New Brackenwood & BCA ch3

2008-11-16 21:16:15 by chluaid

» BCA Chapter 3
I've finally released the third BiteyCastle Academy chapter, and this one's all about how to get graphics into Flash, whether by importing or creating them with the drawing tools.

The first two chapters were free but with Chapter 3, I give you a choice of how much you'd like to pay (from: not much - - up to - - more than enough).

In the 55-page PDF, I talk about the process of setting up a scene for animation. We cover separating scene elements onto separate layers, painting, mixing colour, gradients offer a couple of cool little tricks that aren't too well known.

» Live Animation Cam
No dates yet but I've started work on a new Brackenwood short. I'm using ToonBoom Digital Pro, which is great and all, but many of the effects I want to use probably won't see a successful export to .SWF. If that happens, I'll try my luck at importing a .FLV into Flash so that I can upload to Newgrounds. I got a webcam set up in my room to document the whole project and you can also catch updates on the WoodenBlog.


New Brackenwood & BCA ch3


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2008-11-16 21:21:25

Good to hear your working on more brackenwood. Almost thought you gave up on it.


2008-11-16 21:23:19

Yay for more Brackenwood. Keep up the good word, Adam.


2008-11-16 21:25:56

I'd really like to actually see you draw something to see if you do things in one stroke or many strokes and refine it later

chluaid responds:

when roughing stuff out, I use many strokes.. but when cleaning up, I draw as long and continuous a stroke as possible. Just a personal method though and not always the best way (cos if you do one long continuous stroke for a character outline, then you fuck it up at the end, you press UNDO and you lose the entire outline :P


2008-11-16 21:29:32

I am totally watching you read your comments!

chluaid responds:

If you see me giggle, it's at this one :D


2008-11-16 21:29:35 does matter what it's about...your animation is amazing!

Note: I love favorite show done on it is Grossology.

You know how to sue ToomBoom? That's AMAZING!

chluaid responds:

there's a new ToonBoom out called Animate and it's very close to Flash.. same price too. I've been using it for a few days and pretty impressed. Wrote a review on my site so check it out if you're interested. It has a personal learning edition that doesn't expire too.


2008-11-16 21:31:40

You made my day with this news ! I can't wait to see your new work !


2008-11-16 21:37:22

Awesome! Your BCA work is great, I'll make sure to get the third chapter.

Also, looking forward to your next Brackenwood piece.

I love dicks.


2008-11-16 21:38:32

ill be watching you,



2008-11-16 21:43:41

Stop eating and get back to work!


chluaid responds:

man's gotta eat!


2008-11-16 21:45:34

wow... it looks awesome...


2008-11-16 21:53:56

How long have the other academies bin out for?
And "How much would you like to pay?": Classy.



2008-11-16 22:10:06

I agree with RaptorIV should do a speed draw or something maybe

chluaid responds:

check my YouTube channel, I got a couple there ;) id


2008-11-16 22:20:53

I'm glad your finally making something new. I'd really like to see more of a story than just stunning animation.


2008-11-16 22:24:13

Yes!!! Now I have to go train my jaw. Last time I was so awe struck by the beauty I was witnessing from Waterlollies that my jaw came down and crashed into the floor breaking it to a 1000 pieces.

chluaid responds:

ouch.. sorry bout that :P


2008-11-16 23:13:44

I'm proud of you man, can't tell anythin' about your tallents, just... A 37 years old guy, so much experience... Woah... Plz, God, let my wish come true, let sir Adam Phillips live forever, lol! :D I'm so happy that you're still workin' at your own projects. Yeah, btw, I have interestin' question about your personality. Where are you workin'? It's about animation also? :3 Cheers. Good luck with your awesome works. :3 (am I just said: good luck? ppffftt...) XD

chluaid responds:

thanks man :D
I work from home, but take on freelance work from all over. I've been working entirely over the internet for the past 4 years and have only met about 5% of my clients face-to-face.. best job ever!


