Jazza's News


Hey Y'all, I'm a guest at the Expload Meetup in Melbourne on March 8th, anyone who wants to hang out earlier that morning and draw pics meet me at Fed Square at 9.30 am, we'll head out at 10 am and find somewhere to draw together!

 


I'm engaged! + Other stuff..

2014-01-05 23:06:39 by Jazza

Hey guys. I gave away tha spoiler with the title of the news post, so yeah - here is me on December 30th proposing to my girlfriend (now fiance). That officially makes me an adult... right?  

In other news, I have a few cool projects I'm working on, I'll list them in dot point:

  • Making my youtube channel more refined, now with 2 tutorials a week
  • I'm working on an extensive Artists' guide to Male and Female anatomy. I hired a photography studio and some models and took heaps of photos to build the book out of, it'll take a while, but I'm really looking forward to this one
  • I'm planning on starting some artist meetups, aimed at uniting people with a common passion for drawing/painting/animating, sharing sketchbooks, techniques and all that. There's a lot of potential for growth, but even if it doesn't grow much, 10-30 people hanging out and drawing together is a wicked-cool idea anyway!
  • Working on Ortus one day a week - we're still making the game, but since we ran out of funding over a year ago, we've been stuck trying to develop it in our spare time as much as we can. It's now in its 4th year of development, but we promised, and we will deliver.

So that's everything so far. Thanks for reading. Stay classe... newgrounds.

<3

 



I've interviewed the one person I have always wanted to meet and thank for his Artistic influence in my life, Chris Hart. It was a real privilege to speak with him and he was a super cool dude. His art book are amazing and I collected them as a kid. He's published over 50 How to Draw books, sold over 3.5 million copies and is published in 20 different languages.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you; Christopher Hart!


10 Years on Newgrounds

2013-10-30 20:52:44 by Jazza

I just wanted to take a moment to make something of a sentimental post.

My first ever submission to newgrounds was October 31 2003. I was 14 years old and has been toying with Macromedia Flash mx and learning some neat tricks. Previously I was submitting stick figure cartoons to sticksuicide.com and stumbled across Newgrounds, a site which I had to find sneaky moments to visit because back then it had some porn ads and I had pretty conservative religious parents. Newgrounds was SO much bigger than stick suicide, and it was intimidating, but I took the plunge and submitted. It got both flamed and praised, which pushed me to work harder with every new submission.

Over the years I've gained friends and opportunities. My current house mate is a coder (Moonkey) I met here on Newgrounds with whom I've worked with for years. The first person I ever met in person who was from Newgrounds was Zeedox, someone I've also worked with for several years since as he is an incredibly talented artist. Through newgrounds I've met friends and artists like Zstriefel, David Orr, Jouste, Hania, James Lee, Lochie, and the list goes on and on. I've had the pleasure of creating all kinds of characters, games, songs, stories, and experiencing inspiration from enjoying the work of other people.

I've had the pleasure of collaborating, learning, laughing and growing with like-minded people, all in the process of finding ways to make a living out of what I would always have done for fun anyway.

So here I am 10 years later. 24 years old, mortgage, girlfriend, full time self employment drawing pictures, making videos and creating art for clients - with some great friends I met through NG. My life has been shaped in a monumental way by this website and it's open creative community. Seriously. I would not be sitting here in my home studio were it not for this website.

I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on this and share how grateful and humbled I am, for the opportunities that have come my way over the last 10 years, and for the artists who have had massive influence over my style and ambitions whether they know it or not; people like Adam Phillips, Jeff (Johnny Utah), James Farr, James Lee, and the list goes on.

Huge love goes to you all, but most of all to Tom Fulp. This dude has been the most incredible motherfucking support. He runs the site with more heart and personal investment than many people on this site understand. He's had chances to sell out or go 'mainstream' where he didn't, and kept everything tailored to the needs of content creators and collaborators, and continues to cultivate the site to meet our needs. He answered my emails when I was a 16 year old nothing, and continues to sponsor and support me as a 24 year old nothing ;)

You all rock my fucking world and I love you - Here's to the next 10 years, and many more to come.

- Jos


Artist Interview with Kamikaye!

2013-10-10 23:41:04 by Jazza

Hey all :)
I interviewed Kamikaye on my Youtube channel, he's a super talented artist, check it out!


Challenge of the Month: Horrific Lovelies

2013-10-04 19:16:17 by Jazza
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Get creative and create a change of heart for a villain or hero! Submit your entries to the Art Portal with the tag 'cotm2' and if you are unscouted, PM me a link to your entry. Due date is Halloween and the prize is a spot on the front page and $30 store credit! Good luck!


Goodbye Larry

2013-09-23 23:45:45 by Jazza
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Hey all

I've made the unfortunate decision to put the Larry series on an indefinite hiatus. I've not been able to release anything Larry related for over 3 years and internet years being as they are, it's time to move on and finish other projects. I won't abandon it completely, it's still something I care about a lot, but now is not the time. A thought I've had is that some time in the future I could potentially kickstart a Larry feature length cartoon (90 minutes long or so) which in itself would encompass the entirety of the story I had planned (I had a whole bunch of neat twists and characters that I never quite got to share, and the story arc I had planned lends itself more to a movie format than a series anyway). Either way that's just a thought for now and I'm making room for other projects, namely Ortus, and building stability in my youtube/NG channels.

Thank you all for your support with Larry over the years, his home is and always will be newgrounds so with any luck you'll see him around some time in the future, but for now, he's being tucked away.



Hey there!

I interviewed Jame Bowman (DonkeysBazooka) recently and uploaded it to my youtube channel. I plan on doing one interview a month and have the next few already planned and booked! Who else would you like to see an interview of? Anyhow, enjoy!


A couple of competitions and prizes!

2013-09-09 03:32:16 by Jazza
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Hey guys, I'm just letting you know I got two competitions running right now through my Draw with Jazza youtube channel

1: Challenge of the Month: SEX CHANGE

Basically pick any character from pop culture (movies, games, series, whatever) and gender-swap them. Upload it to the art portal and tag it with 'COTM1'. All entries will be showcased in a video on my channel and a winner will be picked, front-paged and win $30 store credit!

2: Make some Mischief

Mischief is an infinite canvas art program which is really neat. I made a video to demonstrate how cool that is, you can see it by clicking the link above. This is a simple competition where you are invited to use the 15 day trial of the program and make something cool using the infinite canvas, make a short video showing it off, and send it to me (email, PM, video response etc). The winner will receive a license to the game valued at $75!

Welp, if you're arty and want some showcasing and or prize, participate and have some fun! Good luck :)



G'day Ladies and Gentlemen!

So, I made a short animation about Dota 2 which some of you might enjoy

I also have made a 6 part tutorial set going through the entire process of how I made the animation, start to finish! (I'll release a new 'part' every day until it's all up). I've also got the raw assets for you to steal and look at and muck around with to your hearts desires!

I've got another animation coming out next week (Dota 2 related... again...) - then after that I'm going to smash out LARRY ep 2.5 - it's LOOONG overdue. Keep well peeps! <3