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Guardian: Author's note, help wanted and other things...

Posted by DarkX64 - July 10th, 2010

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!

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!


Comments (27)

And the story looks interesting to say the least.
and i cant wait

I'm glad it has piqued your interest! I will be sure to deliver soon!

Awww, I didn't make this list?
I kid of course. Some good people you've chosen this time around. I've kept looking back at the last three in particular over the past few months. They do great work. Too bad they only work for commission eh?

As to your story. Looks like its getting closer. I wonder who will finish the next post first, me or you? Is the race on? No, it shouldn't be. Never rush yer art.

Ya know, I honestly gotta say that this is the most jocular that I think I have ever seen you write Sin. :) I'm savoring this...

Anyhow, my prediction of posting in the forums was for naught. Point B explains why I thought I would need to. Turns out, when I contacted a mod, he said I'd be better off privately messaging people for the best results. On that note, there any artist you think I should try first? I've considered Sabtastic, MindChamber and Nekow. Past that though, I'm out of ideas. Anyone else you think would be able to do this?

And,as I know you are probably the one looking forward to this the most, that is an incentive to make up my free time tomorrow to work on the first chapter. When it's finished, I have some former English teachers I'm going to turn to for advice. Not that I don't value your opinion, but rather, I want there to be as much surprise as possible. I just hope the opening isn't to slow to start...

Thanks for dropping by and I'm sorry I didn't inform you myself! But you came and that's my motivation to get to work. FOR REALZ this time!

Artists to recommend? Take a look through my favorite art. I don't recommend Sabtastic only because she works on commission only. Unless of course you really do want to pay for this. Basically just keep looking about until you find a style you like, then check to see if they work off commission or not.

Still eagerly awaiting the story. I need to work on mine pretty bad.

come on buddy, start writing eventualy.

you need to pick it up man

i find all the stories good and they keep me from boredom

I do not understand what you mean "all the stories." Could you please clarify your statement?

Hey you. How's the story coming?

I got a good start! And than I missed a detail and went all "Agh! What now?!?!?"
I have free time tonight though. I think I'll take the time to continue it tonight.

Sounds like a great idea for a story. I'd love to know when it starts coming out, I'll never remeber to check back here with my rodent-like attention span.

Don't worry! I'll let you know when it comes!
How's the old saying go?

i know your busy with college and your girl and whatnot.

but hurry it up, i wanna read it, it sounds like a fun story

No girl anymore. She turned out to be a bitch and I'm glad I left. :)

I'll try to get to it this week. Sorry for the wait.

well thats good, i'm looking forward to it.

and hop over on evermint sometime, i havent had a good conversation in ages

Hopefully, I'll do both of those things tonight!

Work is now officially fully underway on the latest chapter of my story. It shan't be long now.


Thought you'd like that. And what the hell is Evermint?

A website made by a friend. You know her here as Redjokerx or something like that.
Ask her about it and she'll send you a link and you can decide if you want to join or not. It's mostly a site up for the excuse of chatting really.

Ah I see... well I won't just go asking her for it. If I'm invited I'm invited. If I'm not, I'm not.

I'm sure she'd be glad to have you join up. Besides, it's not like it's some private party XD. Just any random person can join, you just need to find the site first. It's only because it's in my history that I can visit it regularly. I'm sure she would be just fine with me giving the link. But only if you would want to join up. There's I think 30 members? Yeah, she would definitely embrace you joining up. Only if you want to though. Mostly, we use it for the chat she has there.
In the end, it's your call.

Well sure then, throw me the link when you get the chance.

cant wait. this is good stuff youve got here.

When I get around to it of course. With college going on, that could prove difficult.

No thoughts on the latest chapter?

Happy Halloween!

And a Happy All Hallows Eve to you. :)

Happy Samhain

Um... yes. Happy All Hallows Eve to you as well. :)

Been awhile since I've heard from ya. Unfortunately I havn't started cracking down on the latest chapter of War of the Damned because everyone seems to be loosing interest and its hard to keep myself motivated anymore, especially with work.

Anyway, I'm still working on it, just much slower until I can find that motivation/inspiration again, and am still looking forward to Guardian.

It's reassuring that one of my favorite literary works is still being made! And don't worry, I haven't lost interest, I just didn't want to pester ya about it, unlike a friend of ours who won't give me peace for the lack of work on my end >:(. I figured it will happen when it happens. I just hope that's sooner than later.

Thanks for still holding hope in me and my work. I hope to get the first chapter done before Thanksgiving break ends. It may still need editing, but I'm gonna at least get the prologue on paper (well, technically on word document. :P).

So, yeah, that's the latest. I don't know if Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving, but I wish you a happy one regardless. :)

We celebrate Thanksgiving, but in mid October rather than now... but thank ye regardless. You have a happy Thanksgiving as well.

Thank you, I did. :)

Odd question for me there.

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