Old Home Week

animation, Barrons, Jukejoint Handmedowns, WSJ


It’s been a long quiet summer, so it was nice to hear from three of my ‘regular clients’ this week following a long absence. Of course, it has been a long time since I’ve done this sort of quick turnaround concept driven material, so I felt a little rusty at first, but it was a comforting feeling to get back to work at the sort of projects that I’ve come to think of as being in my ‘sweet spot’.

The illustration above was a piece for Barrons on the defense budget, and below is a quick turnaround weekend assignment from the Wall Street Journal (which came to me while I was accompanying my Dad to one of his chemo treatments yesterday afternoon).

Back home in Grand Rapids now for a few weeks, as the first round of chemo is done for now and the next will be taking place after a few weeks rest.

In other news, ArtPrize has started up here in Grand Rapids this Wednesday, and for the first time, I’ve entered something in this annual competition. I normally wouldn’t have, but this was a group decision to enter a song in the new ‘song category’, and is entered on behalf of the Jukejoint Handmedowns. While I write half of the material for this group, and my partner writes the other half, the members decided to take a vote on the one song that would be entered, and it just happened to be one of mine. I was thinking of different ways of promoting the song, and the idea of an animated music video came to me this morning. I decided to devote much of my time today to working on trying to put together a full length animation to accompany the song entry. The animation is rather quick and sloppy (mostly because I wanted to get it done while I still had time to use it for promoting our entry), but this has given me a confidence boost, such that I may attempt a more ambitious project in the future.