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I've missed browsing this site so much. This is the first time I've been able to use it extensively in months, as its blocked at my college for no fucking reason whatsoever. I've e-mailed the IT dept. several times and I've got nothing. P much everytime I've been able to use NG, its been at somewhere where I can access public wireless like a fucking McDonalds or something. Plus, I've just been busy as all fuck. As such there's a big fucking dump of words below:
Fucking DESTROYED my first semester of animation school. I'm flourishing and despite a lot of the issues I have with the school (cough cough it's full of unmotivated losers who don't give a shit about animation and are literally wasting their time/money and don't deserve to be attending one of the top animation schools internationally cough cough, more on that in a minute) I'm working really hard and I fucking love it.
Before I get onto what I've been doing with my work let me drop some thoughts about college. If you don't care about this/don't want to be bombarded with negativity then skip down below.
EDIT: Should probably add I'm not talking about EVERYONE obviously. I've met a lot of really cool and talented people at college. It's just that I've dealt with a lot of what I'm about to go into in the next paragraph.
DON'T FUCKING GO TO SCHOOL FOR ANIMATION IF YOU ARE NOT 100% POSTIVE THAT YOU WANT TO BE AN ANIMATOR HOLY FUCKING SHIT. For me, this is all I've ever done and all I've ever wanted to do. It was never a question. When I was a little kid I would draw my own characters and create puppets out of them, when I was 9/10 I started very basic stop motion shit, 11/12 I was trying out sprite animation, and by 13 I'd taught myself flash. Granted, I wasn't "good" at all for a very long time, I got shit on by the community a good bit, but that shit's entirely nessecary and in fact I'm grateful for it. It made me get better. Maybe I'm just bitter because I'm so hopelessly dedicated to this shit but I can't tell you how many people I've ran into who switched majors last minute, who joined the major because "idk I liked to draw in high school and animation seemed fun", or who dick around during class time and get like three drawings done over the duration of six hours. Maybe this is just freshmen slackerdom but god damn, seeing people act so flippantly about something I've dedicated my entire life to feels like a slap in the fucking face. Aside from a handfull of my classmates I can't think of more than 10/15 people I've met who are really hungry and really fucking want it, and I know so many people from the NG community that are much much more deseriving of the position. People playing video games during lectures, watching youtube during drawing class, and being totally complacent with spending their life's savings to do no REAL work whatsoever and scrambling to get the homework/finals/whatever done the night before class. It's infuriating but at the same time it makes me work all that much harder. All the negativity aside, being in an environment where I'm being taught by industry veterans as well as surrounded by a select number of students who actually inspire/challenge me is really great. There's so many resources at my disposal and truthfully I don't think I've ever been in a better position in my entire life. I've seen so much improvement in my work in the small amount of time I've actually been there. Which, brings me to what I actually came here to write about:
My work! There's been a bunch of it so I'm breaking this shit down into sections:
Here's a sketchbook dump of some stuff I've been drawing/doodling over the past semester, some in my free time and some for class. Clocks in at 115 pages. This is about 1/3rd of the amount of drawing work I've done, I didn't deem the others really worth displaying to anyone at all. I've finished 4 of my "regular" sketchbooks, 1 hardcover, 1 watercolor sketchbook, and 2 large drawing pads. Check that out at the link below:
----> http://imgur.com/a/qtqyp <----
--Fucking Animating, Obviously:
I've been animating for class pretty much exclusively aside from test stuff I've done on my own time with friends/independently. It's my first time working with animating on paper, which (in my opinion) FORCES improvement. You can't just undo, and you can't play your cartoon over and over and watch it to make sure everything works. You fucking hammer those basic principles into your head until they stick or else you're shooting a cartoon for an hour only to figure out that you added too many/too little frames or some drawings don't work or whatever. My animation teacher worked on Looney Tunes, Johnny Bravo, Pinky and the Brain, Animaniacs, Doug, and worked hand in hand with Bakshi on multiple cartoons. It's been really great being able to have him critique my stuff and I feel like I've learned and made leaps and bounds just from watching him.
I did every excercise for class at least twice for practice's sake (sometimes three times), and ended up getting my final done three weeks early. It's all fairly basic stuff but it's been very helpful going back over the principles I tried to teach myself when I was younger with a greater understanding/experience. I've not had time to upload them all to my site yet but in the meantime you can see most of the completed ones in .GIF form at the links below.
In addition to these I animated a ball bounce in perspective and a box moving but i didn't like either of those enough so here are the ones I like:
--Storyboarding a new film!
Technically we're not supposed to be storyboarding until the second semester but after a number of meetings with my Story Pitch teacher (who is the best damn teacher I've ever had and is functioning somewhat as a mentor to my friend Max and I), he offered to work as a Producer on a film I've had growing like a tumor in the back of my mind for a while. He fancies me the next Bakshi which is the heftiest fucking compliment I've ever recieved. For the film I've already written the screenplay and storyboarded about 12 pages out of it. My out of class "assignment" is to complete the storyboards and complete at least a minute of the film by the end of the second semester. After talking with my animation teacher I'm gonna be able to animate the film in his class, and animate it digitally despite most students not working digitally until second year. Not trying to stroke my own dick here or anything but I'm proud of myself. Since college began I've been a fucking workhorse. The film's a departure from everything else I've ever done and I hope you all really dig it. Gonna be having a lot of help from @Fantishow on it, who's one of my closest friends and favorite artists and you should definitely check his stuff out too.
