanks to Mexican soccer coach Miguel Herrera’s sideline antics at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Just before Mexico’s match with Netherlands, I was interviewed by Slate and also Vice where I outline my process in making the .GIF.

As you may or may not already know, I animated it in just under 2 hours using Toon Boom Harmony. On Imgur to date, it has clocked up over 7.6 million views. If you’re interested in seeing the process in timelapse, check out the video below from my YouTube channel.

 

Current projects

Right now I feel very lucky to be working on a couple of really cool jobs. I’m working with Riot Games on FX concept work and keep an eye out for my name on the credits of Bob’s Burgers as a storyboard artist! And then please send me a package containing lots of money. Thank you in advance!

Bottleneck

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Oct 092012
 
Bottleneck

Ever get that thing where your finances don’t reflect how busy you are? Like somehow the money doesn’t seem to justify working your eyes to the bone? Yeah me too. Story of the independent professional in the 21st Century huh? It’s a good thing I love what I’m doing, for the most part. Here’s what ►►

Reignition

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Jun 252012
 
Reignition

Dashkin was in “development hell” for almost a year. My own excitement and confidence in the game were dissipating. Sean couldn’t even look at it without feeling sick because it had grown larger and messier, far beyond what it was originally designed for, with many new features tacked on. The .fla was unstable, slow and ►►

The Fear

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May 012012
 
The Fear

Just lately, in the few hours between going to bed and actually falling asleep, I’ve been reading a series of books by Charlie Higson, a well-known UK writer and comedian (The Fast Show and others). This particular series starts with the first instalment “The Enemy”, the premise for which is basically that everyone on earth ►►

Feb 122012
 
The Buzzing of BiteyCastle Activity

Dashkin Progress Last month, Dashkin was put on hold in an effort to continue getting those Kickstarter rewards out. Earlier this week however, we made some more progress on the game itself. I know I’m being too hard on poor old Bitey, but for some time I’ve been concerned that it feels somewhat repetitive. So ►►

Season’s Greetings

 Posted by at 2:42 pm  7 Responses »
Jan 062012
 
Season's Greetings

oh look, here’s 2012! First I wanna say thank you for the outpouring of support and encouragement since my heart surgery. The past couple of months of recovery has not been difficult. Sure there’s been the pain of a split sternum, but I actually feel like I’ve got off very lightly, as if escaping some kind ►►

Mechanical bits

 Posted by at 3:01 pm  94 Responses »
Nov 202011
 
Mechanical bits

My heart surgery’s over. It was just 19 days ago that I was on a table with my chest opened up to the eyes and fingers of surgeons but here I am, back at the computer with a mechanical part ticking away inside. I feel surprisingly normal, though it will take a while for my ►►

Effects and Shirts

 Posted by at 4:07 pm  26 Responses »
Oct 042011
 
Effects and Shirts

The BiteyCastle Academy 2D FX animation course is now open! The place is all warmed up with almost 140 members (update: 300), throwing back tankards of piping hot secret knowledge nectar and churning out their effects assignments. It’s $24/month for a course that animators would elsewhere pay through the nose. In fact, if you’re a passionate animator, you may ►►

Dashkin Credits

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Sep 192011
 

Dashkin is coming along. When I return from my little adventure we’ll apply some finishing touches and get the beta out there for testing. In the meantime, here are our Kickstarter backer credits. If you’re one of these people, check to see that we’ve spelled you correctly. If there’s any problem, please drop us a ►►

tick tock hack chop

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Sep 012011
 

edit – thank you everyone for the wishes! I feel like I’m already in a room up to my neck in flowers and cards. Short version - I was told today that I need to have open-heart surgery as a matter of priority, which means in the next couple of weeks. Yeah I know, it sounds ►►

Overhaul Undergone

 Posted by at 10:51 pm  11 Responses »
Aug 312011
 

It took 3 weeks but BiteyCastle survived its enhancement surgery and is once again fully functional. The changes were entirely under the hood so there’ll be very little, if any noticeable difference for visitors. The main problem was outdated system components and redundant software so there was an increasing number of errors and only a ►►

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