Saturday, December 20, 2014

Happy holidays!



Happy Holidays, Merry Xmas, Hanuka, or whichever event you celebrate this time of year!
I made two versions, which one do you prefer? :D

I apologize for the absence, but I received some extra work and managed to get a little sick at the same time. I have another comic on the go, If I can I will post it next week, but otherwise I will be away for the holidays. 
Have fun raiding!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

STREAMING 20 - 21.00

Come watch me work on the rough animation here:
http://www.livestream.com/ShieldM?t=277333


THE STREAM IS FINISHED
But there will be more streams coming, keep an eye out for them - ;)

Friday, December 12, 2014

Strip 012 - no keyboard - Stream


The new keyboard hasn't arrived yet, I've had to reroute different keys to other places to be able to use the computer somewhat effectively.
I'll be posting only one comic this week, but I am still streaming tomorrow at 20:00 Paris time, if someone wants to see me work on the rough animation for episode two!

I'll post a link to the stream here tomorrow when starting.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Saturday night stream

Hello folks! no new keyboard yet, but I'm trying to get some things done anyway. I'm planning to set up a free stream for anyone who want to watch me work on the film, Saturday 13th at 20.00 paris time.
Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Hi folks. Unfortunately I haven't been able to do any comics this week due to my computer keyboard breaking down....
Since I use alot of shortkeys when I work it's slowing me down a lot. I've ordered a replacement which should be here in a week or so. I will also be away to Paris this weekend, so there won't be any updates for a week. Updates will resume friday the 12th of december at the latest.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Strip 010

Finally! This one took a little more time than usual to finish. Next one out this weekend!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Really sorry for the late comics this week, folks. I’m still trying to post two as usual, they’re just a tad late.
Here’s a little preview!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sketches

A few of the frames from the animation

Is there anything else?

Sorry folks, I couldn't finish the comic in time today, will post it a bit late.

Work on Episode two of Shieldmaiden has started, but in the meantime, here's a little work in progress I've been playing around with this week. Can you guess who the speaker is? ;)



Sunday, November 16, 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

FX finished

The visual part of the film is done!

But we're still having some trouble getting the sound finished, work schedules keep interfering.
Here's hoping we can get that fixed quickly.....

Have a screenhot in the meantime!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Lines are done!

Sorry folks but I couldn't make the comic last weekend, my computer went haywire.
It's not completely fixed, but good enough to work on again, and I've finally finished cleaning and coloring the linework!

All that's left now is the fx, fixing Rota's voice, and we're DONE! Almost there!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Strip 004


You can also read the comic on Tumblr if you prefer:
http://shieldmaiden-animation.tumblr.com/

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Introduction, tumblr and so on


Hello again!

The linework colors are coming along well!
But in the meantime all I do is repeating that the film is coming out "soon".... and making people wait is grinding at my nerves.
SO! I've prepare a little entrée for you:

I'm going to be posting an introduction story for the characters: Very quick, very simple little comic strips featuring the two heroes of the film, and how they came to the village.
It won't be very elaborate, but I hope you will like it while you wait for me to finish the animation.

Here is the first strip!



Also, I've started a simple Tumblr for those who prefer using this platform, and will be posting images from the project there in parallel to this blog.

Thanks for ticking around!

-Vilhelm





Monday, October 6, 2014

Traveller bring news

Coloring is finished!

Now all that's left is to color all the linework.  I can see the end of the tunnel, yay!

Also!
I will be publishing a little extra surprise to apologize for the delays. The announcement will be up this weekend!

Enjoy tonight's sketch in the meantime, a travelling forest giant.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Still working on coloring the animation, here's a magnificent little short in the meantime.
Fantastic animation!

https://vimeo.com/106160245

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Juuust ...a ...liiiittlle...moooo....

I've been putting off posting an update on the movie lately because I didn't want to make redundant posts... We've been close to completing the episode for a while now, but every single time I feel confident to give a date, one or more of us gets more work to do!

Now don't get me wrong, I have to eat, and I'm happy to get work, but I would like to get this episode out some time before new year! XP

So I was going to have it finished around next week, but the day after I said that to the group, (litteraly!) I got a last minute, time-heavy job.

We're working on it, it's almost ready. It will be out SOON..ish. Hope you folks will like it.

-Vilhelm

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Welp!

If I wasn't sure about not being able to finish the film before July ended before, I am now.....

The girl that was supposed to do the main character's voice had been constantly too busy to come do the recording, but now she simply quit at the last minute, litterally.

So luckily we have a new voice, but she won't be able to record until next weekend.

Basically, the film won't be out until in a couple a weeks.
But we're doing all we can so it will be the best possible. Look forward to it!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Bloody machine

It looks more and more like we're not going to make it for the July deadline, that is next week.
Apart from all of us suddenly getting extra work during July, I've had increasingly frustrating and hair-tearing computer problems. Flash keeps crashing when I want to handle more than one file and it's made me loose over a week's time because I can only work a little every evening.

But now I'm finally done with inking, and have moved on with backgrounds. I was supposed to have started on them on tuesday, so you can see how far behind I've gotten. Hence the probability that we're going to need at least another week to get the film out.

