So what has been up this Thanksgiving Break? My pal deadlycheese123 has returned safe and sound from his Navy-duty for a break and has been staying over my place for the past few days. It's been nice.
What's not so nice though is that my computer has been having all kinds of issues for weeks now, registry errors, random audio dropouts and graphics shutdowns, and internet browser redirects. After spending countless hours running endless amounts of anti-malware, updating drivers and continued troubleshooting, I've just decided to do a clean install of Windows onto my SSD. Of course, this fixed all the problems, except for the audio dropouts.
So in short, that all sucked and is continuing to suck. As you can probably guess, I didn't get much progress done on any projects, not nearly as much as I would want. Gay. I'm hoping to fix all this stuff hopefully by today, because Thanksgiving Break is just about over and I pretty much wasted all the time I could have been using to work and get some stuff done. Let's hope for the best.
Tomorrow I plan on doing another livestream, but deadlycheese123 will still be here until
Thanksgiving Break just started for me. Woo!
So I'm thinking about doing Livestreams, possibly weekly, possibly once every other week, possibly not at all. But probably today in a few hours I'll start my first one, I'll bring in one or two friends along with it. But basically you'll be watching me animate or draw or whatever. You can ask questions and stuff in the chat thing as it goes.
No idea how people will respond to it, or if people will even want to see more when it's done, but for now it will just be a debut to see how it goes. So I'll make another post on deviantART, on Tumblr, on YouTube, Newgrounds, and in my Skype status just to get as many people to be aware of it as possible. We'll go from there.
So be prepared. That is if you're interested.
It's time for... philosophy with Twisted4000! Again!
I've been making more posts than I normally do. It's simply because I have stuff to talk about. If you don't want to read them, guess what... you don't have to.
Anyway, I can't remember if I asked this question before... but what makes stuff, in this case, art, "good"? Is it how much people like it that define how good it is, or is there something else that makes it "good"? It's kind of a tough call to me. You'd think that there's factors that make a piece good, right? Like, how unique and interesting it is, how it's something new, the dynamics, creativity in the colors and overall design... a picture can have all of those things... but if no one really likes it, and no one really cares for it, is it still a good piece of artwork?
The problem is, people (in general) are attracted to things that have a sort of polished look that is "appealing" or "cute" or whatever you want to call it (it's really just the current fad right now). That stuff can be EASY to make, it could take no time at all. Apply all of the little glow filters and complimentary colors you want to a not-so-special drawing, and people will hover allover it thinking it's amazing, even if, well, it isn't. BUT that brings me back to my initial question... if everyone THINKS it's amazing... doesn't that MAKE it amazing? Is the quality of something just based on people's thoughts and what's in their minds, or is there some other factor we're missing here?
Because in the end, yes, you can't really judge someone for just thinking something is good. If something appeals to them or if they like something, and it doesn't hurt anyone, there's nothing to really complain about. Why take away their enjoyment? Well, usually hell breaks loose when people who have put lots of time, effort, and thought into something end up being overlooked by people who just want to look at things that may not have taken nearly as long to make, but have had a cheap little trick applied to it to make it "good". That just makes me sick every time. I see it everyday, everywhere. But there's really nothing I can do.
And I know it annoys LOTS of people, I know it annoys lots of people reading this. But some people may be the ones doing those little "cheap tricks" as I call them and are getting huge success in no time flat. It's very, very pestering.
Now when you're making PRODUCTS (and of course, not just art), it's pretty much crucial to do what's popular and what the current fad is, because it's what makes money and it's what the majority of the consumers want. If the bottom line is money... then yeah, you're going to want to do what's just popular, integrity is no longer a factor at that point. Now with art, if you just want popularity, then you might as well just do what people want to see and you'll get there, I promise you. It's not very hard. Remember, keep the lines clean! Use complimentary colors as much as you can! Make sure to have a cute and sparkly face on your characters! You'll be just like everyone else, exactly how everyone wants you to be!
