lady-dolorosa said: Hiya! I'm going into sophomore year and hoping to become an animator. I was wondering what you have to say about Ringling? I got to peak at it and one of their current computer animation students showed me your thesis film (which was absolutely amazing). What was it like going to learn animation there?

Hi,   I’m so glad you liked my film!  Thank you!

To answer your Ringling curiosity: the curriculum is VERY demanding and there’s no room for typical college shenanigans like tailgate parties or Spring Break in Cancun.  It’s just you, your massive workload, some like-minded, equally-nerdy animation friends, and the hoodie you end up wearing everyday because the labs are freezing.  But hey- nothing good comes without sacrifice.  If you’re obsessively driven and don’t mind being perpetually overworked, its worth considering, especially if you love the medium and want to break into CG films.  You learn all parts of the pipeline and get a well-rounded education for sure.  Other schools like CalArts or Sheridan might segue easier into 2D and TV animation- but its possible to get that sort of background from Ringling as well.  It just takes a little extra… assertion on your part.

dead rat.

dead rat.

Just my girlfriend and her neurotic cat, Ace.  He licked away all his crotch fluff, hence the baldness.  I want his name to be Dumpy here.

Just my girlfriend and her neurotic cat, Ace.  He licked away all his crotch fluff, hence the baldness.  I want his name to be Dumpy here.

I have a silly tendency to disappear from my art blog for months at time.  Apologies.  This is usually because I’m completely immersed in a huge project that demands all the focus.  This year’s obsessive endeavor has been writing, boarding, and editing a full pilot animatic for a show I hope to pitch one day.  I can’t say much besides… its pretty damn dope, you guys.  It puts the ‘cool’ in “Down with sChOOL!”  This show will kick your ass under the bleachers and make you say ‘UNCLE!’… One day.  So yeah- sorry for falling off the grid all summer, Mr.Tumblrs.  More actual blog content to come!

This Sunday marks 1 full year since I started work for “The Goon.” So here’s some wonky fanart from a few months back.  Watch the teaser again to keep the hype alive!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyg0QlQcaQw Knife to the eye, everybody!

This Sunday marks 1 full year since I started work for “The Goon.” So here’s some wonky fanart from a few months back.  Watch the teaser again to keep the hype alive!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyg0QlQcaQw Knife to the eye, everybody!

Anonymous said: They announced the animation finalists for the student academy awards!! What do you think of the finalists? ( links to the films maybe too? :D )

wannabeanimator:

I queued a bunch of them for tonight! Unfortunately some of them didn’t have a trailer or promo image up (at least not that I could find from Google searches). So far it looks like a really great list of films. I’m happy to see Roadkill Redemption made it! Here’s the full list.

Whoop! Thanks, wannabeanimator !! :D

Gosh, I sure do miss my lady friend T_T (Talking about YOU, Megan Boyd) 

Gosh, I sure do miss my lady friend T_T (Talking about YOU, Megan Boyd

More long-lost characters revisited from my pre-Ringling days.  Featured above are Mr. Thistles and Tomo Hawk.  They were a prominent part of my ever-elusive “Cactus Kid” epic.  Perhaps one day I’ll get a grip on that idea and make it a thing…

The other week I was driving though the seedy part of LA and came across a ridiculous billboard for a topless steakhouse.  It wasn’t this bad- but it came pretty close.

The other week I was driving though the seedy part of LA and came across a ridiculous billboard for a topless steakhouse.  It wasn’t this bad- but it came pretty close.

Just a throw-back character from high school.  His name is Hoo-Dat, the smooth-talking player owl.

Just a throw-back character from high school.  His name is Hoo-Dat, the smooth-talking player owl.