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I've been interested in animation for longer than I can remember. I'm mostly self taught, and seem to be improving with everything I release. I hope to one day further my skills. I love making cartoons.

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Posted by artistunknown - December 13th, 2018


2672668_154470486063_HEART.pngold shitty art I made expressing my love for Newgrounds

 

So today my Newgrounds account turned 10.  I was writing up a big post in a similar vein to my 5 year post, looking at all the stuff I made in that time and the life stuff that happened around it, but honestly?  It was tiring, and it just felt unnecessary.  I should be working on stuff instead of writing a bunch of nonsense at 7am, even if it's a special day.  Idk, maybe I'm just not in the right mindset right now.  It's great to look back and see how far I've come, but there's also a lot of stuff I don't remember, and most of the life stuff I DO remember is pretty shit and I kinda don't want to relive it right now, so instead, I'll just be glad that Newgrounds is still around and actually thriving for once thanks to tumblr's implosion, really brought a smile to my face seeing all this unfold.  Also all the porn has been a nice bonus I guess.

Maybe I will make that big news post with all the garbage I was writing down though, but right now isn't the right time I feel.  Maybe I should've started writing that post days ago like I planned to.  Oh well, here's to another 10 years!

...Fuck I'll be 33... But I'll also be a lot better off!!!!!

 

 

Also I forgot to mention it last time, but I released a new AU Reviews after 2 years, and it's the longest one yet, but I think it remains consistently entertaining throughout, so check it out if you want.

IDK what you'll see from me for the rest of the year, it's been hard to find the drive to actually work on things with being so exhausted from work and also having to deal with depression, but I'm close to finishing a 15 second cartoon and an EP, so I hope I can get those out at least.  I'm also working on a super secret thing I probably can't talk about and that's due on the 31st so we'll see how that goes.  I might talk about it in the new year if I'm feeling confident enough!!!!!!!!

 

And now I slumber.


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Posted by artistunknown - November 11th, 2018


I wanted to make this post on Halloween, but I'm an idiot so whoops!!!

First off, before I get into the meat of this post, for Halloween I released a short film I started making in 2016, The Chicken Choker.  It's only on youtube because it's live action, although I know that is allowed on Newgrounds, and maybe I should've uploaded it here since one of the characters is a puppet and there's even some animation, but I just felt like there were too many issues with it, the camera quality and acting aren't very good, but I still think it's pretty funny and I'm glad it's finally done and out.

I did upload the soundtrack on Newgrounds though, as well as the credits song.

 

And now some quick followups to the last news post.

-I got my GED!!!

Pretty quickly in fact.  Also it turns out I'm not as much of an idiot as I thought, because I scored high enough on some of the tests to get college credit, so that's cool.

-album

I did finally end up putting out my FAWM Album, originally called Fap All Wankin' Month, renamed to Rehash, because it was more thematically fitting.

You can listen to it on Newgrounds, youtube, or bandcamp.  The bandcamp version has commentary on each track, as well as instrumental and demo versions of each track when you download.  The youtube version is also nice because there's no pauses between songs so it flows how I intended, though I guess you could also get the same effect if you download the newgrounds versions and play them in media player or something, though maybe the newgrounds playlist also works like that (nope just checked there's a slight delay between songs, dammit Tom!!!)

 

All right, onto the bulk of this post.

 

My plans for the rest of the year have once again changed because... wait for it... I got a job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yeah, turns out I AM capable of working, who'd have thought.  I applied to a ton of jobs, and I even got an interview at Chipotle, but none of those went anywhere, until one day I decided to check one of the "matched jobs" that Indeed kept sending, and it seemed like something I could do so I applied, and then the next day they said they wanted me to apply in person, so I did, and then like a day later they called me back saying I had a shift available.  What the heck how did that go so smoothly!!!!

So the job title is "event staff" but basically it's just janitorial work before, during, and after events in the Orlando area, so it's pretty interesting, I'm constantly working a new job essentially.  I've worked at 5 (I think?) venues so far, though it's mostly been at 2, but each time is different.

I've been working since October 13th.  It's only 2 to 4 days a week, and the shifts are only 4 to 8 hours, but every shift has been pleasent and it's been (mostly) keeping me distracted from my bad thoughts and I've been making money so it's good.  I actually feel fufilled for once.  I feel like I have a purpose again.  Getting to and from work has been a pain in the ass though, if my roommate can't take me then I have to waste serveral hours on a bus, or waste a lot of money on an Uber to get there faster.

I also got a bank account, because oh yeah now that I have money I kinda need one of those, huh?

The whole process of setting it up was a huge pain in the ass, I really should've set it up BEFORE I got employed, but you know me, if I don't think I need something at that moment in time, then I don't need it.  Except I did because boy it would've made things a lot less stressful.  So it turns out that I actually had FIVE paychecks waiting fo rme when I finally went to pick them up, totaling like $320,  from the 6 shifts I had done up to that point.  I still couldn't cash them though because although I did have the bank account, I didn't know the account number so I couldn't actually use it.  The bank was supposed to send it in the mail.  They never did.  They did send the debit card though, which I couldn't activate because I needed the account number to do that!!!  After way too long, my roommate finally just took me to the bank (10 minute drive vs 1 hour walk) and I got everything sorted out, however I still can't do the online banking because every time I try to set it up something just fails so now I gotta call them.

Anyways, that's enough ranting about the bank.  I've still got plenty of things to do.  Next thing up is getting my driver's license and saving up for a car, because that would save so much time and money getting to work, and then I'll be pretty much fully independent, which will be great.

I was fearing this for a while, that I wouldn't be cut out for the real world, that I wouldn't be able to hold a job, but that fear is slowly going away.  I work hard and try to not fuck things up, and my employer has even said they really appreciate me, which feels weird but it makes me feel good.  At any moment that fear could still be realized though.  I could do something to fuck it all up, or maybe I'll crash and burn, but for now, things are good and they're going well and I feel good.

I am a little worried at the moment though, because I was supposed to work a 9 hour shift yesterday, but I decided it was best not to, since my wrist was hurting really bad after my last two shifts, and if I did work that other shift, I know for a fact the pain would've only gotten worse and then there wouldn't be enough time to recover before the next shift.  And I really didn't want to risk the pain getting worse, because what if it lead to something really bad to where I can no longer use my righ thand?  Then I wouldn't be able to draw and fuck knows that wouldn't be good. 

I guess I shouldn't worry too much about not working that shift, since I told them before hand that I couldn't do it and they seemed cool with it, and since all of the shifts are optional anyways, it probably doesn't matter, but I can't help but feel I've let them down.  They did change my schedule to give me that shift specifically, and I couldn't do it.  I shouldn't think like that though, nothing good will come of it.

Also, the thing I hate most about working is now I have less time to work on creative projects, and I'm too tired to work during the time I can, but now I have the drive to work on creative stuff again, but I can't.  Hopefully this will be a wake up call though, if I ever do get all the time in the world again, I won't take it for granted.  God I miss just being able to make things, and it really fucking sucks because I wasted a lot of time this year just wallowing in depression.  Nothing I can do about that though other than just make sure I'm using my time better in the future and not succumbing to the depression.

 

And now for my new plans for the rest of the year!!!!

Since there was no way I was gonna be able to do the rest of AU Reviews this year, I had decided to just do 2 more for now and save the rest for next year, but now I'm not doing anymore this year, instead I'm doing 2 more cartoons, plus another one that's a bit more special, and is going to take a bit of time so it probably won't actually be out this year.