--Reading art books/studying art and film:
I read the Preston Blair book cover to cover which is most vital thing I've ever read and if you're an animator and haven't read that shit cover to cover fucking do that right now. (Thanks to the homie @keeganmcfly for reccomending that. he is a sweetheart and is a fucking amazing artist and super underrated so go support him rn thanks) Additionally, I studied a good bit of Force Dynamic Life Drawing (thx @binarydood & @rikert) and Atlas of Human Anatomy for the Artist (Thx @ my friends drawing teacher). Plus been studying film a bunch. Trying to better my shot composition/visual storytelling. Some of the films that made the most impact on me over the past lil bit have been Scorsece's Casino, Paisolini's Salo (12 Days of Sodom), Bakshi's entire filmography (spcifically Fritz, Heavy Traffic, Coonskin and Wizards), De Palma's Carrie, and Anno's Shin Godzilla. Studying a lot of John K, Chuck Jones, Preston Blair, Bakshi, and friends I look up to as well.
--Collabing with homies:
Gonna drop the links for all this at the end of the paragraph! I did sound design for my friend Max's (without an NG account for now, that's gonna change soon) first semester reel. He's got the strongest work ethic of damn near anyone I know and is a natural to animation. His stuff is amazing and he's literally never animated prior to this. I also worked as the partial writer/live action host for the New Wave Halloween Collab a while back. I did some writing with @Fantishow for his film (which ended up getting cut due to school regularions), and wrote out a sketch with my good friend and favorite comedy boy @Pjorg which may or may not come to fruition in the coming months depending on how much free time I have. I've also been helping out Max (friend from college mentioned earlier) with writing and we've been spitballing cartoon ideas back and forth for a while now. Additionally I've been helping my girlfriend @kayland with her animation work and we've been exchanging info/critiquing eachother a lot on our art and I've learned a ton. She's super motivated, creative, and has an incredible work ethic but I'm gonna try and keep the gushing to a minimum lol
LINKS TO THE STUFF MENTIONED IN THIS SECTION!
Max's Reel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LRe48OEKIc
New Wave Halloween: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/683344
Fantishow's Film (sans the parts I wrote): http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/685417
All that work in addition to living on my own for the first time (and all the cleaning, groceries, upkeep etc that comes with that), networking, attempting to keep a somewhat consistent social life (both online and at college), being involved in a serious relationship, and travelling back and forth between Manhattan and my hometown and my girlfriends place has kept me as busy as a motherfucker.
Aaaaand can't post an update on NG without mentioning that I got the newgrounds logo tattoo'd on my arm, as it's the reason I got started animating and I've been browsing for literally 10 years at this point. When I got tatted I wanted it to be something that's been consistent through my life and I couldn't think of anything that'd been more consistent than NG. Even if for whatever reason something severs my ties with the good ol 'grounds I think there's value in having it as a physical manifestation of a large chunk of my life. Please message me about how I'm gonna regret it in a year though, that joke is very original and funny (lookin at you boisvert @thundaboom)
So there's my last couple months I guess! Here's hoping IT finally replies to my emails and NG gets unblocked.
FLIKKERNICHT 2016 XOXO
(PS, If you missed them please do me a favor and check out all these recent films by friends/people I respect. They deserve it more than I do)
HI newgrounds I just finished up a little short I've been working on, you can check it out at these places:
The audio's from the MillionDollarExtreme bandcamp album from 2012, links to all their shit can be found in the description of the video as well as the end credits. MDE's been one of my biggest creative influences over the past few years and I'd really reccomend checking them out and supporting them if you like alt-comedy. Coincidentally their show just aired on Adult Swim last night, which you should also tune into Fridays on Adult Swim 12:15 am.
The cartoon I linked above is the first time I've put REAL effort into the visuals of a video in a long while...I still wouldn't say I'm working to my 100% because I'm lazy but this was definitely my 90% at the very least. Every other thing I've uploaded within the past few years has been kind of rushed (wether it's for NATA or personal deadlines I assigned myself), this was giving myself a chance to work on something entirely free of any kind of deadline and take my time a bit more, as well as practicing in being a bit more independent with my work rather than outsourcing bits and pieces to other people in order to get it done on time.
