Bat & That Creative Life

So much to do and so many distractions. Gotta hustle on that website. I went to the art store today to refill the art supplies I’ve been using for Inktober. Also got some new books from the library. And then I got distracted by the debate, Orphan Black, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. So a partial productive day, but not the most optimal use of my time.

I will link you to another distraction, but a good one! Sara Dietschy has a series called That Creative Life which I love! She did one with Chase Jarvis. Absolutely love the advice from this. Gonna have to letter some quotes at some time in the future. I need to just have a lettering day. Letter all day and all night inspirational quotes from Sara Dietschy videos. Maybe once I finish all the other projects I have going on this week and next…oh wait I have NaNoWriMo after that…I’ll find time. Just gotta stop watching TV shows.


Youtube Inspiration

Title sequence is officially behind schedule, but not worried yet. I can catch up tomorrow. I did a brainstorm with my friend, Emily. That stirred up some more ideas so I have a longer collection of items to illustrate for the sequence.

Since I’m lacking in progress, I pulled a few of my favorite videos to watch. These are some Youtubers and their videos I love.

Creative Spaces TV EP. 10| A Helmet You Actually Want to Wear | By Sara Dietchy

Sara is currently one of my favorite Youtubers. She creates great content that focuses on humans specializing in different creative fields. Creative Spaces TV is a docuseries that follows creatives through their processes and the spaces they work in. The interviews are always amazing to watch and I love getting to see glimpses into these spaces!

Indoor Plant Serial Killer | By CommunityChannel

I love Nat’s comedy. She has hilarious topics like killing plants, king-sized candy, or comparing umbrella stress to baby stress. I love how well her examples get acted out, and her scripts. Anytime I need a laugh she’s at the top of my list.

The Quick Version of My Signature Celebrity Kitten Eye | By Lisa Eldridge

For those of you who enjoy makeup I recommend watching any tutorial Lisa has to offer. For one thing she has that perfect ASMR voice (at least to me she does), and secondly her enthusiasm for her craft is visible in every video. She’s so knowledgable with constant references to a makeup style from this designer or time period in most of her styles. It’s nice to hear the history and evolution of a style, rather than just how a color pops and is trendy right now. If you’re at all interested in makeup give at least one video a try!


Bout of Books Read-a-Thon & Animation Updates 3

Today I filmed a quick To-Be-Read video for Bout of Books 17. I am currently reading The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma. It’s interesting and passing the time as my video renders. You can watch the TBR down below if you want. Since I am updating here as well as Twitter & Youtube I’ll post their blurb below. For most current updates Twitter will be the best, but if time allows I will vlog.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 22nd and runs through Sunday, August 28th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 17 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

Animation bootcamp is going well, still behind and only have till Friday, but progress is progress. I’m aiming for at least one more project done before the critique closes. I think that’s reasonable considering I have an eye appointment on Wednesday. I never get any reading or video stuff done while my eyes are dilated. I am still delaying the Ogallala video because of edit time. Lack of tripod really makes everything difficult. Also I need to plan videos out a bit more. Editing the TBR video went very quick because I had a plan and idea for the structure…but the camping video not so much. Learning on the go.

Goals this week is get the bootcamp as close to finished as possible, and start animating my selfi animation. That has been sitting on the back burner for way too long, and I could benefit from actually finishing one of my personal animations. I just came up with another idea for an animation, so I’ll be adding that to my list of eventual short animated films to make. I really love coming up with these ideas, but starting to get too many!

This concludes my Monday Life updates. TBR is below for viewing. Talk to you guys soon!


Speedpaint of Location in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Meet my extremely sketchy doodle from the Raven Boys I did mostly via my ipad, but since I couldn’t really record my screen on there I ended up only being able to catch the tail end of my edits on my desktop. Hope you enjoy I liked this and might do more.

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Since I haven’t had proper time to sit down and really work on my selfi mograph here’s a couple animations I’ve found earlier this week. Hope I’ll have some time tomorrow to get some work done!

Resonance: The Interpreter’s House

I’ve been replaying this over and over again for transition ideas. I love Jr.canest’s animations. The perfect type of animation inspiration for me.

Contraband Corned Beef: The Sandwich That Snuck into Space

My favorite part of this animation is the angry NASA employee. His facial expression and movement makes me laugh every time. I love the style of this too.

Also R.I.P. Muhammad Ali.


Goal Checkins

Time for a 2016 Goal check-in/status update. Been awhile since I’ve looked at them and tracked my progress. Below is a reminder of my goals below, some have changed a bit.

  1. 12 Animations, one per month to get better at animating
  2. Improve storytelling by doing 365 days of stories on a blog.
  3. Minimalism
  4. Find a design or mograph job.
  5. Read 52 books this year.
  6. More videos on Youtube.

Animations have been on pause recently since I spent a long time really trying to finish up the School of Motion projects. Now that it’s done I really just need to get that reel of them together and post it for you to see.  Also I need to rework a few scripts as well as do some concepting. Since I haven’t been animating outside of the homework I’ve been focusing on analyzing other animations.

