Louis, Louis, Always Whining ..."I'm not whining, I'm complaining. Do you want to hear whining?" -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?featurelayer_detailpage&v=l8r7ZNrKxFI&listLv0aJNOpaJrotahQ1swwUQd8wjr9TfWVQ#t=450s Okay, no, on a more serious note: I've just had to re-draw the last two days' worth of frames and in-betweens for Louis because I realized I'd been drawing him "wrong".Throughout Louis's character progress he's undergone several changes, most based on my own personal decisions, but many were also due to feedback from you guys here on DA, and I realise now that the "Louis is too skinny I don't like it" comments got to me more than they should have.What these people don't realize is that Louis is ridiculously tall and skinny on purpose: he's a cartoon. He's not meant to be realistic, he's meant to be an exaggeration of the flamboyant gay stereotype, the skinny French stereotype, and his design reflects his wiles and cunning when it comes to out-witting his opponents. Out of al
Honour Amongst Thieves ... Podcast?Let it never be said that Sak doesn't deliver!Last Sunday I had a Skype meeting with Brendan Julian and Richard Johnston - the voices of Louis and James respectively from my upcoming animation - to discuss the finer points of Honour Amongst Thieves. As promised, I managed to record it and so without further ado, I present to you:Honour Amongst ThievesThe Podcasthttp://www.youtube.com/playlist?listLv0aJNOpaJrotahQ1swwUQd8wjr9TfWVQ&feature=edit_ok I was delighted to see the two of them got along so well, because their character interaction promises to be great this way. Unfortunately, Santiago's VA was unable to make it due to timezones, but perhaps sometime in future we'll be able to repeat this again plus one Spaniard!Enjoy!--Sak
It's Happening!!Louis is starting to talk!It's happening!For those asking, I'm animating directly into the computer using a Wacom tablet. The animation program I'm using is TVPaint Animation 10 Pro. Super expensive so I use the school computers, but it's like the illegitimate love-child between Photoshop and Adobe After Effects without Flash's niggling tendencies to crash every ten minutes. That program is sex. <3--Sak
Shisha Pipes at Three A.M. ...There's nothing quite like sitting back on pillows in a dim room with painted murals and UV lights discussing the problems of the world and how we can change the future for the better through the aromatic smoke of several shisha pipes with complete strangers. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone.I feel like I can change the world. Maybe not in big ways, but in small, baby steps. I want to finish this animation, I want to get my message out. I want to make a graphic novel that underlines current issues through the eyes of my characters; I want to make a difference. I feel justified in knowing I'm not the only one who thinks like this.I want to change the world.... Damn, this sounded so much better in my head at 3a.m. in the cafe toilets when I thought of it.--Sak
Working @ UbisoftNot even kidding, though my contract is only for two months so far. I was offered a unique opportunity to work alongside experts in the industry, and was recruited for concept art, illustration, and storyboarding, bouncing around to see where I might fit with my toony style. It's only been day one so far, but I'm working right alongside professionals and get to learn from them first-hand. Pretty sure I'm still reeling. Obviously I can't tell you what we're working on due to confidentiality agreements, but it's pretty cool to see all the behind-the-scenes action my own self.Unfortunately, this does mean a significant stall in my (slow) progress on HAT, my animation-to-be. While working at LASALLE I literally spent every minute animating if I wasn't busy assisting teachers; now the only time I'll have to work on it will be when I get home, and on the weekends. Finishing the illustrations for Voltaire's upcoming children's book
Animation Progress ....So I've finally begun in-betweening James's introduction sequence ...It's consisted of hours of listening to him scream "Oh BLOODY HELL" and "DAMN IT!" into my ear.--Sak
About My School?I frequently get questions about LASALLE College of the Arts, where I study. Unfortunately I don't have time to go into tremendous detail when answering them, as much as I'd like to explain more what it's like. But maybe these can give you a glimpse:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYb1Jx803Tc&feature=youtu.behttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQxVRhVit-MI don't know why my face looks so fat in the second one. Where did my jawline go?--Sak
Louis's VA and I had a violent falling out ...JUST KIDDING!!He's here with me, visiting Singapore. See you in a few weeks.--Sak(BTW this whole prank was Brendan's idea. You can direct all the hatey to him.)
Leaving ....... To Amsterdam for two weeks for Christmas.I'll be spending Christmas and New Years with :icongellyh: assuming my plane doesn't crash and burn. Trust me to go flying on December the 21st ... so I won't be very active here, if at all. Merry Christmas to all those who celebrate it, and a Happy New Year. See you in 2013!--Sak
Funeral Hymns Are For MonstersMonsters crawl underneath bruised skinand under your gaze, the walls grew thin -Now I mourn for me who gave inNo dove-white lace, only aflowing veil of sootBut funeral hymnswere meant formonsters,girl
Into the PlungeBuild me a sandcastle on the edge of the sea,where the cliffs are sprayed with the salty tears of the tide,and sirens cry into the night for the arms of a loverto whisk them away into a dry night free of brine;Where we shall dance the sunset's furtive sigh of redemptionon the edge of saline bluffs, and kiss with the gunpowderof forgotten cannons high on the waves of an abandoned ocean;Teetering the edge of the world, where the Kraken and Leviathan lay in waitfor lost-lorn victims of broken hearts and brackish undertowscoursing through their veins. D r o w n w i t h m e
lies, she wrotei. just a mimicry, really;uncompromisinglydesperate to shine.ii. counterfeit & clockwise,tasting words on herunworthy tongue.iii. with a dysfunctional mind& apocryphal dictionary,she cannot clone it all.iv. "say anything," the penwhispers as she tremblesamong ink-scented fraudulence.v. but she just laughs & plays the part,forgetting what the pages told her:"truth is stranger than fiction."
INFP (The Healer)INFP (The Healer)We are the purest of soulsWith the darkest mindsFire burns in our heartsOur words sharp as iceWe are the epitome of peaceGracefully swaying with the breezeDancing in the air without a careGuided by our whim and fancyChaos clings to our very coreBrewing inside a raging stormOur inner realm is filled with depthShadows and light, peaks and trenchesDigging deeper into ourselvesBreaking apart every thought and feelingThe never-ending journey of self-discoveryIs something we’ll never finish, ideally.
CONGRATS ON MY MOTHER'S ENGAGEMENTIT'S ABOUT FUCKIN' TIME, YOU TWO!!!! :iconjust-joking::iconjust-joking::iconjust-joking::iconjust-joking::iconjust-joking:--Sak
Perfect Timing ....A visit from Aunt Flo when I'm already feeling dizzy, sick, and nauseous from a combination of exhaustion, stress, and sleep deprivation ...OH FICKLE LADY FATE I LOVE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR HAR-DE HAR HAR.--Sak