Aaron Cowdery

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About Aaron Cowdery

Who is Chakra-X?


Hey! My name is Aaron Cowdery but for awhile I have been rocking the username Chakra-X. If you're a Sonic fan, you might have known me from flash cartoons like Sonic: Nazo Unleashed, back on Newgrounds and now on Youtube.

I work as an animator/storyboard artist in the greater NY area currently. I have been in the industry for 9 years now but I've loved drawing since I was in preschool! If you like my art, chances are you'll see fan art, some ~sexy~ drawings, or action oriented animation

Why a Patreon?

I originally made a Patreon for those who wanted to support me and my animation endeavors, such as when I launched Sonic: The Wrath of Nazo. I keep all the funds set aside specifically for actions that directly allow me to output creative work, whether that is paying freelancers and voice actors to assist with the Wrath of Nazo or pay for software to assist with content creation.

Wrath of Nazo is my current big long term project push but I want to be clear you are NOT paying me to work on The Wrath of Nazo. The completion of the project does not depend on whether I get money or not. This is a longterm side project that I am doing for fun and to entertain my audiences. Patreon allows fans to show support for all my current and future artistic endeavors while receiving exclusive behind the scenes content. Meaning no one is directly paying to see the film, because there will no early access uploads for finished versions of 'The Wrath of Nazo". People are donating to get educational and artistic insight on my creation process.

What do I get in exchange for donations?
I'll be uploading exclusive WIP (work in progress) art here and behind the scenes shots of personal projects that I will not be releasing on social media. There will sometimes be media that will be posted both here and public social media, but Patrons will either receive it before the rest of the public does or I will have source files available (Photoshop files for illustrations, an an example)


What are you Current Projects?

Currently my largest personal project is Sonic: The Wrath of Nazo. It is the (final) sequel to my 2006 Newgrounds fan film Sonic: Nazo Unleashed. A decade later, I finally decided to continue it after seeing how much interest my old and new fans still had.

The story continues sometime after the events of Nazo Unleashed. Eggman has stolen the Master Emerald to power his new "Super Eggcarier" airship. Sonic and friends race to foil the Doctor's plot, but a resurrected Nazo lies dormant deep within the hull of the ship...

The idea of "Nazo" as an evil Hedgehog created by all the negative energy and emotion stored in the Chaos Emeralds came about from a formerly unknown and unused character design for the TV show Sonic X. I made a crude flash cartoon about him in 2004, re-made and gave him a backstory in Nazo Unleashed in 2006. Turns out the Sonic X team originally designed him to be the new look of "Super Sonic" for the television series, but was eventually scrapped to keep the golden Super Sonic consistent with the games (I assume).

The aim this time around is to take what I have learned in the past 10 years and make something fantastic for everyone to enjoy. Better animation, fully voiced cast, a stronger plot, and the most important of all--Memorable, exciting fight scenes.

The scheduled release WAS 2019, but that a terrible mistake of timing on my part. I realize I do not have as much time or creative energy to work on it as much as I used to, so it is something that I chip away at in hopes that one day it can be the a sequel to Nazo Unleashed that demonstrates my storytelling abilities growth since then. I'll be splitting the film in to 3 parts and will release as they are completed.

Outside of Nazo, I am still tooling around the world and personalities of Sol and Luna, a sun and moon-powered fighting duo competing against other nature/cosmic powered teams to unlock the powerful secrets hidden on Earth.

While the Nazo series is my most popular content, I also have other original and parody cartoons you can check out!

Newgrounds: http://chakra-x.newgrounds.com
YouTube: http://youtube.com/chakra-x
Tumblr (personal/art): aaronanimate.tumblr.com




Nazo and Animation Questions


Q: Will "X Character" be in the Wrath of Nazo?

A: The script is written and locked down already, so no more extra characters will be added as a main focus. I don't want to spoil anything but Sonic, Knuckles, Tails, Shadow, Eggman and Nazo will be the most featured characters.

Q: Will Shadic/Fusion come back?

A: This is a 10000% definite no. I am so happy to see fan art and games of Hyper Shadic, but I am not going to rely on the same power up this time around. To make it more entertaining and reduce the connection to Dragonball Z, there will be no fusion in The Wrath of Nazo...There is also a plot element you will learn eventually that prevents that...

Q: Ugh I HATE *insert Character*'s Voice!! CHANGE IT!

A: I love the performance of every actor I selected for this film, but I understand not everyone will be pleased.I hope you don't let the vocals ruin your enjoyment of the film!

Q: What software do you use?

A: Toon Boom Storyboard Pro  for Storyboarding
Toon Boom Harmony Premium for Animation/some special effects
Adobe Affect Effects  + sometimes plugins for many visual effects and color grading 
Adobe Premiere Pro for video editing 


Goals
$100 - reached! per month
I will use these funds to afford assistance from freelance artists, which will probably be animation or backgrounds depending on the immediate needs
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52
Videos

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