XTIN: Reincarrion

XTIN: Reincarrion

by Jeremy Ray
Join the Ultimate Master of Tantra as his prowess saves the universe from evil dragons and space zombies.
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XTIN: Reincarrion

Join the Ultimate Master of Tantra as his prowess saves the universe from evil dragons and space zombies.

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Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch a couple sweet promotional videos on the XTIN YouTube channel -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue9szwRxjgE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e8hjoaIKE4


I revisited the first promo video and pumped it up. The caustic lighting effect took a while but IMO was worth it. On the whole I'm not sure the first video was worth redoing, other than for the educational value, but it seems like it would have to be useful somewhere down the road.

About the page, I'm not sure the guru's logic holds up. He may be stressing out a little.

I've been busy on Patreon lately, uploading lots of stuff. There were not many rewards in the past, but that is changing. I've got a large volume of older work to upload and it will take some time to do it. I'm starting to appreciate the strength of Patreon for keeping touch with fans on a more frequent basis, and serving as a catch-all for art that doesn't fit on the comic sites, or isn't finished enough for an art site. I'd like to see more activity over there. I've got several free posts and will be doing more in the future, so why not check it out?

Finally, remember a year ago when I lost my job because a guy I was working with got busted for being a child molestor? The charges were dropped. It appears he was innocent after all. As far as I can tell the whole thing was made up by one of his kid's school teachers wanting to get at him. He still ended up in jail though due to financial problems caused by not being able to work due to being in jail on false child molestation charges. Total injustice for him and his family, and all those around him who lost their jobs, or the owner who had his business nearly ruined. In this case I hope that person can get a return on all the harm that radiated out from their vindictive behavior. They'll probably skate away with no consequences though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ue9szwRxjgE


What do you think? I'd like to make more videos if I can fund the time. This went together quicker than I thought it would. I tried not to spend too much time on it, but it still looks o.k. When scenes are dark and blurry, you can get away with a lot. Character animation can be tough but in the first book most of the characters don't wear much, have masks, are bald, or deformed. I can go far without getting into cloth sim,facial animation, or hair. That stuff gets complicated. So, short films that don't get overly ambitious are doable.
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY

The Kickstarter video is finally finished. I'm going to look into what else is involved in setting up the Kickstarter and hopefully I'll get it launched soon. This is the first time I've tried Kickstarter so I'm going to pursue a strategy of not asking for much as an initial goal, but having stretch goals available if the interest materializes. The main problems I see are the small size of my existing following, and the rewards structure. I believe the video I've made sells the project well, if you're into the scifi/fantasy/horror genre. As for the reward structure, I'm sure people will want a print book but my goal is to pay for the time to make the rest of REINCARRION. Naturally I'm adverse to offering rewards that eat up all or most or a substantial amount of the funding. What I can do is offer .pdfs of the first GN and the first issue of REINCARRION, and some other related material like the Extinction Level Event comic (a totally different book but it is related). I can also draw people in the comic, put a credit in, that kind of thing. The gist of it is that I'm adverse to creating physical objects until the time to make the rest of the book is paid for. After that it is not such an issue for prints or shirts, but I think the book itself will have to much sex and nudity and gore for a print run. I've read horror stories about printing adult-ish material and I'd rather do digital and put my time into making more XTIN.
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY

I tried adding texture to the line art on this one. Do you like it? It blows up the file size which means I've got to compress it more to get under SmackJeeves' file size limit. I tried shading this one but it adds too much to the time. It could be done, but for the time spent there are other things I'd rather have, like the next page sooner. Or more animation. I'm down to touching up shots on the Kickstarter trailer. Just fixing litte things here and there. I've been having problems with swimmies in the shadows. I've been cranking the shadow buffers up to the highest quality settings which runs up the render time. I dunno, I may leave some of them in there. It's not a problem in every shot. Should have this done in a few days. It took more time than I wanted to put into it, but not bad for what it is I think.
@sisterstrawberry: You can probably find the 12WX on Ebay for a couple hundred by now. They're very durable so I wouldn't worry much about buying used. I think it's a good size, although I haven't tried the bigger one. The bigger one is supposed to have better pen tracking, especially at the edges. If GIMP could rotate the image while drawing the big Cintique might be better, but since GIMP can't do that I think I'm better off with the 12WX. The cord gets in the way when moving it around while drawing, but it's not too bad.

