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Posted by HipnikDragomir - June 13th, 2018


Hey, you all. I finally finished another cartoon. Have a looky look:

Also, I'd appreciate anyone interested in supporting me on Patreon. I need to stop working lame jobs and make monet through art.

 

On Newgrounds:

 

 

On Youtube:

 

My Patreon :3 https://patreon.com/hipnikdragomir

 

ALSO:

 

A round of support for my friends.

 

TMJBtv's latest cartoon:

 

 

And Aboleth's new album with a music video for a song:

 

 

And their Bandcamp: https://abolethband.bandcamp.com/merch


Posted by HipnikDragomir - May 26th, 2018


Well, I'm ashamed for not updating in half a year, but let's gloss over that real quick...

 

Yesterday, the band Aboleth put out their first album named Benthos. It's a fun sludge metal roller coaster that must be heard to be belieeeeved. Also, the singer is also an artist who really should have an account here, and you can find her on Facebook and Instagram as Brigitte Roka. The band Aboleth too.

 

Her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brigitteroka/

Buy their stuff here: https://abolethband.bandcamp.com/merch

 


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Posted by HipnikDragomir - December 4th, 2017


Hey, here's what inspired me artistically this week:

 

1. Yuyu Hakusho - A cartoon that came out in the early/mid-90s. In a similar vein to Dragon Ball Z, it’s full of action and comedy and overall charm. I’ve been rematching it with my roommate little by little, and thankfully she’s really into it, too. Great team chemistry between the main cast, snarky dialogue, and fighting choreography to make for a wholly entertaining show.

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2. My animation class/instructor - Since I taught myself, for the most part, how to animate, I really don’t feel like I need instruction since I haven’t actually learned anything in the three traditional animation classes I’ve taken. However, my instructor Brian Kennon has an eagle eye for it and always points things out that I could improve. The case here being better pose-to-pose sequencing to get a better read of what’s going on. I’m more akin to subtle/realistic visuals, but it’s still a fun challenge.

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3. Devs Play - A little segment on Youtube from video game developer Tim Curry, where he basically interviews other developers while they play games they’ve made in the past. I really enjoy these interviews where the people behind older games discuss what they went through to make them. Especially companies whose games I grew up with and have been following my entire life. Great way to learn the process and subtle things that wouldn’t cross your mind.

 


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Posted by HipnikDragomir - November 27th, 2017


Hello, here are six things that inspired me these past two weeks. Because I completely shut myself off last week.

 

1. Concert

I went to a concert to see a band that I met last year, and I had a great time seeing the five bands that played. I even took a few nice photos with a good camera. It's been too long since my last concert, and it really fuels my drive towards the music scene.

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2. CTNX

My third time attending the show. At least, I only have time/money to get the exhibit pass for a couple hours to check out all of the artists' booths. I saw a few familiar faces and managed to only buy a handful of things this time. I hope to be able to have my own booth one day. I didn't take this photo, but here is the booth of Brigitte Roka. Singer of the afformentioned band.

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3. Novembrine Waltz

A "progressive/atmospheric death metal" band from Italy. One of my favourites with their mix of beautiful and aggressive music. Their last album took 9 years to come out in 2015 (I think). A solid influence in my target sound.

 

4. Mega Man X1

The first in a video game series that I've played since I was a wee thing. I started with the fourth one and made my way forward. Only a few years ago did I finally play the first three. This was the second time I've played through this and it surprisingly holds up as very good. Too bad the next two games get progressively worse to the point of garbage. Great game mechanics, visual designs, and excellent soundtrack that stand the test of time.

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5. Ratchet & Clank Gallery

Another longtime video game series of mine. The Gallery Nucleus in... Alhambra (?) held a galery of concept art and props from the commercials, and I was absolutely giddy to go and buy some merchandise, too. I don't have a vinyl player yet, but oh well! Comedic and actiony sci-fi adventures as a staple in my influences.

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6. Brigitte Roka

The singer of the band Aboleth (the band I went to see) and also booth-holder at CTNX (where I met her last year). A great example of a multi-skilled artist in the visual and music department. Her visual stuff is mostly watercolour (I think) and it looks phenomenal.

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Posted by HipnikDragomir - November 13th, 2017


Yo, here are three things that inspired me artistically this week

 

1. Dragon Ball Super (again)

As usual, I continue to follow the show every Sunday morning. It becomes a hot, fiery topic every week among its watchers when the show continues breaking rules and logic with how the fighters get stronger than each other, but it's all good entertainment and if I had more time, I'd love to draw them all and make some pretty pictures.

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2. Lenarr Young

A fantastic example of a Youtube comedian who, I assume, works mostly by himself. He frequently posts videos of himself acting out shenanigans as multiple characters and often makes fun of hip-hop people or tropes. How one person, like Filthy Frank, can do all this by himself is pretty inspiring. Another thing I wish I could do if I had the time.

 

3. Source Filmmaker

A free 3D animation program where people use any assets available to them, like models, environments, and the like, and pretty much throw it all together and fiddle around with technical things like lighting to make their own movies or posters. I especially like the user-friendly interface unlike every other 3D software I've used, but you don't have to worry about creating models here, so that's probably why. When I buy my own PC soon, I'll be jumping headfirst into this.

