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  • Listening to: Pandora
Hey everybody,

Updates on the comic will be very slow for a while. I start my new job today, and next week I start teaching my college courses on top of it! So I will be plenty busy.
That's not to say that I will stop updating the comic during this fall, I have page 10 nearly done and I'll get to posting it when I can. I've also spent the last week busting my hump on layouts so that I can having something to jump off from when I get free time. I've been working with me for 25+ years, I'm starting to learn how I do things, and if I have something to start from I can produce work even when I'm a little burnt out. So I'm prepared for the long months ahead, as best I can be.

The good news is that I'll finally have some money in my pocket, so when get time to work on the comic I won't have to worry about whether or not I eat.
  • Listening to: Pandora
Hey everybody. So I had a little forewarning that I'd be busy when it came to the wedding and the move, but my mother also went into the hospital earlier in July and I am just now catching up to putting pages out again. My mother is doing fine, she will have a while to recover from surgery, but she's doing well considering what she went through. The doctors (and the family) are pretty proud of her.
As for the comic I'm excited to finally be putting these pages out, because it's just now starting to tell the story. There's so much more I want to get to, and every finished page is closer to the ones I'm really excited for!
More pages to come soon, I'm really getting into the groove of this workflow now.
  • Listening to: Pandora
  • Watching: E3 coverage
...will be slowing down a little bit. I've run out of my stock of penciled pages, so now I'm switching back to that before I can get in and paint more. I'll be doing it the same way as before, do layouts and pencils for 5 pages at a time, that way I can get in and paint 5 at a time. So there will be a gap, followed by a blitz of pages again. I'm getting faster at every step every time I make these pages, but there's one other wrench in the gears everyone should be aware of: I'm going to start moving as of one week from today. My wife and I just got a new house, and all that hullabaloo will have to start next Thursday. Also maybe I get a new job today. That's still waiting on a confirmation phone call, so no guarantees yet.

All in all things are really good! I hope you guys are all doing well too!
  • Listening to: Glitch Mob
  • Watching: TED talks
  • Drinking: Kona coffee
Hey Everybody! :onfire:
Figured I would take a quick moment to explain the name change!

It all dates back to my traditional animation 1 course in college. I absolutely love blur frames in traditional animation. It's fascinating to me just how distorted you can make a character and still have the movement feel natural. Taking advantage of this love of blur frames I put it to the test in the obligatory "flour sack" animation used in just about every animation course ever. During the animation I had my sack, complete with bandana, reel up quickly before running off. The transition needed only one frame, so I decided to test the limits of blur frame animation and drew a walrus with sunglasses in my flour sack's place. To my delight, the other students didn't catch it right away, and my professor didn't see it til the second run through. One of my proudest moments in college, because I love messing with stuff and/or people.
Discussing it later with my friends it was pretty much decided that if I ever started a company for art it would be named Secret Walrus.
And if we ever do an intro animation for reels or for post credit bumpers, I have a certain Kate to call on.
Even if I never get to making a company, or calling up Kate to get that voice over, I can at least have fun with the name on here.

Thanks dA, for letting me go back on a 19 year old's uninformed internet related decision. :icondweebdanceplz:
  • Listening to: Glitch Mob
  • Watching: TED talks
  • Drinking: Kona coffee
Hey Everybody!
Just got done from Motor City Comic Con! It was an absolute blast! I can't believe I had lived up to this point without going.
Check out some of my sketches and goings on from the AOA table at MCCC on my blog:
nilesart.blogspot.com/2012/05/…
  • Listening to: Glitch Mob
  • Watching: TED talks
  • Drinking: Kona coffee
Hello again everyone! I wanted to get everybody up to speed on what I'm working on.
First, my friends and I that are all working on the ARMSmasters project will be at Motor City Comic Con this coming weekend near Detroit. Come check us out!
Second, aside from taking side jobs, freelance, and whatever else I can to get by, I've decided that hell or high water I'm going to try and get my comic started. The goals I've set so far are to start getting familiar with my characters, get comfortable drawing them, and get myself ready for making pages as soon as possible. Like many people I've had a hard time trying to find work out of college, so I'm going to go the balls-to-the-wall route and create one for myself--I want to make creating this comic my full time job.
That is where you guys come in. I need feedback as I start to post things, so I can make sure that I'm always aiming to make this story the best I can make it.
I'm also going to aim at posting much more often, and for once I can back that up. I've got several pieces in the works that I can post soon as I'm going to put up a lot of my concept work before I begin on pages (which I will also post!). Jobs may slow down posting, but this time I'm vowing not to stop. I don't know where the quote came from, but "If you don't make a job following your dreams, someone else will hire you to follow theirs." I've got a lot going on under my skull... and if I made it to 90 and didn't even try getting my stories out there somehow, well then there's no way I'd be a happy 90 year old. In the interest of being able to live with myself til 90 (and beyond), I'm going to make this happen however I can.


