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Posted by JoSilver - December 20th, 2020


As always I make an update every two weeks on what I'm up to and how things are going here on Newgrounds. So tune in to learn all dem deetz!


So last week I released my Toy Chica model on Itch.io. I think I'm gonna keep using Itch for stuff like that in the future.

If you are interested check her out.


https://josilver.itch.io/toy-chica-blender-3d-model


I'm hoping to have some more models out in the coming future but for now, hope you guys enjoy her.


Apart from that not much new has been going on, but lot's of progress is being made with Tales of Luka. Slowly but surely I'm squirming my way towards a proper production phase for it but there are a number of things I need to do before I can really get started. The models of the main character are completely done. I fixed up any remaining issues I have with them and they're ready to use. Now I just need to work out some minor but truly crucial details.


One thing that I've been quite cognizant of this whole time has been scale. How tall Luka is, how big are things in her world, stuff like that. So lately I've been putting in that work of figureing things out like how big should doors be, how tall are chairs and tables. Small details that can easilly bite me in the butt if I don't have answers for especially since I have a number of props I need to make just for the first episode alone. It would suck if I made all these chair models that none of the characters can even sit on.


Here's something I came up with. I always knew Luka, compared to a human, was going to be tiny but check this out.


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Luka's species while not being "Human" is the closest thing to human in her world. for reference Luka is roughly 3 feet tall at 100cm or so with the man next to her being some where around 5' 6" or about 170 cm. So yeah, Luka's species is quite tiny. As a result I had to take the time to really ask questions like how big should everything be. They can't be human sized, it's would simply be too big. Good thing I really started asking those questions because I was convinced that steps that were 25 cm tall would be fine but as you can see steps that tall would go past her knees.

Imagine having to pick your leg all the way up just to climb one step. That's what I call a work out.


On top of that I decided to write some more episodes, My plan was just to make the first and work from there, Let things evolve naturally. but I want to start on a better foot and I don't have too much practice writing for these characters so It was a good exercise just to figure things out. Like how would Zanshi say this or how would Kole react to this. Important work that needs to be done to make the Tales of Luka the best it can be.


And with that that all the News I have to share this week.

See y'all again soon


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Posted by JoSilver - December 20th, 2020


As always I make an update every two weeks on what I'm up to and how things are going here on Newgrounds. So tune in to learn all dem deetz!


So last week I released my Toy Chica model on Itch.io. I think I'm gonna keep using Itch for stuff like that in the future.

If you are interested check her out.


https://josilver.itch.io/toy-chica-blender-3d-model


I'm hoping to have some more models out in the coming future but for now, hope you guys enjoy her.


Apart from that not much new has been going on, but lot's of progress is being made with Tales of Luka. Slowly but surely I'm squirming my way towards a proper production phase for it but there are a number of things I need to do before I can really get started. The models of the main character or completely done I fixed up any remaining issues I have with them and they're ready to use. Now I just need to work out some minor but truly crucial details.


One thing that I've been quite cognizant of this whole time has been scale. How tall Luka is, how big are things in her world, stuff like that. So lately I've been putting in that work of figureing things out like how big should doors be, how tall are chairs and tables. Small details that can easilly bite me in the butt if I don't have answers for especially since I have a number of props I need to make just for the first episode alone. It would suck if I made all these chair models that none of the characters can even sit on.


Here's something I came up with. I always knew Luka, compared to a human, was going to be tiny but check this out.


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Luka's species while not being "Human" is the closest thing to human in her world. for reference Luka is roughly 3 feet tall at 100cm or so with the man next to her being some where around 5' 6" or about 170 cm. So yeah, Luka's species is quite tiny. As a result I had to take the time to really ask questions like how big should everything be. They can't be human sized, it's would simply be too big. Good thing I really started asking those questions because I was convinced that steps that were 25 cm tall would be fine but as you can see steps that tall would go past her knees.

Imagine having to pick your leg all the way up just to climb one step. That's what I call a work out.


