BlackthornProd’s Pixel RPG

Hi guys and merry Christmas !

Today I wanted to share with you the plans we have for creating a top down small RPG video game using Unity !

BlackthornProd has teamed up with two other “we hope” passionate digital artists and programmers and we hope to achieve a fun and stylized little video game !

For this first game we are going to chose 2D pixelized graphics to try and reduce difficulties, we will be using GIMP, Photoshop and of course the amazing game engine Unity !

This game will be set in a small, spooky little dungeon. We are looking for a kind of fantasy environment with monsters, dragons, traps and more !

Of course, we are still in the very early stages of developing this game, many things are still undecided like the name of our game, the kind of monsters, music and tons more. BlackthornProd will also be working on a cool “poster / cinematic” to present the game, with awesome 3D characters and animation !

Down below are a few early sketches of our heroes and monsters, many things have to be changed but right now we are just trying to get down the main idea. Each hero and monster character will have a couple of animations like idle, run, attack and a special attack.

Finally, just to tell you that if you are interested in joining the team you are always welcome, there is always need of extra passionate digital artists, animators and game developers’s  !

Contact us via blackthornprod@gmail.com !

 

Dragon Thief !!

Hi everyone !

Today I wanted to show you the villain of our Dragon Rock project, the evil thief ! I had a lot of fun creating and rigging this character and am dying to start animating him in our first scene ! Hope you like the design of this guy and get excited to see him in action in our Dragon project !!

 

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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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

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 !

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…