2008-11-16 23:52:04


And now you have to make sure you dress nicely in your own home

chluaid responds:

yeah.. no more early mornings answering email in my undies.


2008-11-17 00:26:10

oh boy


2008-11-17 00:30:23

He was drawing with the tablet and now he is back on to Newgrounds. "chluaid-vision" is the best!


2008-11-17 00:33:40

answering emails in your undies?
you are like a modernised bogan


2008-11-17 00:35:21

I have a question
why no stubbies around the desk?

chluaid responds:

cos beer is bad.. I drink vodka or gin from classy tumblers!


2008-11-17 00:47:01

you're smiling
my heart just jumped

chluaid responds:

probably smiling at the silly things that go on in my head :D


2008-11-17 02:49:18

I don't even do flash, but i'll buy your third chapter :D! You deserve a lot for those things, I can see it being a huge help to many artists

chluaid responds:

thanks man, hope you're right.


2008-11-17 03:03:58

Looking forward for your dvds! Big fan here man :)

chluaid responds:

hey man, long time no see :)
DVDs are a ways off yet, but they'll come eventually.


2008-11-17 03:27:46

YESSS! My hero is back :)!

chluaid responds:

where'd he go?


2008-11-17 05:03:54

Its the master himself woop

Never tried ToonBoom, heard good things about it though. Best of luck man!!

chluaid responds:

thanks :D


2008-11-17 06:09:06

Well I just bought it mate ~_^

Now waiting for the send :P

Shouldn't take long coz I'm Aussie same as you?

Also can't wait for the new Brackenwood short, And the Movie :)

You should make a Bitey Of Brackenwood DVD collection and sell it at NG And Biteycastle. That'll be awesome :P

well all the luck and can't wait till the new short :)

chluaid responds:

thanks mate! Hope you got it OK. Sorry for the delay (was playing WoW for a bit too long tonight).
Enjoy the chapter and let me know what you think of it.


2008-11-17 09:20:05

Wow i love your flame drawing style........i hope il learn to draw flames like you

chluaid responds:

chapter 5 perhaps :P


2008-11-17 10:20:38

i love you. not the gay way dude! ;)
wow man the tutorial sounds nice, i'll definitely buy it! :DDDDD

yeah i'll contact you in skype if i need help. thanks.

it's good to hear that bitey is still alive, can't wait to see the next part :D


chluaid responds:

cheers :D


2008-11-17 11:23:23

I love you.

chluaid responds:

and I love you too.


2008-11-17 11:37:01

Awesome, looking forward for it! :)

You know, you really show creativity that show's huge potential for a unique book adventure, do you have any plans for an adventure book?

chluaid responds:

I don't have any immediate plans for a book, but I briefly considered writing the History of Brackenwood as a novel, so it'd be easier to sell as a movie. Not sure that'll happen now but I got other ideas.. we'll see


2008-11-17 12:01:23

Excellent. I'll give this toonboom animate a try. I've been looking for an alternative to Flash (flash drives me insane with its bizarre errors). Toonboom Digital Pro made me want to cry everytime I looked at the interface. Plus it was way out of my price range anyway.

I shall be purchasing your latest BCA chapter once I top up my paypal account!

Looking forward to the new brackenwood =)


chluaid responds:

let me know how you go with Animate.. it's targeted to Flash users who want to make the cross-over so it's got options to choose workspace and keyboard shortcut sets identical to Flash, so you feel right at home ;)


2008-11-17 12:30:31

I would buy the book if I animated and didn't have to use my mum's credit card... Damn my childhood! If only I were an adult... I can't wait for the new animation!

I have never heard of toonboom, but I'm sure it's good as a god at flash like you are using it. Is it better than flash? Does it work better than flash? I don't animate but I'm pretty sure it's better if you are preferring it more than flash. Cheers! Can't wait for brackenwood. One of my favorite series!!! Also, is that pic by you?

chluaid responds:

yep that's a pic from the BCA chapter.
Flash has its place, particularly for freelance jobs I do where the client requires delivery in .swf format, but ToonBoom is amazing when it comes to really high-quality animation for broadcast and video. It's got things like variable blur, blurred masks, IK, 3D camera, colour management. It's the real deal that animation schools use to teach traditional 2D animation.


