I’m Eric Huelin, I’ve been creating animations for the last 15 years but I have mainly only worked on other people’s projects as commissions so I decided to make my first animated series called Dragon Skunk. I’m progressing along nicely with this show and will soon be releasing my first episode for all to enjoy.
- The basic story:
In the near future, 4 sisters start as skunk kits and turned into humans to various degrees. Starting as animals used to test a virus that can turn any animal into a human super soldier. Escaping the lab as kits they now are freelance mercenaries.
- The evolution:
At first I started to animate in flash then changed to a more purposeful vector animation program. I didn’t like how I drew them at first, also, didn’t know how to animate with the skills of a film director. So I learned all I could learn about movie making, animation and all skills needed to make a good show. At first they were all perfect humans but I thought later that having various degrees of transformation would make more sense and would be more interesting. Also, my first story I animated was about only 1 character and have her discover her lost sisters over time. But that meant to not show the other sisters as to make a reveal of each character over time, it was a bust. The story didn’t have enough of a grab. So now, the story is fast forwarded to them reuniting to fight evils of their world.
- I want to make a show I never seen before:
They all have hard sci-fi plausible super powers, none fly like Superman or can be taken by the ankles and slammed into concrete and not instantly die. I want it to be as sexy as an anime without the anime done to death tropes, other than being outrageously sexy. All are character driven stories, with a blend of action, comedy, and some romance.
Now I’m designing models of the characters in 3D but in toon style to look like 2D, I’m one of those who doesn’t like the 3D rubber people or ultra real CG animations. The show Rwby was an inspiration to go the 3D way without needing to lose that toon look. 3D is faster to produce as an animation compared to thousands of drawings no matter how sophisticated the 2D animation software is. For me 3D wins the speed test for a 1 man band animation crew, for now. I already have the voice actors, back story, and several scenes have been completed and is going great.
Spoiler free synopsis: The team needs to prove to the world they are a force for good and decide to rescue hostages in a forgotten part of the world.
Veronika: She’s evidence that all these transformation viruses were pure experimental, was she meant to be a power house brutal warrior? No one knows. Despite her mouth full of giant sharp teeth and giant size and musculature, her nature is contradictory to her appearance, she is kind, protective and motherly and one of the most brilliant minds of her time. Marfa stands next to her for size comparison.
Annik: She is clever and talented and has precise and strong psychical abilities. Her vision is amazing she can read a book off her peripheral vision or see in near total darkness. She’s yet unable to see when she’s being played, it’s all in her naive trusting nature. Her sisters need to show her how to spot a charmer.
Marfa: Like her other sisters she started off as a skunk kit and aged into a human, she’s very street smart but occasionally has difficulties with the spoken language. She tends to be antisocial and shy but she won’t hesitate to help others especially if it means fighting off trouble makers. She is very comfortable with being homeless, but she does take care of her appearance.
Zasha: She has the ability to sense things most are not aware, a person’s health, earthquakes, 3 seconds into the future. She says we all experience reality 3 seconds late because of the speed that we travel in the universe. Her failing, however, could be some kind of anti PTSD built in, she tends to forget anything traumatic. Basically this girl can see into the future but can’t see her past.
Violet: A nanny panda bot designed to take care of infants and children, she was once sabotaged with explosives placed in her body meant to assassinate the paternal owner. Having discovered the device inside her she ran away from all humans in an abandon junk yard till she was discovered and saved by Marfa and has been part of the Dragon Skunk family ever since.
I have a voice actress already for her but I want to save the true voice and dialog for the main feature. This is to test her android motion ability even when using mocap presets and to calibrate her mouth light materials to look convincing.