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Is also an artist. Its a struggle.

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Posted by KarlSia - January 5th, 2022


Hello there! Supposedly this should've been done before the year ended, but perhaps an update at the start of the following year might be a good idea too.


Now to recall to the best of my knowledge what transpired since my last update.


Remember when I said was working on a big project? I needed more time to work on it, but it was finally finished during the 1st quarter of the year. Though, still can't say anything more due NDA, but I really wish I could though! Hopefully this would be the year for its reveal? I'm not really sure since it's out of my hands now, only Kronii can tell.


Speaking Kronii, this was also the year that I got into vtubers. Who would've thought the vtuber scene would be this explosive. Gura is cute. Holostars best bros. Started learning Japanese too so I could watch the live streams and at least have hints of understanding with what their saying. Knowing Japanese also has its other uses, like consuming golden Japanese media locked by language barriers. Imagine become fluent and unlocking a whole new world of media to consume. Though another use of the language for me is also to prepare for the possibility of doing Japanese animation work, just in case.


No, I haven't done anime work yet, but I have just began working for a western ongoing series. I think it should be safe to say what, but I think I'll refrain, at least until I can show my name in the credits.


As usual, I'm still learning, still practicing, still studying. Also due the recent super typhoon that hit, I've been forced to sit down and read my books since I was left without electricity (still am btw for 2 weeks currently. 3rd world country goes brrrr). I have finished reading The Animator's Survival Kit, something that I really should've read much earlier on. I used to dismiss it since all I ever thought was why do I have to read a thick book when I could just think that animating is a proper analysis and understanding of movement. Just observe and understand where the forces come and go, and you're good to go. Though maybe there's some truth to that, but after reading the book, there are just a lot of things I wouldn't have figured out and took note of without proper reference from the old masters.


Another book I'm reading is Force Dynamic Life Drawing for Animators. I have yet to finish reading it, but my take from it is that I now pay more close attention to my every stroke, making sure they all clearly flow towards a direction through each other, and that the forces enacting on the lines are proper as to what I aim to achieve. On the downside though, I feel paying more attention has made me slower. But maybe I'll pick up speed again wants I practice this way of thinking further. So far, these books have had more use to me than I have expected. Here's to more reading to come.


As for Newgrounds events, I've taken part in 2 of them this year. 3 years later after my participation of the Summer Animation Jam of 2018, I've been summoned to be a judge for the 2021 reiteration. Theres some nostalgia to be felt in the thought entering full circle from being a participant to being a judge for the event. That past event was also the one that helped me break into the Newgrounds community, so there's a nice thought. There are still a lot of things for me to learn before I could consider myself judge worthy, but still thanks again to @BrandyBuizel for having me among the esteemed panel!


And then there's the Secret Santa event. Thanks to @Xinxinix for hosting, thanks to my Secret Santa @cherubkisses for recreating my OC, and thanks to @Kofina for providing an OC I had fun recreating!


Before I decided to join Secret Santa 2021, I was watching this Japanese youtuber and artist Saito Naoki, and in this video he was challenging himself to recreate a pre-exisiting character he has never seen before (Genshin Impact characters) using only limited descriptions of these said characters as reference. I was really impressed with his way of thinking, insight and decision making, a clear show of his experience, and that was something that I very much wanted to emulate. And with the Secret Santa, there was this excitement of receiving a random character that I can make do as a will while applying what Saito Naoki does. And so, we are here!


Speaking of Genshin, that's also a craze that I got sucked into as well since its release, and delightfully so.


I think that should be all for now, as far as I can remember. There's this thing where people say "Manifesting blah blah blah-" and it happens, so I'm giving it a try. This year, I'm manifesting making big bucks. Literal buckets and bundles of sweet stacks. God knows I need it.


Here's a drawing of Deku saying don't give up.


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Posted by KarlSia - October 19th, 2020


I say annual, but my last status update was posted in May last year. It's now October, so I'm late by 5 months.


Speaking of October, its now been a year since my last upload- The Pumpkin Boy and the Snow Girl, which was also for Halloween. (I've just seen the new video player too, really liking it so far.)


