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Working on a long-running Sonic comic series and other game related projects!

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Posted by CelestOrion - 1 month ago



Man, this one is probably our best release yet. I usually keep myself separated from the music development side, so that when I get to see everything compiled for the first time, I get a completely fresh take on the product, and this one blew me away! Massive credit to the voice actors, musicians, and Kwasior for phenomenal video editing! It makes me really excited to see what the rest of this arc will feel like!


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Posted by CelestOrion - August 25th, 2021


Man, actually holding a physical copy of a project you work on feels so much different than releasing it online. The feeling never gets old.


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Posted by CelestOrion - August 11th, 2021


Hey there, again, Newgrounds!


We recently had a couple of pencilers retire from our long-running comic project in order to focus on school and personal projects, and we wanted to raise attention that we've got open availability for new pencilers to join the fray!


Development is still smooth for the issues currently in development (Issues 7-12), while issues 13-16 are being written, and side-issues within universe are 2-4 being written. We've simply hit a point where we're powering through on the writing field, and lacked the penciler power to keep progress transitioning smoothly!


If you were interested in being a penciler for the team, you'd need to audition with two mock-comic pages to show your understanding of panel layout, character and setting dynamics, and artistic style. We'd also prefer people who audition to know how to both draw "Sonic-styled characters" and humans, as both exist within this universe. Auditions would not need to be inked or colored, but if you were wanting roles in the project for such, you are welcome to submit those, as well!


Auditions would be posted within our public Discord server under the #art-auditions-only channel, where our team of editors can review and provide input on the audition, any sort of constructive critique if needed, etc.


Below are examples of progress on the next batch of issues, to show varying artist styles, levels of progress, etc:


Issue 7:

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Issue 8:

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Issue 9:

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Issue 10:

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Issue 11:

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All issues that we create are dubbed and posted on both Newgrounds and YouTube, so if you want to be involved in a long-running comic (you're not required to be a permanent participant, but we welcome new faces who stick around the madhouse) to be hosted here, join up today and show us what you've got! We're always taking auditions, hope to see you there!


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Posted by CelestOrion - July 26th, 2021


Hey there, Newgrounds!


My team and I are working on a pretty beefy OVA within our Legacy comic universe as a one-off 'Christmas special' (I'm using the term Christmas lightly as the context within the animation is different than the real-world counterpart), and we were hoping to recruit a few more animators to the team in order to meet deadline goals.


A synopsis of the OVA is that Sonic and a few friends and relatives decide to spend the holidays back at his home on Christmas Island, while other parties at play are vying for their own aspirations.


The tone of the animation is more lighthearted compared to the comics themselves, although there will still be conflict within the story. The animation has a more minimalistic approach to character design and shading to ease workload of animators, with only foregrounds rendered with the same quality as characters, while backgrounds are static pieces with a more painted feel to help the characters pop. The animation is roughly slated for 15-25 minutes in length, with a total of 18 scenes, two of which are action scenes, one is more 'static' and storyboarded similar to a scene you'd see in 'Sonic and the Black Knight'. Everything else is more basic animation such as walking and talking, with emphasis on the latter.


One of the higher-action scenes is already claimed, but we have one left available, while most of the other scenes are available to claim. The OVA is fully voiced and ready to go, and all scenes are storyboarded and waiting to be animated. Musicians are on standby to write out a fully originated score to go along with the timing of the animation (we try to avoid using any existing material in all of our comic dubs or creations). The goal is to have the OVA completed and ready to release for Christmas of 2022 (originally it was 2021 but due to pandemic and shift of focus, not a lot of progress was made on the project).


Some examples of existing storyboards and animation progress are linked below:


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Animation samples so far:



An example of the art style that the characters will be drawn in:


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Another reason that I am trying to meet the goal is that our Eggman voice-actor for all of Legacy's currently released and planned material, Mushrunner, recently lost his life. This was the biggest project that we had that he was able to be a part of, and I want to ensure that we can release it on our planned goal, and have it be the best it can be, in order to give him a proper send-off from our team.


On the technical side of things, the animation is set at 24fps, with most scenes being animated on 2s, with the exception of some events in the action scenes where 1s translate better. For character dialog, we're just going to stick with the traditional "anime" lip flaps of closed/semi-open/open for easier style-syncing between artists. The project resolution will be 1920x1080 for the final video cut.


If you're interested in being a part of this animation project, we have our Discord server where all project communication and organization takes place. All you need to do is join the server and submit any previous animation work that you've worked on so that we can have a peek at your animation style and experience (preferably would also submit any sort of Sonic works, so we can see how you handle the style of characters. Bonus points if you whip up something mimicking the art style we're aiming for!). You'd submit your audition in the #animation-auditions channel within the server, where I and other editors can review and reach out! If accepted, we'll get you synced with our Google Drive where the script and all storyboards and assets exist!


The final project will be hosted on both Newgrounds and YouTube, the former for networking out with more content creators, and the latter for sheer reach (it will be uploaded on the Sonic Paradox channel, where we currently have about 686k subscribers). This is a voluntary project, we do not have the type of funds or backing to really be able to pay anyone for participating on this project, so I wanted to set that expectation early on. Everything we do on Legacy is born out of passion for the series, and nobody expects financial compensation for their contributions (although I would love for us to get that sort of backing).


