Monday, October 29, 2007

A Year Later

A year+4 days ago I moved to ATL from Portland, OR (PDX). It was a major risk. I was on my way to make well over six figures and was getting steady work both in advertising and freelance illustration. I had more financial security than most people will know. Even my friends were the best of people. I was surrounded by lovely hearts and brilliant minds. But through it all, none of it was enough. So I left.

The dust has settled and you know what? Those friends are still my friends and still brilliant, lovely people! Plus, now I'm surrounded by new friends too! My job? The pay cut I took was worth the happiness I've gained. I'm not saying it's perfect. Oh, hell no. But I am happier here by far. I fit here. I was even able to afford a little home. My freelance life has blossomed and I could not ask for better clients. I'm living the dream!

But better yet? My lady. Never in another million years of dating in PDX would I have found a woman of her caliber, humor, intellect, and heart. (And she's a hot tamale to boot!) If having a wonderful career-life is "the dream" then I'm not sure how to express how fantastic she is since she eclipses all other happiness no matter how great they may seem. Dear lord, she even baked me cookies tonight!

Overall, moving here was the best thing I could have ever done. PDX was good to me but it was never home. I found home and my place in the world here in ATL.

Life is good.

"D'You Think They'll Believe Us?" completed

My short story for the 2008 SCAD Sequential Art anthology is complete! "D'You Think They'll Believe Us?" is about an archaeological "dig" in space where two scientists are given a glimpse of the galaxy by the very artifact they are studying and a hint as to what its true purpose is: a map. The problem is they have no hard evidence as to what they've seen except for their momentary disappearance. Will their story be believed? That's for the audience to say.

To see the story from the beginning in a new window from my Portfolio click here.

Friday, October 26, 2007

I'm a freakin' Patron Saint, yo!

Someone at my old office at Wieden+Kennedy has dubbed me the patron saint of permalance. But what the hell is "permalance" you ask? See below... and God bless you cuz I'm a freakin' patron saint now, you mothers! I wonder if that means I can charge a "holiness" fee?

I also "achieved" my own employee jacket! But for now, back to comic work for me.

Monday, October 22, 2007

SCAD ATL 24-Hour Art Challenge

Check out the video shot at last Friday/Saturday's 24-Hour Art Challenge here at the Atlanta campus of the Savannah College of Art and Design! Great work, all around!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

24-Hour Art Challenge

Last night was the 24-Hour Art Challenge at the Savannah College of Art and Design and it turned out to be a lot of fun and very educational! I wasn't able to attend until about 6pm on Friday (it ran from Friday 10am to Saturday 10am) so my 24-Hours was more like twelve, not including a couple of hours helping students. I took on the animation department's challenge and tried my hand at making a maquette. I've never done one before so it was rather hard at first. The armature was difficult to match to what you wanted the final product to look like. I believe my biggest mistake has been on the kneepads. The legs are proportional but due to the placement on the kneepads they appear skewed. I'll know better next time. Using sculpey turned out to be the easiest, but most time consuming, part of the maquette. I plan on finishing it this December once Fall quarter is over. Take a look at where twelve hours left me on the project! It's the main character from my "8th Day" storyline... or will be.

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