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Posted by HipnikDragomir - November 6th, 2017


Here's what inspired me artistically this week:

 

1. Maverick Rising

A fan-made collection of redone songs from the soundtracks of one of the biggest video game series ever made. The craft of reimagining something while giving it new life in a different direction truly is a skill and, when it works just right, is pure magic. I've attempted it a teeny weeny bit, but I really want to sit down and go at it once I have the time.

 

 

2. More Instagram artists

Looking through my "liked" photos on Instagram, besides mostly Internet memes and jokes, I notice how many of the artists are just people like Melmadedooks, omardogan1976, joshcorpuzart, and ... yea. I follow hundreds of artists, but there's definitely a trace of consistency over what I like. Realistic proportions and such, but obviously drawn and having some cartoon features, whether it's colour or the way eyes are drawn, or something minimal like that. Once winter break starts, I'll definitely catch up on personal drawing.

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3. Food Wars!

The third season of this cartoon has begun. It's based on a cooking academy of young chefs aspiring to make it big and it's a romp of comedy, drama, and actual education. The show doesn't spare you any details on how dishes are made and why. Really inspirational to get into cooking, especially since I already work as a chef at a Japanese restaurant. Some day I'll try a handful of the recipes myself.

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Posted by HipnikDragomir - October 30th, 2017


Hey, here is what I found artistically inspirational this week!

 

1. My friend's song

I have this ex-coworker, also a friend, who's been making music for a while now, and he asked me to design a cover for one of his songs. I doubt I can share it here, but I will show some ideas I had for it. It's supposed to be a love-type song, 'though it's really just about sex with some crude lyrics that I don't care for. Regardless, it's a pleasant, good vibes tune that I like listening to and laugh at hearing my friend's voice. Music ideas to keep in mind.

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2. Soot (artist)

This is an artist whose work I see ocassionally and it's usually Dragon Ball-related. I absolutely love the bright, full colours he uses to depict these characters and it's something to keep note of when I decide to work with markers/colour pencils.

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3. Desiigner

This guy is part of the "trap" hip-hop genre that's been around for a while now. It's taken me this long to start listening to the genre because every person I've heard so far has been pretty terrible. I've always liked the music with its more elaborate compositions and vibe, but vocals on a song can make or break it, and most of the genre's rappers absolutely destroy it. I actually like him though and the music supporting him is absolutely lush and dark just how I like it. It's still strange/kinda trashy music, but eeeeehhhhhhhh. Definitely something to take out of it for my own music-making.

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Posted by HipnikDragomir - October 23rd, 2017


Hey, here are a few things that I found artistically inspiring (last week). Also, it was my 24th birthday yesterday!

Garageband - During my between-class breaks on campus, I might get on my phone and use this free app to improvise some music, which is what I also do on my laptop. Despite being freeware, the program has become very comprehensive over the years and you’re really only limited by your musical skill.

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Oneyplays Animated - One fad that started online (thanks to legendary Internet animator Egoraptor), is taking audio from Let’s Plays (video game commentary videos) and animating them with your own visual interpretation. I’ve made a few of these years ago, and I’ve started watching more of different series. Another great exercise in being creative with interpreting audio to video.

 

Monster Magnet (again) - There was one day where, at my job, we were able to listen to music due to the managers’ absence, so I decided to put on some more of this band. I haven’t listened to them in a few years, but I was reminded of how much I enjoyed them. Going from their Dopes To Infinity album, they moved towards a more traditional rock sound while retaining quirky lyrics and a bit of the space-y tunes.

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Posted by HipnikDragomir - October 16th, 2017


Hey, here's what inspired me artistically this week!

 

1. Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball has been a global phenomenon for a long time - since its inception in the mid-80s in Japan. After almost two decades, a brand new series starts and we're 110 episodes deep now. It's been pretty good so far with its golden moments once in a while, with another one that I watched earlier this week. Even when it's brand new characters involved, it still manages to grip you and it's a very fun ride, nonetheless. Specifically for me, I could say that the series is one of the reasons I got into art as a kid.

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2. OneyPlays

The main person behind this Youtube channel goes by the name "Oney" and he's (was) a leading animator in the onilne animation explosion that happened last decade (on this site!). He's quite a bit of a comedian and his antics frequently involve improvising, so I've taken it on myself to practise more of that while at work and it's really paying off - the skill of improvising on the fly and also being funny at the same time.

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3. Taking photos

I do like photography as a hobby - snapping flowers while out on walks and other similar things. Actually using a professional camera, though, is pretty nice, along with shooting in the studio.

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Posted by HipnikDragomir - October 9th, 2017


Hey, here are three things that inspired me artistically this week.

 

1. Gorillaz

My best friend introduced me to this band in 2004~~, and a few days ago the planets aligned and we were finally able to go see them live. Amazing show from a musician/artist duo that shook up the music industry by doing things their way. One of my main inspirations in the music field. I didn't take this picture, but this captures it perfectly:

 

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2. Inktober (again)

I only managed a few drawings so far due to being busy, but it's a great way for me to keep drawing new things and try to consistenly be funny with each one.

 

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3. Instagram artists

In general, Instagram is a great way to look at other artists' work, and I've somehow amassed several hundred people on my watch list because of how much I like their styles. Interestingly enough, if you look at them all, you can get a general picture of what I like in that it mostly hovers around one particular style. For the most part.

 

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