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February 19th, 2012

Version 2.0 of my website

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I've recently moved my Nate Spidgewood Productions website! I've decided to move away from Freewebs since my website on there is way too complicated to edit on HTML. Now everything is much better on Weebly.

Anyway, go to the new website and enjoy it!

October 27th, 2011

Oh hey.

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I've got important news. I'm sorry for the longest break I've ever had. It's been a while since I published Derek the Rock Star on the internet. From now on, I'm getting back to work and starting to do more cartoons, artwork, and stuff like that since I'm starting to get much better very recently. I'll be drawing more comics of Tara and John and The Little Wolf and the Bad Little Girl. Also, I have a couple of projects currently planned. Some of them are:

The Life of Nate Spidgewood - Set in the suburban town of Sahuarita, Arizona, it's a new animated series about a lazy and rebellious teenage boy named Nate who spends his time hanging out with friends and playing video games. His life at school and his house is sometimes good, and sometimes terrible.

The Oddball Armadillos - A spin-off of Tara and John about Arry the Armadillo (a character from said comic) and his brother Dilly as they live in the desert of Texas.

And that's not all: Last month, I published a Derek the Rock Star novel on the Web. It's available to buy at Lulu.com.

To top all of this, everything is starting to feel like 2009 again. Now I'm starting to go back to work. Boy, am I lucky.

March 29th, 2011

Hey everyone! I'm sorry for not touching this journal in a long time, but apparently I'm bored. Today, I've uploaded a story (a screenplay-like thing) that I've written for five months called Derek the Rock Star. It's about a teenage rock star named Derek Finn whose job was ruined by a group of FBI agents that hate rock music, so he teams up with his bandmates to defeat the agents and take the genre back.

I've been kicking around with this project for three years because I had this strange dream about a rock star fighting a baby-esque guy for ruining his concert. So it took two months after that to develop the story, and then a year later it took five months to write the final story.

So today, Derek the Rock Star is finally published online! If you haven't read it, please go to www.natespidgewood.webs.com/downloads.html and download the story along with some artwork for it (and there, it replaced the old screenplay for The Life of Nate Spidgewood, which I recently decided to turn into a web series). Or go to my recently made account on Writing.com and read it! The story is just exciting for me, and it's one of my personal favorites.

November 1st, 2010

Three new collaborators

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Hey guys, as you may know, I've finally got three new animators to collaborate with on my future animated projects. I'm going to do storyboards, model sheets, layouts and voice acting, while the other three would provide animation, as long as they feel like it, and after they animated the scenes, I'm going to do some editing. The three collaborators are:

1. Erma Smith aka Blu-Bear (http://blu-bear.deviantart.com) aka Blubear108 (http://www.youtube.com/Blubear108) - I've been improving my animation quality all the time, but I wanted it to be Disney-quality animation, so I'm looking for a key animator on YouTube, even though I've looked everywhere. Yet, I found Erma, who has great work. Her Munchers film looks good. Plus, she's going to provide main pencil animation and backgrounds for my projects, but I'm going to use Toon Boom to vectorize/trace the drawings she produced.

2. Pancham Alva aka panchamss3 (http://www.youtube.com/panchamss3) - I was introduced to this guy by my online friend Geoff Cook aka StarC0mmander (http://www.youtube.com/StarC0mmander and http://starc0mmander.deviantart.com). Pancham always wanted to do a collaboration, so we're going to work out. I'll send him my model sheets and a Toon Boom project file of all the vectorized hand-drawn cels. But he's going to use Adobe Flash now, so he'll just use said program to import the cels and color them, in addition to extracting colors from the model sheets.

3. Gregory Scheckel aka GMSPics42 (http://www.youtube.com/GMSPics42) - I've heard that this guy is a partner with Geoff and even his best friend Brian Andersen aka Sonicsnout (http://www.youtube.com/sonicsnout). Greg has already partnered with Brian on the "ROBOTNOBOTS" series on YouTube and is currently working with Geoff on his soon-to-be Adult Swim animated science fiction series "Star Commander," so I was eager to meet up with him and collaborate. Greg is going to create sets by assembling my layouts and even rough animation, in addition to providing camera work and cleaning up cels. In fact, he's collaborating with other animators.

After the animation is completed, I'll do my part and assemble all the colored cels and backgrounds in Toon Boom. Hopefully, I'll get this started.

August 3rd, 2010

Some 3D stuff

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Okay, in case you never know, I tried using a useful 3D program called 3ds Max. Sure, it's quite good. I built some 3D puppets out of Arry the Armadillo (from Tara and John) and Nate on 3ds Max and tried to test them out using biped.

