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Posted by tylerghardin - 3 days ago


howdy team. may 15 officially marked halfway to halloween which means...


i really need to make better progress on the brobot episode. lmao


good news to report of course. i’ve hit the three-minute mark of completed animation, and i’m well into the episode’s storyline. it’s nice to see it coming together visually, rather than just sloppy storyboards. i’m also mixing in sound effects as i go, and it’s enjoyable... as always, it tends to come alive with some extra sound effects. i do hate to admit it, but this past month wasn’t the greatest in terms of progress. i’ve really been busting my ass at my day job, putting in a lot of hours and having little energy for animation upon getting home. it’s a tough balance — one i’ve struggled with for a long time and am overall improving at. still, i’ve added over 55 seconds to the episode’s runtime since i last updated all you fine folks (that’s right, the thousands of you, i know you’re there, you don’t have to say anything, it’s fine). so i’m happy with what i have :) the scenes now involve crowd shots, so that’s always a tough one. 


more cool news: i revised the episode’s ending and shortened another sequence, which is something i rarely do this far into production. the original ending just dragged and was never super funny or satisfying to me, while another key back-and-forth similarly went on a little too long. brevity is turning out to be a powerful skill. it’s not that i want to rush through scenes, it’s that the episode’s arc points need to hit at exactly the right moments. anyway, i knew that it’s going to be a few more months before i get to those shots to work on so editing them isn’t an issue really :) #digitalanimation also interesting news: i switched from a mac to PC to help shots render better. for the past eight years, all of the projects i've worked on have been made and composited on a macbook. finally my brother convinced me that things might go faster on a custom PC with a bomb graphics card and all that stuff -- so we built one!


it’s all in service of making episode three of BROBOT the best yet and i’m excited about it! think i’ve set a date for the episode release: friday, october 23! one week to enjoy for halloween :)  maybe later i’ll throw up some deleted scenes later on if the episode garners interest here or elsewhere. to be completely transparent: i’d really like it to. i’m making art for myself, but it’d be very nice to have my art enjoyed widely — for the first time in a long time. 


here’s a shot of some zombies. this was the first shot i made on the PC. zoinkssss!


tyler



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Posted by tylerghardin - April 11th, 2020


howdy crew :) spring is here! love is in the air, flowers are blooming, and… what’s that? getting reports that everyone is in quarantine and the world is falling apart.


well, no better time for a brobot update!


i’m very proud to report that this past month has been the greatest month of brobot progress yet. at the beginning of march, i was starting shot no. 11, and now i’ve just completed shot no. 26 — fifteen shots done, plus more updated and finalized. altogether, it totals the first two scenes and first two minutes of the episode. it feels fantastic to be able to watch the episode in sequence. it’s a good episode, my favorite yet. got a lot of heavy lifting here soon though — crowd shots comprise the majority of this next scene, with a car chase to follow. ergghhhh.


still, i am really really stoked at how this is turning out. progress was stalled on hillsdaleoween for some time. as i’ve spoken about at length in the past, portions of the production process — script/soundtrack/animatic/rigging — were affected by fear and depressive moods. in the early part of the year, we moved to a different house, which limited some time, and working in retail has pulled me away as usual too. still, i’ve gotten into a groove at the new place… been waking up at the crack of dawn with some coffee and knocking stuff out on days i close, and working deep into the night (being the nightfly, as my gf dubs it) on those i open. now, i feel in my best place yet to get this episode done on time and have it out by halloween :) here’s to being productive!


of course, as i’m sure you know by now, just about everything has been canceled or postponed, and my comics itenerary reflects that. i was appearing at FLUKE in athens, but that’s been re-scheduled to september 5… count on me being there. i’d like to get to more comic fests this year but ehhhh we’ll see.


in the meantime, here’s a screenshot from ep 103. enjoy!


tyler


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Posted by tylerghardin - February 14th, 2020


hello all! happy valentine’s day!

