Hero’s Destination !

Hi everyone and welcome back to BlackthornProd !

We have been very busy for a while developing our first video game, Hero’s Destination, a fast paced game where you play the role of a small wizard trying to make his way throught a dungeon level surrounded by traps and monsters ! Of course to make the game a little more exciting we added a time limit, if you don’t reach your destination in time (a glowing chest), you lose ! You can also die by falling down to 0 health !

This video game was created using Unity but we are far from finished, a lot of things need to change to make the game really fun to play (like the graphics, levels, difficulty and much MUCH more) ! But we are really happy with the progress we are making, we have learned a great deal about C# and Unity and we are more motivated than ever to make wounderful games and graphics !

That’s all, stay tuned on BlackthornProd to see how our first video game unfold

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Level 1 of Hero’s Destination : The goblin Cave

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Howard Curdal : World of Blackthorn movie number 1 main character !

Hi guys and welcome back to BlackthornProd !

We have just finished our main character for the world of Blackthorn movie number 1, the young Howard Curdle ! He was a pretty simple character to create, now we are going to make a solid control rig so we can then have a huge amount of fun animating him !

The goal for this project is really the animation, we want to create a short (about 1 minute) but quality animation where the audience understands what is going on and actually likes it, we want them to have a good time watching it and see a large improvement compared to our other mini animated movies like Haunted Mansion Series episode 1, UFO Landing and Sweet Pumpkin !

PS : Very soon we are also going to share with you some very VERY exciting news so stay tuned !!

Also, just click on the images to get a better view of the character !!

Dragon Rock, a new BlackthornProd project !

Hi ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to BlackthornProd !

Today, I wanted to share with you the plans we have for our brand new project, Dragon Rock ! In this short animated movie, a thief is going to sneak up a mountain to the den of some cute and chubby little dragons, he will then try to snatch the eggs and the chest. He won’t get them though without a fight !

For now all BlackthornProd has created are the dragons, we still need to create a full story board, the dragon thief  and the mountain ! The next big challenge will be rigging the dragons and doing all the animation, we really want to put a lot of hard work into this animation to make it both funny and believable !

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CG society : a dangerous toy

Hi guys !

Today I wanted to show you the image I made for my second portofolio piece on CG society, the dangerous toy clown character ! To create this image I had to play around with lights, a few rendering settings and I used paint effects to get the cool red mist you see in the background !

Also, I would like to ask you to stay tuned on BlackthorProd because in one or two days I wil be telling you about my massive new animated project, Dragon Rock, I will aslo show you the cartoony dragon models I created for this project !

Finally, just a couple words about Christmas, I am going to be working on a very cute Xmas scene featuring extremly white fluffy bunnies that will be under a Christmas tree covered in sparkly lights and snow ! I might even make Christmas cards out of this scene !!

PS : my brother Liam, member of BlackthornProd has started out a wordpress blog talking about his journey into Web Development !

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CG society : A dangerous Toy

 

Projects coming up …

Hi guys ! 😉

Just to tell you all what BlackthornProd is working on at the moment, first of all  “The dangerous toy” project is at the animation stage ( to see more about this project check out the previous post, we are working hard on this part of the pipeline and hope to give this toy clown a scary feeling !

Secondly, BlackthornProd is very exited to announce that we are going to do a Youtube Dragon serie ! Very soon we are going to create tutorials that will be available on BlackthornProd’s YOUTUBE channel, in this playlist we will create from scratch a cool cartoon dragon going through the modelling, texturing and maybe even the rigging process ! We still haven’t completly decided wether the dragon will a pure BlackthornProd character ( designed and imagined by Noa Calice ) or a Dreamwork Gronkle dragon, in any case though check out regularly our Youtube channel to see when the first tutorial will be out !!

Finally, just to say that we are still brainstorming hard on our first christmas project, we will tell you all about it as soon as we come up with something that is funny and full of Xmas cheer !

The dangerous toy

Hi guys hope you are all doing well, today I wanted to talk to you about the different projects that are going on inside  BlackthornProd !

