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 […]

Art Direction 101: The Elements and Principles of Art

Years ago I taught a Visual Story Telling workshop at a youth performing arts camp after reading Bruce Block’s “The Visual Story” which is an industry standard art direction book for film and animation producers which talks about the principles of contrast and affinity, space, line and shape, tone, color, movement, and rhythm from a motion […]

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 […]

How Mike Wazowski Can Help You Discover Your True Identity

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines identity as: “the distinguishing character or personality of an individual”. Chances are you haven’t ever really thought much about this. Most people don’t until they face a crisis, major transition, or are facing some other decision that will impact their life in a significant way. For some people their sense of […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Release Your Inner Creative B.E.A.S.T.

A group of British authors called “The Inklings” met together in the 1930’ and 40’s. They connected over the years to challenge and support each other. This group included famous authors C. S. Lewis, who wrote “The Chronicles of Narnia” (and other famous literary works), and J. R. R. Tolkien who wrote “The Hobbit”, and the “Lord of the […]