time for a BROBOT update. animation is chugging along on ep 103; i should hit a full minute here in the next few days. i’m sure i’ll go back and edit that animation throughout the process, and i intend to fully remake one shot i’m not satisfied with. but what’s interesting is since i haven’t really begun a full-scale animated project in *checks watch with dread* uhhh two years, i’ve had to re-learn project management. for example, “i’ve spent too long on this shot. time to move on, i’ll come back to it later”, or “it doesn’t have to be perfect”. i’m not an animator and don’t want to be — i really want to work in storyboarding — so this part of the process can be tedious and difficult for me. i’m also battling my typical daily anxieties and perfectionism, but i’m learning again to be more consistent with progress.

things are going well, and i’m excited to move to the next scene and keep on goin! in other news, as is usual, you can catch me at FLUKE in athens, ga. this coming march… exciting! my third time going. i am certain to have absolutely nothing new to show for myself but comics aren’t disappearing altogether. it’s just that BROBOT can be an all-consuming process, especially with a deadline looming. i’m still making near-daily comics in my sketchbook. and i’m looking forward to putting together the next (final?) issue of something anything, for a potential christmas or january release. you can also expect to see another fully scripted minicomic and the third and final “places” zine by next years’ festival season. after that, i’ve got plans to shift my comic output to different avenues… maybe even children’s stuff! but as for now? bruh, i got nothin’. maybe i’ll figure out something!

for now, enjoy this small unfinished screenshot of jason and BB in halloween costumes. fun! see ya next time.

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Posted by tylerghardin - October 29th, 2019


greetings everyone. happy halloween! you know what that means…


only one more year until the next episode of brobot! (haha…)


the next episode, if you didn’t know, is a halloween show. work’s progressing to a new stage right now: the animation stage! in late july, i managed to edit down the episode’s length for pacing and productivity purposes — with my girlfriend’s help, of course! it’s the first time i’ve ever edited anything after the animatic was locked, which was weird. but i think we came up with some really smart cuts that really benefit the episode. after that, i got started on rigging characters… and re-rigging, and re-rigging. it’s been way too long, and i’ve been in a rough spot.


really, i’ve been in a bad place with art, animation, and comics for a long time. i haven't worked consistently enough, due to other responsibilities in life. when i do sit down to make it happen, getting into the zone can be difficult and it’s like i never have the time i need. my job often required 6-day stretches of work that could be time-consuming, to say the least. to alleviate matters, i’ve adjusted my hours to 32 per week… just enough to cover insurance. wish i could go even lower, but it simply isn’t those days anymore.


and that’s been difficult for me. since i finished something anything issue 3, i fell into a weird funk. projects fell through; ideas were birthed, then promptly scrapped. there was a bright spot earlier this year when i created the fourth issue of that series, but since then i’ve even progressed to feeling weird about making autobiographical comics… why should anyone care about this? do i have a unique perspective? have i said too much? suffice to say, it’s been a taxing year, mentally. but recently i’ve been trying to just shut out the bullshit and just do the work. i’ve been making comics for myself more, for no one but me, and it’s been awesome.


consequently, rigs are (almost) done, and i’m into animation already. here’s the first 25 seconds’ worth. colors/sound effects/animation not entirely final. thanks to anyone reading or supporting. in comic-related news, i’ll also be appearing at my last fest of the year, ALTlanta, here in atlanta. that’s on november 17. see you there!


tyler



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Posted by tylerghardin - July 2nd, 2019


hey everybody, time for an update!


progress on episode 103 of brobot is moving along. i'm currently working on finalizing character designs and editing rigs for the episode. the animatic is done, the soundtrack is more or less mixed as well, though it's still using the temporary score from gravity falls... typically, i use that and then my friend dillon -- @kingdarkeyes here on newgrounds -- will write to it and match it, expand upon it, do with it what he will later on. this is a very ambitious show, with car chases and zombie fights and multiple new characters and locales and crowd shots... and it runs two minutes longer than my average show at this moment. judging from my history, i've never been good at meeting holiday deadlines, so while this will shock you, this brobot episode isn't scheduled for this hallow's eve, but the next. yes, 2020. animation takes a long time.


initially, i thought about moving up another brobot episode and working on it instead, but there's a sequence to the series order, seasonally. so my idea is to work on this episode, finish it sometime next year, and begin work on the next one. then, i'll have two episodes out closer together, which will be very nice, and will likely never happen again, haha. before that, however, i may work on a short animation for this fall, another slice of life one. i might revive the one i was working on called the breadstick incident and make an event out of it creating it... i want to request a week off of work and make that short old-school style... staying up all night! it'd be fun. i also want to continue making comics, which will be roped in there somewhere, too.


i recognize i have had little progress to show, so i'm posting a small clip of the animatic and a near-completed background for the second shot from the show. enjoy.



