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A great friend of mine and full-time Twitch Creator Ezilii asked me to make an emote for her Twitch subs… I love helping her out and I was very flattered when she asked, because she’s no slouch when it comes to being an artist… Um… that’s what her degree is in… SO, anywho. Check her out on Twitch. She’s a part of a great and quickly growing community. Watch Ezillii here!!!

Enter: TacoCat

Sluggish and Bullish

Man, I’ll tell you what… If my wife was running this site you all would have daily updates with all the on goings of my world. ME… Not so much. So I posted a long while back a temporary place holder for Level 2 Gamers, a couple of guys I work with that are pursuing their passion of video games all the ins and outs that go with it. I had finally finished the intro with some help from bud of mine and I never posted it here on the site. SO… uh… here it is!

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Procrastination… with Friends?

So back at the beginning of 2016 I said that I wanted to get an animated short finished up. Work, life and just the idea of putting something together drained me. Luckily I have friends at work that don’t let up. (one in particular, Thanks Peter!) About two months outside of 2017 Peter came up to me and said something along the lines of “about two months left.” I was like, “ah yep” thinking that he was talking about the end of the year… turns out that’s EXACTLY what he was talking about. Then he reminded me about my New Years resolution.

Over the next few weeks, he would remind me about days ticking down. I started taking him pretty serious when he started offering up his time to help me out. Very graciously I accepted his time and his talent (he is to an animator) to help me get things finished up. The dood is a bowl full of enthusiasm when it comes to pep talks. Not normal corporate pep talks, but legit, from the heart pep talks. It was freaking amazing. To come to the finish line he helped me put together my drawings… and some of his own to get the job done. He did most of the software legwork, but it was what I needed… I needed to see his workflow. He’s dedicated to helping people out and that’s what makes him an awesome person. It’s not perfect by any means, but the idea was to finish before the end of the year. All in all it took us probably about 2.5 hours from start to finish. No more procrastination.

Procrastination and Success

So over the last few weeks that I’ve not been posting, I’ve been thinking to myself that I’m not going to be able to do much with what I’m doing and want to be doing if I don’t start driving myself to doing things. I work at a local Apple retail store and my job drains motivation out of me. So I rely heavily on friends and family to keep me moving. I had a friend of mine text me the other day and was like. . . “Soooooo, why you sucking?” Not really he’s not that way at all. He just asked, I haven’t seen anything posted recently, whats up? So I promised him that I would get a couple of things up tonight before the end of the day. Today was a pretty busy day, so at the end of the day, I’m finally getting ready to sit down and post some progress on things I’ve been working on. Pegasus is finally getting finished. I need to remove the layers, finish up some line work and retouch, but I think he’s turned out pretty good. My youngest son wanted a Mickey Mouse, but I couldn’t settle on a style so I went with a newer form of Mickey similar to the new Mickey Mouse shorts from Disney. He’s a little taller, but he’s just sketched out. Hang with me here.

Disney's Pegasus Mickey Mouse

The Challenge

So, I’ve graduated now. . . I’ll be honest, I’ve been a bit lazy and the times come to get my rear back in gear and get moving on drawing and working on some projects. I had a project land in my lap from a friend of mine and I screwed up on it and didn’t follow through and I feel horrible about it and I think it is nerves more than anything.

My wife has publicly and socially challenged me. Proposing a challenge for me to draw 3 characters a week and complete 1 animation a month. I’ve accepted the challenge and I told her that I would get my blog posted on my Facebook page. I’m going to be creating a second “professional” Facebook page where I’ll be able to keep posting, but most of my posting will be done here on the blog.

As for the drawings, my kids will be choosing 2 of the 3 drawings a week and I’ve decided that you, the readers will be choosing the 3rd. The characters will primarily be Disney characters, but as time rolls on I’ll need to expand. So think Disney for now! : )

Wish me luck!