Lets play #3

I've been waiting for a game to come out for a few months now and yesterday 30th August it finally came out, what was the game I hear you asking? Why Two Point Hospital of course!!
Now if your an old woman like me, you might have played or heard of Theme Hospital. It was released in 1997! Its 21 years old! Now I am really feeling old!


I was thrilled to hear that they were recreating it, and wow have they done an amazing job so far! I'm always worried when devs try to 'remaster' a game, in case they remove some key features of just totally revamp it hoping to make it popular from the previous franchise. But so far, they have kept all the good points and improved so many things! Well done.

I also made a Lets Play for it! And I'm pretty proud of a few things.
1. I recorded the play through, edited the footage and added my 3D Avatar all in one day. I did not think that was possible! 
2. My editing for the game was much better, taking notes when I watch my favourite YouTubers :D 
3. I planned ahead and recorded 3 episodes, I still need to edit them but I recorded the game play in advance which should make for quicker uploads! 

So a pat on the back for me I reckon! 


Here's a little trailer I am using to 'promote' my episode, but you can go watch the full episode on my Just Abby Channel ;)

Now I know most of you are not here to read about this channel, I'm well aware your dying for Lovesick Ep5. I'm waiting on one more thing I promise! 

An upload is ready.

Yep that's right! I'm almost ready to upload Lovesick Episode 5!
But don't forget its available to patreons 3 days in advance! But I will be uploading a trailer like usual so you can all prepare yourselves!



It took longer than planned because I was working on a trailer for my new show to add at the end of the episode, but plans changed as I've decided that series might not be the best show to recreate.
Unfortunately I'd probably get in some bother if I tried to recreate a Manhwa without the consent of the owner. I've tried to get in touch with them so we shall see. The trailer has been uploaded for my patreons as I didn't want it to go to waste. Its a shame, it was all ready to go and had some saucy scenes in it!!

For the next few days I'm going to be playing Two Point Hospital and record some lets plays as the game is released and I am dying to play it, shout out to all you who played the original Theme hospital back in the day!

Lovesick will be out for patreons by the end of the week and 3 days following for the public.

I'm so happy its finally done.

Lets Play #2

I spent the day editing a Raft lets play episode for Just Abby channel.

Its a lot of extra work to add your own 3D character as a webcam source, but I think its worth it.
And this time her facial expressions are MUCH better! They add a lot more character to her animations and reactions, its funny.

The final video will be uploaded in a couple of hours on Just Abby's YouTube Channel



New Story time Animation?

So, I've been watching a lot of 2D Animated videos on You-tube recently, my favourite being Sultan Sketches and Jaiden Animations. It really made me want to do my own, but 2D has never really been my thing, especially when it comes to drawing. But from my last posts you can obviously tell I've been drawing more, so I decided to give it a go!

My first video will be a 2-3 animation were I talk about Introverts and a certain thing I find difficult to do. Introvert videos were quite popular a few months back, but this is a topic that no one else has discussed, I don't think.  



In this very quick video you can see Abby's avatar, its very close to her actual appearance! It even has her actual tattoo on her arm! (There might be a new tattoo addition in the near future)
;)

The facial animation still needs a little bit of work and I need to add blinking, but this was all drawn, setup and animated in a day and a first attempt, so I'm very happy with my progress.

It should be done by the weekend, but I won't be uploading anything until Lovesick Ep5 has been uploaded. Which may be another week or so. Unfortunately the sound designer is very busy.

This brings up a question, should I upload this 2D Animation to Sakura Media's Channel, or on my Just Abby channel?
I'd like to keep everything animation on Sakura Media, plus I have more subscribers to direct it too. But because it's 'Abby' talking I feel like it should go on her channel? 
Any thoughts?

Drawing and installing

So, computer is all setup and is now downloading all my software once again!
Its always nice to have a fresh computer to install and organise your stuff, but I literally did this a month ago so the moments gone...

While I wait, I drew some pictures!! I'm trying to draw my own character, and create my own style, but I am looking at a lot of reference images to start with, I haven't drawn manga in such along time, I need the help! But honestly I am so surprised at how well they came out. I always used to try drawing every now and then and just hated how it looked so I never continued. But these few attempts came out really nicely! 

It might not be something you've interested in seeing, but I'm very happy with how they came out so I wanted to share them. And there is a BIGGER reason for me drawing these, which will be revealed soon...

Now this first one is very close to my appearance too! Which some of you might find interesting <3







Computer

Well, my computer ended up needing a full reset. I have my files saved.
But I'll have to reinstall everything which honestly could take 2-3 days. So it's a bit of a hindrance BUT I could have lost everything so I'm lucky I guess.

I'm spending the weekend drawing, I got back into drawing while my computer died and I'd like to try doing some more.
I might post some drawings here or on my Instagram.

In other news. Monty brought me a present today... A dead baby bird half eaten. Why do cats think we would ever want that...thanks but no thanks.

Bluescreen

Well, I had a nightmare of a day.
My computer decided to do a routine Windows update and that led to a bluescreen and no entry into my computer.
This is when we panic.

I think it was less than a month ago that I bought a brand NEW Computer because my other one died, but I managed to save everything just in time.

This time I was not prepared.
I spent over 3 hours typing out different commands, restarting numbeous amounts of times.

I have a friend who has built computers for years walking me step by step what to do. But everything was just coming up with a different error!

Luckily though, I got back in. All my files were still there, it was the luckiest day of my life. Now its still not fixed, I might never turn my computer off again. But I can save my stuff!

Thank the lord.

