Influx, Chapter One: The Origins

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Influx, Chapter One: The Origins

The 33 Origins. Enjoy!

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The Origin Stories

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CARBON COP

ORIGIN OF RESISTANCE

 

A failure of our collective imagination

Our acceptance of forceful control

Quite the combination

Busted for over-breathing — again!

Edition of 128

released with ClickCreate, Sep 2023

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C+ KID

ORIGIN OF STRENGTH

He was a young stag with lightning in its glare.

And he wore an XCOPY tie.

grew up rough with a golden soul

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Collection Mr703

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LIGHT INSIDE

ORIGIN OF HOPE

 

More light!

This is how we find each other.

never run out of stars

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ARRRR

ORIGIN OF FORTUNE

 

"Trust thyself. Every heart vibrates to that iron string." 

When the flame of my spirit went out, a friend appeared.

He was a light on my path.

the iron string is gold plated

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Collection ROBNESS

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SOMETHING AGAINST YOU

ORIGIN OF COURAGE

 

In her gaze, every move I made was false.

And yet somehow all this comes back to me now as sweetness.

fire, flames, & sting

with her there are no masks

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Collection Artifaction

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EXTRA SOUR

ORIGIN OF DOOM

 

Doom loops and downward spirals, his mind betrayed him.

The weeds consumed the garden.

doom cycles of down bad choices

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Collection DjjD

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CALAVERA

ORIGIN OF RITUAL

 

There are many streams & teachers, each with its history and lineage.

All true paths lead to the same awakening.

from the mysteries of skull & senses

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Collection Spidah

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BURNED

ORIGIN OF ANGER

 

the sparks of divinity in righteous anger

may they remind us of who we are

the blameless & rebalancing fire

PATHFINDER

ORIGIN OF SELF-KNOWLEDGE

 

To find your way, you must have a "compass" for the invisible terrain.

Each of us has this inner compass, but we doubt it.

We try to outsmart it; we fail. We come back to it and learn to trust it.

The compass isn't arbitrary.

the connective tissue of the world

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Collection Hexum
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WHISPERS

ORIGIN OF DOUBT

 

The mind is not a quiet place. Its original wholeness splinters.

Then come the noise & the vermin. They tear the soul with chattering teeth, sowing seeds of doubt.

urges self-destruction

FIRE SAINT

ORIGIN OF WARMTH

 

In the past, people saw spirits in nature; everything was alive with beings.

These days, we see the world as a machine. In time, however, the spirits will reappear.

He walks among them now.

a guide on the endless path

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collection Art Pleb

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THE ONE

ORIGIN OF LIFE

 

Nature is a study in imagination.

With the intellect, we can break her to pieces, label her parts — but her fullness escapes us. The imagination sees wholes. 

She awaits our recognition.

her music, a hymn to the night

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collection Rhynotic

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NO TEMPLE

ORIGIN OF TRANSFORMATION

 

The goal is metamorphosis. There are many methods, but this is the essence.

An energy is activated from within.

You never go further than when you no longer know where you're going.

RISER

ORIGIN OF ETERNITY

 

When the time comes, you simply walk through a door. 

Another journey begins, & at its end, another life begins.

At death, you leave behind a shell.

life a contraction
death an expansion

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MERCURY

ORIGIN OF ABILITY

 

beyond the all-consuming flames
something within is reactivated
you're ready

freight train, gentle rain
both unstoppable

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BUG LORD

ORIGIN OF MISERY

 

From egg to larva; from larva to human form.

To them, other people are prey. They consume all and give nothing.

The ancients called them “locusts” & warned that they would come in swarms.

Providing industry with an endless supply of mindless workers

MASK DESTRUCTION

ORIGIN OF IDENTITY

 

This mask cannot be destroyed by force, power, or craft. You cannot remove it.

But when you no longer need it, it falls away.

before new growth

edition (future release date TBD)

KNUCKLEDOWN

ORIGIN OF DISCIPLINE

 

Just a poor kid, they said — but the wild spark found its flame.

Rhythm becoming strength; weakness becoming power.

the whole light of the mind
focused on the work

edition of 69

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FLUFFY

ORIGIN OF PARADOX

 

The shattered soul wants to grow whole again. 

Having become monstrous, he burned it all — but he prays for liberation.

on a journey of self-discovery
pronouns unknown

DARK CANDY

ORIGIN OF DESIRE

 

No one is above that pure, raw instinct; we go through it like a tunnel.

When at last we give it a proper place, its violence is a gift. Until then, you become animal.

All the confusion is connected with this.

the knife edge of temptation
cutting deep

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SHIVERS

ORIGIN OF FEAR

 

a voice from a dark place

you know it from its movement

it slithers

servant of the enemy

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PANDEMONIUM

ORIGIN OF DESTRUCTION

 

Negative forces can be cultivated, shaped — given direction.

The abyss acts, and he oversees the major veins.

the dark magic of burning souls

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VIPE

ORIGIN OF POISON

 

There is a barrier between our mind & the world, but it is constructed of lies. These lies lull us to sleep. They are expertly crafted; they seem impenetrable.

We don't know we’re bitten until we wake up gasping.

it's the lies

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collection Art Pleb

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BLACK HOLE

ORIGIN OF DYSFUNCTION

 

You're attracted; it's a trap

I couldn't help myself

unable to breathe

unable to leave

the crushing suction of a festering wound

MEAN GIRL

ORIGIN OF PAIN

 

She was cut to pieces and, instead of healing, turned the pain inside out.

It smothered everything; she became a living hell.

black flames in her eyes

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THE SOURCE

ORIGIN OF TRUE SELF

 

In the heart of my heart, I hear her.

