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Happy Vernal Equinox!

March 21, 2014 at 12:17 am

SpringWinter

So, this happened today, at least where I live. As you may know, I love winter. I love snow, I love snowmen. I’m Calvin, all grown up, and even then, not so much. So this almost endless winter of snow snow snow in the mid-Atlantic has been bliss for me. Not so much for most of my friends and co-workers, who would love nothing more than Spring to come in and banish Winter until sometime around Christmas 2014. And so Spring came in today, and it was lovely. “And Stay Out!” would be a good title for the above picture.

For those who like the behind-the-scenes, the inks for my little Spring picture, below. Enjoy!
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Just calling your process “Agile” doesn’t make you agile

March 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

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Software development management lost in the weeds:

So, you’re disorganized and your process is all over the map. You have too many meetings with too many people in them, and the wrong people, and usually after small problems have become big problems. You know something’s wrong, but you don’t know how to Fix It. So you hop onto the Agile bandwagon, assured it will solve your problems.

Beware – you may find yourself 100% Buzzword Compliant, but you will still not have fixed your development problem, because your problem is that you’re disorganized and your process is all over the map. Waterfall wasn’t like that; you made it like that. Agile isn’t like that, but you’ll make it like that, too, if the problem is your tendency toward Crisis Management and a scattershot approach.

Instead, try having fewer, shorter meetings with the right people in them. Have them earlier. Try to focus on developing working software instead of standing around talking about Process. And for God’s sake, you have a staff: delegate. They may not make the same decisions you would make, but if you empower them to, they will make decisions, and the product will get out the door. You can have Veto Power, if you’re that convinced that only you have the right answers and your staff is incapable of achieving your level of brilliance, though trust me, that is probably not the case. Until then, you are the problem. You are in your own way, and your company’s.

Above, my thoughts. But for more, HERE is a link to an interesting article about how one of the guys who developed “Agile” development feels it is time to retire the word and get people to adjust their focus. I wish you Happy Developing.

Homegate

February 8, 2014 at 10:53 pm

Homegate

I worked with Bully! Entertainment, directing three spots for Swiss real estate company Homegate a little bit ago. We had a lot of fun doing these, and I was always very proud of this work. I’m pleased to be working at Bully! full time now so I get to do more of this stuff! See the spots, and see some behind-the-scenes info, HERE.

Flakes – Behind the Scenes

February 8, 2014 at 11:27 am

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A few years ago, I made an animated short with Bully! Entertainment (by the way, my new employer!). I’ve just put up a little behind-the-scenes page at the site here. Download the short in a variety of formats and peek behind the scenes at how we made it!

Cubicle Pigs – Commercial Art

February 2, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Here’s a little something for Super Bowl Sunday. I’m sure many of us will be experiencing conversations like this tomorrow morning:

Also, here’s a little bit of fun – a portion of an animated version of that page by Jake Strider Hughes, who is an awesome AfterEffects guru. Also, the voices in this piece are by me and the awesomely talented voiceover actor Jerry Stone. One day, I’d like to get the time to finish this little movie.

New Year’s Advice, 2014

January 1, 2014 at 12:00 am

2014My annual tradition, taught to me by Neil Gaiman. However, this year, I’m not going to pretend I’m lyrical and eloquent, and instead quote two great writers who say what I mean better than I can. This coming year, this is for you, my fellow artists, writers, jewelers, dancers, sculptors, scientists, mathematicians, and dreamers:

“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads. I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”
― Ray Bradbury

“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
― Kurt VonnegutA Man Without a Country

 

Dark Elf

November 19, 2013 at 3:47 pm

DarkElf

 

Another week, another gorgeous set of Walt Simonson pencils. This one is for a Dark Elf. What kind of Dark Elf? I didn’t ask him. I just wanted to ink that sucka. So… there it is. Walt’s pencils on the left, my inks on the right.

The People of Peace

November 7, 2013 at 8:27 am

Peace

Another week, another gorgeous set of Walt Simonson’s pencils to ink. This one is one of The People of Peace.

From Walt: “‘People of Peace’ was a euphemism from folklore used to refer to those from the realm of faery. One did not name them directly for fear of offending them, as they could be quite powerful and easily provoked.”

3 Million Years and 10 Questions

October 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

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It was my turn over at 3 Million Years: 10 Questions with… me. Yup! Read, enjoy, pass it along!

Dobie was Here

October 30, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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Halloween cartoon: Dobie was here. Those of you who’ve read Headstones and Monuments will undoubtedly recognize the reference from “Visited Upon the Sons”. :)

Happy Halloween.