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see you again in a couple months!


tyler


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Posted by tylerghardin - April 2nd, 2019


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hello everybody! i just got back from my first two conventions of the new year, and they were a ton of fun! first was the inaugural punk rock flea market in my hometown of mobile, alabama! saw a lot of old friends and had a wonderful time. then it was FLUKE in athens, georgia… my second time going and it was great. this post is to write about some of my newest comics i sold at both!


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first off: the sunshine state! this guy’s just a little tiny baby zine composed of places i liked going to when i lived in florida. think of it as a sequel of sorts to the going mobile zine i made last august. then there’s put on currents, where’s the alcohol, a compilation of the first autobio comics i ever made. (i’ve been alluding to making this book on here for some time, so it’s nice to finally have it out). some of it makes me very uncomfortable, and not just because the drawings were so sloppy. but i know as a fan of autobio comics, i want to read what makes someone uncomfortable. i want to relate and engage more with their lives. so i figured no harm in releasing some of my first comics i made, which still mean a lot to me. that said, at this time, i’ve only decided to make 35 copies (10 for family/friends) so snag one NOW if you want one. then lastly is hourly comics day 2016-19. it just compiles all the hourlies i did for the past four of those, which are pretty fun to look back on. you can buy those comics from my storenvy for just $1-7 smackaroos, plus pins and the something anything comics too.


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OR, come see me at my next convention. i included my little poster for them all above, if you didn’t notice :) next is free comic book day at criminal records here in sunny atlanta ga. hoping to get out to more this year, and not just stop in may like i did last time. okay. guess what time it is now?


time to get back to brobot and animating <3 working as we speak on revising the script i had for a halloween episode and getting it into working order. if i have time today, i'm going to work on updating the brobot rig... each one will have a new rig cause they'll all be in halloween costumes! isn't that fun? anyways. see you soon with an update on that! here's a bit of dialogue i know i'm gonna keep:


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Posted by tylerghardin - February 6th, 2019


iu_5945_4518837.jpghello everyone! my newest issue of something anything is out! you can snag one on my storenvy, hunt for one at one of ATL’s many comic and record shops, or grab one from me directly at the conventions i’m doing this year! i made this comic over january, and it was mainly pretty fun to make. it’s funny, all my early plans for this comic were pretty much scrapped by the end. instead, i did a bunch of newer ones. there’s a lot of unfinished outtakes i may revisit at some point.


right now i’m finishing up that paperback collection of ooooooooold dailies i made that’ll be going to print this month. then, randomly, i’m gonna make another comic! that’s right! i found an old script for an animation i wrote years ago that i always sorta liked. i’m telling you this script was old… i think i wrote it whenever i made the animation guilty pleasure, which did pretty well here on NG :) anyway, it definitely doesn’t fit what i’m doing animation-wise anymore, so i adapted it into a comic, with wraparounds where i’m a dusting off the old script like an archeologist! haha! that one will also be done hopefully this month, at which point i’ll post that here too.


speaking of what i’m doing animation-wise, after that new comic is completed, i’m going to re-start work on the brobot halloween special, which will likely consume all of my time and creative energy until… *checks watch* halloween! so. yeah. i’m planning to make the fuck out of that deadline and have a really good episode available to watch. sorry if anyone has been wondering where brobot is… he’s just taken a back-seat to comics briefly.


but you can get him — in pin form — at the conventions i mentioned! i’m selling little brobot pins like last year. (ps they’re also on my storenvy). i also made some just say bro pins, as seen in the episode. those are up for pre-order :)


okay, enjoy the comic if you buy it :)


tyler


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Posted by tylerghardin - February 3rd, 2019


as is tradition, here are my hourlies from feb 1. btw, my new issue of something anything should be out this week! (i wanted it out friday, but as you can see here, i got caught up with this and working)