Sadly I haven't made anything new ever since due to various reasons.


The main one is that I've been spending majority of my time working on animated commissions/freelancing. Ever since I tweeted an animation reel of mine with my rates plastered at the side, I've received a good number of people wanting to make use of my services, so I'm lucky to have a long line of work for the coming months. This covid thing is grilling some people out of their jobs, so I'm also lucky that I'm privileged enough to be able to work from home.


Though I'm still not quite satisfied with what I'm capable of making, I still have a whole lot to learn (and constantly try not to forget since more often than not, I forget how to draw something if I take a long break from drawing for awhile), but man's gotta eat! So I had to push forward with the commissions despite my conflicting thoughts. At least, from what I observe at the moment, is that what I can currently create is good enough for interested people to want to pay for it, which I'm grateful for.


I'm currently working a big project, and I figure I shouldn't say anything more than that due to contractual reasons, but when it drops I hope it can get me more people to commission me!


Ever since I've started working, I decided to switch animating from Photoshop over to clip paint studio since it seemed to have better features for animation. It took a long while to adjust myself into it, but now I can't imagine going back to Photoshop when these quality-of-life changes are available on Clip paint. Also learned about some 3rd-party plugins for After Effects that used when compositing anime, so having these will definitely help.


While majority of my time is spent on freelancing, the bits of free time I get is spent on consuming media like any other human. For the past few months, I've been on a visual novel reading spree. As of recent I've just read the Utawarerumono trilogy, the Muv-Luv Trilogy, and now I'm in the middle of reading the first of the Grisaia trilogy. In terms of games, I'm currently hooked on Genshin Impact. I haven't watched any series or movies in a long while now, but I did discover Worthikid's Bigtop Burger mini animated series on youtube. I live for this type of over-the-top yet dry, witty humor, the characters have so much personality packed in a few seconds of interaction, and the theme song is a banger.


Well I suppose that's all for now. I'll leave you with some w.i.p. art among the many ones whose existence I've shamefully forgotten. Till next year! (or sooner!)


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Posted by KarlSia - May 14th, 2019


Hey there. Its been awhile, so figured I should make a status update so I wouldn't be considered AWOL. heh.


All I've been doing now is studying anatomy, working on the rare commission whenever, and fiddling with my second-hand PS vita. And occasionally hanging out with buddies too, so I wouldn't go bonkers from the lack of human interaction.


No new content yet, but I plan on working on my final entry for last year's Summer Animation Jam before uploading any new animations.


So, about my self studies. I've been wanting to improve what I know about the intricacies of the human body since I'm sure I'll be using this knowledge till the day I die. Before I started to actively study it in depth, I've only had an ample know-how of what looks good from an angle, but not from why it does so. I want to understand and be able to draw from imagination the details of how a body looks and moves so I could better apply to my animations and illustrations. At the side, I'm also trying to improve my understanding of colors and light and how it can affect certain objects.


I hope after all this hermiting I'd have improved my skills to make better-looking characters.


If you didn't know, I have a patreon! I'm using it for uploading projects files I'm willing to share with the interested few. Although, I'm still finding time to arrange my project files of the animations I did from last year's Summer Animation Jam into compressed zip files for my Patreon. Until now, I'm still stuck with uploading DRMCTCHR39XX. Its a little tedious trying to group files worth 17GB into separate 200mb folders.


So that's that for now. I'm also trying to save up money for an air conditioner. Earth is on fire and I'd prefer not to burn when at home.


By the way, that's a sweet looking new background Newgrounds!


Oh and congrats for the successful Pico Day @IvanAlmighty! Wish I could've gone to it, can't wait to see the pics!


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Posted by KarlSia - January 15th, 2019


If you're interested in getting your character animated, then I'm offering my services to you!


