Hey Newgrounds, Happy 2019! Here's a little recap of my 2018. It's going down in history as a breakthrough year for me.
In January I finished up working my first studio job as a background artist on the film Shopkins Wild. It was only a short contract but it was a fantastic experience and a big step towards breaking into the industry as a background artist. I worked with a lot of great people and I left having learned a ton and feeling much more confident. I got to see my name in the credits in the cinemas at the premiere screening which was such a big moment.
The other big thing was One Week Ultimate Werewolf! I'd never imagined as a fan of board gaming that my work would end up on the shelves of board game stores! OWUW was also a project that I'm extremely proud of. It was a lot of unexplored territory for me as to how I did the design, colours and rendering in photoshop and I feel like I pushed myself to raise my own work by a substantial leap. I actually just went to the shops today and I saw it on the shelves for the first time!
Freelance picked up significantly at the start of the year (after a really shitty 2017 too). For most of the year I was quite busy and never really found myself out of things to work on. It's also been a decent year for painting backgrounds for internet toons. I had the opportunity to work on The Real Pokebusters for Mashed and collab with JesusAcHe, who did the animation. I'm also thankful to JesseJayJones and Carbonwater for the chance to participate in both the Totally Tubular Collab and the Newgrounds DBZ Collab. Backgrounds for web cartoons are hands down the most fun to work on and I hope 2019 comes with more opportunities to do just that!
I'm starting 2019 in crunch mode working on something BIG! I can't say anything about it yet but I've been calling it Project Codename "Chocolate Cake" in my weekly updates on IG. It's quite possibly the most exciting thing I've done yet.