Maaz: CHIP WHAT THE HECK IS THIS Chip: wh wha I dont- Maaz: YOU CHANGED YOUR STYLE AGAIN?? Chip: uh i mean im allowed- Maaz: YOU SAID.
HERE Chip: i- i can explain.
Maaz: I CAN'T DEAL WITH ALL THESE MIXED SIGNALSANYMORE.
UNSUBSCRIBING! ♫ jeopardy theme lol funny meme music ♫ ♫ intro theme which is made by Lovprod check the description he makes cool musicccc ♫ So as you can see I'm bipedal again.
And aren't permanently smiling anymore.
So with this now being the 14th- 14th, are you serious? – iteration of my character and after alreadybreaking the statement I made 2 months ago about not making any more big, sudden changesI think it's about time I deliver an explanation.
One of the main reasons for using “characterstills”, or in my case a character puppet, is to help reduce the amount of time it takesto make new videos by re-using assets that I've already drawn.
It's a great way to keep up the quality ofmy videos while allowing me to keep a regular upload schedule.
But by re-drawing those assets every few monthsI'm completely throwing this advantage out of the window and further reducing the amountof time I have to work on videos before they're due while confusing and alienating my audiencewho'd gotten attached to the previous design in the process.
So why do I keep doing this to myself? Let's start at the beginning.
♫ funky transition music ♫ This style was the very first iteration of Chip, I began using it at the very end ofJanuary 2017 and it lasted for 2 videos.
It did not have a lot of thought put intoit because at this point I had been stalling the beginning of my channel and I knew thatI just needed to MAKE something in order to kick-start it.
I was kinda struggling to draw something thatlooked nice so I ended up going with a lineless style because due to its simplicity it's prettyeasy to make professional looking stuff, even if you're not that good at drawing, usinga lineless style.
Later in my second video I experimented withputting my character on the right side [i meant to say left side] of the screen and somehow ended up messing upthe ear colours of my own character.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed by nowbut I kinda have a problem with mixing up left and right.
♫ funky transition music ♫ Style 2 debut in February 2017 and lasted for 2 videos.
So my previous style was a “puppet” whichmeans I had a set drawing of the head and body, and the arms, eyes and mouth would changebased on what emotion I wanted to convey.
It's a great technique if you wanna createa variety of expressions with little work but it is quite restrictive.
it's not so easy to make, for example, thehead turn to face the camera because it’s stuck in this one position you’ve made untilyou draw a new one.
So, wanting to have more freedom with my character'sexpressions and also feeling like I could draw something better, I created style number2.
This time I felt more confident with my linework so I used a sketchy style of lineart instead of the lineless style.
I also got rid of the fluffy cheeks, I'm notreally sure why I guess I just thought it looked better without them.
♫ funky transition music but shorter so it doesn't get annoying ♫ Style 3 was created in May 2017 and I used it for 1 video.
I like to call this a “spinoff” stylesince it wasn't meant to replace my previous style, rather it was designed for a type ofvideo with a different tone.
In this case being a meta fictional storyabout the character of Chip.
Some people have guessed this already butthe entire style of this video was heavily inspired by the “pointy ponies” style.
it's basicallya style from MLP which was adopted by the fandomand used in many fan animations including a bunch of fictional stories animated by ananimator called Viva Reverie involving YouTubers doing stuff?? I had this fictional story idea in my headand the cute and minimalistic style was perfect for it.
♫ funky transition music ♫ I created Style 4 at the very end of May 2017 and it lasted for just 1 video.
I actually consider this style more of a 2.
5since it's essentially a slightly different Style 2 and that's all I wanted it to be.
I basically just wanted to try out havingmy character in the middle of the screen and I also wanted to update the paws.
Previously I'd been drawing the arms and pawsin a kind of triangle shape which was cute but I found it kinda hard to work with andhonestly I really like the look of big paws.
♫ funky transition music ♫ Style 5 debut in July 2017 and featured in 2 videos and also had a spinoff style in whichChip became a Sneasel which I'm gonna count as the same style.
