Probably most of the people who browse Newgrounds at this point won't recognize me, it's been a while since I put anything here. I'm still creating animations and interactive projects, but they are mostly for corporate entities and not all that fun to watch. I'll post some of them here.
What am I up to?
After graduating college, I started working at a company that owned several subsidiaries and I designed all of their websites, brochures, catalogs, etc. Basically anything any of these companies needed, I made it or learned how to make it. Eventually I realized I worked too damn fast and about 8 months into my job I ran out of things to do. They would start making me do data entry (putting pdf data into excel spreadsheets for 8 hours a day) or other tedious and boring tasks to justify keeping me around.
Why work for four companies at once and only get paid as if I'm working for one? It was then that I decided to start my own company. I work from home now, currently with 5-6 corporate clients who subscribe to my services.
Below is something I've animated since then. This is my own copies of the animation that I added NG music/SFX for portfolio purposes. The actual animation is one of several that plays on a loop in their lobby without any audio.
This diabetes animation was actually featured on a few local Houston television channels. They wanted it to mimic the whiteboard style and be a decent elevator pitch for their product.
Outside of work related stuff, I bought a house and will be getting married early next year! Also I have a doggo.
Is he alright? Viewtiful-Chris, where are you now?
It's been almost 8 years. I just want to know he's alive.
So I'm ashamed to say I've not been working on anything personal the past 7 months. I wish I was.
Started a job as a Graphic Designer in June and it's been a real job experience with a steady income. The steady income part is the most appealing, as creating content for the web just gives you various bursts of money which are sometimes unreliable. I do miss creating what I want to make on my terms, though.
I've learned so much. The company I work with uses Drupal as a CMS for all four of their children company websites. Before I began working here I didn't even know PHP and now I'm the only person who can understand how their sites function internally.
I've learned a few new 3D programs, including NX, Solidworks, and Keyshot.
I designed a huge booth that was put up at a huge industrial convention in Orlando, FL. (POWERGEN)
Any advice I can give to people who are just getting out of college with a degree in animation.. don't just look for games or movie studios to hitch onto. There are other industries interested in your services. The companies that wanted to hire me were either medical (which pays well) or Oil&Gas related (which pays really well). They can help you build up some capital to help support you later when you try to achieve your dreams.
So I just finished my last final exam today and landed a graphic design job in Houston. One of my more interesting courses this semester was my interactive performance class. We would collaborate with the dance department, creating an interactive wearable with arduino, or some form of system with the xbox kinect.
They would play around with the system, give feedback, and eventually choreograph a dance to our technology. Below are two of my group's projects.
This one uses blob data from the kinect.
And this one uses joint data from the kinect.
So I've made a few arts for school.
I also went to the Texas Independent Film Festival where I met up with users El-Cid and EthanAlways and spoke on a panel of directors. I ended up winning an honorable mention for my short animation, The Man Who Won't Rhyme.
I graduate in May and I'm still looking around for a job but most likely I'll be working in Houston soon. I want a solid paying 9-5 job so I can go home and start working on animations in my free time again. School kinda took away all my free time this semester :'(
Happy New Years!!! The short animation I released last month was selected to be shown at the Texas Independent Film Festival this new year! http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/629764
I also now have a more professional website. I figured I'm graduating soon I need to get my shit together to start a career. If any of you know of animation/game design job opportunities OUTSIDE of Texas please let me know. Hope you all had a wonderful end of 2013!!
6 years ago I debuted the short animation, "Tomamoto's The Kingdom" which had Joshua Tomar narrating a silly story about pixels and stuff.
Today I released The Man Who Won't Rhyme which is the same setup. It's partially an homage to the first successful flash movie I ever made. It's on Newgrounds first because, let's face it, this place is the bomb-diggidy.
Clocks in at over 6 minutes long, and definitely the best animation I've put out thus far. Go watch it!
I did something.
So I am currently employed as a Technical Artist at a small game design company. We are working in the Unity engine so I've been coding in C# for the past few weeks applying GUI elements and learning a lot about how the engine works with 2D.Most recently, I programmed the game to function properly with an Xbox 360 controller.
With all of this experience I've begun planning the sequel to my "Choose Your Own Adventure" game, Relive Your Life! Most likely also going to be built in Unity. It's going to be much bigger. Not hastily written or planned like last time. Platforms are up in the air right now, but I want to shoot for PC/Mobile.
Just keeping NG updated :)
Oh and OUYA dev kits are out GUYS!