Seriously, amen.

Work Blog #8

So my weekend I ended up working once again, I planned to have friends over for drinks, but they bailed. So not left the house all week and weekend. Sometimes it sucks being an introvert because you hardly have any friends ¬¬

So Saturday I played Raft, got 1.20 hours recorded and will edit that for a lets play when I find the right time. It was fun, my Raft is looking much better!

Sunday I got on with some work, I'm trying to get a small teaser trailer done for the BL series, and I'm taking key moments out of the manga. I decided on the Ferris wheel scene, where they have their first kiss! I was going to motion capture this, but I started hand keying a little bit at the start and couldn't stop! Its looking good! 



The kissing scenes need work though, I'll have to adjust the models to fit better, as its going to be a MAJOR occurrence ;)

In the final scene there will be another person in the cart with them, major 3rd wheel XD
But for now lets focus on just these two <3

Can you tell I'm excited about this series?

Its done.

That's right, Lovesick Episode 5 is all animated! It's done!



SO! What happens now? Will it be uploaded now?

Sadly no. The next step is to hand my video over to Digital Zombie Studios, who create the sfx and music to make the episode sound amazing! Now this can take a few days to a week or so. So sadly, it will still be awhile, but trust me, its worth waiting for the sound to be added because it adds so much to the story and atmosphere!

The episode is around 7 minutes long, longer than recent ones. It will be about 10 minutes long  though, I'm adding a trailer at the end for Enrapture, so I'm working on that now. There's also going to be some fan art shown in the credits. 

I'm very happy with how this episode turn out and I can't wait to share it with you guys! 
And don't forget, its available 3 days in advance for my Patreons

Work Blog #7

Uploaded both my videos and so happy to see that people enjoyed them. Each video I post takes so much effort to make so it is really nice to read positive comments.

I also managed to get another scene done for Lovesick today, only one more scene to go!!!
And it is not looking good for Osana! 


Unfortunately I'm still waiting on a voice actor to send me her lines, I might have to find a replacement which will mean a lot of re-editing as I already have some of her lines in so to change actor means a lot of messing about and adjusting animation.


Lets Play

So, I have another channel I am working on too. A lets play channel: Just Abby.

I record myself playing some games, nothing fancy, so far. 

I'm planning on having my own Avatar in the screen. So far I hadn't figured out a QUICK way to get this done. But now I think I've come up with a way to get my avatar speaking and moving to the video and recording this very quickly!



You'll be able to this working in my next Just Abby upload, which should be up tomorrow.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to get the facial features working as well as I'd have hoped. BUT I think I already know away to fix this. Will take some time to fix though, so I just left it simple for my first one, see what people think :)

I might make a tutorial one day about how this was all done, cause its rather a lengthy procedure. 
But the end results make the video much more entertaining in my opinion! 

Also uploading another video on Sakura Media Channel tomorrow, not Lovesick I'm afraid.


Work Blog #6

So didn't do any of the fitness I have planned...no surprise there.

But I did get a very important scene done in Lovesick!!

This is something very special you wont see in the game


Very close to finishing now!

Planning ahead

Hope your all enjoying your weekend!

I just spent the day cleaning up and watching movies :)

I wasn't going to post an update today but while cleaning I was looking at my big white board I have that I write notes on.
And I decided to plan ahead, one thing I havnt managed to do is setup a schedule for my videos, it's impossible to do because I never know when things will be finished.

But planning is very important, so on my whiteboard I have created a weekly schedule, It includes a variety of different things new and old. I'm very excited to start!



Let's hope the workout scheduled in every day was a typo.

Work Blog #5

So I've almost finished my Sakura Announcement. Its much quicker to do these days with Iclone, A software that automatically animated facial morphs to a audio. Not the best quality wise, but good enough for these small videos.



I'll be uploading this video in the next few days, I try to make these ones a bit funnier rather than just news. So should be a good one :D

Its Friday today and I try not to work weekends, to give my hand a rest as I get repetitive strain :(

But knowing me I'll still work on something...I actually did a very quick animation at 1am last night, I just got inspired out of the blue to animate some Pokemon. Its given me a few ideas to animate after Lovesick. Its nice to do different things now and then, keeps me sane.



Have a good weekend everyone! 

Work Blog #4

I managed to finish scene 7 for Lovesick, I need one more line from the councillors VA though, been waiting awhile for her to get back to me ¬ ¬

BUT I can work on other things while I wait. I did my Mo-cap session, was hard to do because my cats were watching me intensely....It has lots of wires so they were amused ahaha



I was going to clean it up today to hopefully upload in the next few days, but I am feeling rather sick today, so I've decided I'm just going to play a bit of Raft and relax the rest of the day.

In other news, I've lost about 5 Patreons this week alone...That's not good. I'll be worrying about what I can do to improve my Patreon Reward system to hopefully get them back as its a huge loss for me.


Work Blog #3

Work Blog #3 
Today I did a quick recording for a Sakura announcement, and tomorrow I'll get the mocap suit out to animate to it.  Hopefully this video will be up by the weekend.

The rest of the day I carried on working on Lovesick, currently scene 7, where we are back in the Student Councillors room, but this time its not Ayano having a meeting...


This model is a really hard one to get the arms and hands looking nice pose wise. Its just rigged weirdly (And yes I did rig it) I just REALLY hate rigging ¬ ¬

I still need to polish a few things on this scene before rendering. I'll finish that off tomorrow.
I believe I only have 3-4 scenes left for this episode! Woohoo the end is in sight!

Thank god.