Which leads into my Storytelling improvement goal via this blog. I would say that my goal is still ongoing, but has taking a pivot towards Animation Inspiration. Although not traditional storytelling the analyzing has been helpful in making sure I keep improving. I would like to see myself really bring back in the creation part though. Meaning creating stories from my own ideas rather than just finding them and analyzing. The blog in itself is still going swell since I’m still updating every night.

Minimalism is going okay. I’m not getting rid of a lot of things, but I am trying to make sure I bring in only things that are of value. This has helped me from buying really useless items just for the sake of how pretty they are. So still working on this. The objective is to pair down to most essential items when I eventually move for a job (hopefully soon.)

Job wise I’m on the hunt for some interesting internships and jobs right now. I’m reworking my website again for it and doing some other things for it. Hoping for something mograph/animation related!

Reading is going slow…I realized today I’ve been sucked into the Netflix bubble. We have it till May for a couple shows my sister needs to watch for her homework. Today my mother forgot to renew it so I was locked out for the day. Oh my god, I didn’t realize how much time I waste on it. I kept going to Netflix when bored only to realize it was the 5th time I’d visited the site in the past half hour. Need to start replacing it with reading.

Youtube is going better. I made vlogs for my spring break trip to New Mexico. The thing is when I got back I realized I don’t like vlogging that much. I’m up for trying Booktube again, but I need to get on my reading goal for that.

This is a reminder to myself to get back on track. Stop watching Netflix. I’ve been derailing my focus as a result. Also, I needed a reminder of what my goals were again. I’d lost sight of the reading one which kind of impairs the goal for Youtube. Gonna have to make sure I do more monthly checkins. The checkins will help remind me to get back on the path and stop wandering/watching aimlessly.

How’s everyone else’s goals/New Years Resolutions going? Start new ones, give up, or pivot any of them?


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Tea Consent

This video is an important one. It’s very important so you should watch it. Consent is an important issue, and not one that should be debated about. If you need help understanding the concept of consent then please watch this video. And if you already understand consent, consider watching this video as a refresher, or just because you want to see a cool animation about tea. Either way I think this is a video that conveys it point cleverly and definitively. It’s straightforward about its thoughts and has great visuals to illustrate the point even more. Keep everyone safe friends and make sure you understand consent. ❤

Slow Wave

I might have some nightmares now. This is a creepy animation, do not watch it before bed if you sometimes think your house comes to life while you’re asleep. Also I have a very strong urge to attempt to read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski again. I never did finish that book because I felt like I was slowly descending into madness along with the characters. Might have to try again after watching this short, which is wonderfully creepy. Once again, it does play upon the idea of nightmares so if you’re like me and don’t sleep too well when you watch creepy videos right before bed, watch it earlier in the day.

Anyway, lovely story. I love watching pieces that don’t have dialogue. There’s something wonderful about the usage of sound and visual animation that makes me excited. It’s nice to be shown a story rather than told, hence the reasons I love film & animation. Slow Waves takes on different angles and lighting to showcase “Sleep disturbances from outside and within.” I love the setup of the piece through different points of view. I hope you enjoy this short!



Ojo Caliente – Road Trip Vlog 4

We went down to Ojo Caliente for today. Was an interesting day going through a mud bath and enjoying hot springs with rocks in the bottom. I had a relaxing day and didn’t film much because water vs cameras equals bad. Hope you enjoy the timelapses I made of our trip there and back though. I’m really having fun with them.

I’m thinking I might do VEDA (Vlog Every Day April) now that I’ve got a bit of a format down, although will be changing it up eventually. I’m finding it difficult to get time to myself to really have more conversational topic vlogs. I’ll likely change to that format when I get home since I work at home and don’t go out too much.


A Soup Bowl of Coffee – NM Road Trip Vlog 3

Three days into vlogging and I’m already feeling guilt that I haven’t filmed every single second of my day, but then again… The nice thing about this is that I am mastering my editing skills. Getting a little faster at the edits and figuring out what I like or don’t like style wise. I’m excited to challenge myself in this new medium. I know that once I get home that my vlogs won’t be filled with as many timelapses and jerky pans (I don’t have a tripod, sorry folks :c), and I’ll have to work on my skills at taking to the camera. So tomorrow I’m going to try to work on some messages and themes rather than just journal my day. There’s so many moments for me to elaborate that I have yet to take, and I know that I should. So tomorrow I’m going to work on some more in depth topics of discussion.

Hope you enjoy today’s vlog of the trip!


Also if you’re even watching or reading these thanks you! I appreciate it! ❤


Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks – Road Trip Vlog 2

Made it through another day of vlogging. Sorry this one is a bit late. I finished it at 1 AM and decided that I wanted to sleep instead of wait for it to upload to Youtube.

It was a fun hiking trip. I enjoyed being able to hike again, although my mother did not mentally prepare me for the sharp drops that we were hiking up. I expected a hike, but not one quite as steep as we went up. It was a lot of fun, very exhausting, but fun. We proceeded to follow this up with a huge dinner of pizza.

I’m pleased I’m making headway on my video goals since it’s been awhile since I’ve tackled that. It’s also nice trying to remember to keep track of my day to day and learning to put a quick narrative together for this story skillset I’m working on.

Anyway, I’ll elaborate on my trip and feelings about vlogging when I get home. I have a ton of photos and video I didn’t get to for edits today so more things will trickle out as time goes by.

And now, the vlog. More soon!