I got involved as a special guest voice and performed as a news reporter right at the start of the video. What I loved about this production is the audio quality: it's uncluttered, great audio clarity with each of the characters, well paced, SFX were well utilised and the cliffhanger was really nice.
Do give it a listen as well as the rest of the chapters! Great work team!
This is a work in progress!
Did the recordings for Sonic's part in one afternoon - now all I need is my buddy Tails (who will be voiced by Donniegirl12) to fill up the rest!
Full lyrics to be posted along with the final production of this Sonic musical cover to the main theme to Sonic Lost World!
I've already reached 9 months - which is amazing!
I'm going to change the rules, since I've gotten three lots of three months, all I need is another three more months to fulfill the annual quota.
The following donators will receive three sketches from me:
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Please state what you'd like and feel free to be a little more specific about what you'd like to get sketched. Keep them simple though!
I would also like to share my thanks to , , & for donating points to me - every little bit counts and I won't take your generosity for granted!
Check this out!!
Speedio332 had just released a sing-along to the theme to Sonic Lost World - awesome!
Previously he collaborated with me on the Speed Highway track from Sonic Generations in which I wrote the lyrics to and have him perform with me throughout the song. Fun times we had!
Now here's the thing, I got so inspired that for the past two hours I've taken time off of homework and written lyrics of my own to the latest Sonic Lost World main theme as well! This time I'll be needing a partner to duet with me in character - Tails in particular. I'm getting Donniegirl12 once more to help me out on this cuz I reckon her Tails voice is spot on.
Can't wait to start recording sometime next week! Stay tuned for this one - it's been a while since I've made these kind of videos where I get to sing-along to Sonic tunes!
It's that time of year folks, only two weeks before my deviantART subscription is due up for renewal!
Over the years I've always been donated subscriptions out of the thousands of watchers I have on my list. You've been most kind and I would like to maintain this tradition where possible.
- Mood: Joy
Oh make that several months ago - I listened to the samples since the month of April (the month of my birthday too!)
"This labour of love will be my finest creation... HO-HO-HO-HOH-HOOOOOH!!!!"
"It's not that hard... It really isn't that HARD!! Arrrrgghhh! JUST ATTACK THEM ALREADY!"
"Lady, gentlemen and some child of some age or another..."
"I give you the GREATEST WAR MACHINE EVER CONSTRUCTED!!! *mad scientist laughter*"
One last thing. Donniegirl had JUST posted another SCD! This features one of her favourite stories in the series and it also hosts a bunch of awesome VA's, including (she did great as Nic the Weasel!), Tyler Sampson (love his Vector the Crocodile, but he did an awesome Mighty on this one), Mmichael154 (my favourite Sonic, Shadow, Antoine and Guntiver voice over, also he's my go to for Dr. Eggman!) and much more!
Anyways the turnaround for this audio drama (based off the hit Sonic the Hedgehog comics by Archie Publications) was about 24 hours with breaks in between. I'm getting better with my voice acting and more efficient with my audio production (the recent upgrades to my audio station really helped).
I had an awesome Saturday night with fellow SCD project members and voice actors, fans and friends doing the live readout - thank you for getting involved and embracing this idea of taking the comics to the next level of interaction and multimedia.
This is also my warm up for another portfolio piece for Archie Publications while I'm in school. I want to market the idea that the dedicated readership who pay a little extra to get a variant cover should be entitled to a free audio book version of the comic issue that they have purchased. I heard from certain die-hard fans say that they kinda feel ripped off for purchasing two of the same books just to get the extra cover - they find it annoying and I think this idea will ameliorate the situation (a small way of saying 'thanks', you know what I mean?)
I don't exactly know how to do the code linking thing (i.e. give an exclusive link directly to premium clientele) but I'm sure there is a third party that can do that. Perhaps somebody here can enlighten me on this concept?
Alternatively you can still purchase the FULL audio version of the comic issue via iTunes for just 50 cents more. I think that idea will work, cuz I mean come on, 50 cents is half a dollar item menu at Mac Donalds. Also I'm confident there is over 10,000 readers of this comic in North America alone (the Sonic and Megaman community specifically).