One of those cartoons is a video game parody (oh no) and the other is kinda like my Retsupurae animation, only not Retsupurae and a lot shorter, but it's the same sorta idea, making a cartoon out of dialog from a youtube video.

And the special cartoon is a music video, I believe I referred to this in my last news post as a "super secret music video" which it still is, though I'll spill the beans a little bit.  It stars some characters from a series I've been developing called "Pollywogs", which started off as a comic here on Newgrounds, but I always wanted to do it as an animated series, and I lost interest in doing it as a comic, so now it will be a series again, but it won't happen for a long time.

The music video isn't necessarily part of the series though, but it does detail some events that happen in it at least, and it stars these guys:

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Old-ass designs from 2016

Joey and Lophat have the biggest roles though, and I started refining their designs a while ago, and I was even posting some art on twitter.  I'll just include it here for convenience though.

2672668_154197248993_joeyredesign.pngJoey Design comparison - 2016 vs 2018


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Lophat design comparison - 2016 vs 2018

 

And here's some shitty drawings I did while trying to refine their designs:

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I'll get around to designing the other two at some point.  Not right now though because my wrist still kinda hurts.  I probably shouldn't be typing this much.

 

And finally, I still plan to get an EP out by the end of the year.  All the instrumentals are done and I've got temp vocals, and 2 of the tracks are already 100% done, but idk if I'll have time to record the final vocals for the rest of the songs.  Hopefully though.

Also there might just be something to celebrate the 8th anniversary of FMTS after all.  It's not going to be anything too special, but it will be something at least.

 

And that's something.


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Posted by artistunknown - September 1st, 2018


Today marks the 8th anniversary of FrogMan the Series, and I have nothing to celebrate it with lmao!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Not too big of a deal though, this isn't the first time this has happened.  I did have a few things in mind to celebrate this year, but they couldn't get done in time, maybe there will be some kind of celebration by the end of the month though, idk.

Plus it's not like anyone cares about FMTS anyways!!!!!!!!!!1

 

Also I put out a Zelda cartoon, you should go watch it, I spent way too fucking long on it.

 

Speaking of, I always try to put a wall of text in the description, talking about the production history and my thoughts on it, and once again I couldn't fit all of it in the description because I don't know when to shut up, so now I'm just gonna copy-paste what I wrote here.

 

Holy fuck did this take forever.  I started this back in March of 2017, and no it didn't take over a year to make a two minute cartoon, but when I think about it, it feels like it still took 4 or 5 months of solid work, at least, there were a few spans of a couple weeks where I was working on this non-stop, including the last month, and I don't understand how I spent so long on a just barely two minute cartoon, though tbf a lot of the animation here is on 1's (just because of how fast a lot of it is) so that might have to do with it.  It didn't feel like I spent too long on the animation though, but my perception of time is pretty fucked so maybe I did, I don't know.

Anyways, clearly the production history of this was a nightmare, there's no reason it should've taken this long.  I started it back in March and figured I would finish it in March, 'cause that's when Breath of the Wild came out, but I couldn't, for a few reasons, the first being that I was busy filming a live action series that still hasn't seen the light of day, and then also my laptop got dead, but that was quickly taken care of.  After that, I kept going back and forth between projects and then eventually I put a teaser for this out, expecting to finish it some time soon, but then I stopped working on it again, and then that was it for a while.  I went and worked on a bunch of other things, only finishing a few.

And then we get to this year, where I couldn't bring myself to work on anything, so all the plans I had for the year had to be thrown out, multiple times.  I kept trying to work on many things, but couldn't get very far because I couldn't bring myself to work.  Since I had been in a similar mood before in 2015, where I couldn't work on anything and just decided to start working on FMTS again after a year, and then did nothing but work on FMTS 6 until it was done, and I realized that's what I wanted to work on all along, so I figured there must be something I really want to work on, since I couldn't bring myself to work on anything else.  I thought that thing would be Gripp, an animated mini-series that's very personally meaningful to me.  So I started working on it, and it ended up like everything else, I gave up just after starting because I couldn't bring myself to work further.  And then I decided to go back to the zelda cartoon.  And I could work on it.  For whatever stupid fucking reason, this was the cartoon I wanted to work on, maybe because it was left unfinished for so long, just like FMTS 6.  So I worked on it, and for 5 or 6 months, I put out no new cartoons.  I didn't work on it consistently over those 5 months, because I always fell back into that slump.  I never truly felt like I was 100% depressed though, I mean, I thought I was depressed, but I wasn't entirely sure, but these past few months, something changed.  I felt different.  Every waking second that wasn't spent occupying myself with some mindless activity, I was overcome with immense sadness, seemingly out of nowhere.  I'm still undiagnosed, but that change, with the feeling lasting for well over a month now, plus my shit memory, definitely makes me more confident that's what's actually going on.  I should really go to the doctor about that, but that costs money.

Anyways, after way too long, this cartoon is finally done.  And honestly?  I don't know how to feel about it.  I wanted to make it the best it could be since it had been so long, but in the end, I decided to not shade the whole thing, and even skimp out on some animation, because it would have been at least another month if I had, and I shouldn't be spending this much time on a stupid zelda cartoon.  Also I tried scoring this myself, instead of using music from the game, out of fear of Nintendo  smacking me down for copyright, and I don't know how to feel about the music.  It isn't great, but I think it gets the job done and doesn't detract from it at least.

With all that said, hopefully people still enjoy this, so it makes the time spent working on it worth it.  If not, well then whatever, I've got more important things to work on anyways.

And from the looks of it, I'd say people are enjoying it ;3

 

Also, in other news, I have some plans for the rest of the year! (oh no!!!!!!!)

Basically, all I plan to put out for the rest of the year, is

  • an album
  • 8 new AU Reviews
  • a super secret music video
  • and maybe an EP

Hopefully I can pull it off!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Also I moved, and am now working to get my GED, because I forgot that was a thing lmao.

 

Okay, that's it I guess.  I should probably post these more often, but then if I did that, I probably wouldn't have so much to talk about.

Maybe that's a good thing though.


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Posted by artistunknown - June 21st, 2018


I haven't wanted to be an animator all my life, not even an artist.  I don't know what I wanted to do when I was really young, I mostly just played with toys and didn't care about much else, but the art thing just kinda happened naturally.  I started drawing, because it was another thing to do, and I guess I liked it enough to pursue it further, to the point where in school I was the "artist" in the class, despite my drawings not actually being very good (they still aren't now tbh), but I was drawing, so I was an artist.

 

During these years, I don't remember exactly what I drew, I know there were a few characters I ended up making between the age of 5-9, characters that I've held onto all these years and will eventually do more with them (one being FrogMan, who I have done a lot with but we'll get to that later).  The other thing I remember drawing a lot as a kid, was the only cartoon I would make fan art of, Spongebob. I don't remember how long I was drawing Spongebob as a kid, but I was also drawing some original stuff around then too, including the first "Adventures of FrogMan" book. It's interesting, that Spongebob is the only cartoon I would draw as a kid, 'cause it really doesn't show up in my current art style, unlike a lot of other artists who were heavily inspired by cartoon art styles; they can still draw original content well though, unlike me.  I can actually draw the Spongebob characters pretty decently now though, so something did come of it.

 

That's all pretty unrelated to the topic at hand though, at least, mostly unrelated.  I did briefly mention FrogMan in that, and that's the topic, and we'll get to it, but I feel the need to give as much context as possible to help make the situation easier to understand.  Maybe it’s not needed, but eh, I don’t get to write a lot anyways, so… yeah.