As far as my creative output goes I'm trying my best to keep busy amidst moving 700 miles away from home looming over me within the next month. Juggling painting, animating, drawing, writing, teaching myself bass, and maintaining a consistent social life for whatever that's worth. A painting I've been doing is nearly done, working on a collab cartoon with @MobileSpider, and conceptualizing a real big thing that you're gonna be seeing sometime but not sometime soon. Additionally, I've largely quit using twitter as anything other than a means for peddling my work. I hate it as a platform but it's one of the only ways to get any kind of content seen unfortunately, which is the sole reason I haven't deleted it entirely. The amount of free time I've accumulated since dropping it (minus posting work/skimming sparingly) is fucking liberating and I'd reccomend you do the same because it's a fucking cesspool.
ok bye new stuff constantly in the works expect stuff whenever bye
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New cartoon's up and out, check it here:
I don't really have much to say about this one! The whole thing was pretty much an experiment in comedy writing and took way longer than I'd initially intended. Per usual.
Started writing this with @Pjorg and Eric D. (https://twitter.com/Gargamelsh) around December, then dicked around and procrastinated until March where I actually started giving a shit about finishing it again.
Aside from that I've been doing illustration shit, picking up comission work here and there when I've got the time, as well as participating in most of the stuff the New Wave boys have been doing. I'm headed to COLLEGE in August/September (sometime around there eff off), I got a big schoalrship to an animation course so I'm pretty excited. Personal life's been hectic as fuck and has kind of stalled me creatively, but y'know gotta keep on keeping on or whatever the fuck you'd see on some bullshit inspriational cat poster!!!!!!!
I'm also headed to Pico Day at the end of the week, real excited for that too! Gonna be rooming with @Lepy @Magnivez and @Leonshake and they are my enemies and I plan to be rid of them by the end of the weekend
HOPE TO SEE YOU ALL THERE AT PICO DAY
K BYE ENJOY THE CARTOON
I WILL DESTROY RAT FUCK ROBOT BOY
THIS WILL BE THE END OF ROBOGELION
Hey check it out new cartoon
Whipped this together in a few weeks to compensate for the fact that I'm not gonna be able to publish anything new till the beginning of 2016 probably. I'm in the process of working on a possibly large-scale commissioned project so don't expect anything from me for a lil bit unless I get done early for some reason. I don't know if/when the commission will be seen online but if everything goes through I'll be sure to drop a newspost here about it so you can consume
bye bye bye bye die
My boy @Ryanstorm 's new cartoon is finally done and gonna be uploaded in eight days, he's asked me to assist with the hype generation so here I am with a fresh newspost here on my favorite website Newgrounds.com
It's ten minutes long, he is a hard worker boy and it's a real fun time all around so get set you fucking moron
I also did some real minimal coloring work on it too and here is an image from the scene in which I colored
I'm doing art commissions-- my PC is on the brink of death, saving up cash for new PC parts + equipment for filming.
Contact me at Flikkernicht@yahoo.com if you’re interested, Paypal only.
Hey, new NATA cartoon's up, check that shit here:
Initially I was pretty excited to work on this as I thought it was a big step up for me in terms of writing, but as usual after hearing the same jokes for 2 1/2 weeks straight I've become really numb to them so I don't know if it's even funny. Hopefully some of you will enjoy it. Huge thanks to @Pjorg and @Magnivez for helping me restructure the script and get it flowing better, too.
I'm gonna be probably working on a live-action video for the next few weeks, unless I get into the NATA Pro Round in which case we'll see what happens.
that's all I think okay bye im gonna go relax now i've been working on this shit till 2 am for the past week fuck
HEY, here's a new cartoon from me:
Got to a point where I hated this a lot, thought it was really bad and unfunny and while I don't entirely disagree with that, I'll spare you guys the paragraph of me disconstructing why I hated it, nobody wants to read that. Main problem laid in the punchline-- I think the leech thing was funny conceptually but I coulda executed it better. But hey y'know, I learned from it so s'all good. So far it's been received pretty well so NEAT.
The AAA crew's going to be doing a panel at TooManyGames here in a few weeks. There's gonna be a Newgrounds Panel as well, so be sure to stop by for that too!
Panel Room 3, June 28th at 12:40pm - 1:25pm for the AAA Panel,
Panel Room 1, Jun 27th at 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM for the Newgrounds Panel.
Be there or we're enemies
Pico Day was really fun, I had a great time. I met so many cool people there this year, I'd tag you all individually but there's so many, you all know who you are ;;;)))
I also got a chance to catch up with a lot of cool NG bois I've met previously so that's always neat too, additonally I got to hang out with a lot of guys I've only spoken with online, except instead of online it was in "real life"?? woah!!!
I brought a bunch of business cards too, since at MAGfest nearly everyone I ran into had one...Although, I felt a bit out of place with business cards at Pico Day, I only met like 3 or 4 other people that brought them, so hey SORRY, unless you acutally wanted one in which case NOT SORRY
BUT YEAH ANYWAYS IT WAS GREAT, I HAD A LOT OF FUN.
PICO DAY IS COOL, NEWGROUNDS IS COOL, YOU ARE COOL
Ok that's enough positivity for one news post give me another few days so I can get back into the habit of not liking shit and not going outside (only 2010s babbies will catch that reference)
new cartoons whenever
PS: Big thanks to Tom Fulp for organizing and hosting the whole dealie, I think everyone can agree that we're super thankful for everything you do for the site and it's users <3