Becoming Big

So I've been working on my childrens book for the past month straight and it's nearly done!
All art is finished and I've just received some great 1st reader feedback from one of my closest friends Kasha, who graciously shared it with her daughters and the girls loved it :] I just need to take a look at the rhyming structure again and make a final decision about a few great suggestions on their part. I haven't shared any images of this book on my site yet but feel free to follow along on Instagram. In the meantime, here's some manly hyperlapse of me cutting the final illustrations down into gallery ready gumdrops!
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the floating agency that never will be

My dream agency is one where very few people work from home because everyone understands that a strong team is built on direct and clear communication and that not until each co-worker takes a moment of actual face time with each other, is that connection established.

This agency knows that every individual has their own style of sharing & interpreting information and the more direct these individuals can communicate within one room, the better they can relate to one another when working apart. Ambiguity is the death to any project.

Within this agency, every employee does their job because they love it, they are talented at it, they've committed to it and they're being paid for it. They are not there to not listen when thoughts are being shared or not give insight into subject matter with which they have knowledge of or worst yet, toss a wrench into subjects with which they have no knowledge of or interest in learning more about.

Within this agency, amazing creative is key, The Client is a client who needs advice — not a child with an ever melting ice-cream cone — and the work place is fun because everyone enjoys their job, not because there is a foosball table and a keg in the break room but because they truly enjoy this line of work and believe in working hard to accomplish a mind-changing, sweet-ass, collective goal.

In this agency, every team member, client and consumer wins because no longer are the employees simply chatting each other silly with bad puns, attempted wit or offering distracting side stories into every conversation so that they can make their next move up the ladder. Instead, they are now discussing ways to lift the entire organization into the clouds and beyond.

 

the wonderment

I have been looking for local institutions around Brooklyn that I can help children with their interest in the arts and be a kind of mentor but unfortunately I haven't been able to find any that offer weekend programs. Most are only during the week, after-school or during the day for toddlers and sadly because of my advertising work schedule, making time for those hours isn't easy. I am hoping that this association might help solve this, not only here in Brooklyn but around the world too.
If you are in the same boat, check out TheWonderment.com and see if anything fits your fancy. Learn More Here

 

malala

I wish I would have known about this petition. I remember hearing about the attempted murder of Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban and being incredibly shocked & disgusted by the unscrupulous nature of such thugs who would try to take the life of a child for fighting for her right to have a proper education. I am so glad that she survived and is still determined to make change in her confused, violent male-dominated, backwards country (I know that sounds judgmental but considering the situation, it's appropriate).
Learn More Here


 

animation block party goodies

So I went to the 10th annual Animation Block Party here in Brooklyn a few days over the weekend.
A lot of fun and a lot of great talent.

I composed a list of favorites to share with a friend who couldn't make it but I figured, why not share this list with everyone else while I'm at it.

I realize that these are waaaaaay more links than most of you will visit. So here's a short list of really good ones that are actually on the internet and available to watch.
If you have additional time you can check out the others!

-"Elk Grass" By Abby Luck  http://vimeo.com/68589283

-"Peter of the Pigs" by Michael Ribeiro http://serradochants.tumblr.com/

-"Separated" by Mark Borgions http://vimeo.com/62071921

-"Tap to Retry" by Neta Cohen http://cargocollective.com/NetaCohen/TAP-TO-RETRY

Enjoy!

 

Favorites from Friday:

"Jamon" Iria Lopez. This was a great one but I can't find the full length film on the webs— http://www.jamonfilm.com/

"Sidewalk" By Celia Bullwinkel. This one was great too but I ALSO can not find the full-length online (so annoying)— http://sidewalk.virb.com/stills

"Elk Grass" By Abby Luck. FINALLY one that I can find online. Finally an artist who isn't over-come with paranoia. Love this one. Beautiful animation, great music and a terrific story — http://vimeo.com/68589283

"Feral" By Daniel Sousa. Unfortunately, only the trailer exist online for this one too. Think the artists are doing this because the films are still screening for the first time. Anyway, good film. About a naked kid who gets "saved" from the wild by a hunter. The hunter tries to make the kid assimilate into modern society. Kid tries but ultimately reverts — http://danielsousa.com/feral.html 

"Umbrellacorn" By Bluesky Studios. This was one of the only entires submitted by a heavy hitter in the film industry that night and it was a major crowd favorite. Surprisingly low-key in it's animation style for a multimillion dollar animation house but I think that really added to it's cool-factor. HOWEVER incredibly disappointing cuz they haven't even posted a trailer of it on the web!!! — http://blueskystudios.com/films/umbrellacorn/

"I am Tom Moody" By Ainslie Henderson. Another where I can't find the full animation online — http://ainsliehenderson.com/Resizedwebpages/films/tomtrailer.html  BUT if you go to his blog and watch the post for June 22, 2013, it's pretty amazing — http://ainslieanimation.tumblr.com/

 

Favorites from Saturday:

"Shelter" by Carl Burton http://www.shelteranimation.com/

"Peter of the Pigs" by Michael Ribeiro http://serradochants.tumblr.com/

"Separated" by Mark Borgions http://handmademonsters.com/ |  http://vimeo.com/62071921

"Fingers Tail" by Luca Schenato & Sinem Vardarli http://studiomica.prosite.com/

"Tap to Retry" by Neta Cohen http://cargocollective.com/NetaCohen/TAP-TO-RETRY

"Great Plastic Purge" by Alberto Scirocco http://leftchannel.com/work-nrdc.php

 

 

interpreting #JuicyJ 's #showout : one of many unintentional masterful messes

The hook should be "Every time I go out, I THINK I have to show out, because I'm insecure, under-educated & sadly unfit for this ever advancing society thanks to the poor school systems, poverty & many past prejudices that still psychologically haunt our communities, so I pretend everything is cool & I am in control while wasting massive amounts of quick money but in reality I am scared & attention, positive or negative, is the only thing that silences the hurting" that's still catchy & danceable right?