On top of that I decided to write some more episodes, My plan was just to make the first and work from there, Let things evolve naturally. but I want to start on a better foot and I don't have too much practice writing for these characters so It was a good exercise just to figure things out. Like how would Zanshi say this or how would Kole react to this. Important work that needs to be done to make the Tales of Luka the best it can be.


And with that that all the News I have to share this week.

See y'all again soon


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Posted by JoSilver - December 6th, 2020


UPDATE 12/12/2020


Toy Chica Model out and available for download.

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So, not much news for you dudes this week. But as always just a reminder that I'm posting update on what I'm up to Every Two Weeks, here on Newgrounds. So, check in every two weeks for all the juicy details.


So to start nothing really new to tell you guys about other than that I took a bit of a "vacation" from work for the holidays. I needed to refresh a bit. It's been stressful all this... YEAR. Taking some me time helps me get my groove back.


The Toy Chica Model will be released sometime this week, I needed to work out details of how I'd release it and I got that mess sorted.


I've also been playing Haydee 2 and I got a number of plans for this game. I've also been playing a lot of X-COM... too much X-COM (so many dead rookies...)


Me and the familly had a very casual Thanksgiving, no guests means not much reason to cook ALL the food. I hope all you had a nice hoilday and more still to come this years.


With that Happy Holidays. See y'all again soon


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Posted by JoSilver - November 22nd, 2020


Just a quick reminder to you dudes, I'm posting Updates on what I'm doing and where you can get ya hands on it Every Two Weeks, so tune in to learn about what exactly the flip it is that I am doing. YAY!


As I've mentioned often now I'm cleaning up old models for a public release, and one that I took a look at was My Sunny Miami Model.

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Aint' she purdy!?


I took a look at her and noticed not much work was needed to bring it up to a standard that I would be happy with. Then inspiration hit... and I was Just had to Do something with her... Ladies and Germs, I present you with something.


WARNING! (NSFW, Contains nuts!)




4K Versions Available on Pateron!


I had a lot of funny working on these, The sexy animation there took me quite a lot of tweaking to get just right. Sunny Miami was always a bit of favorite character of mine, I love her design, and doing something with her is always a fun endeavor. I hope to do more with her when inspiration strikes yet again, but I already have an idea or two I'd like to take a whack at sometime down the line.


Hope you guys enjoy.


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ON TO FAZBEAR NEWS!!!!

You're one stop shop for all your FNAF LEWD NEWS!


Needless to say The Chica Model has not been released yet, and I'm gonna be honest with you guys. It's not because I ran in to problems or anything like that... Sunny Miami called to me like a siren in the foggy mists and boy did I crash hard on them rocks. I have a nasty habit of not working on things because something else beckons to me, even if not much work is needed to push it out the door. But I try to go the way that I have the greatest drive to go.


I get more done that way, otherwise I waste a lot of time doing nothing, and I feel it's more important to do something, Anything.


With all that said not much work is needed to get her out the door and in to youz guyzes loving arms. So with any luck she should be available with in a few days. One reason Its taking so long is because I wanted to put her out along with all the FNAF Gals as a pack and I was well at work on that, Until I heard some news...


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HAYDEE 2 COMES OUT THIS MONTH... so obviously I need port them to Haydee 2. So here's the plan Mentlegen, A release of my Toy Chica Model will be made available to you guys soon. The Model will not be game ready in anyway. However in order to bring them over to Haydee 2 (along with a few extra goodies) I will have to put in that extra work, Once all that is done, The models will be released in a game ready form, Sound good?


...Will I think so.


So, to Summarize...


  • More Sunny Miami coming eventually.
  • Non Game ready Toy Chica Model coming real soon.
  • Haydee 2 ports of the Models come some time after.
  • Release of those will then follow.
  • World Peace achieved!


Let me know what you gals think. Comments, Suggestions, Tips and Tricks I'm always happy to hear them.


Anyways, that's it for now.

And with that, See y'all again soon.


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Posted by JoSilver - November 8th, 2020


Just a quick little update this week. Not much to talk about this week or at least not much to talk about that I had prepared. Anyone not in the know, I'm doing updates on what I'm up to every two weeks here on Newgrounds so come on over to hear the latest news on what I am doing.