This will be a sales avenue to explore in future with Paul, but for now I need to craft out exactly how I will execute this legitimately (ie. using royalty free/purchased SFX's, BGM and voice-overs).
Anyways I'd like to also point out that I'm really pleased with my voice overs on this issue - I absolutely love Uncle Chuck and Antoine D' Coolette. I'm confident with my Antoine but I wasn't so sure with Uncle Chuck but he sounded pretty authentic after a few practice rounds.
Ben 'Mutt' Muttski was hilarious to do - I just gave him a cheap Mickey Mouse voice... lmao
Also, in the past, I wasn't not too big of a fan to voice as Sonic the Hedgehog (because as I have always said to myself - I know that there are others out there who can do a way better job than I - Kovabomb and MMichael154 being my favourites) but you know what? After this project and listening back to the finished product I gotta say that I'm pretty darn happy with my voice as Sonic the Hedgehog, so... WOOT! I'm back baby! XXD
Last but not least I want to give a big thanks to Donniegirl12 - this project was last minute and I decided to get her to do Tails (after being impressed with her SCD - Tails Adventure stuff). She blended in perfectly and she even did it with a nasally nose (poor thing, she had the cold - but it worked to her advantage somewhat)!
Hope you'll enjoy this audio version to Part two to Countdown to Chaos by the Archie Publications team (written by Ian Flynn - plug!) I gotta work for them one day!! *Elson goes back to doing his homework*
- Mood: Triumph
See you all in about 8 hours time folks! ARRRRRGHHHH!!!!
I haven't caught up with the dude in more than a year and I'm really pleased to see how far he's gotten with his freelance gig as a professional voice actor, singer and music composer (damn I didn't even know he can make some sick tracks to animated cartoons and video games).
The song is only a dollar and if you're a Minecraft fan (and dig Miley's Wreck Ball track) this would a nice small way to support the guy.
ii) ADD ME to your list of contacts (essentially invite me to your list - my account is email@example.com).
Also I'm gonna create a poll for you all to see if there is any particular story arc/issue you'd like us to readout - no guarantees but it doesn't hurt to be curious.
Let's go werehog baby! Awwwwwoooorrrooooooo!!
Click on the link and you'll see me! Talk about the comics, SCD's, games, and anything else that's been hot topic for your week! XD Time to chill baby!
I've spoken to DarkCloud1267 and suggested a live readout with anyone who's been involved in his SCD projects. I wouldn't mind getting Sonicpolo23 and Donniegirl12 into this too should they be free (I can safely assume that Evan and Chris will be very busy with school stuff, so they can be excused if they can't join in).
Elson's a changed man.
(oh shit, it's not April Fools...!)
Over the winter/X-mas holidays in the US I'm going to be revisiting Treasure Team Tango (the comic drama project) that had be left in the back burner since January 2012.
I've been watching the old videos that feature this project and I really got inspired. I couldn't believe what I was missin' - all of the voices files that were recorded were amazing and it just doesn't feel right not honoring those who got involved by providing with me their fantastic voice overs of characters featured in this arc.
I'll start preparing the other voice files when I have free time (ie. when I'm ahead with my school work) so that I have a better chance of finishing this song and dance that is Treasure Team Tango - the comic drama.
Also, if you haven't watched it yet do check out AMTModollas and DarkCloud1267's fun and highly entertaining renditions of the same story arc. Love it.
Oh and of course... How I LOVED voicing Nack, Jet and Storm... Nack couldn't get more Aussie than that! And as for Jet... SQUAWK! SQUUAAWWWK!!!
Though I will admit that these exercises (which will be assessed - and boy am I aiming for those A's! Took me two days to complete) were quite fun to do - insightful and challenging all the same!
I've been living in the states for over 2 months now and I'm lovin' it. I've always told myself whenever I'm purchasing the comics back home in Perth, Western Australia - "Damn, those guys livin' in the states are sure damn lucky, they got the comics for half the price (and even less when bought on a special discount via subscription!) compared to what I'm payin' over here!"