I think this is where the changes startedbecoming more extreme.
Suddenly my old style was just not good enoughand I felt like if I was gonna be reusing assets they should be higher quality and notbe so basic & simple.
I also fixed a few issues I had with the oldstyle those being adding fingers allowing me to point and do other hand gestures, andchanging up the eyes to allow for a much wider range of expressions which also gave Chipa lot more character.
♫ funky transition music ♫ I created Style 6 in October 2017 and used it in a whopping 4 videos! wow.
This is the point where I started using AdobeAfter Effects to spice up my videos.
Rather than having simple character imagesI figured out how to make them constantly move with the help of the puppet pin tool.
I got rid of the shading to make the animationeasier and created a crisp and professional-looking puppet in Photoshop.
With this style I found finally a line artand colouring style that I really liked.
this is the point where I started reallygetting into.
Suddenly I had this drive to have the bestanimation and the best editing of every channel similar to mine.
I don't know why but despite every new upgradeto my videos taking longer and becoming more and more stressful for me I didn't want tostop.
But before I talk about yet another big changeto my main character let's talk about.
♫ funky transition music ♫ Style 7 was created in November 2017 and was used in 2 videos.
Yet another spinoff style made for more comedic, non-story based videos birthed “neko-chip”.
Named after it being heavily inspired by thestyle of the mobile game Neko Atsume.
A very cute and silly style, and I found theconcept of Chip constantly smiling hilarious.
To add to the simplicity I used a colourlesssketchy style with “boiling” which is where you draw the same frame multiple timesto create this wiggle effect which added some character I think, and made it a little moreinteresting than just the still drawings.
♫ funky transition music ♫ Style 8 debut in January 2018 and was featured in 4 videos in total.
Style 6 just wasn't cutting it anymore.
It was cute but didn't really suit the kindof character I wanted to portray.
I mean, just try to imagine this Chip tellingthe story of me searching naughty words on the school computers as a kid.
So I wanted to create a more funny-lookingChip, if that makes sense, along with eyes with eyelids giving me more freedom to animateexpressions and fingers that weren't just little stubs.
♫ funky transition music ♫ Style 9 was introduced in April 2018 and lasted for 3 videos.
Style 8 eventually just looked bad to me.
I can't really pinpoint why but as I was creatingmy last video with it I just kept thinking “I can do better”.
I tried putting my character back in the middleof the screen to help me stand out from other channels and improved the anatomy I guess? Style 9 Chip certainly looks really nice butI think it lost a lot of the character that I'd created with the previous design.
♫ funky transition music ♫ Style 10 began in May 2018 and was used in technically just 1 video because I ended upre-drawing the frames a little better although they're essentially the same so I'm goingto group them together.
So, in total 3 videos.
And here begins the traditional/Neko chipera in which the presentation of my content completely changed.
So… around this time the animation storytimecommunity was starting to receive a lot of criticism.
the two main points of criticismbeing that it's “unoriginal” and “not really animation”.
honestly basically none of thiscriticism being directed at me I decided I had to be different.
I couldn't see anyone doing traditional animationso I started animating my videos 100% frame by frame on paper with pencils.
Which is pretty cool.
if you know what you'redoing.
The quality of my videos plummeted by doingthis, I had never done traditional animation before and I barely had any experience withusing coloured pencils.
Yet I decided to completely overhaul the presentationof my videos that I'd been working so hard on just to impress a few people who's critiquesoften weren't even relevant to me, and a few commenters who continued to comment ”noanimation” even after painstakingly animating my videos frame-by-frame on paper.
Bringing this back to character design thatwas another thing I overhauled – making what was supposed to be a silly spinoff designthe main focus of my channel was kinda dumb.
I wanted to move my channel into a more comedicdirection and I loved the derpy cat design, but again like Style 9 this took away so muchof the character I had previously developed.
I kind of cut off the connection between meand my character, I mean I'm not constantly smiling and staring blankly into the distance.
I love the idea of a character like that butit's just not me and doesn't fit my personality at all.
