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    Friday, February 27, 2009

    Charmingly Linda's Commercial Finished

    Here it is, folks!!! I hope you like it!!!

    Charmingly Linda's Commercial Finished

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    It's DONE!!! I'm awaiting approval right now from Michael of Charmingly Linda's Quality Consignments to see if it is what he needed. I am including an SWF (flash) version, an AVI (windows media) version, and also several logos that I used in the toon on a CD ROM, which I will be sending him in the mail after confirmation. Now while it doesn't seem like a huge animated project, it is for me. I'm proud of the work done here, and I think it turned out just as good as my OLA toon. It is indeed the same style, only with more real pictures instead of all drawings.

    Hopefully this will be a great present for Linda, who is Michael's wife (hence "Charmingly LINDA's"). She had no idea that this production was underway, and I hope to get a few "wows" out of her :P

    I will post it on YouTube as soon as Michael approves. HANG TIGHT!!!

    Tuesday, February 24, 2009

    Charmingly Linda's Nearing Completion

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    The project for Charmingly Linda's is almost complete. This deadline thing is AWESOME! I actually get stuff done if I adhere to a strict schedule!

    On a more serious and specific note, I am actually on the finalizing stages now. I've colored EVERYTHING, and it all looks great. I've learned a lot from doing this, and I know that every one after this will be easier and also quicker.

    Here is a screen shot from the final frame in the animation. It took me a while to produce this image, because characterizing the dog as the mascott was tougher than expected. I determined that this is because of the curly hair, and that that is another weakness of mine (along with light sources and females). The neat thing is that in this cartoon, I was able to do all 3 of those things.

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank my customer Michael Weinstein for being the first to work with me on this exciting journey. Thank you, Michael, this is the boost I needed. I hope it was worthwhile for you!!!

    Keep it tuned here for more soon!!! Leave a comment!!!

    Saturday, February 21, 2009

    Charmingly Linda's Updates

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    OK, I'm pretty well done with the begining, which is really most of the work I have to do. The generic shopper girl was tough to do, especially since girls are not my strength (in more ways than 1), but I got it done. It looks very nice, and the colors I used were kind of fun. I learned a new trick when picking the colors for something that I will be drawing frame after frame, and I will be using it from now on.

    Here is a screen shot of the very last frame of the shopper girl scene. She is excited after the narrator (me) rallies her up with talk of a hot new way to shop.

    So there you have it. I am going to work on some more scenes, but the rest is mostly graphic work (my specialty!).

    As soon as Michael of Charmingly Linda's contacts me with new photos of the store, I will be pretty well done! The only thing I will have to do is put them in, draw anything up that is missing, and put it on a CD ROM! I will be posting it on YouTube for advertising purposes, both for Charmingly Linda's as well as my services. Job number one ALMOST DONE!!! I've learned so much!

    Stay tuned in for more!

    Friday, February 20, 2009

    Charmingly Linda's DEADLINE

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    I have now established deadlines for ALL of my projects, all with selective priority. Teen Pijinz is second priority, while Charmingly Linda's is first. I have set a personal timeframe in which I can feel like I'm working instead of playing all day. The cartoon is to be FINISHED and UPLOADED by March 7th, and that is fair to me. I've been waiting all this time for motivation to spark, and it wasn't until my roommate said she was going to take the internet away that I decided upon something I know will work.

    This is a very exciting time for me now, because it really feels like I'm a freelance cartoonist/animator. Of course there are lots of better artists out there, but this will really get me going.

    Teen Pijinz is scheduled for release on March 22nd. I will be working on it alongside the Charmingly Linda's commercial. Think of it like baking: 2 parts Charmingly Linda's, 1 part Teen Pijinz EP 1. Neato, huh?

    OK, here's a screen shot for you that I just now finished. It is another pic of the generic shopper character as she is gaining interest in the narrator's (me) words.

    I will be getting right back to it after this post, so tune in tomorrow for something AWESOME!!! Seeya later, everyone! Don't be afraid to COMMENT!!!

    Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    Charmingly Linda's Updates

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    The hour is upon us (I've always wanted to say that) in which I am full-on animating this darn thing!!! It took me so long, and if you've been following me you know; many errors jumped up on us that were unforseen!

    All is well, for the product is being colored and animated. It's looking pretty nice, too. I thought it looked good before, but it's really coming to be my best work (as everything I do tends to be!).

    Here's a screen shot that I just finished coloring of a generic shopper girl who is being talked to be the narrator (me). She is not shaded yet, but that comes later, as a final production detail.

    In other news, I will be getting back to working on Teen Pijinz after we're all done here. It's not that I'm going to stop animating for businesses, it's that for this first project I wanted to focus on it all the way one hundred percent. That also does not make projects after this less important. It simpley means that I will be doing both projects for YOU the buyer, and ME the animator. Check out my page on Newgrounds for full coverage on my pilot episode for Teen Pijinz!!!