Now the REAL point of ART... and no, this isn't just my opinion, this is what the meaning of art is... is to make something that is striking. Something that someone hasn't seen before. Something amazing. Something with emotion. THAT is what makes something good.
You can break the rules of anatomy and how things are perceived in real life... but you must learn the rules BEFORE you break them. And if you want to be an artist, then your job is to understand those rules, color theory, everything. Now of course this doesn't mean art has rules, heavens no... in fact, it doesn't really have any, I don't think. But REALITY has rules. The law of physics, the way things just work. Most of that was basically told to me but real artists that I admire, including my cousin, MY GOSH he is an amazing artist.
By the way I hate it when people call themselves artists. I don't know what it is, but it just sounds really pretentious to me. Like "I'm an artist". ANYONE can draw. But whatever.
You can choose to take in what I say or just ignore it or whatever, honestly I really don't care.
More drawings and animations to come! Working on SO MUCH crap, it's hard to find time to go out and make a new drawing, especially that Photoshop is being dumb and it keeps forcing me to close and reopen it every few minutes. Hopefully it will fix itself soon, just like it broke itself.
Hey, that's kinda cool!
Just to let you know.
But yeah anyway, updates? The commission video is going... brace yourself, we're going to use a word I haven't used in like, forever... EXCELLENT! I can't believe how fast progress is on it, it's looking very clean and fluent. I hope people really like it when it's done. It's funny, the other two animations I'm working on have been going very very slowly... I guess it just goes to show that it's all in the motivation and setup of the video as a whole that keeps you going.
Oh and by the way the YouTube changes are still really gay.
But yeah that's it for now. Take care
I just realized I never made a post last October. That's the first time I missed a month to make a post on in years.
But anyway, the commission video I've talked about is going very well. It's nearly 3 minutes long and the storyboard is completed. It's been so fun to make it, the script and audio just flow throughout the timeline so well. It might just be a breeze creating it. Let's hope so.
I've gotten back to work on the Magic Wand Infomercial cartoon, just until the client of the commission says it's time to move on into the line-work and such of the story-boarded video. So far, he really, really likes it. I'm glad about that. I need to really pick up the pace on this Magic Wand cartoon though, it's crazy how long it's been taking me, I don't know what the holdup has been for me, but all I know is that it should've been done LONG ago. It's ridiculous, it was supposed to be a quick, funny joke, and it's just taking months.
And now, finally, for the Automation video. Got no progress on it since the trailer was released nearly two months ago. Just haven't been very motivated to work on that still, since it has been particularly difficult due to its style and overall mood, and I just don't think it will really be worth all of that work and patience. I really want to finish it and have a genuinely good, cool, action-packed and somewhat funny video. But we'll see what happens with that.
So that's about it. I always wanted to make a game still, not sure when I will really make one for real. I've attempted to make quite a few, and even though the mechanics worked rather well, I still haven't stayed with an idea that I really liked and have been able to make fun. I also always wanted to make a novel. That would be fun, I love to write, and I have so many ideas I would liked to type up and hopefully publish... though that probably won't happen, not until politicians start making actual sense. See, I made a super clever analogy there. By which I mean, it's not going to happen.
And you know what else is funny, I've been watching an episode of South Park the whole time I've been typing this, and write after I wrote the whole part of me wanting to write a novel, Mr. Garrison from the show just said "Well, I always wanted to write a novel... but I just don't know what to write about." Stuff like that happens to me from time-to-time, it's weird.
I've also been making some music lately. Not with lyrics, I can't sing. But just with instruments, such as guitar, drums, bass, whatever. Throwing it all together into one track. I want to make good music. It's hard though. Hm. I'll keep trying.
And, obviously, I've been drawing, too. Always drawing, always learning and trying new techniques.
As you can probably tell, I've been feeling like crap lately. I mean, I always feel like crap, but lately it's been worse than usual. Past hurts coming back, lack of motivation, school just sucking every last bit of energy I have left, family stuff, jealousy problems, all this crazy working out for future soldier training for the Army, GOSH, it doesn't end. I'll try to pull through.
