This was supposed to be my June Rubber Onion Battle entry post, but guess what! I hate the one I finished yesterday. There are a great many things wrong with it, but the most noticeable one is that there’s next to no animation in it. I actually thought I was being clever, but as I stared onto the monstrosity I created I realized it was just bad, really really bad. Fortunately, as I was about to fall asleep I came up with a much better idea. I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish it in time, but as of today, I’m actually pretty optimistic.
Since today’s #Mermay prompt is “baby-maid” (which I guess means a mer-baby? unless this should be about baby labour O.o) I decided to cheat and combine it with my weekly comic, resulting in this somewhat weird filler page:
Shiny paints, shiiiiiiny paaaaaaaaints……
It’s a bit hard to tear myself away from animating to do a doodle to post here… Feels like I’m not using my time efficiently enough, as I’m rushing to finish the 15 second battle entry so that I can finally concentrate on my Boonka animatic instead. The guy who wanted to voice one of my characters got shipped off somewhere, so I spent the last two days recording myself as two different kids. Seeing how I’m no voice actor, I started considering changing the boy into a girl, to possibly make it a little easier for myself, even if it will add a few more hours of work, but then a lightbulb lit up in my tired and sniffling brain, and I downloaded a voice changer (AthTek Voice Changer ver 1.5 to be precise) which seemed to fix my problem.
And since I don’t want to flood the blog with seemingly identical screenshots of my Bad Magic progress, here’s what my Bullet Journal Doodle page looks like currently:
I’ve decided to stop my Artist Sunday posts for now. I counted at least three different reasons why it’s best for me to not do them any more, and I figured that was enough.
I was hoping to be much further along in my Rubber Onion Battle entry today, but being sick for the past week really held me back. But at least I’ve got the characters down, in all the puppet glory… Except their hands, I figure I’ll just draw them as I go along? I know there’s a proper right way to do it, but I’ve not wrapped my head around that one yet.
I’ll be recording voices later at night, hope I’ll not wake everyone up. So far I’ve found that it sounds best if I cover my head and mic with a blanket. And when I say blanket, I mean my jacket, which is clearly not big enough and keeps slipping off in all the wrong places. Think I best get a proper blanket next time… Damn, I know there are better ways to record voices, but I can’t fit into the tiny shelves of my closet 😦
Hmmm, watching streams and watching tutorial videos at the same time while people are trying to sleep in the same room and my headset doesn’t work doesn’t go together too well. I was hoping to have finished a lot more by now, but oh well. Not going to try and multitask tomorrow, I’ve got to do twice as much as I originally planned.
For this month’s Rubber Onion Battle my assignment is to learn to animate with cut-outs in Toon Boom Harmony. I’m very curious to see if it will, in fact, take me longer than drawing frame-by-frame. Guess I’ll find out tomorrow!