BIG MASSIVE LOAD OF AN UPDATE!
First of all, thanks to everyone who gave their input about the problems I was having with my website as I was creating it. I've destroyed it, scrapped it, flung it against the wall, rebuilt it, retooled it, re-imagined it, and refrankensteined it into a whole new website, from scratch, from the ground up.
It's much more streamlined, lighter on content, and straight to the point - and most of all, I hope you guys all find it at least amusing and impressive.
Please let me know what you think, and be sure to gaze at the very first page for at least a minute (it's a surprise!) > www.thedarkcloak.com - plus you'll get a lil preview of my first baby steps in digital animation
I'm working towards making a big push with my work this year, and I think it's about time for me to step up my creative game, you know?
Also... again, I have to ask. What kind of entries would you rather see here on DA, and what kind of entries should I put on my 'blog'? On one hand, I want to replicate the same blogs here and there, but on the other hand, I'm not sure which one I should use to spew my personal brain rambles and ideas on. I have lots of concepts and stories I want to tell and talk about, but not sure which avenue would have more tolerance
On the other hand, my blog is generally ignored at the moment, but that's probably due to me having to post on that a bit more, too!
Anyways!STUFF I'm WORKING ON:
Well, currently I'm working on putting together some initial sequentials for a graphic novel project collaboration with a writer. It's due to be a bit hefty, and will be an interesting challenge, going to try to get it going and gone by the end of the year. More on that as it develops.
I'm also working on and driving a couple of major animation projects, too. I'm doing the majority of the artwork & backgrounds, but luckily I will have a little help and input by ~Eidolon-Grey
putting all that together (After Effects FTW!) and tackling these animated projects. I'll likely end up doing a big majority of the voice work and music too... WOOF!
Wish I could tell you guys a little more about what they are, but at this stage it'd be a bit premature...
However, rest assured you'll start seeing things trickle in here soon enough, and hopefully I'll be able to submit them on DA as film/ animation deviations, too. This stuff will definitely hit YouTube, though.
One of them will be a short run of really short episodes, and the other project is probably going to be a perpetual run of somewhat short episodes, too. I dunno, think TDC meets Adult Swim. lol
Anyone out there have experience doing digital animation?
That reminds me...Stuff that's been on my mind:
You know... there's something I've been yearning to do for a long time. I really want to be able to either put together or become a part of some kind of creative collective/ studio/ team. What I mean is, a group of creative & like-minded folks, who do and work on all sorts of different things, which we could pool our talents and skills, and work on & launch projects, or even collectively offer our services (kinda like a creative one-stop shop, I guess in many ways!) for outside/ freelance work, or even to use as a front for everyone involved to get work, especially in their respective areas as it comes along. I could see a collective like this being hired for websites, cartoons/ animations, games, comics, concepts, illustration, etc etc - and collaborating together on the same kinds of projects of our own. It'd be all about teamwork fueled by will and passion to make awesome things happen, whilst at the same time keeping each other sharp and practiced in all the things we'd do.
A creative team & resource pool, basically.
What do you guys think of this? How could I go about starting or joining something like this? Is anyone else interested? I've been thinking about this and wanting this for a LONG time, now, but I find myself sometimes hitting a wall, primarily because it's been a bit tough for me to make those kinds of connections, locally even. Do you know anyone who could be interested? Would you be interested in that sort of thing?
Additionally - I'm seriously looking into outfitting and converting my garage into a workshop for sculpting and FX work.
Well, it turns out, the previous owner used to work with heavy machinery, sheet metal, and would build his own motorbikes or work on others, so the garage is all set up like a workshop to begin with - and to top it off he did his own welding work in there, so he got it set up with it's own fusebox and amp, too. Heck, there's even an air conditioner built in. I'm thinking of setting up shop in there this summer, and getting it all ready and going for that type of work. The main question I'm facing at the moment is what kind of oven would I actually need in there for baking sculpts and casts? What other tools or hardware should I be looking into? I already have quite a few tools for sculpting and cutting, I'm just wondering what else I would need to move more into that sort of work. I'm also talking to my friend Mark who's got quite a history of FX work under his belt, and he's looking to get back into it (he's more on the make up side of things, I want to collaborate by doing sculpts and casts which he could then use to make appliances from, etc). You can see some of his work here - [link]
(and it's kinda funny, but at cons he gets mistaken for "that Tom Savini guy"
Also, I've been working on a welding mask for a 'Geared-up Zombie Fighter' outfit and artwork concept I've been putting stuff together for. So far, it's looking quite killer. I picked up my first dremel tool a couple of weeks ago, and I'm hooked. I can see why there's whole forum's dedicated to dremel addicts! lol - I just have to put a couple of other pieces together and then start putting together some reference shots for the artwork (and maybe animation) I have in mind.
Hmm... it's been so long I've updated my journal in here... and I have a few game concepts I want to talk about, but I'm not sure if I should spew that stuff in here, or if I should save it for my blog. Whoopdeedoo.
Oh yeah, and I'm thinking of opening up shop for $15 sketch commissions... I want to put some money together so I can pick up Zbrush 3
, as I tried it once, and I really want to get into some serious 3d work with it... Whatja think?
Well... that's enough brain spewings for now, I've rambled on long enough and I'm spent!
Talk to you soon,
With mischief & mayhem,
TDC Shout Out's!
in no particular order
& quite random!
On to the groups!