Life Updates | November

I spent a lot of time trying to illustrate one of my characters for my novel in photoshop tonight…I learned that I really need to practice faces. Gonna come back to that one and show you when it stops being Captain Jack Sparrow because I keep making his eyelashes too thick.

Novel wise I had lots of chances to write today, but I’ve been in a little funk the last couple days, so didn’t really do so well on that front. I’m also struggling with productivity in general. I think it’s partially not exercising. I fell out of my morning routine of walking about a month ago. I’m going to try to bring that back either tomorrow or Friday. I’ve been overthinking a lot of tasks on top of that. Need to work on ways of breaking that cycle.

Basically, I really need to kickstart a routine again. I’ve been frustrated with my lack of accomplishments recently and a new routine would be useful in fixing that. Also need to use Citrus liberally. That chrome app is 60 percent of the reason I’ve accomplished anything at all the last two days. The other 40 comes from music and white noise generators. Rain sounds always help me focus.

Will update you tomorrow on Nano progress and hopefully have a few sketches for you. I’m heading to Denver in the evening so I’m not sure what I’ll get done. Although always excited to listen to a podcast during that long bus ride!



Bee Hummingbird & Updates

Pardon, my lateness tonight. Got distracted watching SNL and Bones with the fam.

A quick update since I’m running late tonight. My website update is near done. Ran some errands in the middle of the day so I only got a half day work on it. I have it near done. Just one more page to add and then some proper captions. I have a lot of filler text in there right now, so, will be devoting a portion of tomorrow to writing captions. Def want to get it up before the weekend is over so I can email companies.

NaNoWriMo plotting is coming along. Found a few resources online to work on the plot and character development. If time allows I want to write a short story in the world I’ve created. It’ll help give me a grasp on the location and the narration I want to use. Some sketching will be heading your way too. Concept art is always a huge help in developing stories for me. Excited for November!

I also need to carve some time out to finish animating the last frames to my NaNo Seeking Writer project, as well as my Selfi. Been neglecting those two and just need to do. There’s also a GIF contest due on Friday I want to enter. A big animating week is coming up. I also have a Halloween lettering idea, but I don’t know if I have time to create it. Probably just need to wake up earlier and have more caffeine. Will plan tonight before I sleep so that I don’t get overwhelmed with the projects. Worse case scenario, I leave the Halloween lettering idea till next year, and delay my Selfi project by a week. Gonna aim to do all the things tho.

So hope your weekend is going well and your upcoming plans for the next week are exciting! I’m also really excited for Sunday’s Inktober theme. Been waiting to draw this animal since I saw the prompt! Till then view the smallest bird ink drawing below!

Life Updates | Catchup

I got my cup of tea and I’m ready to animate for the next couple hours! My day got split between research and job applications instead of what I wanted to achieve, animation. So a late night begins! I’ve got two more days to animate and sound design, but realistically only one full day. Tomorrow we have company so I don’t anticipate work after 1 pm. Therefore the bulk of animation gets to happen tonight and Thursday.

I haven’t done a life update in awhile, despite posting every night. These last couple weeks have just been crazy in my mind. Last week was more toned down but had a lot of follow up emailing as well as work. I spent a lot of time trying to get my bearings back after the intense networking week prior. Denver Startup Week tired me out! I also followed along the Adobe Youtube Live Sessions on Motion Design. They had amazing artists and I learned so much during those three days! Glad I got a chance to catch the sessions!

Monday, September 12, 2016, started with an early morning commute to Denver for a panel. The topic was Artist as an Entrepreneur. The three people there were very knowledgeable and had very interesting perspectives on presenting yourself as a business. I learned a ton. It was also great because space was small so I was able to meet two of the panelists. Following that, I ended up being an adult and going home to work.

Tuesday I had a lunch meeting with a client. That went well. That evening was a concert at the huge Pepsi Center. All American Rejects! Also, Blink182 and A Day to Remember. More importantly, Mike Kennerty liked my tweet. It should be known that I am a massive AAR fan. A great, fun concert, but tiring.

The following morning I did work. Then went down for Startup Week Denver. I went on a pedal-hopper tour which was interesting. We went to three different startups in a growing area of Denver. Made some new friends and then went to the Startup Week Career Fair. That was the biggest fair I’ve ever gone to. Three giant floors.

Thursday I commuted down in the middle of the week for, yet another, career fair. Then went straight home to work on my title sequence animation. This is when I discovered that they had extended the deadline. Celebrated with sleep.

