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Ben Carswell @Twisted4000

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Colorado Springs, CO, USA

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Posted by Twisted4000 - November 1st, 2016

Ahoy there. Just a little post-Halloween update. I've been focusing most of my effort on a single animation that will be about 5 minutes long. It's taking quite some time and energy, but it's basically entirely a battle scene; battle scenes take time. There's a few other cartoons all lying around on the backburner, but I wanted to get this one finished so I can finally have something meaningful to show everyone sometime soon. I'm hoping it will be done before 2017. We'll see.

Last year I made quite a few audio tracks, basically a bunch of metal/punk rock songs. They're done with real guitars and basses, but the drums are synthesized. I, just a few weeks ago, made another, and I call it "I'm Going to Murder You". You can listen to it by clicking the link that is embedded into the title I just typed out just now, or you can take the challenging way of finding the song by venturing into my Audio page.

I've been doing a bit of voice work here-and-there as well as produced a little demo, though it's not as much of a demo as it is just me imitating some Hearthstone minions. Before the year's up, I will be producing another voice demo, as I do this annually. Either way, though, if you have a project with any roles you think I'd be able to fill, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Still working on a novel, still game developing, still breathing, still seeing, but I, as I know many of you creators have also experienced before or are experiencing at this very moment, have been going through the "what now?" phase of things; as in, you spend so much energy and time on a project, and when it's done, it's like, "what do I do with this now? How will people find this? What can I realistically do to get a decent number of people exposed to this? How do I make it so this thing I have created was actually worth my time?" It's brutal.

I'm always drawing stuff, and here is one my latest drawings:1980813_147803619532_twisted4000_overwatch-d-va.jpg


Yeah, that's D. Va.

Here are some screenshots of the next cartoons that will be released some day:



On my website, I upload WIP screenshots from time-to-time on my Screenshots page, there. You may click on those links if you feel like it.

So that's that, I guess. Oh, I'm also doing streams on my YouTube page about once every other week or so. Feel free to pop in whenever I'm doing one. I tend to make an ad for them a few hours prior before the event starts, so if you're subscribed, it should be fairly easy to keep track of when it will start. I basically just work on animations or draw as I answer your questions. They're mildly entertaining when they're not informative, at least.

All-in-all, it has been sheer chaos over here, lately; constantly stressed, constantly pissed-off due to dealing with people's bullshit, etc. But, no matter how bad you have it, someone, SOMEWHERE, has it MUCH worse than you. Keep that in mind.

That's it, see ya later.

Posted by Twisted4000 - September 19th, 2016

Things were great, and lately, well, things have changed. Should have anticipated it, though. Oh well.

Sadly, for me, the Patreon thing didn't work out as well as it once did. But that's not the end of things, I mean, I was going to finish the game even without ANY support, and still am, regardless. It's just kind of a shame. Hopefully when I put it on Steam Greenlight, things will turn around. This whole situation just makes me want to learn some kind of lesson, and I word it that way because I'm not actually sure if I did anything really wrong, but who knows... I wonder if I should've waited even LONGER before uploading any kind of trailer? Wait until it was more refined, even if I FELT like I've waited "long enough", you know? Maybe that had something to do with it. But maybe there's nothing I could've done, either. Considering the way things have gone, though, I'll focus my efforts on my other projects and wait for those to finish before I continue on with this. I don't see a reason to do otherwise, at this point.

Other than that, things in life have kind of been sucking like they usually do, as well... I quit my old job and got like a 50-billion-times better one, but my old job refused to give me all the money I actually earned; there's like two days of work they haven't payed me for yet, and I called them up multiple times about it and they're like "we'll look into it" just like you'd expect, blah blah blah. I feel kind of trapped, like, I know I should talk to the "higher ups" about it, but even they can't help me because it ends up being some Hindu in Pakistan I can't understand that transfers me over to a number that just disconnects instantaneously. It's almost as frustrating as this online crap I've put up with.

I love doing streams, but most of my audience doesn't appreciate it as much as my regulars do, so I'm trying to slow down the frequency of those, as well. We'll just see how things go. As for the animations, I think I'm really, REALLY just going to try and focus my efforts on ONE of them rather than spreading my work out; all of them are VERY long animations and that should explain what's been taking so long.

