Sunday, December 30, 2018
2018 has been quite a year. As many of you know, it started with me leaving Pixar after 16 years. Approaching the midpoint of my career, it was time to make a change and explore new horizons, and so I spent the entire year freelancing.
I learned so much from this experience, I learned about working remotely, running a small business, paying for my own health insurance (26k a year for a family of 3 btw). I shifted my work from mostly film to mostly videogame work. My first book “The Story Of Inc” shipped to 500 customers. I started up work on a number of new personal IPs, and resurrected a few older IPs that I feel have potential. I taught a 6 week class in concept art to a local class of art students. And our family asked ourselves a lot of hard questions about where we want to live for the next 10-20 years.
All of these new experiences have given me the confidence and knowledge to move forward with the next stages of my artistic career and life. While it is likely I will do more freelancing at some later point, I will be going back to a staff job in the coming year. I will announce more soon, but I am thrilled to be moving onto an exciting new project with a veteran team of professionals in the videogame industry.
It is time for the next chapter. Thank you so much for following along all these years, expect a lot of new artwork, books and educational materials in the coming year. May your 2019 be filled with positive change and bright new possibilities!
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Inc and Landis are unprepared for the wrath of the second guardian. This is a good example of an image designed for a book, where the middle of the image is left mostly blank so that the painting would work well on a 2 page spread.