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Hi Steemers!

First, I wanted to start off with a long overdue illustration:

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This one is called "Guardian." A fan art piece from my favorite game of this decade, "Hollow Knight."

Second, for anyone who cares, it's been roughly a year and a half since I've posted anything to this blog. I wanted to give some context into why I stopped posting, what I've been up to, and what intent going foforward on this platform is. I'll try to keep it short.

Roughly a year and a half ago I moved back to San Francisco to pursue motion design, after spending 6 years in LA as an animator working in stop motion. At the time, there wasn't much work for me in LA, and I was no longer the "go to" guy for many of my old employers. I felt helpless, because there was no work. And I felt trapped, because all the work that was happening was mostly happening in LA. I didn't feel like I had other opportunities.

Except that I did. While I was sitting around feeling sorry for myself, I was getting a fair amount of inquiries into my availability to take on motion graphics jobs. I didn't feel confident in my abilities to work on those types of projects, so I wasn't taking them. At some point, it finally occurred to me that I should probably learn what I was now being asked to do rather frequently. So I did. I moved out of LA, and stayed with a family member in SF while I learned motion graphics.

All of that time was spent learning how to translate my animation skillset into after effects and other motion graphics software, so I could start taking on that type of work. Within roughly 6 months and insane hours (and ALL of my savings later), a good friend of mine had seen my work, and recommended me for a job at a fintech company in SF doing motion design for their marketing department. I got the job, and have been with the company since (going on 15 months).

So for the past year and a half, I feel like I've been on a totally different path with my career. The work has been great, but -- creating for the sake of creating has been a huge struggle since I transitioned out of stop motion.

This all leads me to why I jumped back onto Steemit. The last few months, I've been really trying to find inspiration again to create, and one of my biggest sources of inspiration has always been social media. Looking back on the few months that I spent here, sharing my work and interacting with some really great people. It made me miss being apart of this unique community, so I wanted to try and pick up where I left off -- posting work and interacting with other members.

I'll start with the few illustrations I've been working on, but as I mentioned, I get a lot of inspiration from others -- I get inspiration from you guys! If you have suggestions for what you'd like to see from me, please let me know and I'll see what I can do. Thanks for reading, and I'll see you in the next post.

  • Tyson

Also, I had a bunch of posts documenting a short film that I had made several years back called "I Am a Flamingo". Due to festival submission guidelines at the time, I never actually posted it to the site. I thought this would be as good a time as any to post a link to that film:

https://vimeo.com/381092157

Maybe I'll visit my thoughts surrounding that film in another post, but for now, I hope you enjoy!


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Welcome back! Hope you manage to stay up on it this time.

23.12.2019 06:18
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Thanks, I appreciate it!! I'm hoping that by posting a little less regularly I'll be able to be consistent.

29.12.2019 02:41
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23.12.2019 11:50
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Thanks Curie! I appreciate the support.

29.12.2019 02:42
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What a beautiful film. It sucks that your skill fell in low demand, I have loved the grit in Dark Crystal and would hope that stop motion/puppets would be back in style but the reality is far from that. Good luck 4 the future!

23.12.2019 17:05
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Thanks Edouard, I appreciate the kind words. I would say that stop motion is actually really popular right now, it's just not a valued skill. It's the low wages and infrequency of work that has really made it difficult to do stop motion full time.

29.12.2019 02:44
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hi dear @tysonjames, this is a very great film, so cute !! ;-D the working situation is becoming increasingly complex, you have been very good at not giving up and investing in new training, answering the request is the only attempt that can be made. all the best for your future, congratulations on your work and your curie vote

23.12.2019 20:40
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Thanks! I appreciate the kind words. I think investing in a related field has kept my spirits up about staying within the field of animation. It's become such a broad profession now that so many industries benefit from it. I just wish stop motion was a little more lucrative.

29.12.2019 02:47
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Hello!

One of the best animations I've seen today, reminds me of a television series but I don't remember his name hahaha

Greetings from Venezuela

23.12.2019 22:39
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Thank you! I appreciate it :D

29.12.2019 02:48
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Great to have you back! Suddenly saw your latest post pop up on my timeline and remembered the awesome work you shared two years ago. Crazy how time flies.

I guess your story is an example of how us creatives are always able to keep adapting / changing, a habit that is - according to many - pretty inhuman.

Well done!

See you around! :>)

24.01.2020 17:27
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