Happy & Sad Dreams

Hey friends,

Sorry, this blog has been inactive the past month or so. I’ve been prioritizing other projects and IGOTAJOB.

Not saying what this job is at until I’ve finalized paperwork…mostly because my brain is still telling me that it’s not real even though I know it is. It probably won’t feel real until the first day of work which is coming up on March 13. In the meantime, I’m moving to New York City without a place to stay and lots of craziness as a result. Well, that’s not entirely true…I have family in Connecticut that is letting me crash there for a couple days while my dad and I go apartment searching. After that, the only plans are to make an Airbnb reservation for the rest of the month. I leave for the city this Sunday, March 6th. Life has gone from 5 mph to 100 mph what feels like overnight.

To say I’m excited is an understatement. I’m absolutely terrified too. But the good kind of terror. The kind of terror that you just are so excited to pursue that you’re running at a cliff full speed with only a very thin bungee cord and a very brief safety talk. I’m so unprepared but so ready to spring at this opportunity. Life is going to be insane for the next month and I will be updating this blog as much as possible.

I’m thinking about daily uploads here again. Ones that function similar to a journal so that I don’t forget all the little details and moments of the move and memories I’m about to make. I am so ignorant right now of all the business and movement New York City is going to hit me over the head with, but I’m so excited to try my best and live there.

In other news, a sad one, some of my childhood is leaving me. My favorite video store, The Video Station is closing. It hurts like hearing a friend has passed to know that my weekends will never again hear “Can you pick up _____ film/movie/tv show from the Video Station?”

It’s a relic that shaped my childhood, my dreams, inspiring me, and gave me a goal I didn’t realize I had. I want to design title sequences at some point during my art journey and the movie magic love comes from this place. I owe The Video Station for teaching me about stories. It’s a library of artistic moments that have shaped some of the stories I tell today. My dad said it sadly, “I will no longer look forward to Friday evenings.” It’s true. Every time I’ve left Boulder some of the things I miss most are watching videos and TV with the family, eating dinner, and going for walks with the pets and my mother. But crowding around the TV to watch a film my dad grabbed from The Video Station was always something I loved. Fresh popcorn (not that microwave kind), green apples, blankets with the lights low all huddled on the couch to anticipate the film found on the shelves of this place.

It’s sad to hear, not something unexpected, but sad. I’m sorry that it happened and some part of me wants to find a way to fight back, but I’m not sure how. How do you bring a video store back when everyone wants convenience? I’ll admit Netflix is easier to watch sometimes, but it’s never had all the titles I want to see. There’s no charming surprise of a title there, just algorithms that tell me what I’ve already seen in a different form. I’ll miss the recommendations and the charm of browsing, finding that story I didn’t know I wanted to watch.

To The Video Station, Thank you for giving me a foundation of stories to live by. Horse films that I rented out constantly, horror and sci-fi I couldn’t get instantly from Netflix, foreign films I’ve never heard of, and stories that bring me joy. Thank you for being here and I’ll miss you greatly, old friend.



Inktober & Draplin

Looking for some better content to post tonight, but I’m getting too tired to create said content. I did find myself some good writing prompts for character building for NaNoWriMo. Working out the kinks of my main character currently.

Since I don’t have much else to show today here’s inktober and a photo from earlier today. I went down to see Aaron Draplin. It was awesome meeting him! Got a new book to read by him! I’m excited to get into it!


So…I did a terrible thing. I started watching Stranger Things, but I’m buddy watching with my sister so I haven’t had a chance to binge watch. That’s not the terrible part. The terrible thing is that my sister is going to be gone for the weekend meaning that I’m not allowed to keep watching it. To supplement my wish to watch Stranger Things, I’ve…started watching Lost. I’m already too invested in all these characters. Being productive is going to be so hard these next couple weeks. So hard.

So in honor of being either uber distracted and unproductive or I somehow figure out a way to use these TV shows as a reward system (brb pretending I have the willpower) I’ve gathered some FANtastic (yay puns) fan art for the shows. Admittedly the Lost artwork is mostly John Locke at this point because I’m only on the 5th episode and spent the entire 4th episode getting emotional over John Locke’s backstory.

Lost – John Locke Speed Painting | By Nico Di Mattia

This first speed paint I watched while the show was still airing. My brother tried to convince me it was in real time. It’s fabulous and you should watch it if you like art.

John Locke | By Ben Fraternale

Stranger Things Kids | By Ree A

Stranger Things for Poster Posse | By TommyPocket Design & Poster Posse

Animation Inspiration 3

Late night. I was having fun hanging with family watching Freaks & Geeks. Some of the best moments in life for me are spending time hanging with my family and enjoying a movie or TV show. Since it’s late I leave you with Animation Inspiration videos that I think are great for some thinking. I personally always find myself wondering how these were made. Shall have to look for breakdowns (process) at some point.