Posted by Twisted4000 - September 2nd, 2016

Ahoy. It's hard to believe that it's been over 9 months since my last post here. Crazy. Time just flew by this year. Well, I'm basically just here to say that I've been very good as of late; still working on the game, progress is good. Working on two animations, progress is good on both, one more so than the other. Working on the novel, at chapter 20 right now. Almost done. Working on a fairly-large commission on top of it all, and hopefully I'll be done on that sooner than later so I can start releasing this stuff sooner than later.

I've been streaming like crazy on my YouTube channel lately. I'd say on average it's been like two hours every three days or so. I've been having loads of fun with them and it's been great interacting with almost all of the audience involved, but you know how too much of a good thing goes... so I might be limiting them to once a week at this point, just in case. If you're interested and want to know when I stream, it's pretty spontaneous as of now, but again, I'll probably have a schedule for it soon.

It's crazy how long it's been since I've released a cartoon, though; the last one I published was Office Language nearly eleven months ago. This once-a-year cartoon-releasing habit I've adopted hasn't been so nice, but I'm hoping that changes really soon. I want to make a video for Thanksgiving just to help hold people over for the next few big projects I get around to releasing... but then again I've been SEVERELY debating it for many reasons, and if it does actually come out... well... you'll see as to why that is.

I've been drawing as usual, and though I've been pretty slow on releasing drawings, I've still been practicing a lot, as always. Recently I released a speed painting video on this succubus drawing right here. I plan to do more speed paintings as time goes on, just as another form of content to upload to my channel, blah blah blah.

In case you didn't know, I'm currently back in Colorado, for those that remembered me moving somewhere else temporarliy. Recently I've been feeling pretty great, better than I've been in years; I got this new AMAZINGLY awesome job that I'm just in love with, the weather's nice, the projects are all going great, I have some awesome friends to talk to and games to play... I just don't know, I feel good. It's been pretty fantastic, and lots of things that used to bother me barely do at all anymore. I'm just feeling generally pretty good. Sure, it may be a phase, but I wanna enjoy the ride while it still lasts.

What sucks though is that, due to moving, some hardware and items I've had got damaged. Unfortunately this is just an inherited issue when it comes to moving stuff around, and sadly that's where more money will have to get drained into. Fantastic. But you can't shake me down; I'M FUCKIN' BULLETPROOF. Not bombproof, though.

That's that, see ya at the end of the year with my year-in-review!


Posted by Twisted4000 - December 28th, 2015

The year is drawing to a close, huh? The man-invented division of the man-invented concept of time is coming close to counting up the imaginary "year" counter one more number. Remind me why we're supposed to celebrate this, again?

Well, either way, let us utilize this moment to look back on everything I've been up to these last ~362 days, shall we? It sadly has been a slow year for me; I've only managed to publish one cartoon, Office Language, which is significantly less than the 3-4 I tend to upload per year on average. However, this year has been anything but slow in the vicinity of progress; I've still been working on the game I've mentioned numerous times already and it's going well. I may be able to get it out early next year. That would be nice. I've made quite a few music tracks for it over the year, too. You can listen to them... why, right here on Newgrounds! Woah! Talk about convenience!

I've been contemplating on whether I should get this thing Kickstarted or something... I do have a Patreon, but since the months went by after I started it, the numbers have sadly dwindled down. It's still nice, but it would also be nice to get more money thrown at this thing as A LOT of work has gone into and STILL needs to be done on it. But we'll see. Who knows. Not me.

In news that is not so usual from me, I've been working on a novel in my spare time since the middle of this year. I'm about half-done, and I believe a novel is supposed to be at least 50,000 words, and I think I'm at like 41,000 or something right now, so... getting there. Should be good. I'd like to get it published. Huh. What's it about, no one asked? Well, it's basically a comedy-adventure thing in the fantasy genre. That's about as specific as I'll be right now.

I've voiced in people's stuff! I always do! I was Roadblock in kalabor106's GI Joe: Laser Battle cartoon, Cooler in the fourth episode of Bocodamondo's Dragonball Multiverse, a crazy hobo in season 2 episode 5 of ThePivotXXD's Stu-Boy n Piv-Boy, and some characters in HadenCreate's The Condition and The Three Reapers - Part 1. More stuff to be in in probably all of these guys' future projects! They're quite great!

