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 !!

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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 !

Susy Wizz & The Pumpkin Man

Sweat Pump models
Sweat Pumpkin – models – BlackthornProd
Sweat Pump textures
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 !! 🙂

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

UFO Landing #3 – Texuring

Hey guys , today we are going to show you Mr BBB and his UFO textured !! :mrgreen:

bbb and ufo textured
UFO Landing -BBB and his UFO textured

We wanted Big Brainy Bob to have a metallic looking cybersuit with a cool red reflexion, it had to look nice and shiny, a sort of material that no human would wear on earth. 🙂 For the head and hands a simple grey texture did the trick.

The UFO’s texture was simple as well, a sort of nice shiny red with cool reflexions, we made the cock pit transparent green so we could see BBB inside . Easy 😆

Now let’s get cracking with the techniques !

We used really basic and straight forward textures (blins,phongs …) We just added some incandescence to give that cool looking red patern on his cybersuit . Finally we added an ambient light to the cock pit to give it a creepy and strange look.

Coming next on our blog UFO Landing #4 – rigging until then stay tuned and enjoy the summer 🙄

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