New Resolutions

Hi guys and welcome back to BlackthornProd !

BlackthornProd has many ambitions, a huge amount of plans for the futur, I want to acheive everything, from building amazing games to lauch on the app store, creating my very own Udemy course to making super fun movies filled with characters and worlds that were born from the very fruit of my imagination !

Here are the two main plans BlackthornProd has for the near futur :

First of all, i need to learn much MUCH more about animation in Maya. Animation is very hard, when I started out doing 3D animation with my brother Liam in the Summer 2015 we thought we could make long 3D animated movies with multiple characters, huge environments, complex scenes with fights, explosions, adventure… That is the reason why every single one of our mini animated movies were a bit of a flop. True the characters were quite cool and interesting, we always took a very long time modelling them, painting, setting up their control rigs but when it came down to animation we did it so fast, in a matter of 2-3 days we tried making extremly complex animation and then, realizing that what we were doing looked crap, we rushed the animation even more just to get it over and done with and so we could say : “We finished the movie !!”. Also, every one of our mini animations had no story, there was no storyline, we always jumped into a project with a very quick little idea, very primitive which made the movie boring !  So the fact that we had no story, that we tried projects that were to complex for our beginner level and that we rushed the animation part of the pipeline has done that we have now ended up with 4-5 short, very mediocre animated movies ! We didn’t take enough time on our work, we quickly got fed up of the project and wanted to start of with a brand new one and that is quite normal, the digital world is so exciting, there are so many possibilities, so many things we can make up and do ! But now we figured it is time to change the way we do things, BlackthornProd has took a large step back, we are going to watch many tutorials on Autodesk Maya, from learning how to better texture our worlds to making simple but really GREAT animation ! For now we are going to do a lot of learning but we can guarantee that the next mini 3D animated movie of BlackthornProd will not be another on of those ” ” relatively good ” short films with ” coolish ” characters but a crappy story and even worse animation, nop, the next animated short will be BlackthornProd’s first OFFICIAL 3D animation movie, it will be small, simple, but the content will be first class quality !

BlackthornProd’s second project for the near futur is also about a lot of learning. Above I mentionned that I wanted to make amazing video games that thousands of people will play around the world but for that to happen I am going to need to get through the painful and very complex task of learning how to programm in C#. Programming, for me anyway is extremly hard, you need to be really focused and not give up because once you get over the technical side, once you have a solid foundation  and know how to programm, you can start making any video you ever dreamed of ! That is why I am working hard and digging my brain to learn about programming and Unity software, because I want to get to the point where I can create my very own video games filled with my worlds, characters and stories, and for me, that is a dream come true !

For now I have created 2 mini video games, Dungeon Breaker and Hero’s Destination, ceating them was challenging but seeing my games come to life like that has made me hungry for MUCH more, so here I go, lots of learning to be done and I can promise you that one of these days I will launch my very own video game on the app store and share it with the entire world !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 !!

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

Big News !! The Nabulu World !

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World of Nabulu (For now) “Zommed out version”

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Hello everyone and welcome back yet again on BlackthornProd ! 🙂

Today I want to share with you BIG news, now that Halloween is over and our (Halloween projects) our completed BlackthornProd has planned out a massive new project called “The Nabulu World”. In this project we are going to create a small world from scratch starting by a “zoomed out version of the world” and going on to create a small town; the Nabolos which are squat little alien creatures that populate the Nabulu World as well as their different cool space ships !! As you see there is a lot of work to do but it is going to be extremly fun ! This is going to be BlackthornProd’s second “official” animated movie and of course, we want our animation to be better than last time, our characters more fun and exiting and the story more interesting ! This project has a lot of challenging aspects to it that we definitly think will help BlackthornProd to progress in many different ways so if you are interested in seeing how the Nabulu World project is going to progress I urge you to stay tuned on BlackthornProd ! 🙂

PS : If you want to see Sweat Pumpkin animated short, check out BlackthornProd’s YOUTUBE channel !

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 !

BlackthornProd’s BIG news 2

Hi everyone and welcome back to BlackthornProd !!

A lot of very exiting things are happening at the moment, first of all we have finally finished the animation for our haunted Mansion Serie episode 1 !! All that there is left to do is add some lights to the scene and do some clean up work, once that is all done we will render out our mini movie and send it to Youtube for all of you to see ! This was our very first BlackthornProd animation, it was challenging but very fun and the result was cool even though we still have a lot to learn before we become masters at 3D animation. 🙂

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Story board – HMS – BlackthornProd

Secondly, we are very exited to inform you that we have begun to sketch out some ideas for a completly new project “Sweat Pumpkin”, this funny little animated movie is focused on Halloween 2015 and is going to bring to light 2 new BlackthornProd characters, a little girl called Susy Wizz and an evil Pumpkin Man.

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Susy front – Sweat Pumpkin – BlackthornProd
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Susy side – Sweat Pumpkin – BlackthornProd
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Brainy Frank – BlackthornProd

Next we wanted to show you the cool character we are working on, Brainy Frank, a disgusting Frankenstein Monster that is leaving half of his body parts behind him as he runs for his life

Finally we also wanted to tell you that to celebrate Halloween we are also going to do a Pumpkin Party, in other words, each one of BlackthornProd’s characters will wear an original and funny Pumpkin Head !

So keep following BlackthornProd because tons of awseome things are coming up, if you are interested in the wonderful 3D world and industry I also recommend you to look at BlackthornProd’s Youtube channel where we launch every week tutorials, animations and much much more ! You should also check out CG society , a beautiful website that offers you inspiration and great forums !!

That’s it guys, see you all very soon and remember, Halloween is coming … 😈

Animation of HMS episode 1 has begun !!

After a month of creating our characters, building our house and working on a spooky environment we have finally started animating the first episode of our Haunted Mansion Series ! 🙂

The fierce barbarian and the gostly wizard are ready to walk up the twisting path towards the haunted house where they will encounter some of the most dangerous and spooky monsters know to man !!

We will show you the storyboard we created for our first episode  very soon so stay tuned everybody !

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Poster of HMS episode 1

As soon as the animation is completed, we will put it on our Youtube channel for all of you to see !!  🙂

PS : click on the picture to get a better view