 

At some point between 2004-2006 (I don't remember when exactly) I was introduced to Newgrounds.  I had been browsing the internet for a bit before, because we finally had dial up (wow), and I was mostly just going on LEGO.com, but once I found Newgrounds, I couldn't stay off of it.  A few years later, I realized that the stuff on Newgrounds was actually made by individual people, and not some corporate entity, and that was cool man, and super motivating. I had been trying to find more ways of furthering my "art" beyond crappy pencil drawings, or even worse MS Paint drawings, and I had discovered the art of Brick Films recently, so it seemed like animation was a good way to progress.

 

But I didn't start animating until a few years later.  I don't remember why it took so long. I guess I didn't understand that flash animations were made in flash, and I didn't know how to make cartoons, so it probably just took me awhile to figure things out.  So I made crappy "cartoons" in MS Paint. Fantastic.

 

I've already talked about that period of my life many times though, and that's not what this is about.  This is about FrogMan.

 

In 2004, I made the first FrogMan book, at the age of 9.  It ended on a cliffhanger, because I somehow planned out a 5 book series, but I completely forgot the original plan for that, or what the thought process even was, but 2 years later, in 2006 I made the 2nd book, and in 2008, 2 years after that I started the 3rd book, but it was never finished, and what I had done accidentally got thrown out, so it was lost to the ages, but I did remember most of what the story was supposed to be.  After that point though, I have no idea what the story was supposed to be, other than a few major plot points, but I don't know how I would've gotten 2 more books out of it.

 

By 2009 though, I had fully gotten into animation.  I was making pretty decent garbage with paint, and here I had an unfinished series of books, that I kinda cared about.  This character had been with me since 2003 at the earliest after all. And so I started writing scripts for a possible animated adaptation of the Adventures of FrogMan series.  When I got to book 3 again though, I couldn't finish it. Because I didn't know what the story was. The first two were easy, because it was just improving on what was already written, but with the third one, there was nothing there, other than a vague idea.

 

So I again sat on it for a while.  And then a year later, I completely gave up on the original story, and decided to make a FrogMan continuation in the form of an adult animated sitcom (that I erroneously branded as a reality show, though tbf it is supposed to be following the life of the family, so it kinda is a reality show, but really it's just another animated family sitcom).  And thus, FrogMan the Series was born.

 

It was like early to mid 2010 when I started writing episodes.  The first episode was already written at this point, 'cause when the school talent show rolled around, I had the bright idea to enter it with the talent of "animation" and I made the FrogMan the Series pilot for the talent show... except it was animated in paint, and had to be completely family friendly, so I basically re-wrote it and cut out the villain's subplot entirely.  And it was horribly edited because Alex didn't know what he was doing (sorry @RECONmasterFILMS). Animation-wise though, it was pretty decent. Looked about the same as Attack of the Squirrel King. I would show it to y'all, but it's kinda lost. I know it's still around somewhere though, so hopefully I'll one day be able to re-edit it and share it with everyone, 'cause it would suck to lose such a historical part of my development as an artist.

 

Anyways, after that, I started working on the series proper over the summer.  I thought it was gonna be animated in flash, but my trial ran out, and I couldn't afford it and I didn't want to resort to pirating.  I don't remember what I was thinking after that, but eventually my dad ended up buying me and my sister an animation program called Anime Studio for $50.  Unfortunately, this ended up being a severely limited version of Anime Studio. That we paid for. Yeah, okay.

 

I've gone into how bad this was many times, but because of its limitations, I ended up animating the first 2.5 episodes of FrogMan the Series in Anime Studio, so it was all tweened and stuff, and it didn't look very good.  Then during the making of episode 3 I got fed up with it and finally went and got flash, except I apparently forgot everything I had learned about animation from doing stuff with paint, so the first few episodes I did in flash ended up looking bad still.  That's my fault for trying to make long cartoons before I knew what I was doing. I eventually did get better at animating and ended up remembering how to actually do it after making a few shorts in between the episodes. Speaking of which:

 

FrogMan the Series was plagued with problems from the start.  The first two episodes were finished before school started, so it should've gone off on the right foot, getting episodes up every week should've been a piece of cake.  Episode one went up on September 1st, 2010, as planned, but then something went wrong during the editing of episode 2, so it had to be delayed by a week or two. That's fine, episode two was already finished, and I was well into episode 3, so it should be easy to get it out sooner.  But then there was an even bigger delay. Episode 3 didn't come out until November 14th, nearly 2 months after episode 2. I somehow still thought I could get the rest of the season out by the end of the year. Yeah, that didn't happen.

 

What did happen by the end of the year though, was my dad dying, and that sucked.  I've talked about that enough though, but that did mean that a lot of life stuff was getting in the way of making cartoons, so because of that, episode 4 didn't come out until May 22nd, 2011.  Because that gap was so long, I vowed that the wait for episode 5 wouldn't be nearly as long, and it ended up being way longer than I could've ever anticipated.

 

Episode 5 finally came out June 21, 2012, after many headaches that I've already gone into in other posts.  Once again though, after the way-too-long break, I promised it wouldn't be anywhere near as long between episode 5 and 6, in fact, I was pretty confident I could get the rest of the season out by the end of the year.  I'll never learn.

 

Episode 6 was making pretty good progress though, and by the time the end of the year came, I had about 3 minutes of it animated, which is pretty good since it was fully frame by frame now, instead of the bad tweening from previous episodes (at least episode 4 and 5 served as improvements for art style).  The original version of episode 6 still wasn't great though, the script had a lot of issues. Also, at some point, my computer died again, so I lost access to the file for a bit. In fact, I couldn't even access the file until over a year later, but still, I didn't touch it. It was just so long since, how could I just get back to it now?

 

It wasn't until 2014 that I finally decided.  Episode 6 was just too old at this point. I had improved so much with both art and animation, what I had would just be too jarring next to anything new, so I made the tough decision to scrap what I had, and start over completely from scratch, even re-writing a lot of the script and re-recording dialog because the original just wasn't very good.  And you know what? I had a lot of fun getting to record episode 6 and 7 back to back with Alex, and then directing my sister to record Chick Frog's lines. I immediately started working on the episode's animation, but then for whatever reason, I just stopped. I don't remember why, but considering the timing, it was probably depression. I still managed to make some shorts, but my output really wasn't that great.  And on top of that, I wasn't working on episode 6.

 

Since 2014 was the 10th anniversary of The Adventures of FrogMan, I deemed 2014 "The Year of FrogMan" so I was gonna make it special.  At this point, I had already made a few FMTS shorts, so I made a couple more in 2014, and I had planned to finish episode 6 and 7 by the end of the year.  At least I was getting a bit less ambitious with my plans.

 

One other big FrogMan related thing that happened in 2014, was I finally figured out what to do with the original story I started writing for The Adventures of FrogMan.  I tried writing an animated adaptation before, but it just wasn't working out. But in 2014, I finally figured it out: I would do a feature-length animated origin film, based on the story I "wrote" when I was 9, except, a lot better.  I started writing a plot outline, and I even made a cool poster for the film, and I even thought I could start animating it that year. Yeah, okay, I was still too ambitious.

 

I couldn't even finish episode 6 in 2014 though.  I don't remember why, I had already finished 2 scenes, but I sat on it for over a year.  I think maybe I couldn't work on it because I was working on FrogMan and Pico? I don't remember, but that seems likely, since I started that in 2013, and I was working on scene 2 and 3 in 2014.  Now that I think about it, I did work on a lot of cartoons in 2014, but still nowhere as many as I should have.

