Thursday, December 29, 2011

Fleet Foxes 'A Shrine/An Argument'

Such a wonderful use of cutouts. I love the character design too!

'Last Minutes with ODEN' by Eliot Rausch and Phos Pictures

If you love animals and want to cry a whole bunch, here you go. This is truly a testament to the intangible connections we as humans create for other people and other living creatures. We can find beauty and solace in the simplest objects of this world if we only look.
It's rightfully the winner of Vimeo's Best Video Best Documentary Community Choice Award. Gorgeous camera work, every shot paints a full picture of the story as it unfolds and it makes anyone with a soul cry.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

'Proteigon' - Steven Briand

Intense! The pixillation is superbly timed and snappy! I Love the ferociousness this film has.

Yuki7 'Looks That Kill' by Kevin Dart

Here is a beautifully designed short from Kevin Dart.
...and some of his beautiful artwork...

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Nature is so amazingly beautiful, coupled with time lapse photography though and you got yourself some jaw dropping visuals.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Delta Heavy - 'Hold Me'

It's a kitty meets dub-step mix that is terribly cute and wonderfully sad!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Little Monkey by Delphine Dussoubs

This film is wonderfully designed!

Phil Mulloy Artist Visit!

Phil Mulloy is coming to Kansas City this week!! His public show is from 10am - Noon on Friday the 14th at the Nelson Atkins Museum Auditorium. Be there to check out some of his newer work and for the opportunity to ask him questions. SEE YOU THERE!!!

Take Your Medicine - Transfer

Tight Concept

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Villagers - 'Cecelia & Her Selfhood'

There are so many things about this video that I am in love with that I have no idea where to begin....

Kid Robot Swatch collaboration commercial by Happycentro

I love KidRobots toys and I love animation!

Be sure to check out the 'behind-the-scenes'
Kidrobot for Swatch — What's Behind from Happycentro on Vimeo.

Mandala Test

Here is an update on the animation work I am currently pursuing. It's a film that I'm collaborating with Dan Buck on, about a journey through a characters multiple layers of the subconscious. Here is an animation test I did made, working on the mechanics of animating these often terribly intricate radial designs. It's best viewed if you download the clip from Vimeo and watch it on loop.


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Now I know what kind of a tattoo I want! Hopefully YouTube never goes under, that would be pretty bad if the URL for his video ever had to change.

Skrillex - First of the Year (Equinox)

words cannot describe

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Cabs - Soldier of February

Thanks to my buddy Ryan Tonner for posting this. I've always been marginally interested in math rock but I think I'm about ready to take the plunge.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tea Time

Here's a video of me drawing at my favorite place in KC, Tea Drops!
I really like how you can see the water color dry.

                        music by Black Moth Super Rainbow


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Small hands

Another color mock-up for a painting. This one will be pretty small though, about 7x3 inches. I may need some new brushes to pull this one off.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I love circles!

More painting

This piece was commissioned by my grandfather. He wanted me to incorporate a cow skull in homage to Georgia O'keefe. I think this will be the first one I attempt to paint on Masonite instead of canvas.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Current work dump!

Here is a bunch of things I've been working on the past month or two. These are all digital color mock-ups for actual paintings I've been making. Thank goodness for roommates who would rather have my paintings than rent!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Mr. Burys Coffee Challenge

Here are my two submissions to Mr. Stuart Bury's coffee drawing challenge. Check it out here. It's super fun!

Friday, June 24, 2011

2011 High School Summer Intensive Animation Course @ KCAI

I had the pleasure of teaching these fine young students some animation basics this past week. None of them had had any prior experience with Cintiq's, Flash, or animation on Monday. They picked up the tricks and tools and just ran with it. Great job guys!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Iron - Woodkid

I was reminded of this song and video last night while watching Ubisoft's E3 press conference. I was originally introduced to it by my friend Maggie. This song certainly made the cinematic for the new assassins creed look badass but not nearly as BA as the original music video

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Oh Land and The Greeks

Firstly, you should go buy Oh Lands self titled album, It's beautiful.

