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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 4.5 / 5 stars

very amazing artwork

i got confused time to time

TheBoogley responds:

that's bound to happen, when people get to your age they sometimes become forgetful... :3


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very nice!

your artwork and design are amazing here!
The music fits it very well and I love the suspenseful feeling it emits.
Very good, very well drawn.
Excellent work!
Well deserving of that trophy!
Cant wait to see more!

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TheBoogley responds:

really? and I thought that thing it was emitting was toxic gass... :3
thanks! :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Breath taking

The atmosphere was perfect for the play and the animation styling was just magnificent.

The audio was spot on as well, never too loud, never too quiet. The music gave the video a perfect pacing.

I thought I was impressed watching it here on NG until I saw how it was presented to the audience on your user page...My god...that's incredible.

TheBoogley responds:

Did you just call me your god? I'm pretty sure you did. You were all like, "I saw how it was presented to the audience on your user page, My god."
And so it was written, that therefore I am now your god... :3


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Wow. Artistic in every way. Great work!

TheBoogley responds:

every way? c'mon, there must be at least one way that it's not... :3


Rated 5 / 5 stars


Ok well its hard to come up with much complaint because this is an awesomely done piece and I know it was rotoscoping but even so it was really impressive. His face is well done throught the whole thing, except during the part when hes staring at the skull i thought it looked a little flat but thats just me, and i only noticed that because the rest of it was done flawlessly and its freaking amazing. The mirror effect took a little away from the dramaticness but you already explained why you did that to that other guy. I would definetly see the play just because of this animation. Also your my new favorite artist on new grounds. What an honor.

TheBoogley responds:

I'm your favourite artist now?
I will make myself a special badge and always wear it!