 

Point is, I didn't get back to work on episode 6 again until the summer of 2015, because I had no internet, was going crazy, and I had nothing else I could work on.  So I opened up flash, and started animating a new scene of episode 6. And it felt great. So I animated another scene, and then I storyboarded the rest of it, and I felt so good.  For the first time in a long time, I felt so good and I was happy because I finally figured out what I really wanted to work on. I wanted to work on episode 6 and finish it after all these years, and I didn't realize it earlier for some reason.  So I kept working on it, and from then until April 2016, I worked on nothing but episode 6, and finally, it was finished. I couldn't believe it. It had been nearly 4 years, and it was finally done. And after episode 6, I was satisfied. I felt no need to immediately jump into making episode 7.  Episode 6 was done, and that's all that mattered. It was a huge weight off of me.

 

It's been 2 years now, and I still haven't started episode 7.  I rewrote the script and re-recorded the audio at the same time as episode 6, but I haven't started animating it.  I haven't even started storyboarding it, and it's just because I haven't felt the need to. I've been working on all different kinds of creative projects since then, and I'm so overwhelmed with everything I want to do that I can't choose something to stick to, so I end up working on nothing a lot of the time.

 

I've made a few FMTS shorts since episode 6, but other than that, I don't know what to do with the series.  At the end of 2017, I finally finished writing the script for the FrogMan origin film, and I really want to animate it entirely by myself, because that'll just be the cheapest option, plus it’d be cool to say I animated a feature film all by myself.  But that's gonna take forever, and I'm perfectly fine with putting the time in, but after it's done, what do I do with it? I can't just spend years animating a MOVIE and then slap it up online for free and get a few hundred views. That's a problem I'll have to think about later though, when I actually decide to start working on it.

 

I was seriously thinking of starting the animation for the film this year, but I've got so many big projects I want to work on, and it'd make more sense to work on them first.  Most of this year though, I've felt unfulfilled, and I don't know what I want to work on, like when I figured out I wanted to work on episode 6. At first, I thought that would be my mini-series "Gripp".  So I started working on it earlier this year, but I just wasn't feeling it. I thought more than anything, that would be what I wanted to work on. Turns out the only thing I can really bring myself to work on now is the Breath of the Wild parody i started last year.  Yes, a stupid, dumb zelda parody based on a joke that's probably been done to death now. But it's more than that, and I did get a good bit of progress done on it last year, and I just sat on it, because I wasn't feeling it anymore at the time. But I guess I am now, because I can't bring myself to work on anything except for it, so I've gotta get it done, and that's what I've been working on, and that's why there hasn't been anything from me for the past few months, because I can't bring myself to work on anything else.

 

I was working on the Zelda cartoon for a good few weeks straight, I was even streaming most of the process, but then I got a chance to do an animation test for a potential freelance gig, so I had to stop to do that.  Coincidentally, I also had to do a bunch of yard work starting the same day, because it's hurricane season I guess, so we gotta get some things sorted. So I had to spend like 6 hours a day doing yard work, cutting down trees, replacing the roof, whatever, and then I had to work on the animation test, but I was so tired and sore from doing the yard work, I just couldn't most days, so the animation test took way longer than it should have, and this whole time I couldn't touch the zelda cartoon, the one thing I actually wanted to work on because it was holding me up from working on anything else.

 

That was the past two weeks. I finished the animation test on the 18th, but I haven't done much since then.  I've been kinda relaxing since, because the past two weeks were just so awful, but I've gotta get back to work on the zelda cartoon, because I can't bring myself to work on anything else.

 

But that's not entirely related, because it doesn't have anything to do with FMTS.

 

The actual point of this whole post, is, I wanna work on FMTS.  I have so many ideas, I've got over 100 episode ideas, and a few movies, and the thought of never being able to finish all of it kinda scares me, and it's getting more and more real the older I get and I hate it.  And, I'm at the point now where I could finally make the series look exactly how I've always wanted, and that idea is so cool to me, yet I'm still not working on it. Why? A big part, is 'cause a lot of the time I feel like it doesn't have enough fans to justify it, but I don't think that really matters, since a lot of the time, it also feels like it's the only thing I want to make.  If all of FrogMan the Series is all I got to make in my life time, I'd be happy. Even if it's just a stupid profane show about a bunch of frogs with super powers they don't even use, I really wanna make it, because it means a lot to me, and there's even some really good, meaningful stories in the later seasons, and I really wanna tell them. But I'm not working on it.

 

And the main reason, is animation takes a long time.  I wanna animate the episodes entirely frame by frame, but that would take way too long to do by myself, so the only options really, are hiring a team to help make the episodes quicker, which would cost a lot of money I don't have, or go back to tweens, so the episodes can get done drastically quicker.  There also comes the issue of the episode lengths. Some of them can get close to 30 minutes long. While a 30 minute video every day works on youtube, a 30 minute video every other month isn't gonna work, and most of the episodes aren't even 30 minutes, most aren't even 11. If I could make an episode in a decent amount of time though and UPLOAD them weekly, maybe it could be worthwhile if the time investment isn't so bad, but again, the only way of doing that is by outsourcing, or cutting back on the animation quality.  Alternatively, I could also upload the episodes in shorter chunks, and then later upload the full episodes, to milk them for all they're worth. This seems to be a route that a lot of people are going, but these episodes were written as full episodes, so they don't really have a natural splitting point, but looking at the scripts, it could work MOSTLY. I just would hate to do that, because then some episodes would have like 6 parts, and that's really annoying, but at least it would mean they could come out faster.

 

So that's my dilemma.  I want to work on FMTS, but I don't know what I should do.  I wanna make more shorts, I wanna make all 10 seasons, and I wanna make the couple of movies and spinoffs that I have locked in my head, but I don't know what I should do.

 

So what should I do?  Should I give in, and go back to tweens?  They wouldn't be as bad as they were originally, in fact, I could probably do some pretty good tweens now, because I have a bit more experience with better rigs now.  I wouldn't entirely enjoy doing it, but it would get the stories out. Another option is mostly using tweens but still supplementing with some frame by frame when it's not too much of a time-sink, but this could get jarring if I'm not careful, but I know it's doable, I've seen plenty of internet animators do it.

 

I really wanna keep doing FMTS fully frame by frame, but it'll take too long.  I don't wanna have to do tweens, but it makes the most sense. Give me your thoughts, 'cause it would really help.

 

I've made a poll to make this official: https://twitter.com/xArtistunknown/status/1009850973177696258

 

Thanks for reading this stupidly long, probably pretentious, ramble.  I do a lot of thinking, and I want to do a lot of writing, but I really feel like I shouldn't just dump all my awful thoughts on Newgrounds.  No one wants to read that. This isn't Deviantart or Tumblr... that does give me an idea though...

 

But that's for another day.  Thanks for reading. I'm gonna go back to not working now, because I'm once again in a transitional period where I don't feel like doing anything and I don't know what to do.  I'll get over it in a few days though. And then it'll happen again.


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Posted by artistunknown - January 5th, 2018


Yeah, so probably not the best way to start off the new year, but it's what's happening, so... yeah.

I've been saying for the longest time that I "have to get a job soon" well the time has finally come.  I don't know what will happen if I DON'T get a job, so I don't want to risk it, as much as I fear I'll fuck it up, or I just don't want to do it, the consequences of not getting one will probably be a lot worse.  And who knows, maybe the fear is for nothing, maybe getting a job and being forced into a situation where I have to be more social and listen to orders and perform tasks under pressure will actually make me better instead of causing me to break down.  Maybe.