Here is more of a badass music video that my friends brought to my attention.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Old and New

Here is a horror vacui drawing I did a while ago

and a new one I just completed today

both of these were drawn in a collaborative sketchbook I am keeping with my dearest friend Maggie Hall

Expanding Anyway - Morning Teleportation

This music video is extremely creative and beautiful! I can't even begin to imagine the number of hours it took to create something of this depth and detail.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Steal like an artist by Austin Kleon

once again I am re-posting something from Drawn!, but this is one of the most inspiring posts that I have ever encountered. Austin Kleon shares 10 tips that he wished he would have learned in college.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

New Project

I've been working on a new film. It's an experimental film based along these premises
  • Animate at least 10 frames every day at the end of the day
  • record, date, general mood
  • allow my hand to decide where the lines should be
  • rinse and repeat for 365 days

It's been 18 days so far and I'm posting my progress here
I don't think I want to test this before its all completely done.  I have a ton of ideas for what to do with this piece when its completed. Only time will tell.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Stacey Rozich

This wonderful artist caught my attention thanks to the folks over on Drawn.
I was immediately taken aback by her masterful use of color and pattern. There isn't a single piece on her website that I don't love.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011


I completed another drawing. I've slowly been getting bigger and bigger with these pieces, this one is 11 X 17 inches. The next one will be 20 X 26 so be on the look out for that one in a month or two. I'm really getting into this style.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Vignette 02

I actually took the time to make a little animation test. The idea started off as a colaborative piece between Sakari Singh and I while I was living in LA. I ran with the idea a bit and put my own spin on it. Currently I'm mulling over a short film idea utilizing this character and vignetted style.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Patrick Smith - Handshake

I stumbled across Patrick Smith's work again today and deemed it post worthy. I love the exaggeration in his work. This could only ever be animated!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The External World by David OReilly

Yet another beautiful, funny, entertaining short film from David OReilly. I really love the way his work is progressing. This is a crazy, seemingly non-sequential, story of a boy who learns to play the piano.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Robo-san and Wan-chan - Thesis Project

Check out this awesome thesis project being put together by my two friends Ben Dallman, Stephen Henry, and their associate Eric Hibbeler. Click on the link and support them as they work towards their BFA's!

Here is a link to their Production Blog

Friday, February 4, 2011

My good Friend Stuart Bury brought this nifty little Flash addon, developed and used by CloudKid Animation, to my attention today and it pretty much blew my mind.

Here is a link to CloudKid's post about it.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Chinese New Year

A very graphic animation, designed to bring in the year of the Rabbit with a bang, by Frater

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

The Tadpole - Passion Pictures

Here is a beautiful short I found over on Drawn about a little tadpole and his dealings with early life. This simplistic beauty was created by none other than Passion Pictures.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Flip-books by Stefan Gruber

Here is a compilation of some very beautifully animated flip-books by Seattle based animator Stefan Gruber. I love the fluidity of his work and his caring personality. I have had the pleasure of making Mr. Gruber's acquaintance on one of his cross country backyard animation shows and if you havn't been to one, you should most definitely look it up.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Gloaming

This short by Nobrain looks super intense! I really enjoy the integration of mediums that they use. I can't wait to see the whole thing.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Again with the drawing

I'm currently working on a series using this technique. I have yet to decide the scope of the project, but it's a fun activity to occupy my time.

Das Racist - Who's That? Brooown!

It made me smile.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Flying Lotus - Kill your Co-Workers

What an amazing music video by Beeple for Flying Lotus! "In an open invitation to animators across the world to make new scenes and stories with the parade of fantastical characters that feature, the source 3D models have been made freely available for you to download and use in your own works." - Taken from the Flying Lotus website

Here are the links to the source files and the vimeo group.

I just might participate in this myself. :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


The Great Lakes Water Situation

I was totally unaware of so much about the great lakes water supply. My thanks to the NFB for setting up this website.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Un Tour De Manege

Of course, another beautiful film from Gobelins. There's not much else to say about this film other than to express my awe at the jaw dropping visuals and the beautifully told, simplistic story.

Here are links to the creators blogs.
-Nicolas Athané
-Brice Chevillard
-Alexis Liddell
-Françoise Losito
-Mai Nguyen

Jeff Soto

I have had a great affinity for Jeff Soto's work for some time now. I love the way he realistically renders what seem like doodles and sketch creations. His work is so whimsical and colorful but with a rustic dirty look to contrast it.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

JP Morgan Chase spot

Here's an awesome little commercial for JP Morgan Chase. Created by the commercial monster Psyop. Their work is always extremely imaginative and beautiful.

New Website!

Yesterday, thanks to one of my new LA friends Eggay Gonda, I discovered a website that allows you to make a free flash website. Seeing as how I had given up all hope on my Wordpress hosted website, this seemed like a pretty sweet deal. Wix allows you some pretty awesome freedom when designing your website but there are some downsides. The URL must be and they put an add bar across the bottom of the site. Of course they do offer an option to buy your own URL and use them for hosting but the free side is still a great way to get a real nice looking, simplistic website off the ground before you put any serious cash into it.