♫ funky transition music ♫ Style 11 started in July 2018 and was in 2 videos.
This style was basically just me trying tofix issues with the last version while keeping the traditional style.
The main thing being making the expressionsa little less “dead”.
Not too much different here.
♫ hi person using subtitles, just wanted to say you're awesome and I hope you have a great day :3c ♫ I introduced style 12 in August 2018 and used it in 5 videos.
Wow that's a new record! At this point I was very aware that the constantchanges were not a great idea so I tried really hard to make a design I could stick with andonly make small changes every so often to in the future.
That sure worked out.
I was still trying to push this weird sillycat version of Chip but this time in digital and returning to After Effects animation.
Chip became a quadruped to help further conveythis personality and also to add a bit of originality to the design.
I really liked this design, but like everyother design I liked at first I eventually fell out of love with it.
♫ final funky transition music ): ♫ So here we are! This is the first video I'm using the newstyle.
So why did I scrap the previous one althoughit was designed to be something I could stick with? Firstly, the dot eyes and the quadruped designmeant that certain expressions were very hard to achieve and I feel like often reduced theimpact of parts of my script.
And secondly, the character was evolving ina way that no longer fit me and the stories and ideas I wanted to talk about.
Style 12 was hugely influenced by my desireto please the critics.
I tried to make it more original than otherchannels and I tried to create a more unique personality for the character than what myactual personality is.
And I started adding more and more animationto my character.
And what happened? People didn’t like it.
Some did, some didn’t.
But I ended up shooting myself in the footby constantly re-creating and adding elements to my videos, lengthening the time they taketo make while staying on the same upload schedule – making the process extremely stressful andno longer fun anymore.
for no reason.
Throughout this journey of chasing improvementon my channel.
I learned something.
You don’t have to listen to criticism.
Now, of course, listening to criticism andimproving your work based on it is great and I’m not saying to get upset at critics andtell them they’re wrong and their opinion is invalid, etc.
All I’m saying is as much as someone hasthe right to critique your work you have the right to.
not apply that criticism.
Sometimes you receive critique that wouldn’treally fit to the purpose you’re going for or maybe isn’t worth it or even possiblefor you to use.
For example probably the most common criticismI’ve received while making videos is of this blur transition I used to use betweenmy animated stills.
Many people found it jarring and suggested;“just draw some inbetweens” And i was like “no, that wouldn’t workbecause I don’t know what position my character is gonna be in when I switch to a differentanimated still.
Not to mention that would take much longerthan adding a simple transition.
and obviously eventually I gave in and convertedmy character into a full puppet with unique animation for every new video.
Which was a massive waste of time and energy! 99% of people didn’t care in the first placeand I had even stopped getting complaints completely because I’d already switchedto this bounce transition that I never got ONE comment about! Honestly I just got really afraid of beinglabelled as someone who can't take criticism if I didn't change it.
there's a difference between respondingbadly to criticism and just choosing not to apply it.
And I only realised this when all the “improvements”I was making made videos no longer fun anymore.
am I gonna go back to the old formatwith the set animations and no lip sync? Well.
Honestly I think my character being fullyanimated looks awesome and it’s so satisfying after all my hard work to see it come togetherso nicely – I mean that’s exactly why I got into animating as a hobby.
I’m hoping that at some point I can sustainmyself off of less frequent but longer videos in the future.
That’d allow me to flex my creative muscleswhile not getting overloaded with work.
But until then I’m working on ways to improveefficiency in the programs I use and breaking up animated segments with more editing andillustrations.
So I hope you like the new art style! I know some of you are disappointed that I’mnot using neko chip anymore, but unfortunately it’s not possible for me to please everybody, so I'm gonna stop trying to do that and stick to what I enjoy instead.
Whether you’ve been following me since Style1 or just came across my channel today – thank you for the support.
I realise now that most of you see my channelas more than just fancy animation and drawings, and I don’t wanna lose sight of that again.
As always, thank you for watching and I hopeyou have an awesome day.