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VID DIARY 005 - 'Satchel' [Episode 9] - wip.
SOFTWARE USED: Krita (krita.org)

This video diary series is about keeping creative and getting artwork done!

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TALKING POINTS:

- 00:00 - Snap the fingers, test 1, 2, sip some coffee and c'mon - let's go!

- 00:13 - Introduction - the raw honest chat:
Losing focus - why video diaries such as these can help keep you on track, the effort needed for personal projects that are a huge endeavour, a look at the idea of the "mountain theory" metaphor, and the impacts of reality on artists outside of their craft

- 02:55 - Why 'The Adventure Satchel' is something that keeps coming back:
The implications of the real world on mentality: inc. shifts in the political and social landscapes, and has lockdown been a fundamental catalyst in losing drive and ambition?

- 05:55 - The water on a rock theory:
Why not giving up is key and taking time over the course of years, can be really satisfying and beneficial and how it may be the way to counteract the feeling of "not getting enough stuff done"

- 06:45 - The hopeful outcome to a vid diary series:
The unpolished and real behind-the-scenes look at constructing an artwork - warts and all

- 07:55 - A discussion about the latest scene:
A look at layering; background, middle ground, foregrounds and interactives and how planning these out can help you in editing/post-production

- 10:43 - Fast-forward inking session (1)

- 11:35 - Talking point (1): Mental health
How are other people coping when faced with a block (either creatively or in life?) - things that immediately spring to mind are lifestyle choices such as yoga and getting a personal trainer (for example), avoiding the news and getting away from all the hurtful things that some folk do on social media (e.g. cancel culture awfulness) - but, what other options work well for people?

- 15:34 - Fast-forward inking session (2)

- 16:09 - Drawing hands:
The complexities around drawing hands and how AWESOME "Spider-Man" comic book pros were back in the day (and still now!) at drawing hands of our favourite wall-crawler

- 18:45 - Working with intricate patterns:
Using layer transparency to help assist with the replication of pattern designs

- 19:19 - Fast-forward inking session (3)

- 20:23 - Music - why it is so AWESOME:
Why listening to music that makes you feel good is so great! (Bring on Glam Metal right here and now - plus a quick shout-out to "KISS's" 1984 album, 'Animalize')

- 21:08 - Shadow layers:
Why putting them in at inking stage can help in the long run

- 22:10 - Fast-forward inking session (4)

- 23:26 - Final inking session (5) and conversation:
Discussion includes: page rotation, perspectives and proportions on characters, re-working initial rough lines, understanding your style and, ultimately, understanding that you are not the best artist, accepting criticism and missing out on opportunities in life, and overall, improving your skills and enjoying the journey you are on

- 40:59 - Final thoughts and well-wishes - reaching out

Thanks for watching,
JR

LINKS:
● INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/jrrund
● NEWGROUNDS: https://jrrun.newgrounds.com - (See 'The Adventure Satchel' HERE)
● BITCHUTE: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/jrrun
● LBRY/ODYSEE: https://lbry.tv/@JRRun:0
● YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9rPFy61ITZqBvYNl5gK_kw

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DISCLAIMER:
Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

VID DIARY 004 - 'Satchel' [Episode 9] - wip.
SOFTWARE USED: Krita (krita.org)

This video diary series is about keeping creative and getting artwork done!

TALKING POINTS:

- 00:00 - Introduction: welcome (inc. usual intro lingo), where I have been and what I have been working on since the last upload. Also, why this is a shorter video, playing with the format and shaking things up a bit

- 02:43 - 'The Adventure Satchel' - on what was being worked on during the last update, shameless plug on where you can view the previous episodes, and what current scene I am working on

- 03:30 - Promoting Krita (krita.org) and why I am plugging and promoting this excellent program (once again!). Additionally, why I am endeavoring to promote open source programs and software alternatives for creatives

- 05:20 - Blue line roughs - beginning of fast-forward drawing session

- 06:00 - Tips: a little explanation on planning a scene and how to jump into a plot line and start creating, dynamic poses, importance of spending time on blue lines (i.e. roughs) and achieving some sense of "rough perfection" with regards to line art and alternating and changing layers with different "blue" lines to distinguish between poses

- 12:20 - Purple line roughs - beginning of second fast-forward drawing session

- 13:25 - Finishing up drawing session. Final thoughts and well-wishes until the next vid!