It took me surprisingly all day to put it together, but here it is: the trailer for Automation
. Hope you enjoy.The video won't be done for a while, I would hope before Christmas but that may not be the case... I'm gonna be backed up with some big commission work (which I am excited for). Also, I'm working on that other project.That's all for now, take care.-T4k
Right then, so I've been working on the two animations. They're going alright I guess. Again, I want to get a trailer out for the bigger one, which is about robots. Hopefully in a few weeks. Yep.
Well, let's go over how the whole art school has been going so far. You know, the art school thing? Basically, for 75% of my school day, I go to this community college to their Multimedia Graphic Design course. For it, I get high school credits and could potentially get college credits if my grades are good enough. But how is it going?
I made a couple of friends in the class, but let me tell you, that place is an AWFUL environment for me. It's filled with all these anime-faggots and shitheads who don't do anything but run their whore-mouths about how much they like anime and the Japanese language and manga anime anime manga and Japan anime manga Japanime animanga Japanimanga and GAH it makes me want to puke, I hate listening to that shit and how great they think anime is. It SUCKS, I get it. The cookie-cutter characters, the choppy animation, the same story outline and voice acting every fucking time, shut your goddamned mouth about it already. I DON'T WANT TO KNOW. Oh yeah and like 75% of the attempt to draw anime as well, it's great. All of my art and everyone else who tries to at least make a UNIQUE style of their own are the ones who get overlooked while the lookers just gravitate towards the same awful hack anime and chibi "art". It's such a discouraging place to be in, I can't stand it. It just leads me to believe that I'm less talented than I really am (whatever level of "talent" that is).
As for what we're learning, it's not bad. The computer side of it is dumb since all we do is stupid pen tool stuff on Adobe Illustrator, which is like the most useless thing ever, but as for the traditional side it's fine. The teacher's pretty cool.
Oh and online it has been fantastic too. Everyone keeps shitting out horrible hack trash "cartoons" and are all so arrogant and full of themselves over the 100,000 fucking subscribers they have. Congratulations, assholes. Oh and then there's those people online who do nothing to contribute anything to anything and yet feel the need to post "critiques" on people's work even though they know no better than the creators of the content themselves. Fuck you.
Huh, you know, I should write a song about all of this. But until then, that's that. A very angry rant today, but that's what happens when you're cold and bitter after nothing but shit getting handed to you no matter how hard you work for years.
Alright, so the Automation video is going pretty good. Lately I've been doing lots of changes and such to the script to make it even better. That always sucks though, since I usually need to get the actors to redo some lines, which I always feel like crap when I have to break it to them. In this case I may even have to completely drop an actor who was originally supposed to be included in the project. But to all of those who are included and were supposed to be included, I really appreciate it whether you make the cut or not, and I thank you.
So anyway, I've also been working on the little animation I talked about in the past couple of weeks. It's going alright. Though I'm a little stressed out with multiple projects, at the same time it's nice, since I know I'm getting a lot done. I'm not really sure which one to work on depending on the time, I just flip back and forth from each project. I want to finish this shorter one very soon though. Also school is in session and is getting in the way, which also sucks.
So that's all, progress is decent, not as bad as it could be.
For me. Tomorrow I go back to school. Dang it! But at least it's my last year. Seniors lead the way!
And another thing with this year, for about 3/4 of the day I'll be going to a college through a program run by the school. I will be taking graphic design courses and getting some college credit for it. Woohoo! Though I can guarantee the courses will probably be involving stuff I don't care about learning for. But at least it's not just regular high school classes.
And as for the Automation video: it's going well. Somewhat slow, but not as bad as it could be. I hope to get a trailer out soon once I finish the first opening battle scene thing, which is like two minutes long. If I had to guess, maybe I'll finish the part in like 2 weeks... I hope...
And I've also finished a script for another video, and though I wouldn't really call it a "short", it's going to be about 2 minutes long or so, if I had to guess. I'm pretty excited to do it, it involves many different situations and scenes popping up allover as the video progresses. I hope that goes well. And when it's done, I will be back to finish Automation.