Posted:

Rowen Model Sheet


Some more to look forward to:

Rowen Expression/Pose Sheet
Captain Giraud Model Sheet
Brea Model Sheet
Gordon Model Sheet
Hamlin Model Sheet

and of course PAGES!
  • Listening to: Beck
  • Reading: Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (again)
  • Playing: Uncharted 3
  • Eating: Supino's Pizza
  • Drinking: Coffee
Hey Everybody!

I just updated my website, it is now officially my portfolio site instead of my blog. You can take a look here www.artoftheniles.com
It will have most of the same stuff as on here, just more sketches and things, as well as all of my animation work and my thesis film from 09! Enjoy!
  • Listening to: Intro by The Xx on Xx
  • Playing: Gears of War 3
  • Drinking: Coffee
Yay, it's my favorite season! :dummy:

As some of you may already have heard, I proposed to my girl :iconjavadoodle: on Sept. 30th, and we are officially engaged! (After many years of people seeing it coming...) This will be the best winter ever!

I had a lot of fun making Duckodile. I love creating characters like that, getting together goofy combinations of animals and showing what I imagine them to look like. Anyone got any ideas?
  • Listening to: The Music Scene by Blockhead
  • Reading: Manuals
  • Watching: Mythbusters
  • Playing: StarCraft II
  • Eating: Fresh baked bread
  • Drinking: Decaf
Hopefully this is the beginning of a great new art-spree!
... okay, so I wouldn't expect myself capable of a "spree" but certainly more art in the future than has been in the past. It's good to see you again!
  • Listening to: Electric President
  • Reading: Eric Goldberg's Animation Crash Course
  • Watching: Neverending Story (ah-ah-ah, ah-ahah)
  • Playing: Halo Reach (oddly enough)
  • Eating: Chipotle
  • Drinking: Cherry Coke
I'm trying to be alive on here again, but it's tough when my free time is trying to be spent getting as much new work done as possible. I've posted some of the sketch work, and some of the concept work I've done for Mike Winn's ARMSmasters project, but a lot of what I've done lately is stuff that I can't really post. Some of it due to legal issues, some of it is because there isn't necessarily categories for me to post in. (where is film special effects in submission, eh?) Anyway, I've been plenty busy, I just need to be busy with things I can post to be able to post them.
Good luck to everyone on their artwork!
  • Reading: Nikola Tesla and You
  • Playing: Bioshock 2
  • Eating: Pep Bar
  • Drinking: Hop-Up Cola
I managed to get through all of those 1300 some deviations I had stacked up!
Thank you dA web designers for adding in the new artist stack feature! It really sped things up!


now all that's left is to actually update this thing...
  • Listening to: Bombs!
  • Reading: Nikola Tesla and You
  • Watching: Bombs!
  • Playing: Fallout 3
  • Eating: instamash
  • Drinking: nuka-cola
My film, Code Monkey, will be showing at the Ottawa International Animation Festival this Friday night at Club SAW for the Salon de Refuses after party! Anyone attending the festival should come have a watch! It was a wonderful last minute surprise, since just last week I had received notice that it was selected from the drawings for showing. I hope anyone who's going will come take a look, besides, who doesn't want to be at the after party? :icondweebdanceplz:
  • Listening to: Bombs!
  • Reading: Nikola Tesla and You
  • Watching: Bombs!
  • Playing: Fallout 3
  • Eating: instamash
  • Drinking: nuka-cola
So a lot has happened lately, and it looks like things will finally be steady for a little while from soon until moving westward.