Thanks for watching,
JR

LINKS:
● INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/jrrund
● NEWGROUNDS: jrrun.newgrounds.com

DISCLAIMER:
Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

HALLOWEEN SPECIAL - 'Spooktacular Satchel Special 2020!'
SOFTWARE USED: Photoshop CS5 and Corel Painter 12

This video diary series is about keeping creative and getting artwork done! NB: once again, my trusty webcam, or rather, cable management system - has let me down and there is some webcam freeze... oops!

TIMESTAMPS:

00:00 - Introduction and preamble: Halloween 2020 - why Horror is so much fun as a genre, using Photoshop CS5 (i.e. PSCS5 or CS5), the possibility of finalising touches in Corel Painter 12, how the video structure will work and allowing imagination to help create the final image

04:40 - Rough blue lines: initial layout, discovering the scenario and letting imagination run wild

07:06 - Roughs continued: foreground, mid-ground (i.e. mids) and backgrounds, wanting to get depth in drawings, leading the eye into a central point, telling a story with poses and visuals and... what helps create a "cool" image

12:21 - Line art begins: using techniques that include brush size variance and Wacom tablet pressure for effect

16:44 - Line art: stopping the video and why?

17:02 - Picking up the pace: from where the last video stopped

17:29 - Line art continues: completing the line art for the final image. Moments throughout this final render include: 19:30 - Where have all the torches gone? Safety with torches, the game called Spotlight and 21:14 - webcam glitch number one.

21:44 - Finishing the line art: getting it completed on time, character poses, perspectives, and proportions

27:14 - Line art completed: next steps - including: laying down a gradient colour scheme to set atmosphere tone and mood

29:40 - Beginning the colouring (coloring) process

29:51 - Layers: how vital they are and how they can improve workflow and frustration

33:33 - Oops! Making mistakes: what went wrong, what to look for and how to avoid common mistakes such as this one

44:32 - Working with shadow and light (using black and white inks and/or colour schemes) to full effect in conjunction with layer properties to produce a depth via subtle enhancements

45:32 - Creating basic effects: using paint and the blurring tools

47:32 - Contrasting colours and colour theory in art: how certain hues are the polar opposites on the colour wheel and yet why using them together can be a really innovative measure

55:43 - Using alternative brushes: SPFX (special effects) brushes and how these can improve your artwork

1:00:40 - Final artwork render finished in Photoshop

1:03:00 - Corel Painter 12: an overview and using the incredible Glow tool!

1:11:00 - Signing off and well-wishes

Happy Halloween, everybody!

LINKS:
● INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/jrrund
● NEWGROUNDS: https://jrrun.newgrounds.com
● YOUTUBE: https://youtube.com/channel/UC9rPFy61ITZqBvYNl5gK_kw

DISCLAIMER:
Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

VID DIARY 003 - 'Satchel' [Episode 9] - wip.
SOFTWARE USED: Krita (krita.org)

This video diary series is about keeping creative and getting artwork done! NB: a few small instances of webcam lag.

MAIN POINTS:
00:00 - Introduction: general update on things, how the format of these has been slightly tweaked and altered, and how this format helps with motivation
02:47 - The Adventure Satchel: character focus on Archie and looking at character poses and expressions to sell an idea, theme or emotion
05:55 - Blue line art: the roughs - inc. time lapse
09:04 - Line art: the final ink outlines - inc. time lapse
12:15 - Pre-painting discussion: going "back to the well" (i.e. looking for inspiration and or works of art that directly influence the work that you etc.), getting out into nature, stepping away from the internet, re-focusing and centering yourself
19:50 - Painting: using contrasting colours for painting (as to not miss too many "gaps" i.e. background bleed),
21:36 - Painting - inc. time lapse
25:43 - Painting: finishing details, adding shadows and highlights - inc. time lapse
27:30 - Final character render:
28:30 - Halloween: Draw-O-Ween... (?) perhaps...
29:20 - Signing off and well-wishes

LINKS:
● INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/jrrund
● NEWGROUNDS: jrrun.newgrounds.com
● YOUTUBE: youtube.com/channel/UC9rPFy61ITZqBvYNl5gK_kw

DISCLAIMER:
Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

An update vid-vlog thing on what's happenin' lately.