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Posted by tylerghardin - January 9th, 2019


greetings all, been a minute.

right now i'm working on a new issue of something anything, my autobio comics series. i'd like to have the issue done by the end of this month, if possible. after that, i'm finally gonna start on compiling a bunch of old, unreleased daily comics into a collection called put on currents, where's the alcohol... should be a nice, perfect-bound book that i'll be selling at some upcoming fests i'll be at. you can def expect to see me at the following fests:

march 24 -- punk rock flea market (mobile, al, my hometown!)

march 30 -- fluke (athens, ga)

may XX -- chattanooga zine fest (chattanooga, tn)

at those, i'll also have all the old issues of something anything, plus brobot buttons and stickers, hopefully. i'm also at this exact moment taking my hourly comics days from years past and compiling them into a little cheapo zine that i'll have there too. i want to do more conventions this year, but traveling is hard. it'd be a dream to do STAPLE or SPX or something.

solitary man in giant auditorium audience: bruh, when you gonna make some more animations?

me: calm down, fanbase!

you can expect a new brobot episode out later this year. i was working on a little project that was an animated version of a comic i did, but it fell by the wayside. i just wasn't that interested in it and i don't know, i've been in a major funk more or less since i completed the last something anything. i took on more responsibilites at work, though that's not entirely to blame for it. we've also moved houses, though again... i am myself to blame. i boarded some of the brobot episode you'll see in october last summer, and i'm gonna try and write another draft of it before i begin working on it, which will be in february/march (or whenever this issue and put on currents is done). it's a halloween show and i haven't taken a look at it since last summer, but i liked it a lot and hopefully with enough lead time it'll be out for the season.

okay, i'll leave you with the entiriety of that project i was working on last month. enjoy it, lemme know what you think or if i should complete it.

tyler

 


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Posted by tylerghardin - August 13th, 2018


greetings all,

i’ve got a new zine out called going mobile. no big fanfare for this one, it’s just a very small celebration of my hometown through illustrations. i was back in town there this weekend, and stocked it in a few stores along the way -- you can now get it in mob-town at satori, mobile records, and port city comics. in b'ham, you can get it beginning next week at sanctum comics. my goal’s to have it in most comic shops here in alabama, and it’s available for purchase now on my storenvy as usual. for this project, i was trying to emulate the simplicty/economy of one of my fav artists, jp coovert. i tried it on paper, digital, paper, then digital again, and more times. nothing seemed to be working. eventually the goal of this project just became to overcome it and complete the damn thing. it may be sloppy, it’s not what i had envisioned, but it’s time to move past it.

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i’ve just been going through a real weird time this summer. artisically, i haven't been sure of what i want for myself or what to focus on. i wrote a few drafts of a halloween brobot episode and even recorded the soundtrack. i put together some of an animatic, and realized i didn’t have enough time to complete it in time for the holiday. then i made going mobile, and despite it being 20 or so simple-ass drawings, it took fuckin forever. i’ve been lazy, confused, and mainly just neutral… which is oddly scarier than a more concrete emotion. i don’t know what i’m doing or what i should be doing; i’m just dreadfully indecisive as to what i want. there’s this paramore song called caught in the middle which is really how i’ve been feeling… “try to get going but it’s not that simple / gotta get going or they’ll call me a quitter”. i must admit, i’m very happy in my everyday life, but what’s up next?

well, i’ve got some ideas for a series called FUNTASIA. i haven’t even really begun working on it really, so it’s in that embryonic stage where it’s just messy ideas. i don’t want to abandon brobot, but it’s looking like that next episode WILL be the next episode of that, and since it’s not for THIS halloween, it’s… you get the point. see ya for a minute, brobot. i’ve got a lot of comic ideas for the next something anything, and i’d like another one of those out before the end of the year. but i’d really like to tackle funtasia. so i guess THAT’s what’s next. i hope i get outta this soon. thanks for following me if you do!

tyler


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