FIRST OFF IF YOU ARE A MICHIGAN RESIDENT AND WANT TO SEE MY FILM ITS IN THE DETROIT WINDSOR INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL! :woohoo:

I'm waiting on the reply from Ottawa, but as soon as I get paychecks I'm going to start submitting to more festivals.
Also, I have a job finally. Well, 3-month paid internship with an opportunity to continue work afterwards. I will be making demonstrational animations for a hospital supply company looking for a more permanent way of showing how their adhesive bandage products work (without having to make 50 just to see them used for market demos). Yay for finally getting something to float on! :dummy:
Last but far from least, we have a house! We're moving into a new rental home outside of detroit finally and getting away from the crackhouses and that stupid park where everybody's been getting mugged... or hit over the head with their own wine bottle... or man on man raped. Yeah, it's good that we're leaving. New house is extra nice too, it even has FRUIT TREES. :meow:



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  • Listening to: Bombs!
  • Reading: Nikola Tesla and You
  • Watching: Bombs!
  • Playing: Fallout 3
  • Eating: instamash
  • Drinking: nuka-cola
So I'll be spending the next week at the kalamazoo international animation festival (KAFI) at the cartoon challenge competition creating a PSA for the festival events. So I will disappear again for a while, I'll run myself ragged again, and then I will come back and sleep for a week. BUT AFTER THAT, I'll finally be back and hopefully ready to draw and animate for myself and get some stuff made!
wish me luck!

Update:
So I just got back from the KAFI cartoon challenge last night, and after some much needed rest I am here to say that we did it! I don't know whether or not we've won yet, as that will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday, but it is official that I and my team have a 30 second PSA in an animation festival, and it might possibly be shown on local/public news stations afterward. I can definitely say whether or not we win that we did a fine job under the restrictions we were under, and I am very proud of our team for finishing the PSA to the caliber we achieved despite stresses and differing opinions. We pulled it together and from what I saw before I left early I believe we did quite well. I do have to admit it's rather bizarre working on a project so quickly because you only see snippets here and there and suddenly you start seeing completed portions and it's like you never even did the work, you just get to see the finished product.
Despite being so proud of our accomplishments, I think you'd have to get me drunk to sign up for a competition like that again, that was very stressful and I felt like utter crap after the first night until the end. I'm happy for what this competition has said for all of our levels of perseverance, but I don't think I'd like to push myself quite that hard for a while now.
  • Listening to: Bombs!
  • Reading: Nikola Tesla and You
  • Watching: Bombs!
  • Playing: Fallout 3
  • Eating: instamash
  • Drinking: nuka-cola
Oh right, my life went to school and it's not coming back for a while.

So I've gotten about a third of my film into clean-up, which means I still have to clean up two thirds, and color the rest of my film in two months. Needless to say I will not be hanging around here as much as I used to or would like to, but I will be having a film done, which will be awesome.
I will also be having a GIGANTIC concept piece done, which I will post pieces of on here, but will stick most of it on my website (whenever that starts existing). It will be a WWII sci-fi mixture project that I get to spend an entire semester on, and so far it includes an alien race for almost every last country involved in WWII and vehicles for each. I'm working on weapons for all of them, and at least the major powers equivalent races will receive some kind of uniforms. This is on top of my film too! (shoot me please!)
Every other class I have is getting the cold shoulder and there's nothing they can do about it.

So yay! Wait until May, I'll be alive then.