Now I don't have to live with that notion anymore - I'm finally here and enjoying my comics at ridiculous prices (got a year's worth of Sonic the Hedgehog & SONIC UNIVERSE for only $40.80 US, FORTY EIGHTY FOR FORTY FOUR ISSUES?! That's only NINETY THREE CENTS PER ISSUE (tax inclusive - BLIMEY HELL!! That's what I call a BARGAIN mate!! For comparison I paid about $5 USD per issue back in Australia!)
Not only that I get to also enjoy the convenience of not having to go to the comic book store every time to collect them (though I will still go visit comic book stores on occasion to get my magazines and extras, it doesn't feel right not supporting the local distribution/business at all levels, plus you get some exercise and meet some down to earth people in the process)!
Anyways like I said it's quite a special day, especially when it's a Friday (a day off from four day of classes per week - which means three days of free time to work on homework, and I got a TON of them at the moment...), plus I've officially reached my half way mid review point for the whole semester (gee whiz that's bloody quick! It's already been half a semester at school? It's amazing when you think about it...) For your information I'm getting very good marks for my mid-point review. It's not exactly reaching the A's I'm looking for but it's considered above average by the school's standards.
I'll be sure to remember this guys and gals, since I'm a huge fan of the comics and the guys behind it (aka Archie Publications team), that fact that SONIC UNIVERSE 57 is pretty darn special - the issue that commemorates a lot of things since moving to the United States to do my studies at the Academy of Art university.
Time to share with you all more awesomeness! Check out what I did with my posters (from the SONIC SUPER SPECIAL mag: poster edition)!
THE FIRST TWO DEVIANTS WHO CAN SHARE WITH ME A PHOTO OF YOU FAVOURITE SONIC POSTER (must be stuck somewhere in your room though!) gets a FREE DOODLE from me - both your photo and doodle will be showcased here!
Oh and just for kicks, I got some more photos to share. In one of my painting sessions I had homework to finish off for Color and Design class, I had too much blue gouche paint leftover... So what did I do? Create a masterpiece of course! Check it out below.
Gonna leave a shoutout for
Be sure to check out the latest update from her fantastic Sylvanna series (collaboration with Ian Flynn, prime writer of the Sonic Archie comics) - the very first page is out and it's a great way to start the story!
Dawn also contributed to Archie Publications as of recent with a remarkable variant cover to SONIC UNIVERSE 57 - the very same issue that is special to me as of today!
I'll get back into it this week, right now I gotta do the right thing and get back to my homework! Thanks Evan, you just saved my hide!
I just got back from me brother's wedding overseas - had an awesome time and it was great to finally see my bro taking the next big stage in life, looking forward to seeing his kids in the future!
Anyways I'd like to point out some really awesome Sonic Comic Dramas that got me through some of the homework I did for the Academy of Art university a couple weeks ago. I'm going to make a proper list a little later so that I can conveniently go to it during my times of tedious work! Be sure to check these out when you get the chance!
- SONICPOLO23's complete set of Sonic the Hedgehog #215: Family Matters
Darkspeeds favourite moments/things:
Silver and Rotor fighting and working together moments, Sonicpolo23 playing as Sealia (!), Sonic and Guntiver's friendly banter (that laugh that Guntiver did after Sonic's comment, so natural), Sonic and Flip (loved that part when Sonic nudges to Flip the 'cold' joke and expresses friendly sarcasm to Flip's comeback). Mmichael154's performance as Sonic the Hedgehog.
- DONNIEGIRL12's SONIC UNIVERSE #17-18: The Tails Adventure
Darkspeeds favourite moments/things:
Butter and margarine scene, Antoine and Speedy's voices (also performed by Mmichael154!), song choices such as the Windwaker track used when Tails wakes up with T-pup, TheMobian voicing as the avian minions (Starbucks moment was amusing! And it's a clever cliffhanger tool well utilized).