As I stated in my last update I was planning on cleaning up and releasing some models of mine to the public.And I've been hard at work on that. I've made some great progress on it. So I hope to release soon Toy Chica from Five Nights at Freddy's.


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She's Basically finished and ready to use, I just want to work on maximizing user friendliness (Labling thing's, creating proper documentation of the rig, ect...) With all that said anyone hoping to snag this model for themselves I need to state that this model will not be Game Ready, for example anyone looking to port the model to SFM or any other game engine will have to put in a bit of extra leg work but It was initially made for the game Haydee, so it won't take too much extra work to get it up and running. Anyone looking to create art with her in blender, she'll be ready to use out the box, Eevee or Cycles.


I was hoping to have her ready by now but it's been a bit of a crazy week, a lot of impassioned screaming and crying and cheering and celebration. All of which has monopolized a lot of my time, not that I wasn't working just not as much as I'd have liked to. Politics, AMIRITE!


I'll have the Chica Model ready to go hopefully soon stay tune for an update on where and how you can get you're hand on it.


On a side note anyone looking to snag a few of my Minecraft Models for themselves should slide on over to The Busty Creeper page on Itch.io and download the game for those extra goodies.


The Busty Creeper on Itch.io


Anyways, that's it for now.

And with that, See y'all again soon.


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Posted by JoSilver - October 25th, 2020


So like I said in my last post, I'm going to be posting every 2 weeks on what I'm doing, what's going on, ect.. ect... So I'm going to keep this trend going for as long as I can. K, COOL.


I suppose if I have a problem it's that I simply have an issue with focusing on one thing. I have too many ideas and not enough time and resources to get to them all. Then couple that lack of focus with a lack of focus on what exactly it is that I'm working on and that's a soup too spicy for mortal men to handle.


What's been helping me through this funk is instead of focusing on the big picture, focus on what do I need to do today to get something done. Divide and conquer, make a big problem in to a set of tiny problems, Those in the coding know might call it agile programing. I'd say it's mostly working, it's easy for me to become overwhelm with what needs to get done eventually, and instead I try to focus on what I need to do right now. When it comes to programing I feel that means sometimes taking a step back and thinking the problem through carefully.


But enough of that mumbo jumbo, what is the point of this? My point is I more or less want to share what I plan to do in the short term, like the next two weeks. So one thing I want to start doing is releasing some of my old models for public use. I'm not doing anything with them nor do I really have any plans to. I want to do this for a number of reasons. One I'm not doing anything with them and people have expressed intrest in the past for them. Secondly, one way I learned about modeling was Downloading models and seeing what other people did. I learned a lot about topology and rigging and that what have you that way. I don't claim to be an expert but if my models can help someone learn something then it would have been worth it.


So for the next week or so I'm going to be working on cleaning up some old models of mine and releasing them, how exactly am I doing to distribute them... I'm not entirely sure. I'm thinking deviantart or sketchfab but that means another account for something I'd have to manage... Idealy I'd rather do it through something I'm already active on.


So what models am I considering releasing... a couple. here's a few works with models I'm considering releasing or going to release.



So why these and not others. These are things that I am proud of and/or have no plans to continue working on. Also there has been a vocal demand for it. Now I'm not saying that come Novemeber all of these will be out in the wild and ready to be used, No. But I'm working on bringing them to the public. The issue with a lot of them is that I've learned a lot while working on them. and I've made a lot of mistakes. Mistakes that I've learned from to make the up coming Tales of Luka not a nightmare to work on.


Alot of the issues lies with organization. Things not being labled, things being a disorganized mess. It's a bad habit to get into, of not organizing your work because no one else is going to see it... Problem comes when you also haven't seen it in months. That's when you punish yourself with an entire bottle of scotch.


Also there are a few things I know I can clean up, be that topology or the rig used or what have you. Things that don't effect the final render so much but do effect how easy it is to work with the model.


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So with that said just wanted to share with you all what I have this week for you all that's new.