In the meantime, here's a screenshot from our sound tech Nicolai, showing what he's up to!
you can find his work at www.tonescroll.com


I will update the blog as soon as I have more news.
cheers!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jotun kickstarter

Hey folks! I'm almot done with inking (hopefully!), I'll be attacking backgrounds this week.
In the meantime, here's a fun viking project I just heard about!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/682108903/jotun

Too many horned helmets, but I really like the style of this game, go have a looksie!


Friday, July 11, 2014

Goddamit people, f***!

Hello folks, I'm still working on the movie every evening to get it done as quickly as possible, there will be more to show very soon.

I just came over this article over on Cartoon brew shedding some light on why wages for animators are so low in big american studios.

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/business/pixars-ed-catmull-emerges-as-central-figure-in-the-wage-fixing-scandal-101362.html


Fuck. Goddamit.

Ever since Disney movies stopped being good for me, Pixar was my new dream studio. They made good stories, they tried new things, they were the new "Disney" for me.
After they got bought up by Disney and started turning out sequels all the time I admit my passion for them cooled down a bit, but I was always waiting for them to push out some more good movies.

I don't think I can do that anymore.
According to this article, it turns out Lassetter, one of my animation idols,the guy that made so many of my favorite movies happen, knew about this whole disgusting business.....

Suffice to say, it's going to be VERY hard for me to go see a new pixar movie at the cinema.


Fuck.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Shieldmaiden characters part 2

Reposting the character sheets from the old blog for those who haven't seen them!

A mysterious huntress.

A trio of Trolls! They don't smell very good.




Some bystander characters designs


 And some female bystander designs!


That's all for tonight folks and don't forget to check out our Patreon campaign at
www.patreon.com/shieldmaiden


Shieldmaiden characters

Reposting the character sheets from the old blog for those who haven't seen them!

ROTA, the warrioress/ shieldmaiden

Her companion Harald, the wrestler

 
 The Jarl of the village, a proud and once mighty warrior
 
 His wife, a high born woman from a rich family

And their son, popular but spoiled.





NEW TRAILER! ALSO PATREON!


The new trailer is out! watch it here:




We've also started a Patreon campaign!
If you like the project and you want to help us, any support i appreciated!
http://www.patreon.com/shieldmaiden

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Stupid tech

Lots alot of time this week due to save corruptions, pinning down the new style for the backgrounds, and a gorram unbearable heatwave, but we're still under way. The finished episode will take a little longer to finish than previously planned, but we'll be posting a new teaser soon! Look forward to it! :D

Monday, June 9, 2014

Progress

The rough animation is finished! Next comes clean lines and coloring. We're making good time!

Here is another little peek:

Friday, June 6, 2014

Rota walk test

video
The animation is proceding well! :)

Here is a little peek at a rough test.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Skaven

A little something extra: tonight's warmup sketch: Skavens!









NEWS!



Well the funding plan didn't go through, unfortunately. No biggie, it just means we're going back to the original plan: Do the movie in parts, put it on the internet, and see if you folks like it enough for me to keep doing them. Well here goes.

I'm currently animating the first episode! I'll have more to show in a few days but for now here's a peek.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Stripped

Okay, this is not about animation, although comics and animation are basically the same, except one i moving. ;)

I just found out about this beautiful documentary, which will bring a tear to the eye for anyone that has grown up with comics, a it features ALOT of the creators whose work I grew up reading, as well as many of the webcomics that I read daily today!

Give it a look, and if you like, you can buy the movie, or parts of it, on their website:

http://www.strippedfilm.com/


Cheers!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Russian animation

I'm still finishing up the animatic, so there hasn't been much sketching going on apart from that.

In the meantime, for those of you that still check the blog, here's a treat I found recently:


I don't know much about he history of russian animation, but these two videos demonstrate great skill and humour, one is a retelling of Treasure Island (clearly inspired by monty python's animation style)
And the other I'm not sure what it is but it's well done, haha.








Wednesday, March 19, 2014

NEWS!

I'm not dead!

First of all, thank you to all the awesome people that commented and watched the teaser, the response has been overwhelmingly positive!

I've spent the past months working on other jobs ( I can't magic food and rent, though I wish I could!), but that doesn't mean nothing has happened!

-We're currently looking into a way to get funding for the short film,  Funding will also mean I won't have to animate the whole movie by myself, meaning we'll be able to finish it much faster, and do it better! (If you're a 2d flash animator and you're interested in the project, let us know!)

Keep your fingers crossed!

-After working hard on other people's stuff these past months I will now have some time to continue on the film, I'm currently developing the animatic for the whole thing, look forward to updates about that.

Until next time, and have some quick Rota sketches in the meantime. :)


Monday, January 27, 2014

SHIELDMAIDEN TRAILER

FINALLY it's here:
The teaser for the short movie I've been working on for the past few months.
Enjoy!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Backgrounds

Next up is a sneak peek at the new trailer!
I've been wanting to show it off for a while now but I have to wait until the sound design is ready.
It's coming up in a matter of days, here are a few of the backgrounds I made!




New blog! - fanart

Let's start adding stuff here! We can start by the fanart I did of Thorkell the tall from the awesome manga Vinland Saga.