My first cartoon

2008-12-21 05:37:28 by El-Syd

I'm currently about two weeks away from completing my first full flash animation, "Appearances." It's taken me quite a long time so far, not just because I'm a master procrastinator, or because I spend too much time at the Flash Portal, but also because it's been a lot of work and a lot of learning. I've been an Artist my whole life but animation and flash animation in general is a whole new ballgame for me, and aside from some basic tutorials, I'm self taught. I don't have too much left to do, but at my current pace two weeks sounds like a good goal.

I currentlly have 1438 frames animated, at 12fps (If I could start over it'd be 24fps, but this whole thing has been a good (and sometimes frustrating) learning experience)

As a side note, if any of you are not familiar with The Boogley, go check out his stuff NOW, it kicks ass. ...No, seriously RIGHT NOW.

I also just put a new scratchboard up on DeviantART, the links to your left, let me know what you think about that too please.

Here's a still-frame from my animation. Let me know your thoughts, or just shoot the breeze.

*******************UPDATE: TUESDAY THE 6TH OF JANUARY 2009******************

My wife has been on holiday leave the past couple weeks which has been cool having her home, but as a result of which I haven't had any chance to work on my animation... at all, so it'll still be awhile. Maybe I'll get some late night animation in while she's asleep.

**********************another update 15th of January*******************************

So I've gotten a bit more done this week, Done a lot of reviewing too though I guess Newgrounds is probably one of my worst vices when it comes to procrastination from what I should be doing, but hey, I might mot be animating this at all if not for newgrounds so I guess it's kind of a catch 22.

**************************update Jan 27************************************

More delays, sorry, but it'll be awhile, we'll be moving all this week.

My first cartoon


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2008-12-21 11:21:50

This intrigues me.

(Updated ) El-Syd responds:

Cool, good to know. I'm glad it catches your eye.


2008-12-21 21:26:04

its a good thing your taking your time to animate, unlike some people. so far your animation looks interesting and the style kinda reminds me of charlie the unicorn, good luck when you submit this!

(Updated ) El-Syd responds:

To be honest, I don't think it'll be anywhere near as cool and funny as charlie the unicorn, but I think people might get a kick out of it, I'll send you a PM when I release it.


2008-12-22 16:03:33

The kid with the balloon is freaking me out, and that bananapeel is bound to cause problems... I can't wait to see this sucker moving! :D
And thanks for the kind words!!

(Updated ) El-Syd responds:

Hey, you have a good eye for detail, thanks, I hope you come by to check it out when I release it.


2008-12-22 18:55:28

Will you PM me as well?

I want to see what happens with this.

El-Syd responds:

Thanks. Sure thing, I'll let you know when it's coming out.


2008-12-23 03:49:05

this looks quite awesome ;)

El-Syd responds:

Thanks man, come by and check it out in a couple of weeks.


2008-12-23 07:05:22

hehe, the characters are great.. cant wait to watch it

El-Syd responds:



2008-12-23 08:09:08

looks interesting
PM me when it comes out

El-Syd responds:

Okay, will do.


2008-12-23 15:30:51

looks very different, cool use of prospective there too :) it actually looks quite crazy :D

El-Syd responds:

Thanks, I hope you like the finished product, and yeah, I hope it comes across as a bit crazy.


2008-12-23 17:02:05

yeah amazing art work man. specially like the texture of the green jacket hobo. And like stewii said, it is good to see people take time. There is just too many flashes out there that have been produced quickly and can be improved so much by simply putting more time into it.

El-Syd responds:

Yeah, funny story behind the green jacket bum, after the first time I drew him, flash froze on me and I lost him completely, the redrawn version is probably just as good, and he looks pretty much the same, but there's nothing like the original I guess.


2008-12-23 23:35:39

Man the child sure looks creepy. I never knew children grow facial hair so fast. And the old man's beard and hair looks like tentacles (must be watching too much of those Japanese hentai on my part). The serial urinator thing is quite unique and i like it. This flash sure do have potential. Do PM me when it comes out. I will review it.

El-Syd responds:

hahaha, thanks, I'll be sure to PM you as well, a lot of people are asking me, I think I'm actually gonna have to write a list so I don't forget, hopefully this movie lives up to expectations. I think you'll dig it.


2008-12-24 11:26:53

This looks very, very, very cool. I can't wait for it to come out.

El-Syd responds:

Thank you


2008-12-24 15:52:05

this is so sexy, I'm gonna have to take it behind the bushes

El-Syd responds:

Hehehe, be careful, I hear the hobos can get pretty frisky.


2008-12-25 08:07:28

ok cool i will be waiting for your PM and also MERRY CHRISTMAS!