I've been working on updating all the character models and textures to be constant with the new art style of Tales of Luka. It's not too daunting of a task since, maybe I'm giving away too much of how the sausage is made, all the character are based off the same basic mesh. All I do is reshape them a bit here and there. The real work lies in the hair and clothes. Point is these are the final designs for the characters. I might make a few tweaks here and there but other than that they are done... Only thing that truly bugs me are the shoulders... and I'm not sure what to do... IDK I'll think of something.



Here's some more artwork... Woo hoo.



Anyways that it for now.

And with that, See y'all again soon.


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Posted by JoSilver - October 11th, 2020


So, to start things off I just want to thank everyone who, favorited, voted on, donated on itch,io and anyone who just enjoyed The Busty Creeper. Also a big thanks to everyone who's become a fan. I know I'm not the best keeping you guys happy but it means alot and I appreciate everything. I wouldn't be doing any of this without you guys or at least put in nearly as much effort as I do, So again thank you guys so much.


But most importantly I just want to keep you guys up to date on what I'm doing, Honestly though, be prepared for a lot of me faffing about, I've said in the past I like to jump around between projects, but I'm getting alot better at focusing on one thing. But right now I don't have a big focus, just projects I need to get off the ground.


So while I sort that I out I just want to let you all know what's happening with Luka.


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Luka's Current Design.


Now, I won't be too surprised if some of you hate this new design, it took me a while to accept it, but simply this is where things were being drawn. I wanted her to hold things, so I needed to have hands and fingers or atleast to make it believable, Without hands I was spending a lot of time trying to make her holding something and not look silly. SO, then once I added hands the hands on blocky arms just looked wrong, so I have to reshape the arms to look more realistic and I just hated the way it looked. one decision lead to another and I eventually got to where she is now. I must have iterated on just Luka alone hundreds of time, just small nitpicky things, like, you know, I think the boobs should be more like that, or are forearms too long, too short, or I think her feet look cute like this but not like that.


Basically Luka's design went in one direction and my minecraft girls went in the other.


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Minecraft Girl Design.


As you can see there is a lot of common DNA between the two, but really what truley happened was I was getting frustrated with Luka's design or I should say the changes that I wanted to make just not working. So I went in the other direction, more blocky, more minecrafty, make that work. I sorta ended up solving a problem with one an brought it over to the other and vice versa. Or I decided that doesn't work here but maybe if I tweak it there.


Luka's design changed so much really because with her I wanted to make her distinct from Minecraft and the Minecraft Girl obviously I wanted to make her more minecraft.


With the more blocky design I was pretty limited in what I could do versus what I wanted to do and finding creative solutions to problems is always fun, it's just not what I wanted to do with Luka.That was exactly what I wanted to do with my creeper model, I spent a lot of time just trying to make her legs work on a fundamental level, like how would it even work!?


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Peak creativity.


However with Luka that was not my goal and on top of that I have a lot of other issues I need to solve apart from character designs. Building blocky landscapes is a difficult and time consuming task. In the picture above I tryed to make the land mass in the background but eventually just became frustrated with how crap is was coming out and how much time it was gonna take for it not to be crap. so I said screw it, opened up minecraft, took a screen shot and called it a day.


I'm currently working on a tool that will aid in the world building process and today I just had a bit of a brain blast when it comes to solving a problem I wanted to solve for the longest time... slopes. Slopes are tricky not because they are somehow hard to add, they are tricky because you go from having one basic unit of geometry, a cube, to dozens. A east facing slope, a west facing slope, a north west facing outside slope, a south east facing inside slope and lets not forget about, sloped ceilings either. I tryed implementing this and it just became a nightmare ,so I decided to stop, this isn't working or at the very least is too complex for not much gain. I said to myself what if I just made everything a cube instead, and I was like yeah that could work that that's another nightmare of edge cases and arbitrary logic.


To demonstrate what I'm getting at with making everything a cube this picture will demonstrate the basic idea.

On the left is a stair-step shape, 90 degree angles and all, but on the right is the same shape just with the points that make it up shifted around just a smidge.