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  • Listening to: Brand New Colony - Postal Service
  • Watching: Nostalgia Critic- my new best friend!
  • Playing: Prince of Persia (the new one)
  • Eating: instant breakfast
  • Drinking: Tea
i can't do it.
So severely awake right now, been that way since 3:00 AM.
Isn't that terrible Niles? No, actually, I don't mind not sleeping tonight, as I need to go to bed after my classes today so I can survive my night shift at the proctor station, just to do another night shift later.
You know what else this means? I'm finally updating my stuff here :D
Well, I'd update more but DA has put a 10 second requirement on video. So a lot of my fun little cycles won't make it up here, and neither with the 7-second test we did in class, which is really my favorite. :hmm: So, DA sucks on that note. Unfortunately I don't have much illustration to show, but if I can scan some stuff without waking up :iconjavadoodle: then i'll try and put up the stuff I put into my new brown-paper sketchbook. Otherwise not a lot of my recent stuff has been documented because it's nowhere near done (aka Senior film), though as I said before, I might not even post the film here as it might prevent me from getting it into festivals. (still probably do character sheets though, maybe a few of the more fun frames)
ANYWAY, the longer I write this, the less art gets put up here, so let's hope it's a lot.
  • Listening to: Fable II Soundtrack
  • Playing: The Crap out of Fable II
  • Eating: Guacamole!
  • Drinking: Tea
So it has come to my attention that, at least in california on today's election day, that the issue of gay marriage has returned as an issue.
Most people I know have a side to take on this argument, I have always remained rather neutral here, the gay people have a right to be happy with their life partners and I don't mind as long as their not being pushy with me about it. There's just ONE REALLY BIG ISSUE WITH GAY MARRIAGE *BEING AN ISSUE.*

MARRIAGE is the key term here.
Marriage, is a religious institution held by most religions out there today, and is especially prevalent in Christianity, the same doctrine that had a huge role in forming our government. Though that be the case, religion and government are not meant to mingle, and this is a good thing as we all know.
The government, long ago, began keeping track of marriages to keep the conventions of naming children and tracking genealogies consistent, and so came the world of marriage licenses. The GOVERNMENT NEVER MARRIED PEOPLE AND DOESN'T DO IT NOW. They pass out licenses that say so and so are married. You can get a "marriage" in court that will recognize, at the moment a man and a woman, two people by the state as a married couple through a license. There is no sanctity of marriage in that, nor is there any sanctity in the freaking $300 slip of paper that you get from the court (not the church) that says your married.

So, what's the key issue here?
The state calls it marriage. The state does something else, they do lineage tracking, they do changing of last names, they do tax benefits based on status and employment. That's all they do. There should be no reason that gay people cannot get married in the eyes of the state, since they have chosen someone to spend their lives with and in many cases are willing to give up their name to the other to signify their unity. What's so wrong with that? I'm never gonna go marry a man, but that doesn't mean I want to make sure no one else does. Besides, they're the best people out there to adopt children that straight teenagers who shouldn't have gotten pregnant abandon at fire stations in Kentucky.

So what needs to happen?
Just change what it's called. Seriously, that should solve the issue here. Marriage, weddings, priests and customs of the sort are all church related things. The state only recognizes life-partner couples anyway, they just happen to use the same word, so give em a new word and it'll all be okay. This way the church can go on marrying straight people, and those people will be married in the eyes of God... THE ONLY EYES THE CHURCH SHOULD BE CONCERNED WITH, and the state can marry people in the eyes of the state. That's it folks. Why has this been so hard, why has everybody fought over this for so long?

Too long, didn't read?

Marriage is a church thing.
Recognizing life-couples for genealogy and tax purposes is a state thing.
END.

now, who wants to help me send this in letter form to all the new senators, governors, representatives and whoever the next prez is going to be?

This is a simple change people, and I can't imagine it's that hard to embrace if the church just get's it through their head that a marriage license has nothing to do with God or the Bible.
  • Listening to: Fable II Soundtrack
  • Playing: The Crap out of Fable II
  • Eating: Wheat Thins
  • Drinking: 7UP
So I've really been neglecting this site the past few... um... months. Never updated my journal cuz I really don't read other peoples' anymore, so brain-type-logics made me write off updating as useless. Anyway.
It's going to continue this way for a while. I've got a senior film to do besides really really wanting to have some free time to myself and to spend with Mel when I can. Unfortunately for you guys, I won't be posting said film on this website. At least until I can figure out which festivals won't take something already published. If they're too prissy/fancy then I might just forget saving it for them and just start youtubing it. Only the future will tell.
As for everything else, I think this will end up being a pretty dry semester. I've got two liberal arts courses that are sucking all the life out of me that they possibly can. Though next semester I'm planning on taking a myriad of studio courses (which will also probably make me suffer beyond my comprehension) which will all give me lots of stuff to put up EVERYWHERE. Which is what I need help with, or more specifically, how the hell to be a self-salesman. Not a character trait I ever learned. Parents always gave me lessons in modesty, now art school is all like, "sell yourself like a rockstar to those companies out there or you won't get a job!"
Eesh, I'm so nervous about the end of school. :noes:

RIP George Carlin

Mon Jun 23, 2008, 8:38 AM
  • Listening to: Carlin on Campus
  • Reading: Napalm & Silly Putty
  • Watching: Carlin at Carnegie
  • Playing: the "HIRE ME" game
  • Eating: in soviet russia stomach eats you.
  • Drinking: iced tea with lemon

CCS Stamp by Javadoodle
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Commissions:Open

Full Info

Sketches:
Portrait sketch (shoulders/chest up): $5
Full-body sketch: $15
Full-body w/ Background: $30
Inking: Add $5, or $10 for one with a background
*all these prices are per character per piece
Examples:
Sketch1 Sketch2 (and inks) Inks1 Inks2


Colored Pieces:
(I will use a simpler 3-layer style of coloring unless otherwise negotiated)
Portrait: $15
Full-body: $25
Full-body w/ Background: $60
*again, these prices are per character per piece
Examples:
Paint1 Paint2 Paint3



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Y'know, some people might question, why mourn over a comedian?
I'm not.
I'm mourning over a legend, and a lifestyle mentor.
Literally, he has left a major impression on the way that the government handles censorship, his comedy was well thought out, and brought you to question many things in life. Maybe not the most important things, but he definitely got people to question why things are the way they are. "Why is it, that we drive on a parkway... and park on a driveway?"
This man's way of thinking has been a massive influence on the way I live now. I will always remember his comedy specials being the highlight of my childhood home life. Seeing him on stage last year, not knowing he would go so soon, was one of the best moments of my life so far, just to see this man who has made such a great influence on how I look at things, and how frivolous everything can be--just to see him from like 40 feet away was amazing. Not because he's a celebrity, I have already gone through the disappointment of meeting a celebrity, they're just regular people. But Carlin was a provocative thinker, and a man of great comedic talent.
I will forever remember this man, almost as if he were another father, and I will probably spend the rest of the day listening to his comedy specials in his memory. He will be missed, but his mark has certainly been made on me.

Rest in peace.



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Commissions (links work now!)

Fri Jun 20, 2008, 10:19 AM
  • Listening to: Okami OST
  • Watching: My monitor, it's hypnotizing me.
  • Playing: the &quot;HIRE ME&quot; game
  • Eating: a banana
  • Drinking: raspberry white tea

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Commissions:Open



Okay, so here's the official page for my commissions.
I am desperately in need of money, and I am willing to try anything artistically and I am quite capable if I work my ass off in getting things just right. So, to make things more concrete, here is my pricing:
(Prices are rather negotiable, making the sale at an agreeable price makes both parties happy, but I won't go selling myself short.)

Sketches:
Portrait sketch (shoulders/chest up): $5
Full-body sketch: $15
Full-body w/ Background: $30
Inking: Add $5, or $10 for one with a background
    *all these prices are per character per piece
Examples:
Sketch1 Sketch2 (and inks) Inks1 Inks2


Colored Pieces:
(I will use a simpler 3-layer style of coloring unless otherwise negotiated)
Portrait: $15
Full-body: $25
Full-body w/ Background: $60
    *again, these prices are per character per piece
Examples:
Paint1 Paint2 Paint3

I will take just about any requests you can throw at me, just note me if you want to get something from me, and this summer I should have time to get started on it right away. I can do either traditional media and send you the originals, or I can do digitally and send you the hi-res images (I work huge too), whichever you prefer. All transactions will be through Paypal.
So please, if you have any interest in getting something made by me, let me know.



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