What does any of that have to do with anything though?  Well, I had a whole schedule planned out for this year, I was planning on releasing 76 videos during the year (mostly on youtube), but now that the job thing is imminent, I've decided to just scrap everything and focus on making what I want, when I want, which means I'll be working on more personal projects and just finishing up things that have been long overdue.  Mainly though, I will be focusing on bettering myself and getting over all of my mental bullshit, because it's really been getting in the way of making things.

As for why it took so long for this to finally happen, well, the thing that has been holding me back from getting a job for so long is having an expired ID, which costs $40 to renew.  Why did it take so long to get $40?  Mainly laziness.  How did I even get that money without a job?  I certainly didn't ask for it (okay I did a few times but ended up spending it on food and other things because at the time I couldn't actually use it for the ID for a few reasons but that's a story for another time).  Since February 2015, AKA, when this whole "needing to get a job" thing started, I've been using a website called Opinion Outpost, where you can take surveys for cash.  No it isn't a scam, you actually do get paid, I've made a decent bit of money from it in the last 3 years.  I wouldn't recommend it though unless you're really desperate or have nothing better to do.  I hate it so much, the surveys take forever and the pay is very little.  Sometimes you get lucky and get a fun, quick survey that pays a lot, but for the most part, it's awful.  This is part of the reason why now is the time to get a job, I'm fucking tired of taking surveys, it takes too much time and isn't worth it.  Even now that I have the money for my ID, I'll still have to take them until I get a job because I still need money for food.  But yeah, the main reason I have to get a job now, is just 'cause I've been living back with my mom and (now) step-dad for a year now, and I haven't contributed much monetarily (I've contributed a lot in other ways, and haven't got much appreciation for it, but whatever it's fine), so it's time for me to stop being useless and shit (also there were some threats but maybe I'll talk about that later).

But yeah, I wrote and recorded 3 separate update videos where I said all this, each time it got shorter and shorter, and I was not satisfied with either of them, or I once again changed my mind after making them.  I was gonna release the 2nd one, but it was rambly and was just really depressing, but it covered basically everything I've said up to this point.   Ultimately I released the 3rd one, a short, scripted update that just vaguely covers the situation, and I expanded on it in the comments.  I don't know why I didn't expand on my plans for the year in the video itself, I guess I forgot, or I just watned to get it over with, I don't know.

But yeah, now that things are different, what ARE my plans for this year?  Well, to keep my youtube channel from dying, I'll be streaming some animation and other stuff at least once a week, and I MIGHT upload one short a month if I feel like it.

My main project for the year though is Gripp, a 5 episode mini-series that deals with themes of depression, attempted suicide, and drug addiction.  Some if it is based off personal experiences, some of it is based off experiences of others, experiences I have either been a part of, or have observed.  It's serious and meaningful, but it's still got some comedic relief here and there, because of course I couldn't write something entirely serious.  I'm hoping to get it out by august, but with working on it while also working a job, I don't know how long it'll take to make.  The whole series is about 24 minutes long, so at the very least I'd estimate it'd take 8 months to make, based on past experiences, and that's working FULL TIME, so I don't know.  I've gotten feedback on the scripts from a few people though, and they've said it's good, so hopefully people like it.  I'll be sharing more details later when I actually have something to show.

In addition to that, there will also be a 12 episode live action series of skits that me and @RECONmasterFILMS wrote and (mostly) filmed last year.  We've still got 2 episodes to film and then we gotta put the whole thing together, but that'll be airing in the fall.  They're skits, but there is a loose storyline, and the finale is definitely different, so hopefully people like it.  I like it.

That's basically it I guess.  Sorry to disappoint everyone, but you know, sometimes in order to get ahead, you've just gotta give up.  Temporarily at least.


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Posted by artistunknown - October 20th, 2017


Hey, so it's been quite a while since I've posted an update to Newgrounds.  It's been like what, over a year?  Yeah, I'm not letting that happen again.  I mean, I've posted a few cartoons here, and I tend to check out the help forum and answer any questions I can, but my last news post here was for the 6th anniversary of FMTS, and then the last news post before that was a similarly long break between.  Gonna try to update more often though, since I guess I might have fans here that don't follow me anywhere else?  I can post to the frontpage every 2 weeks, so I might as well use it.

 

Anyways, first bit of unrelated news, Chris (@MistyEntertainment) released a new EP recently and all proceeds from it until the end of October will be going to cancer research.  It's a pretty great deal I think, you get to listen to some great music, and get to also help kids with cancer.  Check it out here if you're interested: https://christophertom.bandcamp.com/album/plastic-people-ep

 

Okay, now to my shitty news.

 

So first off, if you missed it, my last release here was a short anthology entitled Anthology X, comprised of shorts I deemed to short and stupid for newgrounds + a few timed exclusives.  It ended up getting 2nd place and was on the front page for a litte, I don't know why it did, but it made me pretty happy.

 

All right, so what have I been working on recently?  Welp, for the past 2 weeks (and earlier in the year) I've been working on a live action series with Alex (@RECONmasterFILMS), and it was supposed to premier on October 13th, but has been pushed back because production hasn't been going as smoothly as it should, since Alex's family is busy moving.  Still, all of it will be filmed at least, so now we have a year to get all the post and shit done.  Just gonna be hard if we need to do some reshoots.

 

Since I've been at Alex's house for so long, we also did some live streams!  I wanted to do something different for the 7th anniversary of FMTS, which was on September 1st, and the only idea for a celebration I had was to do a live stream.  I wanted to do it ON the first, but it kept getting pushed back for various reasons.  In the end, we finally ended up doing it this past Monday, and although the stream ended up a little different than I had initially planned, it was still pretty fun.  If you wanna see me and Alex do commentary over every episode and short, as well as premeir a few things and make some shitty improv songs live, then it's all right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN_8dmMPZT4

Before that though, we did a test stream that ended up being the length of the stream we intended to do!  It's more scattered and "unscripted" but it's still fun.  It's a mix between improv songs, improv skits, and just random bullshit because I was very tired.

 

I hate linking to youtube, because it hurts Newgrounds, but can't really avoid it in an instance like this :p

 

Speaking of youtube, the non-advertiser friendly bullshit has finally hit me!  Turns out 15 of my videos are "not suitable for most advertisers".  I just kinda figured I wasn't gonna get hit due to my affiliation with a network, since it had been so long since people started getting hit, but NOPE.  I don't really care now, 'cause it's not like I was making much on youtube anyways, and most of the hit videos deserved it, but there were a few videos falsly hit that did annoy me, and it's really lame that you can't appeal unless you get 1k views in a week.  Seriously fuck youtube.

 

Okay, switching topics so I don't go into a full-on rant (already did that on twitter).  I haven't put out a lot of animated stuff lately, anything significant anyways.  I've been working on a lot, but I haven't FINISHED a lot because I've been jumping between projects like crazy.  I'll have something to show by the end of the year though (not just one thing, mind you).