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Left: Unsmoothed Stairs. Right: Smoothed Stairs.


my solution to this problem isn't quite so simple as move the points around but basically it is, but it's a general solution and not a mess of in this case do that and in this case do this, I haven't tested it extensively but I got high hopes it's gonna work.My old solution was on a per-block level but this one is on a per-vertex level and because of that it should just work.


But to circle back to Luka just for a minute, The major thing about the new designs is that It allows me to do more with out saying to myself how, I just have to do it. I desiged a bunch of peasants to populate Luka's world and none of them are done not by a long shot but the new designs just allowed be to really just try whatever because now I can change more than just the skin and hair, now I can really reshape the body and face and eyes and the clothes.so yeah I think I'm sticking with it.


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Rough Peasant Designs (WIP)


Anyways, I hope you guys found any of that interesting if not, oh well. I am going to from now on do a bi-weekly post about what I'm working on. Just trying to keep you guys in the loop. I get a lot of questions and request from you guys. feel free to let me know what you think, what you want to see from me or any other thing,


And with that, See y'all again soon.


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Posted by JoSilver - September 25th, 2020



Check em out. So I been working on these two for like that past month or two. It took way longer than anticipated for a number of reason but boy am I glad to have them out and ready for you guys.


In the before times I made the following image set...


I had every intention of make The Busty Creeper into a gallery, I actually had it mostly finished, but... s@#t happened.

In a way it's good that I didn't finish it then. Over the past months and such I was toying around with updated the models and I'm quite pleased with how the came out.


By the way if you'd like to download and use them for yourself head on over to itch.io and while you're at it why not donate a little something too, it would be greatly appreciated.


I got plenty of new stuff planned. Hopefully the next thing will come soon, I'm planning on having atleast one new thing out this year, before flash goes ka-put that is. CURSE YOU STEVE JOBS!


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Posted by JoSilver - September 21st, 2019


So it's Madness Day, Everyone favorite day of the Year. This Year I had something really big planned But Those plans did pan out. I wanted to Finish the three games I put out this year before I got back to working on madness day stuff. But from then on August and September have been very busy for me and my family, So I didn't really get time to finish anything up.


So rather than doing nothing I decided to get together a couple of my favorite images I've completed and upload em' for madness day.





By next year, I'll have something big, real big, just y'all way and see.


Bye.


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Posted by JoSilver - July 17th, 2019


So I shall start by answering the following question, Just that the hell am I up to. Short answer is same ol' same ol', longer answer is multiple large projects, 3 of which are almost ready to go. Now odds are that Might have you asking another question, Why in the hell do you have three large projects almost ready to go but none are out yet. A number of reasons, Self loathing, Work, Family. But biggest issue all, Flash is practically dead. The main issue is I've yet to find a suitable alternative to flash for my purposes for the future. So I've basically just continued making stuff in flash despite the fact by next year, Flash will be officially depreciated and support for it even dropped by some browsers.


All that's got me the thinking why even bother, why bother continuing, why not look for something new to target as a platform. The main issue being I like working with flash. I know all it's in's and out's I feel comfortable working with it.

Another issue is I don't use a creative cloud version of Adobe Animate... or for that matter Adobe Animate at all. I use Flash Professional, the same old version I've been using for years. So either I start using Animate to make HTML 5 content or I move on to something else.


Frankly I don't want to make HTML 5 content as I've Fallen Madly in love with Unreal Engine 4. And UE4 has frankly awful HTML 5 support, certainly when it comes to getting stuff running here on Newgrounds.


So to the point, why Bother...


BECAUSE I CAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


THREE GAMES COMING SOON TO SMACK Y'ALL IN THE FACE, IT'S NOW OR NEVER AND I CHOOSE NOW!


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*Edit 7/20/19

You know, these pass couple of days I've pretty much just been spending all my time bring my projects in to a releasable state. I'm the kinda of person who fixates on problems rather try to overcome them, A bad habit. Nothing will halt progress on something better than not working on it and instead worrying about how you're gonna do something rather than trying to do it.


Lately I've gotten in to the mindset of just to do something and fix it later if it don't work. And frankly I'm kicking myself here just because of how little work I acutally need to do to bring a lot of my backlog projects in to a presentable state.


Point is things are going smooth and on schedule.


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