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Xylus and Dexter in Space! "Castle Clause" Episode 3 - Cartoon animation

Episode 3 -
of my animated cartoon series Xylus and Dexter in Space!

Here is another episode of my animated cartoon Xylus and Dexter in Space!


In this Episode: The boys are still stranded on Mars. When they make an interesting discovery.

(Related post: Xylus and Dexter in Space! "What's that?" Episode 2 - Cartoon animation)


I was still re-using a lot of the character art and backgrounds from the previous episodes. I would also create some new expressions and poses for the boys when I needed them. Doing this along the way adds even more re-usable drawings to the character library I have for the cartoon episodes. 

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Dexter with his arms crossed

I also needed to create more backgrounds for this episode for the inside of the castle.

I used some pictures I had found as a reference for the castle interior from old monster movies on Google image search.

illustration of two boys on wood floor in front of stone walls
Castle interior

I also had to create a new character Phineas Handela for the story. I had only drawn a few sketch ideas for him and wasn't sure what he would look like yet. 

So for this episode of the story, I only used a silhouette.

illustration of eyes glowing in shadows
Alien in the shadows


I still feel like I'm being really restrained in my squash and stretch animation technique for this cartoon, so the scene where Xylus gets an idea seems really undramatic to me. 

I re-drew the animation several times and the take I used still feels like it could have been bigger.

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Xylus has an idea


On top of doing the voice of the announcer, now I got to do the voice of the alien. 

I did it in a higher evil-ish tone but it just sounded like I was talking funny. So after recording my parts I added a pitch shifter effect to it. It kinda makes me sound like the wicked witch from The Wizard of Oz.

Next time we'll take a look at episode 4.

Check out the previous episode 2 "What's that?" here -

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I could have been some uptight person for all they knew? 

Artwork for the original Candy Land game by Milton Bradley from 1955.

I have a vintage Candy Land game from 1955 by Milton Bradley and I was about to sell it so I thought I would add it to my personal art history course concept I've been doing . I'm going to try and see if I can find out how this game was created, designed and why? Here is what I found out about this game Candy Land is a board game about children exploring a world made out of candy and other sweets that originally came out in 1949. In every version of the game, there are a group of children that go through Candy Land. In the earliest versions of the game, it was a realistically drawn boy and girl. Drawing of the Candy Land kids I did on my phone ☝ The game was designed in 1948 by Eleanor Abbott , while she was recovering from polio in San Diego, California. It's rumored that Eleanor also did the original artwork but I didn't find anything that

Time difference.

I've never been good at geography.