RyanStorm's News

The Irony Behind Anime Amigos

2015-02-10 21:35:07 by RyanStorm

Okay, I've wanted to do this since I started working on the second episode of Anime Amigos.

Despite the fact that I completely shit upon hard core Weeaboos and Otakus, I to a lesser extent am one myself. I don't consider myself a full on Otaku, purely because I hate 90% of the animes I watch and I collect other shit too. That said, for all the animes I like, I've amassed a fairly large collection of swag.

*If you don't give a shit about that, at the bottom of the post I talk about what I'm going to start working on.

Lets get this over with then.


DVDs: Azumanga Daioh: Complete Collection, Akira, Cowboy Bebop: Knockin' on Heaven's Door, Cowboy Bebop Sessions (First three are the 5.1 remixes the last are the original stereo releases,) Neon Genesis Evangelion (Volumes 1,4, and 6 are remastered Platinum DVDs,) Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt: Blu-Ray DVD Combo, Evangelion 1.11, Evangelion 2.22, Evangelion Death and Rebirth, The End of Evangelion.

VG: Some Haruhi Suzumiya game

2432983_142362091632_IMG_0488.JPGManga and Art Books: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto: Der Mond & Carmine, Neon Genesis Evangelion 01-13, The Dissapearance of Yuki Nagato Chan vol 1-4, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 01, Akira 01, The Shinji Ikari Raising Project vol 1 & 2.

2432983_142362114533_IMG_0495.JPG(This makes my Monitor look way smaller than it actually is)

Figures: Yoko Littner Figma, Haruhi Suzumiya PS2 game Figma, Mari Makinami x2, Asuka Langley Soryu x2, Rei Ayanami, Misato Katsuragi, Unit 02, four unidentified bargain bin bitches

2432983_142362131591_IMG_0503.JPGAlso I have like six differant key chains of the Angels from Evangelion (two are broken and un-pictured) and this one of Megurine Luka

2432983_142362139193_IMG_0498.JPGModel Sheet of a Character from: Seitokai no Ichizon, I have more, but I didn't feel like taking photos of them

2432983_142362145843_IMG_0499.JPG2432983_142362147773_IMG_0501.JPG2432983_142362149333_IMG_0500.JPGThree Evangelion Posters, from Death and Rebirth, The End of Evangelion, and Evangelion 2.22


I didn't photograph it, but my phone case looks like this.

2432983_142362159022_thecringebg.PNGand this is what my background looks like...mind the bit torrent.


last, but not least...


Now that my Autism is out of the way, I might as well discuss what I'm going to work on next.

I'm going to definitely make at least one more Anime Amigos episode, more if I get more ideas. That said, I'm going to take a quick break from those and make a few parodies I've been dieing to make.

So the next thing you can expect is a few parodies, following those, will be the next Anime Amigos short.

NEW CARTOON: Anime Amigos visit an anime convention!!

2015-02-07 15:45:13 by RyanStorm


Recently finished after 7 months in development, I'm very happy with how it came out!

Just a genuine question.

I'm done with all the cel-shading stuff now, so all I have left is BGs and Editing. 

I'm in the middle of a legitimate uncertainty though. From what I've seen, a lot of people do like the look of the hand painted BGs I use and they make it easier on me, as foreground stuff always pops out, considering it contrasts the digital characters.

However, I'm wondering if just using Photoshop or Gimp to paint some stuff will create a more professional looking final result. I'm pretty much the only online artist (I know of,) that legitimately paints BGs, I'm not sure if thats a signature thing, or just a sign of a lower quality work.

If you actually have an opinion on this, I'm very open to hearing it.

As usual, status updates:


Forgot I liked Animating...

2015-01-08 16:56:35 by RyanStorm

I posted forever ago about the tedium and annoyance that comes with working on one project for awhile.

I stand by that, however, at that time, I was drowning in a sea of inbetweening and lip-syncing, but I realized something recently, I animate, because I LIKE animating. Its fun to go through and create something, to improve ever so slightly with age and experience, and to just sort of zone out and draw.

Sure not everything is well recieved nor does it get many views, but its a good learning experience and I had a good time working on it.

I'm in the middle of cel-shading right now, next is backgrounds and then finally editing. I won't give an ETA, because I haven't been meeting my own deadlines and it annoys me when other people do that, let alone myself.

Not much else to it, I'm doing this because I like doing it.



As you might already know if you've been following me, I'm in the middle of working on a sequel to my older cartoon, Anime Amigos: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/636232

Thats in the final stages of work and should be done fairly soon. I have, at the same time, just sorta started throwing out concepts and ideas for a music video based off of the SKYHILL song, Only One.


I've had the idea sitting in my head for a while and I really want to get it out. A lot of songs give me inspiration for music videos, but this is the first I've followed through with. My main work force has been dedicated to Anime Amigos, but occasionally, I will open up another file and start drawing character designs or mapping our a stroy-board to the song.