First of all and I am very exited to introduce you to “The dangerous toy” project. It’s the story of a ball that is going to bounce on a small colourful box, the box is going to open and a strange toy clown is going to pop out laden with fancy, pretty, deadly little props. After the contents of the box have spilled out and unsquashed the little clown will explode ( a challenging training in dynamics for BlackthornProd ). For this project we want a cartoony feeling,this toy clown has to look innocent, flashy, NOT dangerous, even the bomb that he is holding and the rockets he has strapped to his back have to look “toy like”, plasticky, unreal. And yet very soon everybody will realize that this “toy” is in fact a deadly bomb ready to blow up, before it explode’s in a thousand pieces though we want to give some tension, there has to be a sort of strained feeling, like the smiley ballon that come’s out of the box might go POP, the ball that triggered the box to open will slowly roll on the ground, the clown will creak slightly on his spring, going back and forth, back and forth, nice and slowly… That’s when everybody start’s realizing that something is wrong, that something is not quite right around here.

That’s all for now about the dangerous toy project, stay tuned on BlackthornProd to see how this animated 3D movie is going to unravel because it’s really exciting stuff ! 🙂

Nabolos aliens

In this post I wanted to show you a Nabolos, a squat little alien creature that populates the world of Nabulu .

This particular Nabolos will be the main character of our World of Nabulu project. The modelling and rigging was done in Autodesk Maya and the texturing was done in Mudbox.

We wanted to give our alien a wet skin texture, a bit like a snail or a slug, to do that we created a specular paint layer, took a stamp and painted over the head and hands.

We also created a complete facial rig for this character so he can smile, look sad, angry, cruel, crazy…

The next big challenge for our project is too duplicate this Nabolos character and make different variations of him so we can then make our Nabolos town look more lively and real.

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Cool Nabolos – BlackthornProd

That’s it for now, come back soon to see how the Nabolos town will look, what space ships the Nabolos will fly in and what adventures our alien characters will get in as they travel the Nabulu world !!! 🙂

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Scared Nabolos – BlackthornProd
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Evil Nabolos – BlackthornProd

Happy Halloween BlackthornProd !!

Happy Halloween everybody and welcome back on BlackthornProd !

It has been 4 months since BlackthornProd started out its wonderful journey into graphical art and we love it more and more everyday ! We have created 8 characters in all, from a funny alien to a crazy little pumpkin man and we are having an enormous amount of fun imagining funnier and more spectacular projects everyday ! We feel we have progressed a lot during these four months but we still need to become a thousand times better before we become true geniuses of the CG world ! We have a lot of ideas, and I mean a LOT of them for the next months to come so stay tuned on BlackthornProd because are journey has only just begun !

Click on the picture to get a better view of BlackthornProd’s characters so far ( except Burny and Mr Jinxed) !

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Happy Halloween BlackthornProd
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Pumpkin Youtube – BlackthornProd

PS : For those of you who want to learn how to create a cartoony halloween JackOLantern I urge you to check out my YOUTUBE channel where I bring you through the process of creating a spooky Pumpkin !

Susy Wizz & The Pumpkin Man

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Sweat Pumpkin – models – BlackthornProd
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Sweat Pumpkin – textures – BlackthornProd

Today we wanted to show you our two very new characters, the little witch girl and the Pumpkin Man ! As Halloween is coming up we wanted to create a Halloween theme based project to celebrate this spooky time of year ! These two brand new characters were created using Autodesk Maya, we then painted them in Mudbox and we are now currently working on their control rigs ! BlackthornProd is also preparing tutorials on how to rig the little girl, these videos will be for beginners in Maya so I definitly urge you to check out our YOUTUBE channel ! One last word, for those of you who are fans of 3D animation and character creation I am very exited to inform you that we are thinking of creating a Udemy course, in this course we will create a stylized character from scratch, we will go threw the modelling process, painting, rigging and finnaly create a couple of cool
animations !! The hole course will be aimed for beginners who have never used Autodesk Maya or Mudbox or who have very little experience ! Oh and don’t worry, we will show you how to get a free and legal student version of Maya and Mudbox, all you need is a computer and you can get cracking on creating YOUR dreams in 3D !! 🙂