 

The main reason I've been struggling to more consistently work on anything though, is, well, because I've been struggling.  Same old shit, my brain is dumb, blah blah.  I think I've gotten better though, 'cause before we started filming, I was being productive for a whole week, I even got my sleep schedule fixed!  So how did I (seemingly) overcome this problem that I've been trying to get rid of (again) since 2015?  By being traumatized, of course!  Yeah, so I really thought I was gonna die during hurricane Irma, so I told myself if I survived, I would get better and get back to being as productive as I can be, and spoiler alert, I survived, and the storm wasn't even that bad (for me at least)!  It was still a really trying time though, but hey, I'm glad good ended up coming from the bad.  It's kinda similar to when I originally got over my emotional bullshit in 2012, except in that instance after being traumatized I realized that in a sense, I got what I wanted afterall, and that getting so caught up over it was stupid.  Or something, I don't remember.  The point is, I guess I need to be traumatized in order to get back to work.

 

Anyways, so this month was gonna be the start of more content, but with the new series being pushed back, next month will be the start.  In addition to the new series, I was also gonna have two Halloween videos this year, one live action and one animated.  The animated one has been, surprise, pushed back.  The Halloween one though has been mostly done for a year, so I'm currently polishing it up and it'll be out on the 27th.  Idk if it'll be on Newgrounds though, since live action is a bit iffy here.  In addition to that, the rest of the year will be packed with content.  There'll be 8 new AU Reviews, and a few cartoons sprinkled inbetween!  So, plenty to look forward to.

 

I've got a lot planned for next year, so hopefully I can pull it off.  If not, well, then I guess you'll hear from me around this time next year, again.


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Posted by artistunknown - September 4th, 2016


September 1st marked the 6th anniversary of FrogMan the Series.  Yep, it's been six years, and there's only been six episodes.  WHAT HAPPENED?!  Well, a lot of stuff, but I've talked about that in-depth many times in many different places, and this isn't supposed to be a negative post, so yeah.  In addition to the 6 episodes though, there has also been 8 shorts, and FrogMan and Pico, so that could count as an additional 2 episodes if you want!

So how am I celebrating 6 years of FMTS?  Well, other than this shitty news post, there's a new short!  Watch School Scare!

It's not much of a celebration, but hey, it's better than most of the previous years!  Some years didn't even get a celebration!

So what does the future hold for FMTS?  Welp, it's finally got to the point where I feel like I can actually make all the crazy episodes I've written, but they're gonna take forever to make, so I'm not sure if I can make every episode and the movies, but if I had a fuckton of money, you bet that'd be the project I throw it into, because I'm an idiot.

Episode 6 was fairly well received though, so episode 7 and the rest of season 1 will come eventually, with shorts inbetween!  In an attempt to keep FMTS on everyone's minds so it doesn't fall into obscurity, I'm gonna try to release 1 FMTS related cartoon every 2 months, whether it be a short or an episode, so hopefully that works out.  I'm really bad at actually following through with plans though, so who knows.  There's just so many things to work on it's hard to pick something to just work on a lot of the time.

 

Welp, that got slightly less positive at points, but ehhhh.  HAPPY SIX YEARS, FMTS!

 

tfw literally no one cares

 

Oh yeah, I guess I should mention it somewhere, so whatever.  I also recently uploaded Brain Drama, and for some reason it got daily feature and was on the front page for a few days.  I don't understand why, considering it was made in a day, but hey, whatever.

Also I uploaded some music, so here is Sometimes and Surf Rock Test.  They're both very different from each other, so yeah.

 

Okay, that's it now I guess.

 

I'm dumb.


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Posted by artistunknown - April 15th, 2016


All right, so first thing's first, after way too long, episode 6 of FrogMan the Series was released last Saturday!  So hey, if you missed it and are interested, give it a watch.  It's 8 minutes long, and I think it's pretty funny.  It is part 2 of a 3 part story though, so you might wanna watch episode 5 first to avoid any confusion (though you might still get confused because I am shit).

Also on April 1st I released an extended play of joke songs that are kinda decent I think, so if you're  interested in listening to that, I put the songs in a playlist.  It's like 4 minutes in total so it's not like it's a huge time sink ;3

And now an update video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNGlPRSQqKQ

 

If you don't feel like watching/listening and rather just read the update, it essentially just says what I said at the start of this post, plus the fact that I will be trying to release 1 cartoon a month again despite also looking for a part time job.  Shouldn't be too difficult, but ya never know.

 

Also, if you're interested, @MistyEntertainment and I are reviving the Flash Library series of collabs!  We're curently doing one for 4/20 and there's a forum post here with details on submitting and whatever.  It's pretty fun to just see what kind of short you can throw together in a single day, doesn't even have to be that good.

All right, that's about it I guess.  I'm gonna try to be more active this year, after not having stable internet for a lot of last year.  God that was terrible.

 

And now for a wall of text I was gonna paste in the FMTS 6 description but couldn't 'cause I guess it went over the non-visible character limit.


Episode 6 should've come out in 2013, well, not this specifically, but an earlier version of this that I decided to scrap and then re-start in 2014 for many reasons, mainly because after not working on it for over a year, the quality wasn't up to par with what I was making in 2014, and I really felt like a full re-write was needed.  And so I re-wrote it, along with the rest of the season, and I am SO happy I did because it is so much better.

The result of scrapping that original version though, is that now there is a huge gap in the difference in look between episodes 5 and 6; the original version of episode 6 was a pretty natural transition when you take the short "Frogs of the Round Table" into consideration as another transitional piece.  Episode 5 is how the series looked in 2011 and 2012, a transition from the shitty tweeny garbage style of the first 2.5 episodes, and me wanting to make the show look and feel like an actual cartoon, the same transition that began halfway through episode 3 and continued in episode 4, and near the end of episode 5, that transition was nearly complete.  The transition finished by the end of Frogs of the Round Table, and finally the series would look how I wanted it with episode 6, but it was scrapped, so that 2013 look is lost.  Hell, not even the FMTS short that came out in 2013 looked like the original version of episode 6 did.  It looked better.

Anyways, this version of episode 6 is actually the 3rd version, and the one I've been referring to was the 2nd version.  The first version was very short lived, was a single frame, and looked closer o episode 5 stylistically, and was pretty shit, so was quickly scrapped.  This final version of episode 6 began production in 2014, with the re-write and voice recording, and then animation began in mid-2014.  Given how long this ultimately took to make, between 6.5 and 8 months (not exact because I wasn't keeping track most of the time), this should have come out in late 2014 or early 2015, but after a couple months of working on it, I decided to take a year off to work on other things, and the result of that is two scenes that are rather out of place stylistically.  Aside from those two scenes though, this has been the most stylistically consistent episode since episode 2, and that's pretty goddamn sad, honestly.  But hey, only way to go from here is forward, so future episodes will definitely have a consistent look throughout, and I'm not just saying this, I know this because I've learned from my mistakes and have made model sheets and now practice drawing characters before animating them so I know I remember how to draw them.

So yeah, production on this started around this time in 2014, so it's been 2 years, and of course before that, production on episode 6 REALLY started in October of 2012, and boy has a lot of stuff happened since then.  This probably isn't the place to discuss that though, and I honestly don't feel like typing all that up in addition to the rest of this  bullshit that no one will read, so maybe I'll do a sorta retrospective video on that, someday.

Also, for those wondering why there are censors and that tv rating in the beginning and the "BSBS" thing in the bottom corner, one of the gimmicks of this show is that it's supposed to feel like a TV show, like the episode is actually playing on a fictional TV network, hence the network logo.  It's kinda been established in the series, but not really, so there's always some confusion about it, bottom line though, it's a bit of a plot device.  The censors do come into  play in some episodes as more than just a thing covering up profanity and naughty bits, but if I discussed that in detail that'd be spoilers.

