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I can't believe it's already February in 2017! :faint: Time sure is zooming by lately!

My 26th birthday is just two days away, and on the one hand I'm a little shocked that my first quarter-century of life is over, but I'm also in a space where my studies and hard work are finally culminating into a rewarding career in animation. And with Valiard getting released in 2018, that will be the year I'll also officially be an author, which is a massive bonus for this little artist.

I've been busy — good busy. I relocated to the Western Cape for a month in November to work as a Character Designer at a studio called Sunrise on all sorts of projects I'm not allowed to talk about. ;) It was my first time working on location at an animation studio since I started my career in 2010 (as opposed to freelancing from home) and it was an absolute treat. I've been back home in Gauteng for two months now and I miss the studio terribly, as well as the beautiful mountains of the Cape, but I've still been working for Sunrise remotely, so I'm happy.

This is one of the Sunrise shorts I worked on in 2016 — I designed the Elf, the little boy Matteo, and his Mom:

OH! And I also saw my friend :iconsean-izaakse: interviewed on television last night in a spotlight segment on comic art in South Africa. (It's so weird but awesome seeing a friend on TV, omigosh!) He recently bagged a job at Marvel illustrating comics and I can't be prouder of him. It couldn't have happened to a nicer person, seriously. Do go check him out and give him lots of love, guys! :heart:

The Valiard Mansion Update

On 23 February I'll hop on a plane and fly to New York to work on location at Golden Bell Entertainment (the publisher of my upcoming illustrated novel, The Valiard Mansion). Since I'm taking a break from my usual freelancing to work on the Valiard trailer full-time for 7 whole weeks, we'll be getting lots of exciting things done in a flash, such as finalizing the colour and getting the remaining scenes animated. You guys will be updated with whatever content I'm authorized to release. :D

Throughout the open casting call, trailer Directors Marc Goldner and Rachel Korsen weren't able to find a voice actress with the same comedic tone I exhibited in the scratch track of the trailer's animatic (voiced mostly by me and my brother), so I've agreed to be cast as Ruth Rosewood until someone wackier comes along. Which means I'll be recording my lines in person with the Directors — something I've never done before. I'm terribly nervous about messing up, especially with the accent, but I'll do my best. My secret hope is that we find someone to replace me pronto, but time constraints might prevent that. ^^; We'll see.

Trailer casting has been otherwise finalized, and we actually got some actors pitching in who have been on major TV shows, but I don't think I'm allowed to say who they are yet. Personally, I'm incredibly pleased with each and every one of the voice talents on board the production, both on the pro and amateur spectrum. The trailer will certainly sound spectacular as far as the dialogue is concerned! (Again, here's hoping I'm not the one butt hole who messes everything up!!!)

There's also talks about an audio book, and over twenty characters are yet to be cast for that, so do keep an eye out if you're still keen to audition for a role on Team Valiard! I'm not sure yet if there will be open casting for that one. I'll keep you folks updated when the time comes.

In the meantime, I hope you guys will enjoy this Sneak Peek of the trailer. Lots of people are pitching in to help out and we have vacancies for Animators, Inbetweeners, and Cleanup Artists. Do check out for details on how to apply.

SNEAK PEEK - Valiard Animated Trailer by The-Ez

And that's it!

Thanks for the continued support, you guys. :D :heart:
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Wirls Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2017
Wow, this is all so exciting! I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

Enjoy the trip!
Invaderskull1995 Featured By Owner Edited Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats ^^ :) :clap:
racmozz Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Great to get an update on how you are doing. Cant wait to see the end result! :-)
Stopmotiontk421 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I am so looking forward to seeing the trailer to this book, and I can't wait until the book comes out. :)
Tintinabulating-Star Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this is so fantastic and exciting!! I'm so proud of you and all you've done! Keep up the good work!
xSkyeCrystalx Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2017  Professional General Artist
That's awesome to hear that, congratulations, I'm happy things turns out so well for you!! And i'm gonna check the job offers ;)
RoninKai Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome, on the up and up!
loving all the art and animation I'm seeing coming out of The Valiard Mansion.
best of luck with everything

also pre-happy birthday!
RatchetJak Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gah! It's so great to see you're okay and holy wow, you've been a busy bee! :D This is just... Wow... So exciting! You're really going places and it's not surprising, your art was spectacular and it's going to be so fun to see The Valiant Animation all animated in the good old 2D style <3 Who knows? Maybe it'll re-spark interest into that genre, I really hope so!

And that little Christmas short was freaking cute! I loved the characxter designs!

Keep up the great work! :hug:
SandrOops Featured By Owner Edited Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg congrats on everything girl you deserve it so much:iconclappingplz: you have no idea how great it feels to just look at your sketches, recently followed you on instagram (i'm a little slow yeah) and that's the account i mainly look at these days. Your art is pure and is such an inspiration, can't wait to see more as always. Happy early birthday, hope this year will be awesome to you!❤❤❤
mmmills Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy early birthday, dearie!!! Hearing you'll be State side is insane!! Ah, I wish we could meet in person! I would love to give you a great big ole' hug Hug Heart  Congratulations on all the amazing things that are becoming of your hard work.Clap I am a dummy! :happybounce:  It's all going to be SO FREAKIN' BEAUTIFUL, and I can't WAIT for your book and the trailer and JUST EVERYTHING. Much love!!!Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart Heart 
Dfbzeppy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist
AHHH this is all so exciting! im so happy for you!! ^^ cant wait to see more!
alvringer Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That sounds great, good luck with everything! :D
The-Ez Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much, dear! :heart:

Hope you're doing well! :D
alvringer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :la: yes, thank you :D
redconvoy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You better tell us who is going to broadcast Valliard Mansion.  I want to see it!!  I am sure Disney will be looking for you next.
The-Ez Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Oh, golly goodness. Disney can look for me all they want as long as I don't ever have to animate again after this. :faint: :XD:

But we're definitely focused on first publishing and promoting the novel before we adapt it into different media. The trailer really only is for promotional purposes. And also a tip of the hat to the 2D animated classics that inspired me to become a storyteller. 

Thanks for the support!!! BIG HUGS! :glomp: :tighthug:
Llythium-art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
That's great for you !
Good luck !
The-Ez Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH, DEAR! :la: :glomp: :heart:
Llythium-art Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
Aha, no problem, you deserve it ;)
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