- DARKCLOUD1267's SONIC UNIVERSE #9: Knuckles Returns
Darkspeeds favourite moments/things:
OMG, that Knuckles voice!!! Sexy and in character (though I wish I could hear his max potential as Knux - like when he's in desperation/sad/really furious), great job TheSuperSubwayBros. Vector and Ray's one-on-one moments, Vector's voice (voiced by Tylersampsonis1) - in which inspired me to give Vector a proper go in my more recent SCD's.
- DARKCLOUD1267's SONIC UNIVERSE #1: Living Weapons
Darkspeeds favourite moments/things:
HappyAsianVA's narration at every start of Darkcloud1257's SCD's (makes me look forward to more in future!), Nanko-Yuri-Haruno's hilarious interpretation of Marine's Aussie accent, Shadow's overall performance (by Chris BDude), Tyler s EXCELLENT and DIVERSE song choices (Yoshi's theme! Omg. It worked extremely well!), HappyAsianVA's Asian interpretation of Coconut Soldier (it gets me everytime, I couldn't help but chuckle...!), Shadow the hedgehog's super long grunt at Marine - Mhhhhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggggghhhhh..!!!!!)
- DARKCLOUD1267's SONIC UNIVERSE #21: "Salida" (Departure)
Darkspeeds favourite moments/things:
GIRL POWER!! Treasure Team Tango being a fan favourite (and this SCD really motivates me to one day finish mine, all the project files and voices are still sitting in the back-burner!), PrincessRil's overall voice work (who played as Amy, Rogue and Vanilla!), Cream's ADORABLE voice (by KeeataUrameshi) - I especially loved when she says: "Sorry mother!" (gets me every time, trying not to melt in cuteness when I listen to that!), Rogue and Amy going at it to each other - Amy losing her cool...! (it makes me feel like, grrr Rogue, that b**ch! XXXD).
What you need:
- Charcoal pencil (2B or 4B)
- X-acto knife (for the kiddies, be very CAREFUL when using this to sharpen your charcoal pencil)
- Willow/Vine charcoal (alternatively you can use this instead of the charcoal pencil and X-acto knife combo but you won't get the precision you need for the finer details)
- Sand paper
- Kneed eraser
- Precision eraser (something like the Mono Zero Eraser on this site - alternatively you can cut a regular eraser and make it pointy)
- Printer and paper (go to the Sonic Channel site and download ANY of the official Sonic artwork that is prepared specifically for rendering)
- Tissue paper
- Your index finger or thumb
- Go here and print out your favourite Sonic character to be rendered.
- Sharpen your charcoal pencils. Check out this video to found out how - three minutes of worthwhile knowledge.
- Alternatively you can go for the safer option of using willow/vine charcoal and sharpen with the sandpaper.
- Find a comfy chair, a nice table to draw on (slanted, preferably) and good lighting.
- Take a breathe and get ready for the fun part!
(You'll need plenty of patience, don't worry if you don't get it right the first time!)
- Apply a local tone to your character. To do this start by applying charcoal evenly and loosely on the paper. Cover as much as you can to the point where the character will be fully covered in charcoal.
(If you're wondering how I got that textured look, I was using my 18 x 24 Charcoal pad to draw on. Strathmore brand if you're curious).
- Next, use your index finger (or thumb) to rub the charcoal into the paper. Rub with light to medium pressure. Have fun with it, this is where you get messy!
(At this stage I want to think about where my light source is, this is very important for the exercise because I wanted to understand how light and shadow can help create that three dimensional look to the character - don't cha want to breathe life into him?)
- This is what it should look like after successful application of a local tone.
(Like I said, aim for an even overall tone to the page. You can leave the edges un-rubbed for an artsy finish towards the end of the exercise!)
- Okay I kinda jumped the gun here but what I did was this: applying my knowledge on how shadows work when light hits an object. Consider this - you see that light bulb I drew in there? How would the light create shadows on the various parts of Shadow the Hedgehog's body? Where is the light coming from? How far is it from Shadow the Hedgehog... etc.
You got to ask yourself these questions before you render, otherwise you'll be tempted to go right ahead and shade blindly and not achieving the goal you set out for in the first place.
