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
The Opposite 12th Hour | TO12H has been moving forward at a steady pace. I’ve been going through the edit and working on adding Foley and other SFX elements. I’ve also been adjusting pacing for the final edit on a few shots and locking in on camera positions for export to use in the final animation. All backgrounds are in the final coloring stage and it’s really exciting to watch playback and to see the progress that’s being made.
Beyond TO12H and sitting behind a desk, I’ve started to take the show on the road. A quick retrospective on the two conventions that have happened and that was Paracon and Lehigh Valley Comic Convention | LVCC. Paracon was a great experience and just being able to setup a table and exhibit and meeting people and having the opportunity to do something like that was incredible. Pennhurst State School and Hospital grounds is truly historic there’s history in those walls and throughout the campus.
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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
This is HUGE. It has finally happened, the long promised and vaguely seen glimpses of The Opposite 12th Hour has finally arrived in it’s animated form. I am very excited, this was a lot of work to get to this point and here we are. There are not just one, but two version of the Intro + clip. Yes there are indeed two versions of TO12H goodness, and both are as equally as delicious.
The opening theme takes a look into the characters and locations that are nestled inside of the world of Preston Hill where The Opposite 12th Hour takes place. We meet Vincent who pulls a box and unravels. Then there’s Sam his friend, and we have our ghost named Elisabeth who inhabits Vincent’s house, once her house. There’s old man Lou who is not fond of kids or Vincent. Then we have location set pieces of Vincent’s house and Sam’s house and offsite locations left in disrepair.
The clip “This Is Horrible” features Nikola (Vincent’s dad) and Uri a small-mini, mini-small unicorn with a compulsive need to stay fueled on the nectar of donuts and other sweets. As we venture into attic, we find Nikola working on flavors for his hot sauces, sweet sauces and barbeque sauces. But the current batch of sauce seems to be rubbish and that is why this is horrible.
Please enjoy the Intro Theme + Clip “This Is Horrible” featuring Nikola and Uri from the scene up in the attic.
Side by side is basically just that, it is a side by side comparison to the animatic. The animatic was all drawn my hand and cut apart and reassembled in the edit. Some shots have varied but for most part this is the blue print I follow as I create the animation. As can be seen in the Animatic is very to little detail, just a slice of an idea and then populating that idea to a full vision is a long process and trying to find a style for that vision took time and realizing that the white space needed a world to be drawn was a far underestimated journey in itself.
A brief reflection so far on the stream and the sessions of Creative Drive. A few months had gone into planning and preparing the idea of producing a stream to create art and to do it live and now it’s happening.
All of the pieces were created and all of the tests had been run. The opening animation that plays after the starting soon visual took a month to produce. The name itself was in flux until I decided on Creative Drive. I sketched out a few images of the wordage and I settled on a design that I had inked, I scanned it, I made it digital and that’s the logo as it is now with both variations. I had worked on creating and producing each of the music tracks that have been incorporated with the holding screens, starting, pausing, stream over etc… Figuring out the cameras for the drawing table and how to get the OBS and the Deckboard app and all of those components to work. The swipe transitions and the overlays were created and a last minute decision to do rotating logos were added as well. I wanted something that would be very encompassing in quality and craft of both from a sound design and visual design approach to the entirety of the presentation.
Now there was a question I needed to the answer for myself and that was, what now? Are you sure you want to start streaming? Click yes. And there we go, that was it. That was the answer. The inner feeling of stage fright of performing and to begin with no material. Just go in and make something up. That’s what you do. Go do it.
So that’s what I did, I wanted to pursue all of the phases from the conception of the idea through the mundane and tedious moments of creation all the way to the final awe moments of completion of the art. Project BCM (Botanical Commandical Mechanical) is the the first project that is being created through these sessions. So far so good, stop by and take a Creative Drive. Until next time. -bryan
Things are continuing to move along at a steady pace, there’s new animation and new graphical overlays that are being designed and put into place. Clanging paperclips and sloshing water? That’s right I’ve been dabbling around in some Foley SFX to animated visual cues, it’s been fun coming up with sounds and using different techniques to add weight to the shots. Then on the other side of the sound gamut, I’ve been producing multiple music tracks that are going to be used for the new project. A new project? A question to answer another question. What up stream?
That’s right, I’m getting a live stream ready to go and I invite you to join me as I take a “Creative Drive.” I’ve been looking forward to making this happen for some time and I think I got everything on the tech-side figured out and ready to go. It’s something new and something out of the old comfort zone. It’s going to be an ongoing process that will change and evolve as things tend to do, but you got to take a step before you begin a journey.
So that’s what’s been happening behind the curtain. There you be, there it goes and I’ll be seeing you soon. Head on over to the twitch channel and hit the follow button to get notifications of when I’m going live. Until next time. -bryan