Well, whatever, I'm sure there's more I want to say but my mind is drawing a blank right now.  I doubt anyone read all of this, but to those who did: thank you.  It's been a hell of a ride since I first started working on this and I honestly can't believe it's done.  I think I'm gonna cry.


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Posted by artistunknown - December 8th, 2015


So, for the past couple month's I have not been that active here, and there's a reason for that, but first, if you haven't seen the Newgrounds 20th Anniversary Collab yet, you should, because it's amazing, and I had a part in it.  I'm really glad to have taken part in this collab 'cause it turned out great, and everyone that took part in it should be proud.  I'm also glad that I got to contribute to two tributes for Newground's 20th, the first of these being my own film, FrogMan and Pico, which if you haven't seen that yet, you really should.  Like seriously, go watch it.  Please :c

Anyways, main reason for this post: Mid October, I moved back to Florida, and since then, I haven't had internet until a few days ago, so that's why I haven't been around.  Do I have any finished projects to show for my absence?  No, not really, but that's 'cause I've really only been working on one thing, episode 6 of FrogMan the Series, and I swear it's almost done, and I'm trying real hard to get it done and out before the year is over.  Just 3 scenes left.

Kinda sucks I've only released 3 cartoons this year, but eh, I guess that's what happens when you decide to work on a couple long projects.  Next year I'm gonna try to release one short a month again, while also working a part-time job, 'cause that needs to happen.  At least I'll want to animate more, hopefully...

So uh yeah, big cartoon coming soon, and plenty of stuff coming in the future.  I've been bad at releasing stuff and planning and stuff this year, and really keeping active, but I'm gonna try to get better at this.

Oh yeah,  I just uploaded this shit: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/657782 so enjoy that I guess.

And that's it... maybe.


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Posted by artistunknown - September 1st, 2015


FMTS Title.  The designs are a bit outdated, but it's good enough.


This is Part 2 of the 5th anniversary retrospective on FrogMan the Series, see part 1 here if you haven't.

 

2013

FrogMan and Pico Scene 1

All right, so 2012 didn't end as I had planned it to.  In fact for a bit there it was looking kinda bleak, but by the last few days of the year I was feeling pretty okay and enjoying myself and was looking forward to 2013 and what it would bring, and boy would it bring a lot.  In non-FMTS related stuff (and some FMTS stuff) I managed to release 1 short a month for a good bit this year, so this was definitely one of my most productive years, sort of a new golden age for me I suppose.

Anyways, in January of 2013 I randomly started thinking about Pico Day and wanted to make a cartoon for it since it was one of the biggest NG holidays, and since I wasn't really happy with the state of NG at the time, that's what I decided to make my cartoon about, a way to fix the problem with Newgrounds.  What was made was FrogMan and Pico.  I had finished the script and from January to March or so, I storyboarded the whole thing minus some stuff in the montage, and then from that point to Pico Day I animated the first scene.  Of course, before I finished the first scene the lap top I had borrowed from Alex's Mom for nearly 2 years finally died.  I was able to finish up the scene at Alex's house though, during the Pico Day weekend.

This scene looks kinda sloppy compared to the rest of FrogMan and Pico, especially against the shot I went back and added to the first scene in the full film.  It's all animated frame by frame though and there's A LOT of movement, even if it's just two guys talking.  It must've been good 'cause it got me my first solo daily award and was on the front page for a few days.  It was a pretty great time.

I had originally wanted to get the full thing done for Pico Day 2013, but couldn't, so then I thought I would just finish it and release it whenever, but then I decided I could just finish it and it'd be best to actually release it on Pico Day, so now Pico Day 2014 was my deadline.  I'll let y aknow how well that worked out later.

FMTS Short 2 "Cinco de Gayo" (NSFW)

The 2nd FMTS short, and this time it actually was meant to be an FMTS short, as indicated by it being in the title for some reason.  By now I knew that ep 6 wasn't coming out for a while, so I had to fill the gap somehow, so I wrote a couple FMTS shorts, and this was the first of those.  It's also my first kinda explicit thing in a long time, and it's glorious.

It starts out innocent enough, FrogMan's making tacos for Cinco de Mayo, but then Wise Frog has to ruin everything!  It's always fun to animate more adult things, and it was certainly fun to animate Wise Frog fucking a tray of tacos and then cumming, as stated by jorler, "an obscene amount of semen".

Reception to this was kinda mixed.  People liked the animation, but were kinda turned off by the "adult" joke, though most people seemd to be able to look past that and some people were even on the same page as me and thought it was funny.  As for me, I still think it's hilarious.  Dick jokes and using cum for comedic purposes will never get old to me.

FMTS Short 3 "End of Summer; End of All"

All right, so coming off of Cinco de Gayo, here we have a less explicit, and kinda almost family friendly FMTS short.  Yeah, there's still some crude humor and language from Wise Frog, but it's not that explicit.

So fun fact, this short wasn't meant to see the light of day, 'cause I really didn't like the writing in it.  Now though, I think it's funny, and anyone who didn't like the writing didn't know what the fuck they were talking about.

So when this was originally uploaded, it passed judgement with a decent score, but then quickly fell to being WAY underrated, and I still don't understand why, 'cause there's no way people not liking the writing would cause it to fall as much as it did, I'm still thinking it's the fact that the loop in the beginning went on for a little too long, which I still don't think it goes on for too long.  I guess people are just that impatient.  Anyways, aside from that bullshit, there was still some positive reception to it, from people who actually know what they're talking about anyways.

In the end, I like it, it was fun getting to animate Whiskey the Cat for the first time since 2009, and there's some really nice animation in this, and it took a while to make and is kinda decently lengthed.  There was originally supposed to be more of a plot, but again, I didn't like where it was going originally.  It's fine now though.

FMTS Short 4 "Date" (NSFW)

Oh boy.  This one's just full on porn... sorta. It's quick and to  the point, and for that, I say it's funny.  I don't know, there's just something about Wise Frog smacking a chick out the window with his huge cock that just makes me lose it.

Anyways, as you might've noticed, I linked to the youtube version because it's the only standalone version of this short on the internet, because it's too short for me to upload here, and it was made as part of the Fucked Up Date collab, so if you want to see it uncensored and on NG, then watch it there.

2014

FMTS Short 5 "Easter's 4/20"

As 2014 was the 10th anniversary of the origin of the FrogMan character and stuff, I had dubbed 2014 "the Year of FrogMan" and it shows, there was a good bit of FrogMan-related stuff released this year, starting with my favorite of the FMTS shorts, Easter's 4/20.

Now that title might be a bit confusing, most would think it means that Easter owns 4/20, but no, it's "Easter is 4/20" because in 2014, Easter was on 4/20 and I could not pass up an opportunity to make a cartoon about it, and what a cartoon it is.  I think it's great, both writing and presentation.  This is certainly the best animated and best looking of anything related to FrogMan the Series, and although it was really close to getting completely fucked over by asshats voting 2 while underjudgement, it managed to get 5th place and the score went up dramatically.  GEE, I WONDER WHY.

FrogMan and Pico Scene 2

So after finishing the first scene of FrogMan and Pico, I took a bit of a break from it since I had a year to finish it.  I start working on it again in December, starting on the 2nd scene.  Then after finishing the first shot, I decided to switch over to working on the 3rd scene, so from January to March I animated scene 3, and then Pico Day was coming up fast and I knew I wouldn't have the whole thing done in time again, so I had to rush through scene 2 and enlist the help of MistyEntertainment to get this scene done in time for Pico Day.  It turned out pretty good for how quickly it was finished though.

