From Animate to Harmony

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Dec 132013

A2H: my Toon Boom Book

My Toon Boom book is official! I’ve been writing for almost 12 months and I’m now finally wrapping up the illustrations for the last chapter. The Focal Press page currently has scant detail, but as the release date (July 2014) approaches there will be more info, more than likely including the table of contents.

Pretty soon you’ll be able to pre-order, if you want to secure your copy ahead of the release. I’ll post more updates as we get closer to the publish date.


If you’re interested in getting a head start, don’t forget to check out my Toon Boom Animate intro series, as well as the videos I made for the new effects in Harmony 10.3.

You can also download a PLE (personal learning edition) for free from the Toon Boom website. If you want to learn Harmony, download the Animate Pro PLE, as the two are identical, except that Harmony has those extra chunky effects and features. The PLE exports with a watermark and the files are incompatible with full versions of the software, but it never expires, so you can really get a feel for the software before ever committing to buy.

My other book

Hey, while we’re talking about books what I writ, how’s this for a gift idea? Celebrate whatever it is you celebrate by giving someone The Brackenwood Character Sketchbook. It’s POD (print on demand) so shipping times are often slow. Order early if you want to receive yours in time, or even better, how about asking your local bookshop to order a few thousand copies?



 Posted by at 6:20 pm  8 Responses »
Oct 092012

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 ►►


 Posted by at 11:51 pm  23 Responses »
Jun 252012

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

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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

 Posted by at 9:59 am  19 Responses »
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

 Posted by at 8:12 pm  94 Responses »
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 ►►

Coming soon

 Posted by at 5:13 pm  3 Responses »
Aug 142011

This site is currently being overhauled so you may see missing bits, some slow loading times, etc. When it’s complete, you’ll see a few changes, but best of all I’ll teach you FX animation! In the works there’s an ongoing 2D FX Animation Course, but for Kickstarter backers, there’s a special deal. There’s only 2 ►►

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