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Skull in Connemara

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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.



amazing artwork nice music just overall great

TheBoogley responds:

Thanks, I'm glad you liked it.

by the way are you a transformer by any chance?
"cardude" would be a pretty good name for an autobot.


An AMAZING piece of animation with a slightly gothic undertone. The Black on white look was perfect for the situation and the music, and the style of drawing is akin to a technique called was scratching. The only reason I didn't rate ten was because YOU STILL HAVEN'T MADE MORE!

TheBoogley responds:

well I guess I will have to make more then, but later, my wrist is still sore from making this one :3


This is amazing, possibly one of the most cinematic animations on newgrounds AND flawless in all areas. I especially liked the sequence inwhich he was walking through the forest with the shovel, it was stylized and yet it felt real.
I'm really only good at spotting ridiculing animations, but this, I really can't.

TheBoogley responds:

excellent, I'm glad you're confused, while you think about this I will steal your hubcaps mwah ha ha


I loved everything about it! The animation- amazing and the plot was compelling.
Great Job!

TheBoogley responds:

thankyou theo, you really are the new oody :3


that was boring lame

TheBoogley responds:

you are

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4.30 / 5.00

Jul 8, 2009
9:12 PM EDT