Check out my new website

Friday, January 21, 2011


I am super excited for this new film 'Rango', directed by Gore Verbinski, due out March 4th. It looks entertaining, fun and gritty. Not to mention that Johnny Depp is the main character, who just so happens to be one of my favorite actors. This movie looks well put together, by people who know what they're doing. Kudos.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I have always enjoyed browsing the vast amount of information on Wikipedia but this video helped me learn just a little more about Wikipedia itself, not to mention that the motion graphics are beautifully compiled.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Fuggy Fuggy

The Brothers McLeod have been making a lot of awesome work over the years. Fuggy Fuggy is quickly becoming my favorite.

El Rey del Mambo y la Reina de Saba - Klaus & Kinski

This is a beautiful music video made by Nacho Rodríguez, Gina Thorstensen and Emma Kidd. I am amazed that they used flash at all in the process of creating this film. The animation looks so far off from what I'm used to seeing come out of that program that I am getting ready to hop back on it and see what it can do.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Sometimes I draw things

I've been doing a lot of coffee shop sketch-booking and here are some of my favorite pages.

I have actually been considering doing some large scale flat-work like this, using text and my quasi horror vacui style. Or even possibly an animation that incorporates it.

I have also been getting more into watercolor.

Sleigh Bells

So, one of my new favorite bands is Sleigh Bells. It's loud, house party music that is designed to sound like your speakers are blown out. Plus Alexis Krauss, the lead singer, is one fine lookin lady.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A little late is better than a little never

I know that this aired a couple of weeks ago, but I just saw it today and it blew my mind! I can't believe that they actually did the entire episode in stop-motion. You must watch this while it's still available on hulu.


This is possibly one of my most favorite Disney moments. Here is a short clip from Disney's 1963 classic The Sword in the Stone. There is such a play on emotion in this short segment and I relate to it every time. It is really amazing how these guys figured out all of these tricks decades before anyone else.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

double g studios - T4 Idents

You need to get me one of these costumes right now! I love the way each robot moves and interacts with the 3-D logo. Awesome work from double g studios for client T4.

It's a hard knock life... for bunnies

If you havn't seen Martin Rosen's 1978 animated film 'Watership Down' then I would recomend that you go see it, but be forewarned that this is in no way a movie for kids and that by the end you will probably want to cry for a solid year. I appreciate whoever put this video together.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Freelance Whales - Enzymes

Quit another stellar music video from vimeo. The most impressive part about this one is that most of the imagery is just slow-motion video capture.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mythfits - Poo and Screw getting it on...?

Oh my, the newest installment of Mythfits is rather saucy if you ask me.

Roxie Vizcarra Illustration

Thanks to Drawn, I came across this awesome artist today. Her work really reminds me of Nathan Fox even though this artist clearly operates differently. I really enjoy her work and have found that I like her blog better than her professional site, so that's what I linked to. Roxie Vizcarra

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Beirut - Cheap Magic Inside

This is one of those things that i just couldn't stop watching. The music and scenery is so beautiful and well planned. The only thing that could make this video better is if it was all actually just one shot. That aside, I loved the transitions and the mood this piece put me in. If you have a spare hour or are one of those magical people who can work and watch videos at the same time, definitely watch this one until the end.

Monday, January 10, 2011


A wonderful shirt from Don Hertzfeldt. I'm a medium (hint hint)....

Dear Therop Van Orman, You have my attention....

Words cannot describe my excitement at this possibility.

Bill Murray

A man of many hats...

Something Old

Though I'm interested in all of this new media that is constantly being produced in today's world, it's always nice to take a look back at some of the gems in history. This being one of the most beautiful animations ever is quite an impressive feat for the early 20th century animator Winsor McCay. It is definitely safe to say that this guy was way before his time. Circa 1918 'The Sinking of the Lusitania' Written and Directed by Winsor McCay.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A strange attraction

I was strangely drawn to this video today. At first it was the music that snared me and then the über hipster visuals did their job and drew me in further. Before I knew it, I had watched the whole video. Sometimes I am just so affected.

Also, check out the bands creepy website, Oh Land

Dear Tom

Dear Toms Grey Wool Fleck Men's Botas... I will own you one day!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Aston Shuffle - Your Love

This stellar music video, directed by Maxime Bruneel from RUFFMERCY, utilizes simplistic imagery and bold compositions to create an awesome visual companion to the equally simplistic and bold music of The Aston Shuffle. I personally cannot wait to hear the rest of this album.

This video just makes you want to project it onto a movie screen size wall and dance until you die.

re re re-vamp

Yet again I have decided to change the content of this blog... these are now the things that I like/small things that I am working on. A chronological compendium of my 'finished' animation projects can be found at and my website is perpetually under construction so don't go there unless you have a desire to look at a crappy website.

To kick things off in the right direction, here is an animation that I just cannot stop watching by Ryan J Woodward

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