The Secret Ingredient to Your Overnight Success

So, I’ve been working on a book idea of late and it’s going to be a lot of work. One of the things with writing a book is you have to get people to buy it. But before you get people to  buy it, you need a book store and/or website to stock it. But […]

Introducing…The Non-Prophet

He’s a Renaissance man. The ultimate throwback. He’s a 501(c)(3) that seems to have been born in 501 B.C. He prefers the clothing, speech, food, facial grooming (or lack thereof), and customs of an archetypical Old Testament prophet, living in 21st century America. His eccentricities do not stop there; however, the Non-Prophet is also chronologically […]

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 […]

Are You Part of the S5 Audience? A Must Read for Any Creative!

My goal as a Creative Career Coach is to help creatives find their calling and plan their education and careers based on their core marketable strengths, while living a fulfilling life and making the world a better place. S5 Represents the 5 key seasons a person in the creative industry needs to intersect with a […]

5 Character Branding Tips for Your Children’s Ministry

We’ve all seen the power and appeal of an iconic character, and we all know the importance of effective branding for the world of specialty coffee and niche computers, but what does all of this have to do with my children’s ministry department? Well, more than you may think. Whether intentional or not, your ministry […]

5 Character Design Tips

A few years ago I helped teach a workshop on using story principles and at one of the keynote sessions I found myself in the VIP section (for which I feel corny even saying) sitting next to Veggie Tales Creator Phil Vischer and watching veteran Disney animator Glen Keane give a talk about how he designed […]

Animation Process Explained…Sort Of

Some times when I describe the animation process to a new client or someone who wants to learn about animation, it can get too technical, or too insider-ish if I start using words like: animatic, x-sheet, onion skinning, and render que. So, a couple of years ago I designed these characters to help give a […]