I'm JRXTIN on DeviantArt.
@Jeremy Ray: Woah, nice. A tablet like that is pretty high on my wishlist.
That's good to know. You also have a deviantart too, right?
@Jeremy Ray: Yea, definitely. I'm really into Ministry.
@sisterstrawberry: There's nothing wrong with early Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson or Fear Factory. FF's last album was one of their best.
@sisterstrawberry: XTIN is drawn in GIMP using a Cintiq 12WX.

There's considerably more material on my Patreon. I've got the first GN there, the first 11 pages of the side story "Spider Princess Haki," and "Extinction Level Event," which is a distantly related manga comedy (an early effort but it was more popular than XTIN is). Altogether I think it's 266 more pages, and I've got a bunch of other stuff to add when I can find the time for it.
This has some of the most stunning art I've ever encountered. I look forward to seeing more. Very gripping, thought-provoking mythology. I assume the monochrome pages are drawn digitally, correct?
@Jeremy Ray: Yea, I learned the world recently haha. I would compare its simplicity to industrial metal. A flattering comparison, even though djent is alot more technical it seems.
@sisterstrawberry: I didn't realize there was a name for it. It's o.k. but not quite my favorite thing. Kinda simple, may be great driving music or great for lifting.
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY

Also available on Patreon at the $5 donation level. This one is only modeled on the top, at least for now, since that's the only angle I'm planning to shoot it from in the Kickstarter video. If/when I model the bottom, I'll upload a newer version.

This is another midrange shot model. I've vaguely got the idea that these ships change in appearance the closer you get to them. It may become a more extreme effect as the story progresses, and is probably unpredictable. Who knows with dragons? You can never tell what to expect.
@Jeremy Ray: I agree. I was never fond of djent. That seems to be the predominant sound right now.
@sisterstrawberry: Yes, it's heavily influenced by 90's metal, but also dark ambient electronic. I've been trying to find newer metal but everyone's trying to do the same sound.
this shit is heavy metal
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY

Available on Patreon at the $5 level if you want to look at it. It's a decent model for a mid-range shot. If I needed to look at parts of it close-up, I'd build separate sets. No need to load the model down with detail that won't be seen.
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY


Progress on the Kickstarter video - continues. I managed to rig Rau so his neck spikes don't bend. His wing ribs are bendy, but maybe they should be. It isn't a big issue here, they're barely visible. The shot would be finished but I tried a level of lighting that doesn't fit with the rest of the trailer, so now I have to go back and light it darker. Other than that though, it's good. I've got five seconds I need to fill with space stuff from REINCARRION, and then it's done.

I gained a Patron today, which puts me up to six. I want to thank all the patrons who are supporting me. It's encouraging to know there are people out there who want the comic to continue, especially as I'm preparing to launch the Kickstarter. It might actually succeed, who knows.
I'm getting close to finishing the trailer, so here's a tiny preview. I'm getting a little adventurous here as I know little about character animation. I'm still working on the rig. Rigging this guy is tough. I think I've figure out how to rig the neck spikes so the don't deform wrong. Maybe. The wings though, that's tough. I'm managing but only because they don't have to move much. They're not supposed to flap or fold up against his body. I can pull this shot off but there may be poses in the comic that would require creative camera angles to pull off. Or I'll have to figure out how to rig the wings right.

BTW this is a lo rez model of Rau. There's a higher rez version but I'm not going to try to rig it until I know what I'm doing better. It was hard enough rigging this version. Not mentally challenging, but Rau has four feet and two hands and those wings. And the neck spikes. There are so many vertex groups to work with.

I'm considering incorporating as much 3D into the comics as I can, not as a drawing aid (or crutch) but to keep the skills up. And to keep up to date. I'd like to do more animation in the future.
Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/user?u=512425

Watch my sweet promotional trailer on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUS9POhoHGY

I'll be launching a Kickstarter soon since Patreon has proven unpopular. I've been working on a Kickstarter video and I'm pretty pleased with how it's turning out. I thought it would eat up a lot of time, and it has, but IMO the trailer is doing a better job of capturing the feel of XTIN than the books have. I think it's important to see XTIN move into the film medium, even if it's just a few shots of a corridor in a Kickstarter trailer. It will be a little more than that, but I can create a lot of atmosphere just with sets and music. If I can get REINCARRION funded I may try to do more with video after it is completed. Let's see what's possible.

If there is anything you want as a reward, let me know.