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Hey. I'm X3 of The Friend Ship. I'm the art slave that draws and animates everything from cartoons to illustrations and graphics.
As far as how we started, Jake tells it like it is. We both wanted to collaborate on a large project and now here we are. We'll start every project off by talking nonsense to each other and then finally settle on an idea. That idea grows up and starts a rebellious phase, telling us he'd wish he'd never been born and all this and that. Then we give him five across the cheeks a few times and then he matures into a finished cartoon. It's a beautiful process.
So I've been drawing for half my life now and animating in Flash for about 7 years. I enrolled and graduated from some lame art school and now work full time as a 3D artist, while I do this Friend Ship stuff on the side. I'm hoping to turn this into my full-time job. I love to create stupid cartoons and doing it for a living is like, a dream to me.
Thanks for reading or whatever.
And thanks for your support.
Heya, everyone! As the title above states, this is RockTheJake typing this up right now. Since The FriendShip is a collaborative project, I figured it'd be a good idea to let people get acquainted with the two pals who make up the ship. Dave (X3) will write his own post, but for now, you're stuck with me. I apologize in advance.
While both Dave and I are co-creators of the FriendShip (and as far as I'm concerned, equal partners and BROS), the idea to work together originally came from me one night in November of 2012. I was having a sucky night at work and texted Dave saying "Hey man. Wanna make a youtube channel and make all the monies?" Originally just a joking, stress-relieving text, we talked more about the concept and agreed to actually go for it. Fast forward to pretty much a half a year later and now we're doing pretty darn good for ourselves, if I do say so. It's been a great time making shorts and animations. (By the way, our youtube channel has live action shorts that you should totally go see, yo. That's my forte. ;) )
Before I say anything else, I gotta say I've been super happy and honored to work with Dave on this. He's been a good friend to me for a long time and he's a fantastic artist. We work well together and he challenges me all the time to be better and do better.
So, as far as my roles on the ship. Primarily, I am head writer for animations and shorts. After that, I compose what music I can and I also voice act. I also search for any voice actors and music that is needed here and there. Sometimes I have some visual artistic input for the shorts as well. When it comes to live action shorts, I do the editing for those. (For those curious, I use a Canon Rebel T3i to film and Adobe Premiere Pro CS 5 for editing.)
I probably forgot something there, but oohh wweelll. As far as off time, I like practicing on my drum set and learning new stuff to play. I, of course, enjoy video gaming (as of this post, I'm playing Just Cause 2 on the PS3). I also like going to the movies a lot and tweeting my opinions of said movies (@rockthejake). I also have my own youtube channel that I make content for which is pretty much always fun to do (http://www.youtube.com/user/Tokugoru).
As far as my own future goals, I want FriendShip to get even bigger and hopefully entertain more people. I hope to get my youtube channel bigger for the same reason. I'd also like to one day get into live sporting or talk show camerawork and/or editing. But for now, I'm happy with where I am and I'm looking forward to what's coming.
Thanks for reading this post! I hope you all enjoy the stuff we've got planned at this point in time and remember: if you like what we make, share it out with others! Thank you! :)
(P.S. In case you didn't guess, I'm the one with the green shirt and mouthbeard.)