Friday morning was Creative Mornings Denver. After that, I hung around for a couple hours waiting for my mother. Ended up at a parking meter photo shoot. It was Parking Day which is meant to represent taking back parking spaces. People set up a photo booth in a couple parking spaces. Lunch with mom and then home to relax for a bit. Then in the evening I went to Boulder Filmmaking Incubators for, more networking. It ended up being less networking and more critique group. Honestly, I was a little disappointed because the meetup group description made it sound more like a networking event. It was interesting watching the independent films, but I wish it had been more transparent about what the meetup actually was. It was a great and interesting critique session, but definitely not a networking event. The films screened were amazing and I learned quite a bit about the film process. If I end up at another one I’m interested in seeing progress on films shown and their process.

That concludes the crazy Denver Startup Week. This week has been hectic with job apps and emails. Hustling at all the projects. And now gotta get to that animation before I shower and sleep. Gonna be crazy tomorrow.


Art Project Updates

I’ve decided to create NanoWriMo title credits. I’m leaning toward using the Broad City sequence, but I did start thinking about a way to use the Man Seeking Woman sequence. Both are great sequences to work with idea wise. I’ve read the interviews for both so I now can see the reasoning behind a lot of process and design choices. It’s a matter of how I want to challenge myself now, because both are challenging in their own rights. Broad City has cel animation, while Man Seeking Woman would be a lot of After Effects and Illustrator practice…either way I’d be excited to dive into both creations.

I think the matter now is to make styleframes for both ideas. From there I can decide which one is the stronger theme. I might even leave it up to you!

Aside from the title credit contest I’m working on, I am still working on the lettering of a Jeremy Cowart quote. I have plans to finalize the design tomorrow and post it since there’s a kickstarter going on for a unique and inspiring hotel he’s starting, and I want to make sure that it’s up before it closes! Even though I haven’t donated to it I would love to post a quote and promote it in the last days! I’m aiming for at least $1 toward that campaign…I should donate tomorrow before I forget.

Other updates are that I need to do a Bout of Books wrap up video. Honestly, I didn’t read. I picked up a couple of my books with the intention of reading but ended up just carrying them around everywhere I went rather than actually reading. So…yeah….at least I got some video practice. Still getting comfortable being on camera. Practice is practice.

I am editing the Ogallala video. I’m going to try to finish that by Friday so that it’s just out of the way. Also I’m taking too long on it. I know that I’m just procrastinating on it because of the terrible shakiness and trying to find that “perfect” music. Just need to get it done and stop procrastinating. I’m falling for “shiny object” projects rather than finishing the ones I’ve already started. Now that I think about it…I haven’t touched the video ideas I had back in January in a really long time…wow…I need to get that back on track. You know what…I just need to make myself content marketing calendar and schedule some dates. I’m just now realizing how far off track some of my projects are. I need to address  all my”shiny object” projects. It’s great that I have so many ideas and projects going on, but if I’m not actually finishing anything then…Need to go back and rethink my strategies a bit.

Yay…welcome to Kendall has a 2016 resolution realization. Welp, tomorrow is a new day and it’s time I go back through my goals and progress toward them to help figure out a schedule. I never gave myself proper and public deadlines so I didn’t stick to them. I’m remembering that Snackadoodle idea…why haven’t I continued that? Oops…I’m doing the shiny object thing again.

Okay guys, organizing time, here’s what I’m posting tomorrow. A schedule of all the projects I am currently working on and when they have to be officially posted, Jeremy Cowart Lettering, AND styleframes for NaNoWriMo Title Sequence. So look out for those two tomorrow. If I try to post animation inspiration or make up some dumb excuse as to why these 2 things are not done please tweet at me your disappointment. Nothing like failing on the internet to shame you into being more productive. I know I’ll be busy, but no excuses.

Night friends,


Updates & Animation Inspiration 71

I forgot to devote Monday’s blog to life updates, so instead I’ll do it tonight.

Here is a link to the gallery of the rest of the photos from the Ogallala, NE trip. I am currently working on a rough cut of the video. I really need a tripod. I have so much stablizing to do to these clips. I estimate I’ll finish the video by next week at this rate. I want to devote time to the edits, but not take away from the other projects I have to work on.

Doing some planning for the project I mentioned last week. I underestimated the amount time I needed just to plan out the idea, let alone the actual production, so I’m going to put that one on the back burner until I get my process down. I hope to make it a weekly or biweekly project. I’m too far behind to launch it this week, so, cross fingers I find enough time to finish it for next Tuesday. I feel bad pushing it another week, but I spent the weekend enjoying the family camping trip.

I am going back through my selfi animation. It got held up do to the chaos of my brain. I started doubting the script, the sketches, and ideas I had. Today I looked through a few sketches I had and I’m not sure why. One of those moments where I had to take a break from it to get a good perspective. Tip: If you find yourself doubting your work try taking a step back. Just take a long break and come back with a fresh head. Especially if you’re working on the project solo, like I am. I have yet to get someone to critique my project, and my inner perfectionist just keeps telling me to remake it and start anew. No need to start over just gotta get past that dip! Also if anyone wants to help with critiques at a later date tweet me @zonaefly. I’m gonna need feedback soon.