I drew. I draw. I've drawn many pictures this year, as always. I upload them everywhere! They're on my Website, DeviantArt, Tumblr, and right here! Always! You want a commission or something? Tell me! Tell me, please!

Does anyone even actually click on the links in these posts people make? I don't think I ever have, honestly.

Is that all? Uh... I think... no, I must be forgetting something... well, earlier this year, I was planning on making a comic, and I have its plot down as well as some of the character designs, but I couldn't really think of a place to put it if it ever actually happened, you know? Like, I'd want a consistent audience checking it out per week or however often I'd upload a new chapter, and I don't really have that right now I don't think... do I? I haven't tried, look, I don't know. Not now. Later I'll do it. But not now.

So uh... yeah, that's it. That was 2015. You know what? As much as I met so many horrible scum-sucking monsters this year, that is absolutely no different from every other year. Every year is like that. Why be upset? Some cool stuff happened this year, too! Either way, though, this is my 2015 year in review. I do these every year, so here it is. Bye.


Posted by Twisted4000 - October 19th, 2015

It's been forever since I've released a video, so here you are.

Still working on the game, still working on a three-part cartoon, still drawing. Also been making lots of music lately which you can check out in my audio page, I guess. They're mainly for the game.

Posted by Twisted4000 - April 30th, 2015

Right then, so basically I've been doing what I've always been doing: working. Working and working. On what? Well, the game. Huh, what game? Well, in case you don't know, it's a 2-player fighter. Progress is going pretty well, the graphics are still rough, however nearly 6 characters are completed, and I got online multiplayer connection working in it. So not only can you play against players on the same computer, but also over your LAN AND anywhere over the internet (as long as you have a tunneling system such as Hamachi). And if you're sad and lonely, that's okay, you can also play against the AI. Gonna try to get it greenlit on Steam when it's finally completed. Could be wishful thinking, but who knows, it could also pass with flying colors.

As for animations, yes, there are some in the works. Three to be exact. It's gonna be a three-parter. Woopdeedoo. Oh and I've been doing a bunch of commissions for people as well, so though it does slow down progress on my own personal projects, the money's good to have considering I've had quite a droop with my patrons. It started out amazingly, but over the months people have gradually dropped off. I'm hoping it's simply because they feel like they've payed enough, rather than because they think I'm not working at all because nothing has really been uploaded lately. To anyone thinking that, no, I HAVE been working VERY hard day-and-night on this stuff. I'm just hoping it's all gonna be worth it in the end.

If you'd like to assist, my Patreon's right here. Every dollar really does help, and to those who have and/or still are donating, I give you a giant thanks.

So that's that, I hope to have a preview for the game out soon, but it's gonna be a bit 'till I finally work on the character's actual line-work and coloring.



Posted by Twisted4000 - December 28th, 2014

As the end of 2014 draws near, let me take a quick recap on what happened this year...

I put together my annual year in review video, Twisted2014 Year in Review, but if you don't feel like watching it, you can just read all this:

It began with the release of A-Hole in Time, a project written and voiced by RicePirate, while animated by me. A few months before then, I wrote the script for Magic Wand Infomercial, which finally saw the light of day about a month after the release of A-Hole in Time.

Afterwhich, we got Why Cops Give Tickets, which like Magic Wand Infomercial, was written a long time before its actual release. Later I wrote the script for An Animal Crossing Tale, which was released after 10 Amazing Life Hacks You've Never Seen!, a dumb live-action filler thing, in September.

A few weeks after the publication of An Animal Crossing Tale, I started a Patreon, and to my surprise, it's actually working out so far. I'm really thankful for all my amazing patrons, because thanks to them I no longer really have to do much commission work at all and I can focus my efforts on my own personal projects for my audience. Thank you, patrons!

After all that, no real animation projects have been in much production, however, Saminat came on over early December, and we put together Civil Unrest, probably my last ever live-action film. Maybe. We'll see. But most certainly yeah.

Since January 2014, I've been working on a game, which I've mentioned a couple times before. Progress is good, but there's a lot of stuff that needs to be done with it. Hopefully we'll see that released in less than a year from now. If you're interested in testing it or whatever, let me know, we'll see what happens from there. There's a breif clip of it in the year in review video, as well.

