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Skull in Connemara

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Jul 8, 2009 | 9:12 PM EDT

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*edit* Frontpage! Thanks Tom, you're a doll! A sexy sexy doll! :3

Brace yourselves good folk of Newgrounds, this is not the sort silly weird cartoon you're used to seeing from me, and it's not the sort of stuff I'm used to creating. It kind of freaked me out having to be serious for the past week.

A few months ago a close friend of mine Justin Stephens told me he was directing the play A Skull in Connemara and asked if I would create an animated introduction for it. I said yes.

This animation was created to be twin projected onto the back wall of theatre before the beginning of the first Act of the play A Skull in Connemara, with the audience looking through the set and a layer of mist to see it. The result was very atmospheric, and I should be able to upload a recording of it in action soon so you can get a better idea of the final result. I've embeded a video of it in the newspost on my userpage so you can get a better idea.

The style was dictated by both the play, the music, and a story outline for this introduction which Justin created and gave me, which is quite a dark black comedy set in rural Ireland, about a man who has the job of digging up the old bones in the local cemetery to make room for the newly dead.

It's about a 60 / 40 split between rotoscoping (drawing over footage of actor Paul Kennedy) and my imagined animation, all created on a wacom cintiq drawing in white then "scratching back" with the eraser to create a scraper board or wood cut sort of look.

I hope you like it, and please leave me a review letting me know what you thought of it.



Rated 5 / 5 stars


dude this is awesome and totaly fresh , haven't seen this on NGs in a while . i especialy like it couse it reminds me or printmaking and how u use while for everything . the whole overall feeeling was great . great job , keep up the good work.

TheBoogley responds:

thanks, it was a great feeling to try a different approach, it brought back memories from printmaking classes when I did them at school :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Really well done

I must say , my good sir , that you're becoming one of my favorite flash artists

TheBoogley responds:

stop it, you're embarrassing me :3


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Kinda boring

But still, this looks like it took a lot of frame by frame work. so I give ye an 5/5

TheBoogley responds:

yawn, I guess I could make a sped up version with benny hill music for you. How about that?


Rated 5 / 5 stars

very inspiring :)

its like that aha video a bit isnt it? xD
but still love the animation and drawing style :) especially the mirrored camera thing :P
but the music kept a lot of it together :) reminded my of Harry Partridges War, Snow and Fire theme :)
keep it up man this is great stuff!

TheBoogley responds:

when they were saying "take on me", I'm not sure if this is what they had in mind :3


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Brilliant dude!

Boogley! You've outdone yourself! Incredible dramatic angles and lighting. Really powerful story, you captured the emotion on the faces extremely well. This is a proud day, my son.

TheBoogley responds:

Can I borrow the car dad?