For those who want to seek this theory of the 5-value system of rendering objects jump straight into the 'Making a Value Scale' section of this article. You will not only be able to read about it but you can get an instant visual idea of how light and shadow works for certain objects. The sphere is what's used as the example in the article, however what happens if that object was a cube? A cone? A cyclinder?
Do take the time to think about each shape and how it will react to the light that is shining upon them.
What you see below is my mapping of the core shadows (or the shadow's edge in the article). It is usually almost halfway to two-thirds of each part of Shadow's body that marks the line of the darkest area that the form's shadow is casted from the light.
Also what would help is if you would try to break down Shadow's body parts into shapes. Take a closer look and think about this...
Shadow's head is a sphere, his fingers act as cylinders, his spines are cones etc...
When you understand the concept, start applying those shadows on the character based on where the light is hitting it (just like what you see above!)
- From here you continue to use your index finger (or thumb) to rub on the shadows that you have already marked on the character.
Be careful not to rub in random directions. Be considerate and calculative on how you rub the charcoal. Try to establish rhythm when you rub, go with flow of the shape (for instance, with Shadow's head go for circular rubs; with Shadow's legs and arms go for curved strokes using a back and forth action).
Look at the difference!
(Oh yeah, Shadow is looking smooth and sexy. Ain't ashamed to say it.)
- Repeat the procedure and apply more darker tones to your character to give it more form and depth when contrasting with the light that shining on him.
By doing this you get a more richer finish as compared to one layer of rubbed charcoal.
(At this stage you should be pretty darn proud of yourself because you mapped out most of the important darker parts not visible on the first layer of rendering. After closer inspection you will notice that it is the subtle differences that will make your character stand out more as a 3D form. Notice how I emphasized certain edges like the cast shadows from Shadow's chest fur, and how about his inhibitor rings on both his right hand and right leg? Keep working on it until you're happy with the tonal value of your character).
- Okay this is where you throw in the finishing touches! Go and get your ERASERS (kneed AND precision eraser - trust me it's worth the investment to get one of those PE's).
What you need to do is SLOWLY and CAREFULLY, rub out the parts where the form of your character will emit highlights, light tone, mid-tone and reflected light from the shadows. You are encouraged to use your fingers to help do the work too!
Consider this rough guideline when rendering in the final stage:
LIGHT AREAS ________ HIGHLIGHT
|_________ LIGHT TONE
TRANSITION ________ MID-TONE
SHADOW AREAS _____ CORE SHADOW
|________ REFLECTED LIGHT
Remember, think very carefully about the distance between the light source and object - notice how Shadow's face, ears, right hand and mid torso are slightly more brighter than other parts of his body furthest away from the light source (his top spine, his left leg leading to his left boot)?
If it helps use your desk lamp and use it to your advantage to study how light can create shadows on objects around your desk - even yourself! Guess how I did Shadow's right hand? I consulted my own! I didn't even know that the shadows emitting from his knuckles will react that way!
Another tip is, don't be afraid to reapply more charcoal to your drawing. You can do this to: darken certain parts (this is where a very sharp charcoal pencil will come in handy!), or to apply more mid-tone to lighter areas (use the charcoal and finger combo to achieve this).
Reflected light on the shadows are VERY IMPORTANT. Be sure to consider reflected light on shadows because this is pretty much where you go to that extra level of making the character look very much like a 3D being - one that is living and breathing right in front of you, it's very exciting when you get to this stage!) To do this, rub with a very light pressure next to the core shadows and work your way away from it. Check out the edges of Shadow's inhibitor rings, his boot, his fingers, ears, tail, eyelid... They all have reflected light of some nature! Do it to it, now!
Take care everyone and enjoy the rest of the weekend! Shadow's still one of my all time favourites - be sure not to miss out on the next EXCITING Sonic Universe arc - Shadow Fall. F**k yeah!
Oh and time to go to the United States Postal Service to send off something to my friend... Heh heh!
Monday's going to be awesome!