Oh, and just throwing it out there, this is my website, my YouTube channel, and my Tumblr. Yeah. More links for you.

So that's basically it for the year... what do I think of it, as a whole? Honestly, it was certainly a step up from that 2013 trainwreck, but I didn't find it amazing, either. Still though, if this trend continues... I am very excited for 2015! I'm curious to see what it will bring.

Also, a super duper thanks to Tom Fulp, for allowing us to all get our work out there on this awesome site. We all take our hat off to you, good sir.

Hope you all had a good year, and here's hoping for a magnificient 2015!

Posted by Twisted4000 - October 31st, 2014

Well, hey there. It's me. Listen, just thought I'd utilize this holiday to tell those of you who follow me or care at all what's been going on recently, as well as some things I've had up that you may not have been aware of. But first, let me just start you all off with a throwback video, just for this spooky occasion: A Word On Halloween. Yeah, it's old and outdated now, but it's the only Halloween video I ever made, so there you go, deal with it.


First off, my number one personal project for a while has been a game. It's a 2-player fighter, which I would say is going pretty neat; so far there are three game modes:

  • Offline 2-player, which is the old-fashioned "two-people-on-one-keyboard" thing.
  • Single player, which has a fully-functioning AI for the player to fight.
  • LAN multiplayer, where you can actually fight someone on a different computer entirely.

I only got a couple of characters and special moves down so far, and I have quite a few more I have to implement, but so far I think it's going pretty good. Kinda iffy about what I'm going to do with it when it's done, I mean what I WANT to do is get it greenlit on Steam, but who doesn't? We get there when we get there, I guess. At some point when it's in its beta stages I will probably release something showing it, but so far I've basically just been showing my patrons what I have done so far. My patrons? Who are they? Well, that brings me to my next point...

I've recently started a Patreon, which, to my pleasant surprise, has so far actually been going pretty nicely for my standards, I think. Already it's been so helpful for me, I've been working extra hard on my projects (some of them are not my own and eat up quite some time), and soon I'll be able to merely work on my own personal stuff... FULL-THROTTLE. If you'd like to contribute, feel free to! There's a couple of little perks in it for you, as well. Thanks to all who donated so far either way, it means so much to me, you don't even know.

What else? ...Uh. I also have a website, Twisted4kStudios.weebly.com. Actually, I've had it for a long time, going under different names over the years (like no joke, I started it when I was in elementary school, lolololol). What's the point of the site? It's basically a spot where I dump all my stuff I make, and also I post a pretty decent amount of blogs, WIP screenshots, and more there. I need a domain name for it though, I just don't feel like paying for it. So you get the "Weebly" garbage thing at the end, oh well. Check it out if you'd like. Whatever.

So, that's been most of what's going on. There's been a series bumbling around in my head for the longest time, I have most of the actors all ready to voice, but I still haven't finished any of its scripts and haven't really gotten around to it as a whole. The game has mostly been what has been in the way, though. I'd like to finish that stupid thing as soon as possible...

Happy Halloween, assholes


Posted by Twisted4000 - October 1st, 2014


So this seems to be getting some pretty positive results to everyone trying it out, so I thought I'd give it a shot as well. If you like what you see on my channel here and you'd like to see more, but at even better quality and at a higher rate of uploads, this here would do the trick!

I don't expect anyone to donate anything, just subscribing or even watching my stuff alone means a lot and is very helpful. But if you choose to do so, that would be even MORE helpful and extremely appreciated. And no, in response to people's comments on other people's Patreon videos, this isn't "e-begging", it's more of a, "hey, if you want to support this animator and get more content out to you, here's something you can use if you'd like" thing. We'll see how this goes...

And by the way in case you're wondering, everything I'm saying in the video is true, it's just that some of the little sketches I draw in it are just over-exaggerated. lol. And I don't have like a billion little commissions allover the place, but I do have animation/storyboard work I need to do for people. With Patreon though, I'd be able to focus my efforts on my own content for you. UNLESS it's a video for RicePirate.

And BY THE WAY I was just kidding about the MLP Homestuck thing, I love you guys, too.

Posted by Twisted4000 - September 23rd, 2014


Also you can click here to watch it on YouTube.