El-Syd responds:

Merry Christmas to you too Stewii


2008-12-29 07:21:33

i see you reviews everywhere and you caught my attetion would like to see what you can do let me know when your done i want to review the reviewer

El-Syd responds:

Cool, thanks, I'll PM you when it's done.


2009-01-01 20:35:35

Your pm list is getting long. You should probably add me too.

El-Syd responds:

no problemo dude


2009-01-05 19:31:34

Im makin my 1st serious flash too!

El-Syd responds:

sweet, PM me when it's out.


2009-01-08 01:26:24

This looks like it's going to be really good. I'm looking forward to the cartoon's release!

El-Syd responds:

I hope it turns out good, I'll pm you when I put it out.


2009-01-08 11:08:55

I ran into a few of your reviews just wanted to say Hello fellow reviewer, alot of us reviewers go to a thread in the whereis/howto forums of newgrounds its called the top 100 reviewers you should stop by sometime

Anyways glad to see other comitted revieweres.


El-Syd responds:

Cool thanks, I'm honored to have the top reviewer drop by, I'll check it out.


2009-01-09 06:02:54

lmao those characters look hilarious, i can't stop looking at that kid or creepy midget holding the balloon, the style of him is awesome. anyways i can't wait for the cartoon to come out, and yeah don't rush it! I used to rush my stuff all the time. Oh and I also work at 12fps, I tried working at 24fps but the audio would play too early... might just be because i'm an idiot, i also taught flash to myself when I first started making cartoons and eventually I had a Flash class in my program at College and I learned a lot especially about movie clips, lip synching and simple coding for a point and click game. If you ever want to make a point n click game let me know and i'll send you the 3 lines of code, yeah thats right u only need 3 lines that u copy paste over and over again, just changing the Scene and frame

(Updated ) El-Syd responds:

Cool, I'll probably end up contacting you sooner or later for some form of flash advice, your stuff is cool as fuck by the way, Thanks for stopping by.


2009-01-09 13:16:01

Animation is awsome, but not worth not sleeping next to the Mrs.

El-Syd responds:

Very true, but I'm kinda an insomniac anyway.


2009-01-09 13:16:39

when you gettin this shit uploaded??!!? :D

El-Syd responds:

I'd like to say soon, but I'm really not sure


2009-01-11 01:22:41

Go for it! Drop me a PM as soon as you get finished with it.

El-Syd responds:

Will do, man, I just now got your PM. Let me know if you come up with any ideas for yours.

later bro


2009-01-13 17:46:15

Hey, i see that someone's already asked if they could be pm'd when this comes out.. And i know i dont know you, but id love to see the final piece, as im in the middle of making my first Flash animation aswell, so any chance you could let me know when this hits the portal?

El-Syd responds:

Sure thing man, let me know when yours is out too.


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2009-01-15 05:04:11


(Updated ) El-Syd responds:

thanks man, glad to hear it.


2009-01-15 20:09:50

I can't wait to see it!
Good luck gettin it done!
I kno what its like when your wifes home. lol

El-Syd responds:

Thanks, I've finally had a chance to get a little more done this week, I'm still hopeful that it will be fairly soon


2009-01-17 15:32:32

Hey what's up, can't wait to see your animation, i hope you can PM me when its released , btw thanks for all your comments

El-Syd responds:

For sure man, I'll shoot you a Pm when it's being released. Also, just let me know anything you want reviewed and I'l check it out, or I might go and check it out anyway in a while.


2009-01-20 18:10:36

this looks interesting
id like a pm when its finished too please :]
i finally started working on a serious flash myself, n i wanna see what im up against in terms of the "first flash submitted" category ;]

El-Syd responds:

will do man, and good luck on yours too.


2009-01-20 18:11:06

pretty cool n it looks funny n it has more of an unike look not like other flashes like playdough kind of

El-Syd responds:

Thanks, thatv means a lot to me, I'll let you know when it's out.


2009-01-30 00:01:22

Lol hey, it looks like you put alot of detail in your projects. Be sure to let me know when it released for i can rate it and shit. From the picture it looks interesting and kind of a wtf thing going one. Is this gonna be a adult movie? and is it pretty long?

El-Syd responds:

no nothing adult or anything like that, it's a decent length, but mainly the release date keeps getting pushed back cause I've been extremely busy lately, and haven't had any spare time at all.


2009-01-30 14:59:18

I completely understand how family,friends, work and life in general can postpone animation projects. Unless it is what you do for a living, it's a hobby that you look forward to doing when you have the time. I actually can't wait to retire so I can animate all day.

El-Syd responds:

Yeah for sure. By the way be sure to PM me when you make part two to Honeybun, I want to see how it all turns out


2009-05-19 12:25:59

This screenshot is great. I can't wait to watch this movie.