 

When the air is full of roses, she is near.

a fresh wind blows within

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SHINEFACE

ORIGIN OF FREEDOM

 

Continuously born from where love is the only motive.

The light comes through him.

keeps bringing joy

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HERB GATHERER

ORIGIN OF HEALING

 

There are those who, while unknown to history, understand the secrets of nature.

The medicines they make heal the body, mind, and soul.

the highest knowledge knows nothing

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collection Max Karlan

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SPRINGTIME

ORIGIN OF REBIRTH

 

She knows what you've endured, and is is friends with cruel winters.

at the threshold between death and new life

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GOLD MAGE

ORIGIN OF WISDOM

 

In that field walks a man who reads stars, knows the weather a year in advance, and ask plants to blossom (they oblige).

He is ancient now, and his presence is a blessing for this earth.

in his presence was an infinitely expanding field

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SEEKER

ORIGIN OF SIGHT

 

Gifted but broken, she sought healing. Her path took a new turn.

Broken down, melted, and reforged, her vision became skull tumblers.

the center of things
sees the invisible cloth
that connects us all

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Collection GuyNorcal

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BODY OF LIGHT

ORIGIN OF SPIRIT

 

The Resurrection was not the reanimation of a corpse, but the first appearance of a new archetype.

Those who witnessed it saw a glimpse of a future condition of humanity.

Plan accordingly.

fruit of many lifetimes

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collection Andre Messina

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SORCERER

ORIGIN OF EVIL

 

Some push in the opposing direction, worshiping power alone.

Bending reality to their will, they choose oblivion. 

It is enough to know they exist.

know thine enemy

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Chapter One ends here... Chapter Two, THE ORDEAL, is coming soon.

The Making Of The Origins

The Origins represent a massive innovation in the Apocalypse Studio's creative methods.

With the ORIGINS, the Apocalypse Studio debuts a novel method for animating physical artworks. In 2023 and 2024, we perfected a workflow from digitization of physicals to creating pixel perfect animated loops.

 

The method described below is completely open-source: please feel free to download the code here (we intend to make a GitHub repository, but this will do for now). Feel free to reach out via DM on X if you find the method helpful or would like more information.

How We Made the Origins

Step 1: Take a high-resolution image of the physical artwork, then import into Photoshop, spot-correct, add curves, and edit as necessary

Left: RAW capture of physical painting.
Right: spotted and edited .PSD ready to process

Step 2: Change the color mode in Photoshop to "Indexed Color," which will first merge layers. Select the palette option that best approximates the colors of the piece. Toggle the "preview" option to see which colors are being removed, then click "Forced" and select "Custom," then grab any missing colors using the eyedropper tool. This is finicky & time-consuming, but it's possible to get it right.

 

Note: in general, few colors is better. More colors will make the animation process more difficult, so go with as few colors as you can. When you're satisfied with the indexing preview, hit OK.

Left: changing color mode to Indexed Color, Right: Indexed Color menu 

Step 3: Now you have a flat, pixel-perfect image. Change the Mode back to RGB, then save as a .TIF file. Mac users, run the make-name-layers.py code in Terminal (available below). If you don't know how to run python, ask ChatGPT to help you create a python environment for your Terminal. Share the code with it & ensure you've got all the necessary components installed. Windows users will find a way.

 

This code splits the flattened, pixel-perfect TIFF into as many PNG layers as there are colors, then names the colors according to a standard convention, resulting in something like the image below (below right: Vipe.tif has been processed into Vipe-PNGlayers, a folder containing one PNG per color).

Step 4: Recombine the layers in Photoshop using "File... Scripts... Load Files into Stack." This will give you something resembling the image below left: the separated PNG files are stacked in Photoshop as layers.

 

Please note: the color names aren't entirely accurate, but they're approximately accurate. To get the code, click on its name and copy the contents of the dropdown box.

Left: separated color layers, Right: running the python script in terminal, then selecting the TIF

Step 5: Then, manually sort into color groups as shown, below (right); this will make your document much more manageable (we are working on developing code for this, but in the meantime, it's a manual process).

 

After that, decide how you will animate the piece & create the layers you need by merging relevant layers & eliminating pixels you don't want. With "Vipe," for example, we isolated the mouth as follows.

 

Using Photoshop's Move tool with auto-select on, find the red & pink layers that comprise the mouth. Duplicate those layers, move them to the top of the stack, select the mouth pixels by hand, eliminate all extra pixels, then merge the duplicates you've just edited into a new layer, "mouth" (below right).

 

You can then export these merged layers into your animation program such as After Effects and, if needed, create mattes from them (see next step).

Screen Shot 2024-03-13 at 17.25.57

Step 6: Make any mattes you may need based on the elements you have created. You create a matte by selecting the pixels or layers you want in Photoshop, saving the selection, then adding an alpha channel to your selection, then saving as a TIF. Import the TIF with an alpha channel  into AE, choose Straight (default), and use it as a track matte.

Left: Vipe-mouth-matte.tif, Right: Vipe timeline in After Effects

Step 7: Over time, you can build up as many visual assets as you frequently use, adding to your visual language. We used several hundred in the Origins: some we built with code, some we painted then animated using the method described above, and some we made on the iPad in ProCreate.

Left and right: various materials we used to animate the Origins

Step ∞

If you want to learn to animate your physical works like we do, be prepared to:

  • Write or edit new code every day using ChatGPT.
  • Pour hundreds of hours into this practice.
  • Watch out that you use the latest ChatGPT model and in general, avoid using 3.5 as you will suffer needlessly.

 

Wow, you've made it this far! Thanks for reading! We hope you've given you a sense of the enormous labor of love that each Origin piece required. Like we said, thousands of hours — but beautiful results.

 

If you have any questions, join our Discord & we'll do our best to help.