Hi. If you know me, thanks for reading and supporting. If not, keep reading if:
a) you have an interest in a robot-apocalypse story or
b) if you are an artist that can draw robots and people. And have the free time enough to engage in a non-profit project.
And now for the story. For those of you unaware, there are many Newgrounds users who contribute their own original stories to their main page. This post showcases some examples. Click if you have an interest. I have plenty of ideas for stories and, due to the many users I've encountered who post their stories on their page, I've decided to contribute my very own story: Guardian. It's a tale about a robot apocalypse that stars two characters: Angela, an 8 year old girl whose parents died in the initial robot rebellion outbreak. And her specially designed robot bodyguard, Peter. Together, they travel the world in search of answers, survival and other survivors. And, following the next post which will be a Table of Contents/ FAQ/ Subscriptions page, I will start my story. It will be titled Guardian: Step1 Chapter1: A Catastrophic Premonition.
It was brought to my attention that all titles should have a target audience. However, I fall short on this note, because I believe anyone should have the right to read what they can handle. NOTE, I should repeat the last four words, WHAT THEY CAN HANDLE. Death is going to be a heavily repeated theme in this story. Some people are squeamish in regards to scenes depicting genocide, betrayal and demoralization. If you should be such a person, than do yourself a favor and stop reading this, because there's nothing in this tale left for you. And don't dare think about commenting on my page, claiming that stories that have material like this in it help to spread ill will around. SUCH COMMENTS WILL BE DELETED. I HAVE NO PATIENCE AND NO TOLERANCE FOR ANY SPAM OR POINTLESS CHATTER ON POSTS WHEREIN THERE IS ONE FOCAL POINT (posts with the title Guardian). Thanks. You have been informed and warned.
In regards to point B...
I should mention at this point that the spark to it all was I-Robot, yet it wasn't the full influence. Mostly, I make this point because, every time I try to envision Peter, the Guardian Robot, I keep coming back to the design of the NS-5's in that film. It's because of the clear fusion of a robotic appearance with human features. In particular, it was Sonny, the robot that had feelings and could dream, that I morphed around in my mind to come up with Peter. But I've never been able to fully abandon the NS-5 robot appearance.
To that end, I would like to request that any good artist who can and is willing to try and come up with a drawing akin to the appearance to an NS-5: clearly robotic in nature, but with outstanding human features. I'd like that the majority of detail and human feature be in the face, if shown. But to be clear, I don't want a clear cyborg nor do I want some grotesque molding of both sides. Like, I don't want a full human face on a robot body. Including Angela is up to you, because the picture's structure I'm also leaving up to you. If you opt for her to be in the drawing, I imagined her facial features as such: Blonde hair in pigtails. Sky blue eyes, medium sized and open with curiosity. Heartwarming smile. And round and delicate face. The rest is up to you. Anything done towards this end will be highly appreciated, as I would like a picture for the Table of Contents page. If you do this, put a link in your comment to the art and I will tell you what I think. Again any help rendered to this will be appreciated. Thanks in advance .
Now, I'm going on to other subject matter. Note, this is the only post with "Guardian," in its title that will have discussion outside of the story. And the only one I will allow outside discussion on. Remember that.
I'm still looking for a good program with which to compose music. Band in a Box wasn't what I was looking for. It was limited to a MIDI sound and was too big to work with. And I do have access to Finale Notepad, but it doesn't have all I want and I need. What I need is a program that is easy to use, has access to realistic sounding instruments (and plenty of them), has realistic sound effects (like glissandos or note drops, tremolo, and other stuff like that) and can be made into an MP3 file. In short, I would like The Comprehensive music making machine, if such a thing exists. I have a couple of ideas, some original, some remixes. If anyone can inform me on anything that can perform those things, please comment and let me know. And if you could give a link that gives me a site that showcases this program in action (i.e. a YouTube video or an Audio Portal submission), I would be deeply appreciative. Thanks.
For those of you who knew me before this post, I have a YouTube page: DarkX64. For now, I only have a favorites section, but I will be uploading some music from a great, mostly unknown game called Zone of The Enders: Fist of Mars. It's an amazing game if you ever get the chance to play it. And I hope to be uploading the music to it soon. And the possibilities of other videos, like flaunting my ugly face in front of a camera like a fool, are evident. They are on a later agenda however. For now, my page only fulfills the desires of people looking for epic music and funny videos. Enjoy.
And now, for the delayed but not forgotten monthly artists pick.
The Dragon Lady, in the flesh! She's not a myth, nor a legend and DEFINITELY not an amateur. Her amazing detail and beautiful beasts will capture your awe, stimulate your imagination and beckon to a fantastic world where anything is possible. She is definitely one of the better artists around, and she is maybe the only artist who does anthropomorphic dragons. There's some originality for you to chew on. I have two of her works in my Favorite Art section. If you decide to see what she's all about, get ready for the magical ride of your life!
This guy is a very interesting individual. With a library of Flash works that stopped in 2003 and 3 songs that are the product of his band, Aratic, that were posted in 2009, he has some of the stranger works you might find in this site. I'm a huge fan in particular of the band's piece "Contempt of Courtship," which, is also located in my favorites. Whether more Flash or Aratic songs are on the way, it's sure to be good!
KERSLASH!!! That is this dude's webcomic. Unfortunately, he has yet to upload any of the actual episodes to NG, but he has some impressive art, both of the main character, Paige and other material. He also has a Flash submission, which promises good skills in Flash to come. If you like unique art, this might be the guy you want to look up.
ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FUCKING METAL?!?!?? Then it's time to listen to this guy! He is an incredible guitarist who has done plenty of work, both originals and covers. His solos will melt your faces! His remixes will astound you! And his skill will earn any fellow guitar players respect! I have so many of his works in my favorites, it's nuts! Give him a listen, he may just satisfy your thirst for metal!
***WARNING! ADULT ARTIST INCOMING!!!***
Sultry. Naughty. Nasty. Downright Dirty. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Infinitedusk's erotica writing. It is here that kids be warned! The content on her page is for grown ups, adults and all other form of aged, carbon based life forms! (people, humans, whatever...) Sex is not for the immature, and especially, not some of the scenes she describes! But if it's a good night to get sexual, drop on by her page.
Can you say mad detail?!?!? Artists do pay attention to it, but this guy is EXCEPTIONAL at it. With a wide array of works ranging from futuristic, to fantasy, to just outright weird, he's got plenty of pieces to dazzle and amaze you. And, one of his pieces even became a poster that you can buy at the Newgrounds store! *Check it out!
Everyone step aside! The Queen Femme Fatale of the Art Portal HAS ARRIVED! With some comical pieces, serious pieces and more "stimulating," pieces, she has quite an array of style and skill. She has plenty of unique pieces that are a style unto their own and she has a knack for detail, texture and an uncanny realistic appearance to some of her pieces. She is definitely one of the better artists around and, soon, she may even animate more in the future as well!
It was long and awaited, but the journey has started at last!