Above and Below

 Posted by at 10:57 am  1 Response »
Dec 062018
 

My latest project is the Brackenwood Wildlife Documentary Series where I introduce Brackenwood wildlife in short documentary-style episodes with voice over narration. The first episode was Fatsack, the second episode under construction is Prowlies.

Update Dec 11, 2018: The completed scene, now with creature animation and finishing touches.

All the animation and FX are animated frame by frame in Toon Boom Harmony, but there’s also digital treatments like particles and surface reflections. As mentioned in a recent post, I created the 3D environment in Unreal Engine, then exported various angles as images which I then imported into Harmony. Much quicker than taking 8-10 hours painting each background by hand.

If you’re interested in watching these projects take shape, drop in to my Twitch stream on weekends.

Sploosh

 Posted by at 11:14 am  1 Response »
Nov 262018
 

Here’s the first test scene for the next Brackenwood wildlife doc featuring prowlies. The animation was done entirely in Toon Boom Harmony. The top half is a background still from my UE4 river environment. The lower half is all hand-drawn 2D, including water FX, shadows, reflections and creature animation. Surface movement and underwater refraction was done ►►

Game Over

 Posted by at 12:56 pm  9 Responses »
Nov 112018
 
Game Over

Due to a severe clash of personalities and wildly divergent goals and priorities for Brackenwood, the working relationship deteriorated beyond repair and I made the decision to end the Dashkin project on Oct 24, 2018. At its heart, Brackenwood is the story of the last of his kind; a lone dashkin exploring an empty world. ►►

Unreal Brackenwood

 Posted by at 6:08 pm  8 Responses »
Jun 082017
 

As you may know, Brackenwood is a 2D animated series created in vector animation software. I started making early Brackenwood in Flash (Adobe Animate) and now in Toon Boom Harmony. Like most cartoon-style 2D, characters are generally outlines filled with colour. The result is often called ‘cel-shaded’ effect. I’ve been super excited about the prospect of dynamic ►►

Moving a castle

 Posted by at 2:20 am  3 Responses »
Apr 282017
 

If you’re a member of the FX course or an otherwise regular castle visitor, you may have noticed some things have changed in the past few days. An ex-colleague has kindly taken some time aside from his work to help me move the site. As anyone knows, when you roll a huge old castle to a ►►

Dec 022016
 

Most weekends I stream my current projects on Twitch. In December 2016 I conducted a couple of Q&A Toon Boom Harmony demonstrations, aimed at those Flash animators who wanted/tried to learn Toon Boom but never quite clicked. This stream covered almost all the basics, but there are still many features to see. One thing I ►►

Patron rewards

 Posted by at 10:28 am  3 Responses »
Apr 092016
 
Patron rewards

The Brackenwood Patreon continues to grow and real progress is being made on the Last of the Dashkin sequel. Here are two of the physical rewards I’ve been working on for the Brackenwood patrons. The video below is a short time lapse of the card ink process. I’m using metal Hunt nibs and black Parker Quink.

You’ll Never Guess!

 Posted by at 7:46 pm  15 Responses »
Mar 222016
 
You'll Never Guess!

If you follow me on Newgrounds and social media, you might have seen that Brackenwood is making a return this year. After the cancellation of the Dashkin game and me being promoted at work, Bitey seemed to have no future. In years past, he was so real in my head that I could even have ►►

Dashkin dies in the end

 Posted by at 9:30 pm  54 Responses »
Jun 232015
 
Dashkin dies in the end

2009 In December 2009, I released The Last of the Dashkin and promised fans that it wouldn’t be another 3 years before the next Brackenwood story. 2010 In November 2010, I messaged Sean McGee to ask if he was interested in working with me on a Brackenwood game. My plan was that the game would be the next ►►

Amateur to Expert

 Posted by at 11:50 pm  8 Responses »
Dec 152014
 

I recently received an email from a young fella who said he was feeling out of sorts for a direction in life and he asked me about how I got to where I am today. In fact over the years in emails, conversations and interviews, I’ve answered this many times in different ways so I thought ►►

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