Drawings Drawings Everywhere

For your perusal. I apologize if any of these are repeats.

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Some Interesting News (to me, anyway)

Lately, I’ve been whoring out promoting my animation demo reel on Twitter and in job applications, and not really getting much attention. The situation has been rather discouraging.

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After mulling things over for a few days, a 20-watt light bulb went on over my head. I realized that I was casting my line into the wrong pond. You can’t count on the old pathways to get you started anymore. Creative success no longer lies in traditional job markets.

It lies in fucking YouTube, damn it!

So I reached out to a couple of popular YouTube channels that I’m a fan of (not fucking PewDiePie; I’d prefer to sell my soul). I made sure to contact the ones with a lively sense of humor, ones that might like to add some cartoons to their videos. I wasn’t sure that anyone would respond, but one did.

James Rolfe of Cinemassacre.

This guy is a passionate filmmaker, best known as the Angry Video Game Nerd. He told me that he’d been interested in adding animation to his videos for a while, but had been deterred because it’s such a slow procedure. If it was going to happen, he knew he’d need help. He liked my demo reel, and told me he’d be happy to work with me once he gets caught up on his current queue of projects.

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James’s YouTube channel has nearly two million subscribers.

Wish me luck.

A Ding-Dang Demo Reel!

Hi folks! Along with my Patreon account, I recently signed up for an Aniboom account, looking for a community where my passion can be turned into good work. They requested that I put up a demo reel of my work, also listing how and where I was involved. Since I did nearly everything on my cartoons, I think I have a good chance of getting some attention!

Have a look at the video below and let me know what you think!

The Path

I completed an animation project last night that I started months ago. It was a lot of work, from conceptualization to completion, from sketched layouts to finished cartoon. Over the last few days, as I saw the finish line on the horizon, I became obsessed. Animation takes so much time, and I have so many projects that I want to complete, that I was desperate to finally finish something. It got to the point where people got worried about me, and I flaked out on a friend I was supposed to see.

But you know what? I don’t regret it. I know I should feel bad, but I don’t.

Does this make me a bad person? Probably not. An antisocial one, maybe. There’s nothing I can say that will make my friends and family feel better about my inattentive behavior, and yet, I feel no need to explain myself anyway.

I’m not mad at anyone. I didn’t do this to lash out or deprive anyone of my precious company. I did it because I owed it to myself. I owed it to my muse. Yes, I’m behaving strangely to those who have known me as the neurotic, nervous teen, and to be honest, I’m a little surprised myself, but I feel good. Like I just finished a grueling workout, or enjoyed a fiery night of passion in bed. This wasn’t just something that I chose to do, it was something that had to be done.

Does that make sense?

Probably not. I don’t understand it myself. I like it, though. While designing MS-DOS, Bill Gates performed grand programming sessions that left him bedraggled and a bit stinky. Stephen King wrote Cujo in a white haze of alcohol and cocaine. I would never dare to compare my skills with those of Gates or King, but I understand the obsession, the NEED to work when the work calls.

Life is full of absurdity. We grow up surrounded by loud, meaningless voices that teach us what to do and what to think. How to conform, and how to compromise. Living like this works for a while, but I believe that true maturity means rolling those thoughts back and being honest with oneself. All my life I feared the prospect of hurting others or letting them down. I think I did that this weekend, but it was in the name of something that I honestly feel is greater. People are upset with me, but I don’t care. Nothing is bringing me down off this. I feel good.

Does this make me a bad person?

The Magnificent Jenni Nexus

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I’d like to introduce you to a new friend of mine. She’s an artist, performer, and animator who’s got some serious talents, and you’re going to want to know who she is.

Her name is Jenni Nexus, and she’s made some terrific projects with Flash, After Effects, and Premiere. She also makes her own styled clothing! You can check out her DIY projects on her YouTube channel. Her partner runs Martiangames.com, which hosts a collection of impressive online games made in Unity, many of which he created himself!

I met Jenni by chance while collaborating on my current cartoon project. You’ll be seeing that soon. Hopefully very soon; I can’t wait for you all to see and hear what she’s contributed. Jenni is not only skilled and creative, she’s friendly, open-minded, passionate, and supportive. Artists like us need to stick together, man. Go say hello!