I can animate:


  • Original Characters
  • Fanart


I can't animate:


  • Animals
  • Non-humanoid Creatures (negotiable)
  • Mechs (negotiable)
  • NSFW (negotiable)

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 


  • Only single scenes with 5 second max. (flexible) of animation (animated gifs) can be commissioned at a time.
  • Only payment via Paypal in USD is accepted.
  • Full payments or an initial downpayment must be received before work on the commission has begun. 
  • Refunds are not applicable once a 1st draft is sent to the commissioner (you) for review.
  • Commission may be rejected if a higher skill level seems necessary, or for other various reasons.
  • Listed prices below are the absolute minimum, and are likely to fluctuate higher depending on the complexity of animation.

If you understand and willingly comply with these terms, then hey, no problems! 


If you any have other concerns, or other commission proposals aside from what I'm offering, please feel free to ask!


HOW TO REQUEST FOR A COMMISSION

Send me a message and I'll get to you as soon as I can.


Also, please include the following:


  • Commission details (refer to rates)
  • Character details
  • Links to references (pictures, videos, etc.)
  • Animation details (pose, action, framing, storyboard etc.)

 


STANDARD MINIMUM RATES 

Rough/Sketched Animation: 60 USD/second

Lineart/Clean-up: +60 USD/second

Colors and Shading: +60 USD/second

Backgrounds/ Animated Special FX: +60 USD

*Simple backgrounds can be done with no added charge

 


STORYBOARDING


I can also do some storyboarding on the side as well.


5 USD per Black/White Panel


I'll try to do my best to satisfy!


    


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Posted by KarlSia - October 9th, 2018


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After all those months of struggling to keeping up with the rounds, we finally reached the end of it and came out on top! 

Thank you very much for this win! 

Someone once told me that no matter how good someone is in whatever he does, he can't get too far without people to support an believe in him. So to everyone and especially to the voters and judges, thanks for your support!

I wanted to submit an entry for the last round, even if it was something simple. I already started working on it and even had @AnnieQuinn 's help for the VO (thank you!), but September was a rather trying month for me so I couldn't find time to finish. 

But I'm better now, so I'll upload it anyways as soon as its done even if the summer jams are over.


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Posted by KarlSia - July 16th, 2018


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I made a patreon account last year, but I was never sure what to do with it, until now.

(sudden attempt to sound like a salesman incoming)

By becoming my patron for as low as a 1$ a month, not only will you be supporting me and I being eternally grateful, you will also have access to the project files of Prison of the Clairvoyant, and other upcoming animations. The download includes PSD., AEP., and PRPROJ. files and others. You will also be able to see future works-in-progress before the animation's public release.

http://patreon.com/karlsia

Honestly I've never been one to be completely active on all my online accounts, (this animation jam is probably my most active online time yet) but nevertheless I'll do my best to keep them updated!

If you decide not to be a patron, I'd still be happy if you would still follow me through my other sites. Thanks ahead!


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Posted by KarlSia - June 28th, 2018


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My entry for the Bad Dream Jam won first place for daily feature! Hope this won't be the last time, so I'll try to my best to keep on making high quality animations worth noticing!

If you haven't seen my entry, you can check it here! https://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/713225

And if your curious enough, please check out my few other animations too!


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Posted by KarlSia - November 15th, 2015


This is like, a huge deal for me to finally have one of my animations listed in the Featured Movies on NG. I feel like a child seeing Santa Claus for the first time in real life.

Yeah. Santa Claus. Oh, why Santa Claus? Probably because December is close by. Its as good as Christmas where I am when the -ber months start rolling in. 


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Posted by KarlSia - September 8th, 2015


When I was a little kid, naive and innocent, I got my hands on a WACOM penpartner, and Macromedia Flash 5 and started making flash animations on the get-go. After learning about the existence of xiaoxiao and newgrounds, I couldn't contain my excitement when I uploaded my stick fight animation for the world to see. 

 

It got blammed tho.

 

But I didn't take it to heart, and laughed after realizing how horribly bad it actually was, and the fact the I experienced getting blammed, which to me became a somewhat silly achievement. (I kept that file with me as a trophy Hah)

Flash forward to the present (see what I did there?) and here I am now, making a come back in newgrounds and trying to make a name for myself. 

Hope you guys watch my artsy stuff  ヽ(´ー`)ノ


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