- Listening to: Sonic Generations
Homework didn't require any rendering but I wanted to spent extra time to practice rendering since it'll be important for my other class with Jasper - Analysis and Form. We get to fully render a cartoon character of our liking!! How sweet is that?!
Homework! And a curious Silver...
Gonna take you guys inside as to what my studio setup looks like in my new apartment in San Francisco.
My current studio setup back in the apartment!
All important tools to complete my assignment due on Monday, this is what you guys need when drawing human figures with charcoal!
(Silver from GotF was, in fact, looking at that nude lady from 3rd avenue atelier studios in SFC...)
Getting the measurements right (half-way points via pubic synthesis, length to width ratio, proportions, tilts etc) is only half the battle. This step is the most important of all cuz if you don't have a solid foundation how are you going to get a kick ass looking rendered (and accurate) drawing at the end?
Thankfully the requirement is only to draw up the foundations - rendering is only optional but I want to give it a shot.
I'm pretty happy with the measurements at this point, but our lecturer encourages us to keep adjusting until it's right. Don't be surprised when you notice that the arm is too short or the face didn't match the width ratio of the body... I'll try to take a photo of the finished drawing on my next journal update. Till then have an awesome weekend!
Be sure to stay tuned for this one! Her work in progress stuff was amazing. Be sure to follow her on Tumblr, just click on Silver the Hedgehog below to proceed (and don't worry you won't be taken to a Sonic hentai site, promise!)
- Listening to: Sonic Adventure (for old time's sake)
I'm having fun but I also have no time to muck around. Better soak up as much as I can from these masters of art.
- Time: M,W 8:30am - 11:00am
Location: 466 Townsend Street, Room 308
Lecturer: Jasper Figueroa
A respectable shoutout to the really cool fellas who joined us for an extended chat on Skype - they include , , and !
If you're crazy and would like to check the ENTIRE program click here.
We'll see you at the booth, and hope to have some awesome fun tonight with you guys!
i) Hmm... Make it around 10:30PM start time. I'm sure we'll run into a few extra unforeseen errands prior to the show and perhaps technical difficulties but we'll see, we'll see...!
ii) And yes Emily, NO FAN (for requests) CHARACTERS PLEASE!
See you guys and gals at the booth tomorrow!
LIVE with Elson, Evan and Devin! BLAH!
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Art Jam in 4 Hours! (about 3PM - Californian time)
See you guys in four hours! We'll be heading off down South to appreciate some country-side sightseeing goodness (beautiful weather too today in Sunny California!) and come back home to set up a LIVESTREAM so that you can watch us draw, talk and go bananas. It's gonna be a fun couple of hours drawing! See you at the booth.
Post Your Creative Ideas! (Update from Darkspeeds)
Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of updates but I'm really having an AWESOME time in California.
Altho be sure to check out sega PHANTASY STAR ONLINE two, cuz they won't.
PSO2 art is coo beans
- Mood: Love
- Listening to: Video Games Live
- Reading: Archie Comics
- Watching: Comic-Con
- Playing: SIGGRAPH
- Eating: Burgers
- Drinking: River Water
- Listening to: GHOSTS OF THE FUTURE
- Reading: GHOSTS OF THE FUTURE
- Watching: GHOSTS OF THE FUTURE
- Playing: GHOSTS OF THE FUTURE
- Eating: GHOSTS OF THE FUTURE
- Drinking: Tea
First one to find out who cries out Ryu's famous 'HADOUKEN' wins a gold ring!!
I wish I had two extra 'free' days at home before I fly off to San Francisco to do my studies, cuz I really want to finish this latest comic drama (based of the hit Sonic Universe saga - 'Chaotix Quest').
Nate Has Done It Again!
I'm going to keep this nice and simple.
Nate did an amazing job with his adaptation of Crimson Flag - the webcomic.
My feedback on his comic drama piece can be reviewed on the link's comments section.
I had a great time voicing as Lord Julian Urocyon - what a badass! And the other voice actors did a great job too (Nate even did some of the voices). Top stuff, go watch it!