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Mateus Abrantes @MateusAbrantes

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Federal University of Viçosa

Minas Gerais, Brazil

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Posted by MateusAbrantes - July 9th, 2018


Hello again, Newgrounds!

I thought of giving a small update regarding my Video Game Music Portfolio Vol. I and talk about what I've learned during the process so far. First, a preview of the songs:

AMBIENT / CASUAL

Streets of Köttai (Town Theme)
- https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/812189

Life in the Countryside (Town Theme)
- https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/812292

What Comes Next (Stage Select Theme)
- https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/814473

EPIC / CINEMATIC

The Bigger They Are, The Harder They Fall (Boss Battle Theme)
- https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/813321

Those are the first tracks I composed for the project. Something between 6 months to 1-year studying music. At this point (after 1 and a half year of study), I know I could expand the instrumentation and add some counter-melodies to pretty much all of those, despite still being happy with the melodies, but I decided to call them finished and move forward.

On the other hand, I'm going to rework some of the compositions (the ones I think it has the most potential / haven't been posted here yet) in the near future, so you guys can expect something around 9 to 11 tracks.

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On a personal note, I came to the conclusion that composing a soundtrack can be really tough. Especially if you try to learn everything all by yourself and/or don't know a more experienced composer that you can talk to.

That being said, I would LOVE to know how the amazing musicians here on Newgrounds work. What techniques do you guys use? Do you write the melody first? Chord progression first? After writing the basic idea, how do you expand the arrangement?

You know, things like that, since I ALWAYS GET STUCK IN SECTION A. :(

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Anyways, that's it for now. Thank you for reading this.


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Posted by MateusAbrantes - April 1st, 2018


Long time no see, Newgrounds!

I've been working on my first VGM portfolio for the past 6 months or so and I can't wait to show you guys and girls the result of this new project of mine: The Video Game Music Portfolio Vol. I – Fantasy (you know, since I'm a big fan of Fantasy RPGs in general). Soon!

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This first volume is heavily inspired by David Wise (Donkey Kong Country), Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy), Ivan Torrent and Hans Zimmer; and will feature 10 original tracks, from 'Ambient Music' to 'Epic Orchestral Composition', all focused in melody and counterpoint.

Although I've been studying/composing music for only one year now, I feel that I've come a long way since I posted my first audio here on Newgrounds (which I don't even consider a 'song' anymore lol). I'm hoping to release the portfolio soon and, hopefully, you guys can find something interesting among the compositions. :)

... Now let me go back to work on that Boss Battle Theme...


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Posted by MateusAbrantes - May 4th, 2017


Hey Newgrounds,

So I've been studying music for the past couple of months and I came up with this recently.

It's my very first attempt of making music, but I'd like to hear your opinion - And since I'm not scouted on the Audio Portal, this is the best way I have to tell you guys. :)

Peace.


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Posted by MateusAbrantes - December 21st, 2016


Hey, Newgrounds! Long time no see.

I haven't been much active here this year and I felt like sharing with you guys and girls what I've been up to lately.

On October 28th, I started working on my first 3D short, which is based on a true story. It tells the story of an ordinary family whose dad is an alcoholic; whose son spends most of his time playing videogames in order to scape his sad reality at home; and whose mom can't do much to change their current situation. The short is based on a chapter that happened to me when I was about 8~10 years old and used to have a SNES. Thankfully, the alcoholic father and the submissive mother are fictional adaptations, although those ended up being the main points of the story.

My intention is to be responsible for everything you SEE on screen, from the script to character design, modeling, rigging, texturing, animation, lighting, rendering and post-production. Everything you HEAR will be done by someone else. Hopefully, I can find a composer/sound designer to come onboard this project when the time comes.

Right now, I have all 3D assets for the environments done as well as most of the storyboards. The next step is to design the three main characters in 2D, then model them in 3D. In other words, there's much work to do yet it's been so much fun. I hope this short can be displayed at the Cannes Festival some day.

