Rex Smeal

Tasmanian Freelance Animator/Game Artist

Idle game-making stuff. Animal kung fu game, and an rpg platformer. No idea if these things’ll go anywhere.

Silly little test for a possible game idea to do with animal kung fu styles. Proportions are shot because I slapped it together so fast, but I think I’m happy with the balance progression- very forwards-leaning, step instead of compensating!.Might see some tests for other styles this week!

Silly little test for a possible game idea to do with animal kung fu styles. Proportions are shot because I slapped it together so fast, but I think I’m happy with the balance progression- very forwards-leaning, step instead of compensating!.
Might see some tests for other styles this week!

markysheap asked: How better is ToonBoom compared to Flash?

A better question might be- “Why better is ToonBoom compared to- okay, that’s not great phrasing either.

Short version: Flash is made for designers, ToonBoom is made for animators. If you want to make buttons or games, get Flash- if you want to animate, get pretty much anything other than flash.

Long version after the jump!

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jukka-the-honk asked: Hey how r ya? All well? Could u please tell me a bit about that software u use, toon-something? Seens interesting! And tips for 3D hmm... Remmember to keep your topology clean (the way polygons flow) and neat

I’m fine! Actually kinda stoked to get an ask out of the blue like this, my last one was like, a year ago.
I use photoshop for anything that doesn’t move, and ToonBoom Animate for anything that does.
Thanks for the tip! Lately all the 3D I’ve been doing has been to do with painting normal-maps for use on flat planes in unity, but I’m hoping to get into some serious 3D modelling/animating soon!
Thanks for your question!

Some random junk. Having a tough time drawing tonight!

Okay, so normally I wouldn’t upload something this nerdy/lame, but my favourite minecraft server is getting reset, so I thought it warranted some sort of memorial for all the hundreds of hours I’ve sunk into it.

Kinda hard to see the character animation with that big frame size. Here’s a gif!

Kinda hard to see the character animation with that big frame size. Here’s a gif!

Just an animated doodle to keep my hand in.

Little job for a friend who has a friend who has just had twin boys!

Little job for a friend who has a friend who has just had twin boys!

THINKING ABOUT DRAWING IN 3D

I want to make short videos covering topics like this, with a focus on digital techniques and simple game art production for programmers who have no artistic background.
My motivation to work on these things is directly proportional to any favourable audience response!