As such I've developed a competition for my GoAnimate family where by almost anyone with talent will have the opportunity to be featured right here in this blog.
To announce the competition I created the animation below which features Lil' Peepz versions of myself and my dog, Oscar. (Note: If the video below isn't loading or playing click the link to view it directly on GoAnimate - currently having some issues with GoAnimate Players.)
Competition - Get Featured in TET's Blog by etourist
Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!
The video won't mean a lot to non-GoAnimate members but if you are then watch for my Invitation to be Featured in TET's Blog post in GoAnimate's Animation in General Forum at the beginning of each month for full details.
Behind the Scenes on my announcement video...
The above animation I actually started work on more than a year ago. It started out as an animated Vlog style video featuring myself and my dog, Oscar (who often does sit right on my desk when I'm working). It was inspired by another GoAnimator's series, Thoughts from your Average Nerd by Newt.
I got about as far as the scene with Oscar scratching and then me saying "Let's tell everyone why we're here..." and then didn't know where to go after that.
As it happened creating business GoAnimations really started to take off for me shortly after, meaning I was kept very busy with other projects. When it came time to finally announce my competition, this animation was just sitting there in draft, perfect for the job and ready to be finished off.
The main point of interest in creating this animation is how I created Oscar (and I bet this is the first time the Lil' Peepz action '1000 punches' has ever been used to simulate scratching a flea!).
There is no actual dog features in GoAnimate's Lil' Peepz Character Creator that look anything like my dog Oscar so his face is made up of monster eyes and a monster mouth and nose resized quite small.
Oscar has quite long fur when it's fully grown out - people often say he looks like an Ewok when I take him for walks. However his fur is actually much longer than an Ewok's so I'd contest that he actually looks more like a miniature Wookie!
Below is a picture of the real Oscar. His fur isn't even fully grown out here. I think I got pretty close with the cartoon version.
What I didn't get close with is Oscar's body. There is no way to create a four legged character with Lil' Peepz. The closest body type is the one used for creating a turkey Lil' Peepz character. Hence my Oscar Lil' Peepz character is destined to have is body always obscured by a desk, otherwise the illusion of him being a dog is destroyed.
Here's the only place you're ever going to see the character's full body (see image on the right).
Finally the barking you hear in the video is actually Oscar's real barking. Oscar loves to chase me around the back yard, barking whilst he does so. I just recorded him with a mobile phone one time when we were playing.