Toys, Comics, and Quack Medicine

Let’s see what was. Toys, comics, and an excellent buffalo chicken wrap, that was the Zolocon 2023 Halloween Show in a nutshell. I should prefaced a nut allergy warning. But Zolocon is a cool collectible show with a lot of cool items, from a lot of great vendors.

Next we had a interesting show in a Medical Museum that was the Lancaster Heritage Medical Museum for an Arts and Craft show, a first time show put on at the Museum and it was a fine show, saw some wood, a section for quack medicine and a tooth key. Medical history had some crude roots and quack medicine and then to where it is today and the Museum has a lot of interesting history to see.

Now to where things are currently, I’m wrapping up the last several of the backgrounds for the TO12H project. I’m also working on a few more designs for the Ink spill line. There’s more in the works. Until next time. -bryan

Keeping It Moving!

Here we are again with another recap and update. I’m keeping it moving. There’s been another exciting few past events with Hell House Paracon and then to cap off the end of Septemeber we had a Block Party.

Hell House Paracon in Lehighton, Pa was an incredible experience. An iconic movie location seen in Hell House LLC., as well as haunted attraction known as the Waldorf Estate of Fear. This Paracon was a very intimate experience with a lot of growth potential and I look forward to seeing where it goes in the future and this was also where Chompsquatch made his first appearance in the wild.

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TO12H Piecing It Together

The production process continues and so do the backgrounds. First off, scene 4 has been completed which was a big step to wrap up the exterior shots of old man Lou’s house. All of those shots have been inked, scanned, and cleaned and I’ve begun dropping in the color palette and piecing it together. I had two additional shots from the same scene and for whatever reason one of the last shots kept giving me problems with the angles, everything I tried just wasn’t producing the look that I needed. Instead of fighting resistance on an angle I was stuck at, I decided to go with another technique and I decided to print out the 3D model and copy over the reference image and draw in the details, problem solved.

TO12H Lou's House background art from episode 001
TO12H scene 4 Lou’s House Closeup episode 001
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TO12H Background Art

TO12H background art is almost out of the weeds and that is awesome news. As of right now the current background count stands at fifteen pieces left for final pencil and or final ink for scenes two and four.

Scene 2 is a series of interior shots for Alterations Etc. and there are roughly twelve backgrounds that need to be finalized with cleaned pencil drawings and final inking. These shots are all highly detailed and are comprised of multiple layers of shop items and worn in objects to bring the setting to life.

TO12H Alterations Etc. background art from episode 001
TO12H scene 2 Alterations Etc. Register episode 001
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Let’s Go!

Let’s go! It’s time again for another update to see how things are going with The Opposite 12th Hour | TO12H. The background process continues and I’ve been working on background art for scenes five and one.

Scene five is comprised of a series of exterior shots of Vincent’s house. All of the final timing has been mapped out, and camera moves and character placeholders have been added to the final edit.

Front Porch angle scene 5 TO12H episode 001
TO12H scene 5 episode 001 | ECD closeup background art
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A Swirling Vortex Portal

A Swirling Vortex Portal – The Opposite 12th Hour | TO12H

Another session of Creative Drive is ready for viewing. In this session watch as I work on creating elemental animation of the vortex portal, created (fbf) frame by frame for the first episode of The Opposite 12th Hour | TO12H. The box turn and box tilt were created and rigged and animated using bone dials. I thought the creation process definitely came out looking really good, have a watch if you’d like. Until next time. -bryan

Trying something new.

Growth and trying something new. I had made a mention in the previous post about the Intro Theme + Clip for The Opposite 12th Hour, but if you’ve haven’t watched it, it’ll only take a minute and let me know what you think.

The Opposite 12th Hour | TO12H – Intro Theme + Clip

The process and overall timeline, ended up working out well. I know personally the clip runs a bit short but to get out when I wanted, I had to compromise. I think it works fine as an actual sampling of things to come.

Over on Instagram I have been adding additional content and I will continue to post behind the scenes, and the continuing production photos and video over there. I want to go into the archive and see what sort of storyboard footage I can pull together.

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Creative Drive, Etsy and more…

Hello again. I am back with another update, this time it is about a new Creative Drive video. This Creative Drive looks into the breakdown and process that went into making the opening animation. I know the animation has been done for quite awhile, I just wanted to give some perspective on how it was made. So that’s what I did, have a watch I think it came looking fine.

Creative Drive – Opening Animation Breakdown + Time-lapse

Etsy? Yes indeed I have officially released the screen prints for The Opposite 12th Hour. The designs include the main logo graphic The Opposite 12th Hour, ECD | Egg Chicken Dragon, ULD | Uri Loves Donuts and the OPB | Onioodles Pop-up Box and there’s also a really cool TO12H acrylic pin over on the Etsy shop too, so check that out if you’d like. Setting up the Etsy shop has been something I’ve been looking forward to doing, if you like any of the items, the shirts are screen printed by hand by me. The pins were not made by me, but they were designed by me and so are the packing cards they are attached to.

One more thing of note is Instagram. I’m going to try and release more images and possibly some video over on the Instagram page. It definitely has been a very busy time and I think that is good. With this update I’d like to thank everyone who has seen The Opposite 12th Hour | TO12H Intro Theme + Clip “This is Horrible” and the other video of the side by side. Until next time. -bryan

TO12H | The Opposite 12th Hour Animation Progress Update

Okay, I know it’s been a long time since the last update. There’s been a lot of things to catch up on, and I will definitely say that this process has been all consuming. And well, there’s things to show. Below are Images from the Intro and the attic scene. We have Elisabeth on a swing, Vincent and the minimizer, old man Lou at home, Uri and the donut, he loves those things and last but not least we have Nikola up in the attic.

Elisabeth on the swing -TO12H | The Opposite 12th Hour
Elisabeth on a swing, swinging.
Vincent and the minimizer -TO12H | The Opposite 12th Hour
Vincent and the minimizer. It’s time for a snack.
Lou at home -TO12H | The Opposite 12th Hour
Old man Lou at home.
Nikola in the attic -TO12H | The Opposite 12th Hour
Nikola up in the attic.
Uri and the donut -TO12H | The Opposite 12th Hour
Uri loves donuts.

Let’s see what else there is to be shown. There’s a behind the scenes Creative Drive VOD so you can take a look at that, it’s a walkthrough video of how I go through the background coloring process.

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Still Up in the Attic!

Well, hello, hello, hello… The saga continues on this journey of TO12H | The Opposite 12th Hour. Catching up on what’s what, well, I’ve finished music production for the intro so that’s progress. Finding the right tone ended up being a process of it’s own, but in the end I got something that fits. Scene 7 has been tightened in the edit to give it better pacing, the edit doesn’t differ much from the initial cut, but it definitely helps. I had also gone back through the animatic and recreated the camera cuts and focal lengths in 3D and then based my sketches after those cuts, same idea if you’re sketching from Still Life.

Up in the Attic! TO12H | The Opposite 12th Hour
TO12H – Attic! COLOR – INK – 3D

So what’s happening now? Currently I’m still on backgrounds, sketching, redrawing and inking and I’ve continued with those at a steady pace for the first episode (Egg Chicken Dragon.) Those backgrounds include the second half of scene 7 that is the attic as well exterior shots for sequence 5 and they’re coming together nicely.

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