The story of it has little to do with the song's lyrics, but it mainly revolves around a short story centered by an action sequence in a 1940's Noire setting. I can thank L.A. Confidential, Cowboy Bebop, and L.A. Noire for making me choose this. Personally, I've always found that noir setting to be really cool.

Anyway, if your not looking forward to Anime Amigos, in the near future, you'll have a kickass music video with lots of gunfights.

UPDATE: (top: Anime Amigos. Bottom: Only One Char. Designs{wip})



Q and A If You Please

2014-11-11 20:56:49 by RyanStorm

I've had a productive day.

The lip sync process is tedious, but it goes by fast if you force yourself through it. That said, I'm opening another Q and A to whomever would like to pop me a question. If you have a question, shoot, if not, I might do one of these again in some time. So go ahead, if you're feelin' it, ask me whatever.



Lip Sync Stinks

2014-10-28 19:00:51 by RyanStorm

Well, I'm happily moving forward with Anime Amigos II. I finished inbetweens and smoothing around last week. Now that I'm moving onto lip-sync I'm actually making some of the jokes shorter or faster. For instance, if a jokes just built off watching Oliver talk in a funny voice, then I cut it down to where its appropriate or less repetative. I'm still consistantly comeing up with newer jokes for the short, its a mixed bag between fun and tedium. The tedium now coming from the fact that when lip-syncing I draw every frame for every mouth for every sound and don't re-use them...at all. I do this, because I like how this turns out more, also, mouths aren't terribly difficult to draw, so doing it over and over again isn't as tedious as it seems.

Thats all, I won't give an ETA, because I've already worked on this for two months over my original release estimate.



Not so Social Media

2014-10-05 21:39:10 by RyanStorm

Sup Babes.

    It was about a week or two ago that I made a Tumblr and a Twitter! As expected, no one noticed, because all I did was subtly put links to them on the front page of my NG and Youtube.

So here I am plugging them!



Heads up, I'm not a regular to either of these sites, that might turn around, we'll see. Tumblr is pretty much just where I'm gonna post some art stuff I've done. So if you like my art and don't wanna go into the Art portal or the forbidden realm of Deviantart. Tumblr is the place to be.

Twitter I might just post little status or funny videos I've found. I dunno, right now my only tweet was, "Yo." Which was a week or two ago.

If you're intersted in what I do enough, then feel free to follow me on either on of those sites.

Lets end this with the standard update pic-



Wow, I'm still working

2014-09-19 17:41:05 by RyanStorm

So I just started school. No that hasn't slowed my workflow at all, in fact its about the same. Senior year, at least at my school, is the most chill time I've ever had in a school. The problem with me is that, Anime Amigos should've been in the editing or at least final stages coloring, about half a month ago. I haven't had much stop me, as I still have plenty of time at home to work on these cartoons. I'm just disgustingly lazy...as I type this I've actually just gotten sick of staring at Wally's face and decided to post an update. I want to be done with this so I can move onto two other, much more ambitious things I have ideas for. I've come up with and dropped so many ideas over the course of three months, I'm dissapointed I couldn't have worked on them, because I'm hyper focused on finishing this one cartoon right now. I'm applying to colleges and stuff, but that again, really isn't actually slowing me down, I've got enough free time to work on everything I need to get done.

In conclusion, I'm just fucking lazy.


Also I did this art thing a while ago, I'm assuming no one cared, but imma plug it anyway :)


Self Questioning: Does What I'm Working on Suck?

2014-08-09 22:18:19 by RyanStorm

Hello, and welcome to me when I'm in the middle of a phase I'm pretty sure all animators go through when they work on one project for too long. The ever so consistant self question of, "does this suck?" its the dreadful point when all  of the jokes you wrote wore off in their amusement and you start to question yourself.

You try to improve your self image of the cartoon, by showing the pencil test to your friends, but they simply lack the patience to watch something that isn't even close to done. This is where I am with Anime Amigos II right now. Its currently about five or six minutes in length and I'm half way done with inbetweening.

I've hit this with everything I've made, and for those other poor saps who are stuck in this ungodly rut, I offer some advice!

1. Don't show the unfinished project to other people, you'll be inevitably dissapointed by their reaction.

2. Re-record some lines, to add a fresh perspective to the cartoon. I just did this, its very effective.

3. Add subtle personal jokes when animating, ex: jiggle physics, hard nipples, thongs, and whatever other innapropriate shit that makes you laugh.

4. Watch any other material you like, for me this is usually stuff like Cowboy Bebop, Ren and Stimpy, or any other animated cartoons I like.

5. Start coloring some frames you know are finished or won't move. I find this to be a good and fun relief from the tedium that is inbetweens.


Although, as a foot note, you should also remember, that what your making might ACTUALLY suck. I've only had to abandon one half finished project because of this. If you really do look at your cartoon, disect everything, and decide it genuinely isn't funny...then you might be right. Thats the scary part of course. The idea of all that work being for nothing, but hey, it was a learning experience, so just move on to the thing you were gonna work on next. That next thing probably doesn't suck!

Heres a screen-cap of Anime Amigos 2 by the way! :)