Here's some shots:

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There's room for easter-eggs and I'm thinking of putting a lot of references to Newgrounds in the Son's bedroom. This will be a humble homage to this awesome community that changed my life since I started working with 3D last year. :)

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Thank you for inspiring me, Newgrounds. ❤


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Posted by MateusAbrantes - March 26th, 2016


THAT'S IT.

NO BIG PERSONAL PROJECTS TO BE ANNOUNCED OR ANYTHING...

I JUST WANTED TO SAY THAT NEWGROUNDS IS THE BEST.


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Posted by MateusAbrantes - July 6th, 2015


Yeah, it’s been a while since my last News post here on Newgrounds. Actually, it’s been a while since I submitted something in general for the last time… Curiously enough, my number of fans/followers has been increasing, despite the lack of updates. You guys are amazing!

In order to welcome all those new fans (and hopefully get new ones), I would like to do something I’ve been thinking for a long time: a series of 30 isometric 3D illustrations, whose themes will be picked by this community!

PLEASE, don’t get your expectations too high, though. This is going to be a PERSONAL project, with no money involved, which means it will be done in my SPARE time, for practice/portfolio purposes. I’m not sure about the level of details each render will have and THERE WILL BE NO DEADLINE TO FINISH EVERYTHING. Since 30 is a relatively big number, I’ll submit the illustrations to the Art Portal in groups of 5. In other words, there will be a total of 6 submissions during the project.

Rules:

  • NO characters allowed! I’m not very comfortable with modeling characters yet, which would take me too much time to finish each illustration. Only objects/buildings are allowed. Some examples of themes: Futuristic Farm, Mad Max Inspired Vehicle, Breaking Bad Assets, Isometric Living Room, Isometric Drive-Thru, Steampunk Street Scene, etc.
  • You can choose as many themes as you want. If I receive more than 30 suggestions, then I’ll pick my favorite ones. If I receive less, then I'll pick some themes myself.
  • You DO NOT have to be my fan/follower on Newgrounds to participate. EVERYBODY IS WELCOME!

All illustrations will have the same angle and style as this one:

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Last but not least, I’m going to update this News post and the Official Thread – where I intend to post some WIPs – as I receive feedback from you guys.

1. Old West
2. War Story
3. Man vs. Nature
4. Low Poly Vehicles
5. Post-Apocalyptic Scene

6. Object/Building Combo
7. Barnyard
8. Food Truck
9. Winter in the City
10. Factory

11. Office
12. Rio de Janeiro
13. Secret Base
14. Impossible Architecture
15. Island

16. 3D Weapons
17. Spaceship
18. Wooden House
19. Haunted House
20. Shopping Mall

21. [Empty]
22. [Empty]
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24. [Empty]
25. [Empty]

26. [Empty]
27. [Empty]
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That’s all, folks. I’m looking forward to reading your comments!


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Posted by MateusAbrantes - April 22nd, 2015


Hello again, beautiful people.

First of all, I'd like to say that I'm very jealous of you guys and girls(?) that are attending to Pico Day on this 25th of April. I wonder how cool it must be having so many great artists gathered in the same place.

Second of all, I'd like to use this post to disclose to the public my official Pico Day entry, which is a 3D artwork. Newgrounds has been so nice to me in the past few months that I felt like doing something for its 20th anniversary.

CLICK HERE to see the final artwork.

I hope you guys like it. If so, please leave a comment or something. Feedback makes me happy. ❤


Also, in order to keep the tradition of always making posts with images, I'm gonna leave this Castle Crashers fan art here. I was going to turn this into 3D for Pico Day but then I changed my mind. Maybe someday.

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P. S: NEWGROUNDS, I LOVE YOU FOREVER!


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Posted by MateusAbrantes - February 21st, 2015


I'm currently working my ass off in my entry for Pico Day 2015.