2008-11-17 13:14:05

So what about your feature film? Is that on hold now or is that the project you're showing us? Good luck buddy, I can't wait to see what's goin' down.

chluaid responds:

Thanks man.. yep me and my co-writer have Brackenwood story meetings over Skype every day, so the feature film project is still going. The image in the post is an illustration from BCA Chapter 3.


2008-11-17 14:35:18

You should totally make a storyline where Bitey continually gets tormented by a dark, ghostly entity called the Hallugen, because it is sick of Bitey's trouble-making antics. Bitey then starts being nice to everyone, and the Hallugen leaves. Then soon, Bitey starts annoying everyone again.

Morale? Arrogant people never learn. <a href=" ge=brakenwoopen0.png">>:(</a>

chluaid responds:

Awesome image.. I'll think about it


2008-11-17 17:49:52

I see you there... answering your comments

(Updated ) chluaid responds:

creep :O


2008-11-17 20:53:56

I just bought chapter 3. I must say, I learned a LOT, it was definitely a better use of that 6$ than other purchases.. though I can't help but say I wish there was even more to be learned from that chapter.

anyway, you've sold me on all of the paid chapters to come! thank you!

chluaid responds:

Glad you liked it and thanks for the little extra :D
There are a couple of topics that could have been covered in the Graphics chapter but were more closely related to animation or effects so they'll be covered in those chapters. The book as a whole should be pretty well rounded as a result. Thanks again


2008-11-18 17:42:52

:DD i just bought it, waiting for the email now! thank you adam!

chluaid responds:

thank you, come again!
Hope you like :)


2008-11-19 06:25:12

holy crap, i just completed the tutorial, it was great! very well explained and stuff! i can't wait for chapter 4, hurry!!! :DDDD

chluaid responds:

I'll do me best :P


2008-11-19 19:14:07

yay he's working on the new brackenwood storyboard :D

if you run out of ideas, then...


chluaid responds:

thanks for the idea.. might just work :O


2008-11-20 23:42:58

i'm level 9
you're level 4
how does that make you feel? :O

chluaid responds:



2008-11-21 07:59:45

Good idea about skype.
Maybe some day you gone reicive my call. :)
Thanx Philip for tutorials, im gone buy the third one when i will get money on card.


2008-11-22 10:42:48

Ur always of to somewhere when i wanna watch the cam :3 .......oh yea, will u make a water animating tutorial?

chluaid responds:

eventually, yep. Chapter 5 is the effects chapter but I may split that into 2 chapters.. lighting effects and elemental type effects.


2008-11-22 14:22:50

toon boom PRO costs like 4000 dollars!
b.t.w nice to hear that youre working on a new brackenwood movie!

chluaid responds:

try ToonBoom Animate.. it's the same price as Flash but VERY close to what Digital Pro can do.


2008-11-23 02:47:03

FREAKING HUGE TABLET....iwantitiwantit*Slaps self*

lol i'm weird with this computer thing you call internet anyway

Big fan and i cant wait.



2008-11-23 11:07:06

Your Work is aw'sum!!!
Really good stuff, keep it up!


2008-11-24 09:45:11

Woah, a buck a minute. You could make this your full time job. srsly.


2008-11-24 15:09:48

hi adam, it's me again -.-
got a comment to post a quick fanart here, is it okay?


2008-11-26 19:51:44

I'm going to be making you a brackenwood tribute like thing as soon i get the hang of the new tablet i hope i win or buy. check my userpage out to see...please?


2008-11-28 16:50:05



2008-11-28 22:20:50

I'm buying a "Thanks"

I feel like I should buy 5 of them for all the tips I've gotten watching your stuff.