Also, since you fear CGI, I'm not moving entirely to 3D animation; I just needed to get my animating hobby much better: First, I'll animate the puppets using biped in 3ds Max, and then I'll just render them into multiple frame-by-frame images, in either JPG or BMP formats. After the rendering is done, I'll import the rendered frames in Toon Boom and rotoscope/trace the puppets' movements using my tablet. Amazing, huh?

Here are my 3D tests:
Arry: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCmHs-67Fps http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJURiDc_LAY
Nate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j99fm1vSs5Y http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zK_rOclS8Q

July 29th, 2010

Okay, I haven't touched this journal in awhile, but I have to make a new message board. I have to leave Lefora and move to ProBoards because Lefora is quite outdated and really unknown.

Anyway, please join my new forum at my website!

May 16th, 2010

Oh boy.

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*Sigh* I've stayed home for the entire school year already. Boy, I need my friends back, but I still loathe school. My life is more about my family than my friendship these days. It's because of my behavior.

And yes, it's May already. That means school is almost over.

Speaking of May, it's been a year after I changed accounts on YouTube. I'm NOT a target for any troll. And by saying "troll," I'm talking about a person who gives people a hard time online. I was bullied by these trolls on YouTube back in February 2009 in my old account, just like I was bullied online during my preteen days. It's due to an old video of mine consisting of my old comics. I've had enough of being boycotted already. And to be honest, people who always ignore my work and give credit to copyright videos I uploaded to YouTube are a bunch of blockheads. Obviously, these people deserve better than that, but they wouldn't stop commenting on my copyright videos at all, so I'll just go on to move my alternate YouTube account to Dailymotion, another video-sharing website. I know, there are some people who ignore Dailymotion anyway, but it's still a better site to upload copyrighted videos. I only needed one YouTube account, and I only wanted to upload my original videos on YouTube.

Also, looking back at the early Tara and John strips, I noticed they're very cheesy, shoddy and less accurate. The later comics are far more accurate.

I don't believe my life was weak these days. I still want my friendship back, but I refuse to go back to school.

April 28th, 2010

Facebook page

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I have a Facebook account, and yes, I put a page up last week, but I put a lot of effort when uploading photos and videos.

The page is about my production company (which was located in my room). So if you're on Facebook and you like my work, please click on the link below and become a fan!


(NOTE: If you've never had an account on Facebook before, you can create one there and fan the page. That means my school friends.)

April 15th, 2010

As some of you may know, five days ago, I went on to release the first three pages of the first entry of my new series of comics called "The Little Wolf and the Bad Little Girl," or "TLWATBLG" for short, about a really spoiled girl named Jane Roberts and her chief rival: her annoying adopted baby wolf. It's like a modern version of "Little Red Riding Hood," except it involves a mean version of Little Red and a really irritating young version of the Big Bad Wolf.

I first created this series in autumn 2006 as one of a few fake "webcomics" of mine, even though it has bad childish drawings because I don't know how to properly hold a pencil back then. I revived this series in December 2008 and tried planning it in various incarnations until I was able to make it a comic book series.

I started drawing in February 2010. TLWATBLG was the first comic I could ever draw digitally. Using my drawing tablet, though. I have other pages currently planned out.

Here are the pages for you to enjoy:

Also, I launched a TLWATBLG website in February, but I haven't put up any pages. Here's the address:

So enjoy these comics.

March 31st, 2010

Okay, so I haven't touched my blogs for a month anyway, forgot to announce something new. Sorry.

First of all, I've made a new walk cycle earlier this month, which is much better than the old one. Check it out:

I also planned some new animated projects: one was about John the cobra bugging Goldie's nap in the morning (which was currently in the works, but took so long to animate), and the other was about me and my friend Dyllan playing a "game" consisting of bottles, water and soda. The new WIP page is up at my website: www.natespidgewood.webs.com/wip.html.

I also made a new site called "The Graphic Chronicles." It's somewhat X-rated but funny, because it has stories written by my little brother or his friends. Be warned when you enter that site.

Personally, I don't like my alternative account on YouTube. It's all about copyright videos which people love to death. That's right, everyone loves these videos more than my work. I don't believe I was forced to make a secondary account when I was being bullied online last year in the first place. People just need to stop subscribing and adding this account. I'm not much of a logo person. I don't want to be involved in comment wars again, so I won't kill my work off again.

Plus, I finally got high speed internet last week. Now I was able to upload/download big files and load up videos and pages quickly. Apparently, I've had enough with dial-up, so that's why my dad installed cable internet. I used to have NetZero, but it frequently disconnects and always doesn't allow me to load pages up, which I dislike the most. Thankfully, I got high speed internet last week and it's so much better than dial-up.

And there you have it. That's all you read. Haven't announced anything new for almost a month. That's it.
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