LifeKids Project Launch

Timbuktoons recently had the privilege of producing a show intro and several animated music videos for LifeKids next project which officially launches tomorrow! On Friday, April 1, Mr. Music is back, now with Emily and Guy the Bible Guy to bring you the latest LifeKids album, Bible Adventure Worship! Sing along with your kids to 14 of their […]

Foundations, Jello, and Ugly Babies

It’s been a very busy couple of months. We visual developed and produced English and Vietnamese pilot episodes for the International Humane Society, and have been eyeball deep in development and preproduction for an educational series for another international non-profit organization (which I’m dying to share but we need to keep it confidential until we finish producing […]

Character Design Course Review

One thing all artists need is continuing education. It doesn’t matter if you have an established career and have been working for years. Artists (and leaders) must continue growing in their craft and in other ways that stretch them. I recently completed a Schoolism character design course from Pixar’s Daniel Arriaga and loved it. Arriega […]

Elements of Art: Shape

Early in my animation career, I heard visual development artists and art directors mention shape language. Somewhat baffled and intrigued by this term, I started looking into it. I had learned about artistic voice, color scripts, and other strange right-brained terms, but was not familiar with shape language. Shape language basically refers to how the shapes […]

Key Advice From 12 Industry Leaders

In addition to 20 chapters of practical content, there are also 12 interviews with some key creative industry leaders in my new book “Calling All Artists”. One question I asked each  of the interviewees was this; “If you had one overarching piece of advice for an artist trying to find their way, what would it be?” […]

Official Book Launch: Calling All Artists

See details and purchase options here. (or go directly to Amazon) Well it’s finally here. Six months in the making (although I could argue decades) with many late nights and early mornings, encouragement from my wife, kids, and great friends, I’m proud to announce the official release of my first book: Calling All Artists. (See printed […]

Book Review: Creativity, Inc.

Creativity, Inc. Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration This book by Pixar, Disney, and DisneyToon Studios’ President, Ed Catmull is amazing. As a long time Pixar geek I have soaked up just about everything available in terms of Pixar culture, special features, documentaries etc. I’ve watched The Pixar Story by Leslie […]

Project Highlight: “Bible App For Kids”

This is an amazing time to be a creative. Location is not a factor for most creative projects. With online collaboration tools giving organizations the ability to hire companies based on their key creative strength, it makes it possible to produce complex projects without having to hire an onsite team to pull it off. Timbuktoons […]

The 5 Key Steps To Animation Development

In a previous post I introduced the 4 phases of the animation process using characters to help give an overview. Today, I’ll use one of the characters to further explain the first phase of the process and unpack 5 critical steps in the process. Development Guru (Progressum Instruo) is a wise sage who’s here to […]