Monday, May 22, 2017

The Inc Redesign Has Started

The Inc redesign has started. We're keeping the arms and legs the same (since they are time consuming to re-rig) and the face the same (since that's Inc's soul) but the rest of the body is going through a major overhaul.

Monday, May 15, 2017

SoulburnScripts Updated May 14th 2017

The scripts have been now fully tested in Max 2018!

Updated 2 older Maxscripts:

circleArrayMaker: Fixed a bug where a rounding error would cause the copies to be rotated an incorrect amount.
pipeMaker: Added ability to fill a box with the pipes. Added ability to collapse the joints into your original pipe, so that moving the pipe will also move the joint.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Some Sad News

Hey there everyone!

So, we have some bad news. The Kickstarter for the Inc Book has been canceled until further notice.

On friday, we got contacted by a company that said the design of Inc the robot infringes upon their IP. Design is a complex process, make something too unique, it loses the audience. Make something too generic, it's boring. We had felt we had made a unique enough twist on a very tried and true design, a design theme that has show up in a number of robots throughout the years that we all know and love, that we didn't think anything like this would be an issue. We would never claim that Inc the Robot was created in a vacuum, we have always been very open about our inspiration and design process, and really weren't expecting or looking to step on anyone's toes.

Since a long drawn out battle wouldn't be good for anybody, we felt the professional thing to do was to re-design the Inc Robot for the project, and honor their request for us to take down the kickstarter. While Inc's design was intrinsic to the story we wanted to tell, there are other forms that he could have that can tell the story equally well.

We are not quite sure on the timeframe, or whether we'll do another kickstarter or use another channel to release the book, but we can promise that this is not the end. And we'll keep you informed when the future becomes more clear.

Thank you again so much for those of you who pledged for the kickstarter, for those who helped spread the word, for those who have helped us in our artistic careers in any way, you all rock, and we apologize that the road for this book has been far more complex than we ever could have imagined.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Inc Kickstarter Reaches First Milestone

Hey everyone! So first off, thanks again for everyone who has donated so far to the Inc Kickstarter. In fact, we recently got named by Kickstarter on their "Projects We Love" list, which is very cool indeed!

We just hit the $2500 mark, and I promised an image from the book, so here ya go, the aliens arrive through the warp gate. Please keep those pledges coming, you get an almost 200 page art book for $20, lets get this thing printed!

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"Once on the bridge, I looked out the view screen to see that we were flying past what would seem indescribable."

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Inc Kickstarter Has Begun! Order Your Copy Today!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Inc Book Project Kickstarter has begun. Click below and order your copy today!

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Hardcover, 184 Pages, 10.25" x 8", 12 artists, a bold scifi adventure you will never forget.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

1 Week To Go Before We Kickstart

We're just under a week away from the Inc Kickstarter (Tuesday, May 2nd at 10am PST), and this update we'd like to share with you the initial rewards we have available. Of course, the base reward is the "Just Give Me The Book", which is a single book for $20. But we have higher rewards levels available, and hopefully we've come up with an interesting variety of rewards that you find tempting. If there are other rewards you'd love to see, feel free to comment, if enough people want something we'll certainly consider adding rewards.

We hope you will join us next week for the big event, let's get this book printed and released!

Thanks again for all the support, without you, this project would not be possible!

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Ship Jumper Starship Hallway 1

A test for my Space Jumper project. Decided to give myself a little challenge and try and create a full environment from a few equal sized blocks. I made 10 tileable greebled flat surfaces, 3 catwalk pieces, and 5 smaller greebles, and then assembled the pieces into the hallway you see above. Think of it like a more high tech minecraft. A lot of fun to make and figure out how all the pieces can link together to make larger more interesting patterns.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

2 Weeks Until The Inc Kickstarter

So we're two weeks away from the Inc Kickstarter, and first off a huge thank you for all the support we've received, all the messages, the comments, the feedback, the shares, all of it gives us so much inspiration to make this thing happen, and make the experience as special as possible.

We wanted to give you a small sneak peak at the interior of the book. A lot of time and energy has gone into the layout, and we'd especially like to thank our final layout artist Paul J. Salamoff, he took the earlier rough designs and really made them sing. His strong attention to detail and collaborative attitude was a godsend. The person who lays out your book is just as important (if not more so) as any contributing artist, and we thank Paul for all his hard work.

Next week we'll reveal some of the reward tiers for the kickstarter. The lowest tier of course is "Just Give Me The Book", which is a single book for $20. But from there we have a lot of extra special gifts to check out. More next week. In the meantime, thanks again for all the support!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kickstarting The Story Of Inc!

That's right, The Inc Book Project will be coming to Kickstarter on May 2nd! For those of you who have been following us know, we've been working hard to get the book through the publishing stage of the project. We've learned a lot from this process, but after too many delays, we've decided that the audience has waited long enough, and its time to get this thing printed and into your ever patient hands.

The book has 3 parts, Part 1 is an illustrated novel, which tells the story in the form of a journal with paintings of all the key moments in the story. Part 2 is the World of Inc, which shows off all the main characters, environments, vehicles and aliens of the story in the same format as any art of book. Part 3 is the Making of Inc, which contains tutorials showing how much of the artwork in the book was made. Also included is a link to over 2 hours of video tutorials. The 184 page book contains well over 200 paintings, sketches, and 3d renders. 12 Amazing artists and writers contributed to the book.

All the art is done, the writing is done, the book has been laid out, the only remaining tasks to do are to print the book and distribute it. And that's where you guys come in.

When you print a book, you pay an amount per book. The more books you print, the less you have to pay per book. And its not like a small discount, it's a huge deal. If you print 1000 books instead of 50 books, the difference in price per book can be 5 times cheaper.

We need to sell a minimum of 1000 copies of the book to make the math work, and get the price of the book down to the $20 sale price. We have already chosen our printing company, and have set up our distribution network, all we need now is the money to let us pull the lever, get the book printed and release Inc to the public. And we hope you will be a part of this goal!

As well as buying the book for the low price of $20, there will also be many reward tiers, stretch goals, incentives, all of the stuff you know and love from the kickstarting process. After the month long Kickstarter, if we fund, it'll be a quick 3 month wait to get the books printed, shipped to our distributor, and then shipped directly to you.

We'll post more details in the weeks to come leading up to the kickstart day, but in the meantime, I hope you're as excited as we are, and if you have any questions as all, please feel free to comment, we want to hear your feedback so we can provide you the best experience. Thanks for waiting patiently for us, we're biased of course but we feel it'll be worth the wait.

Friday, April 7, 2017

You've Waited Long Enough

Its time we took matters into our own hands...