And now the first 3 scenes were done, only one scene was left and it was the longest and most complicated, containing dialog, a montage, a musical number and more dialog.  The deadline was now Pico Day 2015, would I make it in time finally?  Spoiler Alert: Yes.

FMTS Ep 6 Abandoned 2nd Attempt

Finally, I can talk about the production of episode 6, not because it's finished, but because this version of it is out.  So, this is actually the 2nd version of episode 6, and the one I'm workign on now is version 3.  Where's the 1st version?  It never saw the light of day and I kinda deleted the file 'cause it was shit and was only like one or two shots.  It wasn't anything special, it looked like ep 5 from what I remember.  I think I started working on episode 6 in September of 2012, and then scrapped what I had and started again way later.  As you can see by this here, I finished the first scene, the opening credits and some of the 2nd scene, and the rest of the animatic for that scene is included as well because that was all I had of it visually.  The audio for the rest of the episode was also recorded but yeah, didnt' get used 'cause this got scrapped.

So this version looked kinda promising, but why did it get scrapped?  Well, a few reasons, but first I'll discuss exactly what I had to go through when workign on this.  So I was working on this in December of 2012, and I had finished the first scene.  I really wanted to get the episode done by the end of the year, and although it looked like I was making great progress, it definitely wasn't going to happen.  Still though, if i had kept it up, it probably could've been out within a couple months.  So during December of 2012, we were living in a shitty trailer park and my little sister was being a teenager and constantly had like 30 people over, eating all of our food and doing tons of other shit.  There was never any quiet or peace so it was really hard to work on episode 6 when I could've been, not only that but I was also starting to get depressed for reasons I'm not gonna discuss, but I got over it after a while because I was gonna be singing at Disney on the 23rd, and I was reassured that things are fine, mostly.  So after that point, we managed to get my sister to stop bringing all of her "friends" over, and I decided to use the rest of that Christmas break to relax and hang with Alex.  For once I was having fun.  After that point episode 6 got little to no attention though.

As I said during the discussion of FrogMan and Pico scene 1, the laptop I was using died, and I didn't get a new one until maybe May of 2013, and even then I couldn't work on episode 6 'cause I didn't have access to the file.  I did eventually get access to the file but it just sat there as I pondered on what to do.

In this state, episode 6 was looking really outdated.  Artistically I had gotten so much better, and the writing just wasn't up to par with my standards, so eventually I decided, after much hesitation, to scrap the nearly 3 minutes I had done of episode 6, in favor of a completely new version, re-written to be less explicit and funnier.

And now that is what I'm working on.  There was some really gay shit in episode 6, but now it's all gone because it just wasn't funny.  I don't know why I thought it was funny in the first place.  So I rewrote eps 6 through 12 because every episode just wasn't up to my standards, and after that Alex and I got to record our lines for eps 6 and 7 together, and I think that has helped a lot of the line delivery in the episodes.  Animation work on ep 6 officially started again during June or so of 2014, and went on to maybe September, with a brief break inbetween.  Then, I took a longer-than-anticipated break to work on other things, mainly FrogMan and Pico.  Now though, after again, over another year since restarting, I have began to continue work on episode 6, and I wanted to have it out today, but that didn't happen, but it'll definitely be out by the end of the year™.  I've just been really bad at planning and keep losing motivation, but it's all I"m working on now, and goddammit, I'm gonna finish it.

FMTS Ep 6 Teaser #1

And here's a preview of episode 6, looking good right?  Even in the time since making this, I have improved a lot, but thankfully it won't be too jarring of a difference being next to the rest of episode 6.  I think the text bit goes on for a bit too long, but other than that this is a nice scene and I think works well as a teaser.  Looking back now, I feel bad having a 50 second teaser because the episode probably isn't going to be as long as I had originally thought.  Oh well, hopefully it will be worth the wait.

FUCK ORIGINALITY

So, this isn't technically FMTS-related, but FrogMan has a cameo in it and it's an important short so I'm gonna talk about it anyways, and who knows, maybe it should be an FMTS short.

Anyways, so this took way longer than it was supposed to to make, 'cause it was supposed to have more limited animation so I could get multiple things out that month, but I went a bit overboard and yeah.  I guess it paid off though, because FUCK ORIGINALITY was a surprsie hit.  Either it's because of the title and its point and humor, or the fact that the thumbnail has a bunch of video game charactesr in it, this short got 4th place and amassed over 3k views in a short amount of time and was unexpectedly one of my most successful cartoons of the year.  And I like it too, a lot of the aniamtion still holds up and it has a good point and it's executed well.

FMTS Short 6 "The Fight Before Christmas"

All right, so it's been a while since an FMTS short came out, and this one was even meant to come out for Christmas of 2013, I just kinda stopped working on it for a year.  The end result is great though, some nice fighting animation, and some of my best drawings are in it.  It might be a little offensive for the ending though, but come on, it's just a silly little thing.

FMTS Short 7 "Sketch"

This is the most recent FMTS short, and boy is it short.  It's only 10 seconds long and was made for the Sketch Collab 2014, and again, I'm linking to the youtube version for the same reasons as for "Date", but if you'd rather watch it here, and don't mind watching the whole collab, then check it out there.

This collab was being worked on for a while.  I made my part in one day in June, and the collab didn't come out until the 30th of December!

2015

FrogMan and Pico (NSFW)

And finally we come to the most recent thing related to FMTS, my current magnum opus "FrogMan and Pico".  Started in 2013, this short film is about Pico thinking that Newgrounds is in bad shape but FrogMan showing Pico that Newgrounds is probably doing better than ever, or at least it would be if the new generation of artists would be more widely embraced.

I've talked a lot about FrogMan and Pico already, and you can read all of that in some of my news posts and the decription of FrogMan and Pico itsel.  I've called this film my "love letter to Newgrounds" multiple times, and the fact that I managed to release it for Pico Day 2015, Newgrounds' 20th year, was an accomplishment.  For the longest time I was afraid that the film wouldn't do well and I had wasted 2 years making it for nothing, but once I finally released it, it was met with nothin but praise and I couldn't be happier.  It won 3rd place movie in the Pico Day contest and was on the front page for a week.  I just wish more people had seen it because it has a valuable message that everyone needs to see, Tom Fulp said it himself.


Well, this post has been pretty long winded and stuff, so I think it's about time to close it up.  I'm currently working on episode 6 again and I intend to have it out by the end of the year.  I'll have a better estimate of when it'll be done once I finish the animatic and have an idea of the runtime.  I am determined this time to finish it thoguh and nothing's gonna stop me.

Well, happy 5 years FMTS.  Sorry I was kinda neglectful to you for a bit there, but I'm working on it.  Hopefully it isn't too much longer before your first season is done.

And hey, thanks to anyone who read this entire thing, I'm guessing it's a lot 'cause it took nearly 4 hours to write.  Extra thanks if you actually decided to click any of my links and check out what I'm talking about!

I guess now I'll leave you with my current plans for FMTS:

  • Release ep 6 by the end of 2015
  • Release ep 7 and 8 during 2016
  • Release ep 9 through 12 during 2017
  • Release FrogMan origin film for Summer 2019

Yes, after season 1 of FMTS is done, I will be working on a feature-lengthed FrogMan origin film, based on the original "Adventure of FrogMan" comics.  I've been wanting to do this for a while, and since 2019 is the 15th anniversary of FrogMan, it seems fitting.

Here's a teaser poster I did a while ago, it will be redone later when I'm settled on final designs and stuff.


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