    Saturday, February 14, 2009

    Charmingly Linda's Updates

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    OK. I'm pretty well done with the rough draft, excluding a few extra things I will be adding. This has been a very slow process for me this time around, which is unusual. My OLA commercial only took 2 days!!! I would say that the biggest struggle besides technical issue is trying to develop a perspective that shows that I know what I'm talking about and drawing, when realistically I do not really know hahaha! It is a fun challenge, and now that the hard part is done, it's time for the detail and color to bring it all together.

    Now it's time to re-draw anything that is not clean enough to work with, add full motion frame by frame for each movement, color everything, and add in the missing parts that could not be done during the rough draft. The cool thing is that this time I did the sounds first, which made things much easier. Now, everything is aligned and synced, and just needs to be elaborated on. That sounds real easy, doesn't it? Don't get me wrong, it will still be a challenge, but there is not really anything to mess up anymore. During the rough draft, if I decide I don't like something, I usually have to start over, which can be a pain.

    Here is an updated pic of the Linda drawing with the logo incorperated into it. It is supposed to be like a magazine styled ad graphic, and I pulled it off quite nicely if I do say so myself (and I do!). Look forward to some full color pics soon!

    Friday, February 13, 2009

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    Here is a pic of "Linda," one of the owners of Charmingly Linda's.

    I'm going to add the logo to it shortly, but I was anxious to post this one.

    Thursday, February 12, 2009

    Charmingly Linda's Updates

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    Here are 2 screen shots from the rough animatic that I am almost finished with. The story behind these 2 pics is simple. There comes a point in the toon where I say "for business OR casual" and these appear in their respective places. Enjoy!!!



    Wednesday, February 11, 2009

    Charmingly Linda's Quality Consignments Updates

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    Just dropping in to show you the first ever screen shot from the commercial I'm doing for Charmingly Linda's Quality Consignments. I have started the scene with a girl looking VERY bored and dull, and the narrator voice comes in saying, "Hey you!" and she looks around as if I were saying it to someone else, and I continue with "Yes, you!" and say things like "are you looking for a quality affordable gift?" The girl's interest gains more rapidly as I coincidentially know every question to ask (hahahaha because I wrote the script that way) and she grows exponentially more excited with each thing I say, nodding yes to every question. It leads up to the introduction of the store, where I say, "It's ALL about Charmingly Linda's Quality Consignments!"

    That is when you see THIS:

    It is a logo I whipped up just for this occasion. The little icon-ish pics under "quality" and "consignment" are (from left to right) a coat hanger, a purse, a tie, and a diamond ring. This logo uses colors that come right from the website, as I want to keep it familiar to their current customers and themselves. I really like it, and hopefully they will, also.

    By the way, this is a good time to tell you that if you need JUST a logo done or something, be sure to check out my store page to see how to get custom hand-drawn artwork.

    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    Advertising Updates

    Dear Smirk Studios Fans,

    Well, I had a technical run-in with some of my software that I use for recording. Specifically speaking, it was telling me that I needed to register and could not countinue until I did. The problem is, I already REGISTERED it! So since I could not for the life of me fix the problem, I side-stepped it by using another program, and even though it is a little tougher to use, it got the job done. Problem solved!

    On a personal note, my script for Charmingly Linda's Quality Consignments is fully recorded, and I will be getting to the rough draft here shortly. The way that works is that I will draw up a frame or two for each scene in the commercial that will help me know where I will be doing what. The rough draft is in essence the final draft as well, and after it is finished, all I have to do is animate over top of the rough cut. Pretty simple at that point, but that is also when I pay the most attention. You may notice that in some cartoons by less experienced artists that some things are distorted irregularly or maybe some parts are not fully colored in. That will NOT be the case in mine!

    Another note on that topic is that I have been touching base with a couple that will be having some work done, and they are not quite ready for work yet. They have paid for it, but found that it is tougher than they thought to come up with ideas! I called them today to assure them that if they could not come up with something, I could take a list of stuff they want in the script and put it together for them. While that does make things a bit more complicated for me, I could sure use the practice, so keep that in mind, folks!

    That's about it! Stay tuned into my Newgrounds page for details on the latest cartoons, and my website for the latest artwork and various other things! Seeya!

    Tuesday, February 3, 2009

    Welcome to my BLOG

    Welcome to my blog everyone! This is where you will see things related to advertisement sales and various other things related to my business, smirkstudios.com. I will post things like finished work that I do for people, that way you can see what I do and possibley further my business audience.

    More specifically, I am trying to make a name for myself as a cartoonist, but with the economy the way it is, I cannot just sit around and animate for free!!! I do cartoons in my spare time, and have no other job really, so this is it. I'm trying out a new method of making money, which is to use my talents to do so. In other words, I make and sell commercials, logo art, advertisements, banners, web design, and much more. If you need help in the graphics department, I'm your man! Just give me a buzz through my website.

    Thanks for tuning in! For more info on cartoon projects that are non business related, check out my website and smirkstudios.newgrounds.com!