At this point, I've probably spent more than 25 hours in the project and the modeling is only about 55~60% done. The final piece will feature a bunch of Newgrounds characters and it's my most ambitious work so far - specially when it comes to 3D.

Here's 10% of the final scene. I don't want to spoil it too much.

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I also made a trophy with this cute little Tankman that you can see here.

That's it for now. ^-^


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Posted by MateusAbrantes - January 24th, 2015


Tabletop Tales : No Happy Ending got the Daily 3rd Place! Have you watched the animation? No?! What are you waiting for?

I would like to highlight the amazing job that JGHMusic did scoring the animation. He's a great composer and you should contact him if you have any project that needs music or sound effects, whether it be a movie, a game or whatever you can come up with.


And now I can shout to front page! How cool is that?

That was something I was trying to achieve since my first day here on Newgrounds, for almost one year. I'm still a beginner animator, in my opinion, and every single proof of recognition for my work means A LOT to me.

For those who are reading this post and still don't know me, my name is Mateus Abrantes, I'm from Brazil and I like to draw and animate stuff. Last year I took part in some collabs in order to practice and improve my knowledge in Flash and I intend to apply those learnings in more personal projects this year, so stay tuned!

See you guys next time!


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Posted by MateusAbrantes - December 30th, 2014


First of all, have you watched The Sketch Collab 2014? If not, I highly recommend you do so.

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/651070

Second of all, to celebrate 2 years working with Flash – actually 1 year and a half in terms of production –, I made an animation reel and upload it to YouTube a few days ago. Despite the short period of time, I think the quality is not that bad – I mean, for a person who had to learn how to draw using a tablet and how to use Flash from scratch. I should thank Jazza and his tutorials for that.

Here’s the video:

Music by OmniScie.


UPDATES! – What comes next?

2015 POP CULTURE CALENDAR (name subject to change) - For now, this is just an idea and I’m not sure if I can accomplish it.

I’m planning on making a series of fan arts based on games, movies and songs that go viral, each month, throughout the year. My intention is to have at least 12 pieces at the end of December 2015 and make a ‘year-in-review-art-thing’.

Some of my preferences in movies and gaming at the moment are:

[Jan]   - Taken 3 | American Sniper

            - Dying Light

[Feb]   - SpongeBob: Sponge Out of Water | Fifty Shades of Gray

            - Evolve | The Order: 1886

[Mar]   - No preference…

            - No preference…

[April] - Furious 7

            - Mortal Kombat X

[May]  - The Avengers: Age of Ultron | Mad Max: Fury Road

            - The Witcher III: Wild Hunt

[June] - Jurassic World | Ted 2

            - Batman: Arkham Knight

[July]  - Terminator: Genisys | Minions

            - (???)

[Aug]  - No preference…

            - (???)

[Sep]   - No preference…

            - (???)

[Oct]   - No preference…

            - (???)

[Nov]  - The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2

            - (???)

[Dec]   - Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

            - (???)

[Unscheduled Games]

Final Fantasy XV | Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain | Star Wars: Battlefront | Street Fighter 5 | Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

All (possible) fan arts will be submitted to my Newgrounds and DeviantART accounts.


'NO HAPPY ENDING' is happening!

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I’ve been working in my upcoming animation for the past week and I guess it will be done soon enough. I’m thinking of turning this one into a trilogy with a (spoiler) happy ending in the third episode but I have nothing else planned so far.

JGH will be responsible for the music and I might need some voice talents as well – not sure yet.

The art style will be inspired by the game Battleheart and the plot by some RPG adventures that I’ve played on which everything goes wrong. Heh

(Once I get this one done, I’ll get back to work in my GTA V parody)


Last but not least, I recently reached 30 fans on Newgrounds and you know what they say: “The first 30 are always the hardest ones to get”.

Thanks to each one of you for making my first year on Newgrounds such an amazing experience! I hope to keep improving and make this number increase even more in 2015.

My bad grammar and I wish you all a Happy New Year!


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