Also, a HUGE, massive shout out to my very loving and supportive wife, Laura. She has been just awesome. And, additionally, to all those who have messaged or sent a kind word (etc.) here n' there. As always, it's greatly appreciated.

Cheers n' hope all you are well,
JR

Timestamps:
0:00 - Intro
0:18 - Overview, mental health and the current... "situation"... that the world is in...
2:18 - The Adventure Satchel - is it still going?
4:17 - The FAB Force (Redux) - why start something like this?
4:50 - Where The FAB Force fits: the inspirations, homages and what is the purpose of a cartoon like this in the modern era?
5:23 - Casting The FAB Force. What happened there? Is it still a potential series?
7:37 - Social media: lack of enthusiasm, toxicity and the general lethargy around posting.
8:40 - Signin' off: well-wishes and exiting

LINK to "Voices By Corey" Newgrounds page: voicesbycorey.newgrounds.com

MY LINKS:
● INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/jrrund
● NEWGROUNDS: https://jrrun.newgrounds.com
● BITCHUTE: https://www.bitchute.com/channel/dTMzdxdQsk0V

DISCLAIMER:
The advice provided in this video presentation is from my own personal experience and knowledge. I am NOT an expert and nor do I claim to be. Please, use your own discretion.

Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

Welcome to my PowerPoint Presentation on how YOU can become a voice actor (particularly for web animations etc.) right from the comfort of your own home!

I hope you find this guide useful and that it provides you with enough basic information to get you up, sorted and recording some awesome vocals for indie animations and other VO projects.

Chapters:
0:00 - Disclaimer
0:10 - Intro to DIY Home Recording
01:47 - Can I REALLY Do This?
03:29 - Microphones!
05:03 - Condenser Microphones
11:44 - Dynamic Microphones
16:56 - Shotgun Microphones
21:11 - Headsets
24:15 - Smartphones
30:22 - Treatment
33:30 - Building Treatment
35:52 - Setup
37:19 - XLR or USB?
41:04 - Software
42:27 - Reading Lines
47:49 - Thank You!

TALKING POINTS:

- Intro: DIY (i.e. Do It Yourself) Home Recording - how you CAN set up an environment at home to record good, quality audio for web animations and animated productions with little effort by utilizing some accessible bits of kit and tools that you may already have!

- How you can do this! What are some of the basic pieces of equipment you will need for home vocal recording and what are they? Equipment includes: microphones, mic stand and/or tripods, audio interfaces, acoustic treatment, scripts and/or character lines of dialogue, computer or mobile devices for recording, and required software and audio apps.

- Microphones - including the three main types used for voice over production: condenser mics, dynamic mics, and shotgun mics.

- Condenser microphones: what they are, how they work and what are the pros and cons (including detail, clarity and richness with high frequency tones) and what is meant by 48 volts of Phantom Power?

- Dynamic microphones: how tough and rugged these mics are, their accessibility, affordability as well as their pros and cons.

- Shotgun microphones: what is a shotgun mic? Where are they used? Pros and cons, how they work so well in broadcast and TV situations, their unidirectional pickup patterns, the roll-off effect, atmosphere and room tone subtleties, as well as mentions of some famous shotgun mics (i.e. Sennheiser MKH 416 and the Rode NTG3 etc.) and, overall, are these mics right for you?

- Headsets: should you use headsets to record voice over?

- Smartphones: how you can use the very piece of technology that you may be watching this very video on! Smartphones are great, miraculous devices that have access to good recording apps!

Also, here is the link to Booth Junkie's video on this subject: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IqBZHa0cFA

- Acoustic treatment: what matters most? How treatment is the ONE THING you should be paying the most attention to and why it is so important...

