World of Blackthorn

Welcome everybody to the last post of BlackthornProd for the year 2015, an amazing year because it was only just this summer that we started out our journey into the amazing world of digital art and video games !

But I am telling you this guys, the year 2016 is going to be a no joke year, it is going to be a CRAZY year and hopefully a very successful one  !

First of all BlackthornProd has decided it is time to create our very own world. It’s name is Blackthorn (inspired by the name of our community :)). It is set in a fantasy world filled with dangers and horror. Glowing red eyes in the dark, green mist hanging by a strange and rundown cabin, thick green slime in the dark grass, the low and dangerous growl of a beast you can’t see, that’s all everybody know in this world. The notion of fun, joy and happiness are unknown, here, in Blackthorn all everybody can think about is SURVIVAL. It’s a world ruled by terror and fear of the night, a place where people shiver and crawl under their beds at the sound of a bird… well you get the picture, this is not a cool place.

We really want to make this a vibrant world with it’s own history, lore, monsters, towns and more ! We are also thinking of making epic comic books of this world, just know one thing, we are looking for a dark and mysterious world but with an edge of fun and cool cartoony sort of style !

To start off we are going to be making the WORLD OF BLACKTHORN cinematic #1 which is going to be a very short animated movie featuring one or two characters of our world ! We will probably post you very soon the storyboard of  this mini movie so stay tuned !!

Here is a little 3D character we created for the WORLD of Blackthorn, his name is Squish, a small abomination, he might be used as the pet of one of our main characters ! (He can’t walk, only hop around or slowly move like a snail/slug). We are going to of course rig him very soon !

Just one last word, we will surely resume creating our Youtube videos in another one or two months, right now though we are too busy learning about game development and creating the world of Blackthorn to create YOUTUBE tutorials, we are also brainstorming on a UDEMY course, a massive step by step tutorial series where we will bring you through the process of creating your very first short and simple animated movie, with characters, textures, rigging and animation !

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 ! 🙂

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 !

Pumpkin Dash : energy balls !

Pumpkin Dash, our first 3D video game is in process ! After having created the assets and imported them into Unity we have now been busy on importing animation, learning about components, scripting and the like ! We quickly noticed that Unity is a no joke piece of software and that it is going to take a lot of time, practice and patience before we handle this amazing game develoment application ! For now our pumpkin Man character can run around the maze and pick up energy balls, we still have to fix a lot of little bugs, put in place a time trial script and insert some cool halloween audio ! 😈

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Pumpkin Dash – Run & energy balls
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Pumpkin Dash – Maze

PS : for those of you who are interested in learning how to create games, characters and the like I propose you check out my Youtube channel , Digital Tutors or even Unity 3D.com !! 😉

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

Spooky environment…

Hi ladies and gentlemen and welcome back to BlackthornProd !

We have been back in school for more than a week now and sadly we feel that we have less and less time for graphical art. But do not worry, every single minute of our spare time we are working on the various projects, videos, characters and drawings of BlackthornProd.

Episode 1 of HMS is coming out very soon (two to three weeks at the most), cool tutorial videos on our Youtube channel will be showing up any moment and as Halloween is coming, we are preparing spooky portofolio characters  like the Reaper, the old hag, Jack-O-Pumpkin and Brainy Frank. 😈

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Environment – Haunted Mansion Series – BlackthornProd

But enough talk, we wanted to show you the environment we created for our 1st episode of HMS, check it out and tell us what you think, just know that we took barely 40 minutes to create it and that we will be posting a video on our Youtube channel of how to design this scene using Paint effect in Maya. Oh and don’t worry, if you guys don’t have Autodesk Maya we will show you how to get it in a very easy 3 minute video on Youtube for free !! 🙂

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Envirenment – Haunted Mansion Series

PS : click on the images to get a better view !

HMS Animation controls !

We have finally completed the rigging system of our characters for the first episode of our Haunted Mansion Series.

The scared wizard, the courageous barbarian and the fluffy midnight bunnies are ready to be animated in our spooky little movie. 😈

For the wizard, we added a stretchy arm feature that will enable us to do cool and funny things with him, as for the barbarian, we did a quick facial rigging system that will enable him to do an angry and sad face !

The bunnies rig was easily done, very soon a video on our YOUTUBE channel will come out, explaining the hole process of how we rigged our cute furry monsters.

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Barbarian rig- BlackthornProd
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Wizard rig – BlackthornProd
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Midnight bunnies rig – BlackthornProd

So that’s it, stay tuned and get exited because lots of really cool and exiting things are coming out on BlackthornProd, tutorials, tips and tricks, our small animated movies and much MUCH more…

Midnight bunnies

Hi everyone and welcome back to BlackthornProd !!

Our Haunted Mansion Series (HMS) are progressing wonderfully, our two main hero characters are fully modelled and textured, the barbarian is ready for animation and the wizard is half way through rigging, things are running nice and smoothly. 🙂

On top of that, we are happy to inform you that our very first monsters from HMS have been created, the midnight bunnies !!! These are the creatures that our two heroes will encounter in the first episode has they walk towards the spooky haunted Mansion.

Even better news, if you are interested in creating them, I propose that you visit BlackthornProd’s Youtube page where we do full tutorials on how to use Maya fur and where we bring you through step by step on how to create a Midnight bunny !!! 🙂

See you all soon and stay tuned because real exciting things are coming up on BlackthornProd.

Midnight bunnies
Midnight bunnies – Maya – BlackthornProd

BlackthornProd’s Youtube channel is out !!

Hello everybody !

This is just a quick post to inform you that our Youtube channel is out ! Its name is BlackthornProd and every week, we will release tutorials, little animations, step by step projects of how to create some of our characters and much more !! Our first videos are aimed on learning about Maya Fur, the first part just introduces you to the basics of fur, how to apply it on an object, change its colour… The second and third video (that will come out this week-end) will bring you through the process of creating a midnight bunny, a little furry creature that will be part of our Haunted Mansion Series !! By creating this character you will learn some awseome Maya Fur tools as well as some cool and simple Maya modelling techniques ! 🙂