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Big DreamsJanuary 28, 2011

So finally, the latest episode is in the can! Check out “Big Dreams”. In this one, Abigail finds herself having…disturbing dreams about another character.

Big, big ups, props and ‘kuds to the cast. You guys are great!

D and A

Nice to have another episode done! Always exciting.

I meant to talk more about Doraleous and Associates. I don’t watch a ton of stuff online, but this show makes me want to watch more…because it’s enjoyable, but also it can be inspiring.  It certainly is in the case of Doraleous…I love the look of it, with the hand-drawn pieces, and the engaging, classic story of “the journey”. The humor is right up my alley, and the actors are funny. Sir Walken? Come on! How can you not love that?

Thy share the style of a lot of modern animation…individual pieces are moved/rotated. It appeals to me. And these guys do a great lookin’ background, too. Lots of shading, too. And highlights. On the characters as well as the backgrounds. That really helps.

What shocks me most is how quickly they do their thing. A 7-8 minute cartoon every week? Amazing! When you have the pieces drawn, it’s certainly speeds things along….but even to edit the audio and keep up with the writing/post audio must be a challenge.

And most importantly, it’s FUNNY! Gotta get me back over there and watch some more…maybe they give a peek behind the production curtain somewhere….

Dang!January 13, 2011

My friend, collaborator and online mentor Tom told me several times that updating a blog weekly is necessary to allow people to find it. It makes good sense…who wants to visit a site that never has anything new?

Somehow, though, MONTHS have slipped away. It’s quite strange because the Typical Strange series occupies the majority of my thoughts and efforts! It’s hard to get to sleep sometimes, my mind is so abuzz with stories, scripts, illustration and various other particulars regarding Oscar, Abigail, TK, Penelope, Harley and Wade.

With time off for the holidays, most of my working time has been on finishing production on the next episode, Big Dreams, and writing and editing the next block of stories.  In addition to that, I have five shorts in the hopper, just waiting for me to grab a couple voices and then do the final animation/lip sync. It’s been a busy time, really, but I’ve utterly neglected the site!

Luckily nobody’s really watching. Yet. For those who are, let me just say “Hello!” and “Thank you for being here!”

In any case, I recently found an online cartoon that, not including the occasional holiday or special project, updates EVERY WEEK with an animated episode. Amazing. It looks good, too. It’s called DORALEOUS and ASSOCIATES, and judging from the couple episodes I watched, it’s quite funny…and well drawn. Well produced in general, actually, with music, and…well, more on that in another post!

I also found it inspiring that these guys are able to do what they do every week! I’ll talk more about that in an animation/illustration-specific way in the other post.

But suffice to say, it really was a powerful wake up call to me, that says “It IS possible to do this kind of thing much faster, and with quality!”

It CAN be done!

Thanks, Doraleous and Associates! And well done!

Hey, Happy New Year, too!

-sean