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 !

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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 !

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

Pumpkin Dash : Assets !

We wanted to show you the cool assets we have created for BlackthornProd’s very first video game : Pumpkin Dash !! We used Autodesk Maya and Mudbox and we are now going to use Unity to assemble all these cool models ! First we have the walls ( simple black stone with some cracks ), we will use these assets to assemble our Maze ! Next we have a strange lopsided human skull and a grinning Jack O Lantern, these cool little props will be placed on the Maze floor to give an extra spooky little Halloween feeling to our game ! And of course we have our character, the Pumpkin Man, up and ready for take off !! We will of course create some stones and rubble to give a more believable feeling to the Maze !

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Pumpkin Dash – Skull
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Pumpkin Dash – Wall pieces
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Pumpkin Dash – Jack O Lantern
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Pumpkin Dash – Jack O Lantern Render
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Pumpkin Dash – Pumpkin Man

That’s it for this post, stay tuned on BlackthornProd and get very excited because lots of crazy things are coming up !! 🙂

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

The 2 heroes of HMS

Hello !!

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Ghostly Wizard – HauntedMansionSeries – BlackthornProd

In this post, we are going to show you our two hero characters from our Haunted Mansion Series, the fierce barbarian and the gostly wizard. Each one of them were modelled in Autodesk Maya and painted in Mudbox and the process was very fun and super simple. Polygon modelling and some simple painting techniques was all that we used .

Has you can see in our previous post, we showed you a quick sketch of our two heroes and their loyal cat and just like our drawing, we created something very cartoony and funny to look at. Our goal for this serie is to create a spooky house full of dangerous monsters but at the same time, keep a cool and cartoony style to it !! 🙂

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Barbarian – HauntedMansionSeries – BlackthornProd
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Wizard Staff – HauntedMansionSeries – BlackthornProd

Hope you enjoy our two funny heroes, you can bet that these two guys will get into a lot of trouble !! 😈

Big News on BlackthornProd

Hello everyone and welcome back yet again for a post on BlackthornProd !! 🙂

We are very excited to inform you on 3 major events coming up very soon. First of all, we will be sending our animations, little tutorials and more on our YouTube channel as soon as we get our microphone !

Secondly, we have started to prepare a course that will be sent on Udemy, which is an online training library. This course will consist on the making of a little cartoony barbarian character, this series of tutorials will be for people that are interested in creating 3D characters and that have no experience whatsoever in using the amazing softwares Maya and Mudbox. We will teach you how to get the free, student version of the softwares which are almost the same has the complete versions of Maya and Mudbox, we will then bring you step by step in creating a little barbarian, learning the basics of how to model in Autodesk Maya and how to paint and texture in Autodesk Mudbox !! So stay tuned, we promise to inform you as soon as our course is published on udemy !!

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Heroes sketch of the Haunted Mansion Series – BlackthornProd

Finally, we are thrilled to inform you on our next project, The haunted Mansion Series !! This project will be cut in five episodes, so five little animated movies of two heroes and a faithful cat adventuring themselves in a spooky and dangerous haunted house ! The barbarian that we will make in our udemy course will be one of the heroes and with his good friend, the strange wizard Vorax, they will ward of strange midnight bunnies, scare bloodthirsty vampires and fight a mighty dragon in a deadly duel… Very exciting  stuff, so continue following us on our blog and look forward to this new, super cool project, The Haunted Mansion Series !!!!!!! 😈