Since this post is very text heavy I will end with a little Animation Inspiration. Feels like it’s been awhile since I’ve posted one.

Doodle for Google – Share Your Imagination | By Google

Really cute animation with lots of different styles and animations. The pacing is fun and very bouncy. I tried to convince my school to do Doodle for Google, but couldn’t get my teacher to sign off on it. Too bad would have been really fun to enter. I know I always look forward to the Google Doodles. The creativity of the kids makes watching this video a lot of fun. Great sound design too. Hope it inspires you!

Monday Life Update | Exercise & Animation

It’s Monday which means life updates!

I am working on Animation Bootcamp. It’s nice to get back into the swing of things, after realizing I haven’t touched After Effects in so long. I’m starting a personal project with mographs which I plan to launch on Tuesdays. Depending on production I might launch it tomorrow, but since I’m still working out my exact process for this particular project I don’t know if it’ll be ready. Depends on productive I am.

As for health I am doing much better. The combination of getting on a regular sleep schedule and exercising is really helpful. Also eating better and being more productive as a result. It’s amazing what happens when you actually listen to science and doctors.

This past week was really great as far as morale boost. I’m obsessing over the Adobe Creative Residency which is helping with my goals in the long run and reminding me strive for more learning opportunities as well as empower other creatives. I’m looking into doing a couple tutorials or infographics as a starting point in that process. Reading Harry Potter & The Cursed Child was helpful in adding to the reading streak I’m getting back into. Great fun with the nostalgia and an enjoyable experience. Video review coming soon before I leave for camping!

For this week I might be working ahead on a few posts since my family plans to go camping from Thursday to Sunday. No internet means no blog posts. I’m debating about collecting Animation Inspiration and scheduling the posts ahead, or sketching and posting when I get back. I have until tomorrow evening to decide so I will worry about that later. If you have a preference let me know via a comment below or tweet.

That’s it for life updates this week. It’s exciting to see improvement in such a short time! I hope everyone is having a good start to their week! Talk to you tomorrow!


Harry Potter and The Cursed Child | Nostalgia & Time Turners

So, I’ve decided I’m going to hold off on a full review of Harry Potter & The Cursed Child because I’m trying to pursue this booktube hobby of mine, and will be addressing all my excitement and doubts with the book in video format. I will have a spoiler free version and in depth review later this week. Depends a little on time management. I will tell you a short version is 4.5/5 stars for the moment. Sometimes when I do reviews my ratings do change because I start analyzing and pondering the initial gut rating. I will let you know on this blog when that goes up so make sure to keep tabs on my Twitter or subscribe to my Youtube.

Despite not doing a review I did want to take a moment and celebrate the amazing night that I had. It was very nostalgic after so many years and I had a ton of fun. I started the night late since my family went out to our county fair to watch a friend ride. However there was some miscommunication as to when said friend went on and we sadly had to leave before she rode. Still was a fun evening watching people reigning and some Mexican Horse dancing (pictured below). I had fun watching beautiful horses and women in these beautiful pink dresses twirl on horseback. It was a great beginning to the evening despite missing our friend’s actual ride.


My mother and I ended up leaving to go home where I was able to AIMG_7347get dressed up, haphazardly, as a Ravenclaw. For being such a big HP fan I realize I don’t have a lot of clothing…probably because I’ve grown out of most of the items. Oh well, in the spirit of my minimalism goals, I would rather have experiences than items. I would have liked to wear a Harry & The Potters shirt, but they were way too small. I did wear the wool felt cloak my mother made for me in the first or second grade for the very first Harry Potter movie. I remember braiding my hair and looking extremely frizzy in an attempt to dub myself Hermione. Most kids just said I looked like Hagrid…Still can’t decide if that was a compliment or not. Anyway I have this great, heavy, cloak that’s homemade and full of love (like Hagrid kudos if you get my reference.)

I went to Barnes & Noble for the event which had a few events going on including coloring, trivia, sorting, wand making…etc. I was surprised to see more young kids than millennials there, but I figured out later that most people in my age group went to the other local bookstore also most of them showed up in the last hour. Despite that, there were a ton of people there at then of the night to bring in the book. Near the end to build BIMG_7351more excitement they started drawing names for prizes. Funnily and sadly they kept drawing names for these prizes and a lot of people weren’t present to win. Everyone waiting got all excited because the last prize they called was the Time Turner. I was lucky enough to win it! Wasn’t expecting that! It’s now homed on my Harry Potter bookshelf.


All ‘n All fun night! It was great to bring back the midnight Harry Potter events and I’m looking forward to buying tickets for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them! I will keep you guys updated on a video book review soon and talk to you tomorrow! Also Happy Birthday Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling! And a belated one to Neville Longbottom!


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