Now that I've rambled and probably didn't keep a good order of paragraph topic cohesion, just wanted to thank anybody for taking the time to review the post, and I hope we can see some of you join the project and make this video a reality!


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Posted by CelestOrion - July 14th, 2021


Didn't expect to hit this number so soon after recently becoming active again! Thanks for sticking around or following, guys, and for supporting the content my team and I work on!


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Posted by CelestOrion - July 7th, 2021


Been a long time since I've considered myself an 'active user' of this account, but given recent events with how successful Newgrounds has been lately, and how much sites like YouTube are driving me up the wall with their policies, I thought it appropriate to return to roots.


For all the new followers I've been gaining over the while, I'm CelestOrion, but you can just call me Celest here or anywhere else you find me! I've been on Newgrounds as a user since 2006, but made this account in 2009 before username changes were a thing. I used to be really active here, trying to help write guides for things such as identifying/flagging abusive reviews, and toying around with music.


Thanks to Newgrounds, I was able to join up and later become an admin of Sonic Paradox, a team of content creators who make the Sonic Shorts series here on Newgrounds many years ago. I dabbled a little bit with animation, enough to understand the basics of animation, but definitely didn't keep the motivation to continue pursuing it, haha.


I've hopped back and forth between trying to content create, and just doing absolutely nothing, but over the past few years, I've been extremely focused on collaborating and producing a longer-term webcomic series with different artists, writers, musicians, voice-actors, and more within the Sonic fandom to tell an ongoing story built off of the games, which we'll be uploading here on Newgrounds very soon! Given that YouTube has started branding anything colorful as 'made for kids', I decided it was time to return to roots and host the project here, as well! Not sure why I didn't think of it before, as Newgrounds is way more content-creator friendly than YouTube.


My talents mostly sit at leadership, quality analyzing, and writing/worldbuilding. I feel most comfortable in a producer role, able to help oversee a project and provide input regarding different aspects, and helping different branches of a project communicate and work together towards completion, as I'm doing with my current comic project. I am also generally available for input if people had questions regarding their own projects, such as critique or input on direction. I like to think that I can get along with almost anyone, so should you want input, all you have to do is ask, and I'll see if I can make time to reach back!


I don't know how often I'll write these blog-posts on Newgrounds, I don't really consider myself much of a shill when it comes to promoting my content, I usually just make a single post or two, upload, and then just observe or reply, but you can catch me on any other active social media platforms in my NG bio! I practically live on Twitter, so you can catch me there the easiest.


Nice to re-meet all of you, and hope that I have a good time being active again in the Portal!



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Posted by CelestOrion - May 1st, 2021


Hey, guys! Haven't been here in a hot minute, but I figured I'd try and start being more active again after seeing the site come back to life more on other social media outlets! I might start posting more updates on the projects I'm working on here through news posts, and might consider finding ways of hosting other projects here, too!


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Posted by CelestOrion - July 28th, 2018


I haven't written one of these things in forever, sheesh.

Sorry for the lack of activity, everyone who is following me (why you're following me, I'll never understand, I never do anything substancial here). Life has been pretty busy as of late for me, between working a full time job, raising a kid, etc etc.

I'm going to start becoming more active again on this account, thanks to managing the Sonic Seconds collabs for Sonic Paradox, as well as release the eventual dubs of the Sonic Legacy comic I'm leading/writing, figured having somewhat of a social life here wouldn't hurt.

Anyone coming across this post, if you're a Sonic artist/animator, there's always room in either project! Should consider auditioning for Legacy if you're happy with your line-art/coloring, or if you're an animator, try out for Seconds, or even SEGA Shorts/Sonic Shorts, if that's your cup o' tea!

Sonic Paradox Discord: https://discord.gg/vBCPUkU

Sonic Legacy Discord: https://discord.gg/gvmAdNh

If you think your art isn't up to par, consider joining the Discord, anyway, as we help critique and build up each other's styles!


Posted by CelestOrion - June 24th, 2015


Hey, guys! I'm trying to get some more Beat Hazard videos up on my channel, and I wanted to use non-commercial tracks to try and help promote other musicians such as the guys here on Newgrounds. I have some songs that I want to use on my computer right now, but I also would like to see if anybody has suggestions that they could throw at me to listen to/play as well.

 

Mainly, I'm looking for anything in the electronic/industrial/video game genres, as they'll fit the atmosphere best for Beat Hazard, so if you guys either have suggestions or need work promoted, drop me a link!

 

 


Posted by CelestOrion - October 2nd, 2012


I'm trying to dive more into synths and other styles, and I'm looking for a type of hit sound similar to these examples:

I'm aware that FL Studio comes with a few hits already, but when I'm going down to low notes, or really high ones, since it's just one sample .wav, it really distorts the quality of the sound, so I'm just seeing if anyone might know of any free or commercial VSTs that would contain some good hit sounds.