- Building treatment: quick home options. A discussion on how you can build either a "pillow fort" or a "blanket cover" with general articles of linen, blankets, cushions, pillows, doonas, duvets and rugs (etc.)

- Setups: XLR, USB and Smartphone devices: how the "set up chain" looks and/or works for different audio systems.

- XLR or USB? - What is the difference?: a discussion about the marginal and often subtle differences between XLR (acoustic) to digital conversion and USB (digital signal to device) microphone recordings. And... does it really make any difference?

- Software: a basic overview of Audacity (LINK: https://audacityteam.org) and how useful this free piece of audio software actually is.

- Reading Lines - Some Advice: what you may experience if you do proceed with this and start auditioning for some web animation jobs. What are lines? Why is performance, arguably, the MOST important aspect of your recording outside of initial setup and some tech specs and how to understand screenplay prompts (including an overview on parenthesis).

- Thank you and signing off: I hope you found this somewhat useful. Please share this to someone who may find it useful. Feedback and constructive critique is always welcomed.

Happy recording!

Cheers,
JR

LINKS:
∎ BOOTH JUNKIE'S CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/c/BoothJunkieVO/videos
∎ PODCASTAGE'S CHANNEL: https://www.youtube.com/c/Podcastage/videos

MY LINKS:
● INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/jrrund
● NEWGROUNDS: jrrun.newgrounds.com

DISCLAIMER:
The advice provided in this video presentation is from my own personal experience and knowledge. I am NOT an expert and nor do I claim to be. Please, use your own discretion.

Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

VID DIARY 002 - 'Satchel' [Episode 9] - wip.
SOFTWARE USED: Krita (krita.org)

This video diary series is about keeping creative and getting artwork done! NB: there is some webcam lag throughout this video. Hopefully, I can fix that for future videos.

TALKING POINTS:
- 'The Adventure Satchel' - current wip (work in progress) on latest installment.
- Colouring (i.e. coloring) - with digital applications (such as Krita). Other points include: colour wheel, color selection, selection of colour, colour sources, colouring workflow painting, brush sizes with Wacom and tablets (i.e. addressing pressure sensitivity) and shading techniques.
- Zoom in and zoom out - looking for gaps in colouring space. Using the selection tool, magic wand and fill buckets.
- Hot keys - and shortcuts to increasing productivity (e.g. "P" for "eye dropper tool" and "B" for "brush tool").
- Overview of JPEG (i.e. JPG), PNG and anti-aliasing. What are some of the differences in the picture formats?
- Background palettes - colour choices (lighter and darker canvas colours), why use them and what benefits can you have by having a choice between the two throughout the working process.
- Cartoon styles - and how you can "cheat" to a degree (depending on individual stylistic stories).

LINKS:
● INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/jrrund
● NEWGROUNDS: jrrun.newgrounds.com

DISCLAIMER:
Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

VID DIARY 001 - 'Satchel' [Episode 9] - wip.
SOFTWARE USED: Krita (krita.org)

This video diary series is about keeping creative and getting artwork done!
TALKING POINTS:
- Drawing Board! w. JRRUN - including: what is it and why am I doing this?
- 'The Adventure Satchel' - my motion comic. Points include: an overview of what the story is about and the homages to the likes of Indiana Jones, Tintin (by Hergé) and games such as Tomb Raider and the Uncharted series, the characters and the current episode.
- Camera angles and dynamic positioning in drawn media including: comic books and motion comic series.
- Graphic tablets - including Wacom and the benefits of not drawing with a mouse.
- Graphics software - including: Krita, Adobe Photoshop, Flash (for animation and cartoons) and Corel Painter. Also the benefits to physical copies of software versus subscription models.
- Potential future episodes and tutorial like work in progress updates in varying software applications.

LINKS:
● INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/jrrund
● NEWGROUNDS: jrrun.newgrounds.com

DISCLAIMER:
Copyright Disclaimer under Section 107 of the copyright act 1976, allowance is made for fair use for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favour of fair use.

Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

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