MLK Day 2016

I was asked to create projected backgrounds for a local MLK celebration this year. My favorite was a photo that I animated to screen behind a live reading of  Dr. Martin Luther King’s final sermon: “The Drum Major Instinct” .

I hadn’t heard of it before and trully fell in love with its message of living life for others and helping each other. So I decided to take an audio excerpt and create the following. Enjoy!




Drip, Drip, Drop is screening at the Northwest Animation Festival!

Drip, Drip, Drop, Artful Raven’s 2014 Exquisite Corpse animation was accepted for screening at this years Northwest Animation Festival!

It is screening Monday Night, May 4th in the Northwest animation showcase Block.  I’ve been invited to talk about it on stage at Sunday’s (May 10th) “Meet the Animators” Panel. It would be wonderful to see folks there.

Here are ticket and event details:

The Trigger Experiment- February!

Hi Folks,

January’s challenge was SPACE. It was a topic I love playing with and we ended up with two wonderful snippets done by Myself and Levi Schmidt! You can watch them both here.

I decided to take a more focused path for the rest of these, so the rest of the project the topics will be: THE 12 PRINCIPLES OF ANIMATION! These will be a great practice for anyone who joins in with me 🙂

To start us off, February is that wonderful foundation of SQUASH and STRETCH.

For those just joining in- The Trigger Experiment is a monthly animation prompt series for 2015 curated by Artful Raven Studio.

The rules are simple:

1) If you wish to participate please send an email to
2) You must share at least 1 WIP post, be it FB, instagram, Twitter or Google +. Be sure to tag it with#TriggerExperiment2015
3) The final pieces are 4-8 seconds long and either .mov or .mp4 format sent to the email above (that’s it!)

Any animation medium, any style, teams or solo- it all works! Prompts are random, and announced here at the start of every month. They are due midnight the last day of the month.

Lets get going!



Achievement Unlocked- Storytime! 2014 Collaboration Adventure!

This years Collab project took a while to sort out, but one the ball got rolling it became UNSTOPPABLE. It was harder for me as the poem was a more personal one, but the trust I had in everyone to deliver as much as I put in certainly paid off. Once again, I’m blown away by everyone’s creativity and willingness to just play.

Special Shout out to Jon Clay- he stepped in after the first musician was unable to proceed and delivered a wonderful score.

So without further ado, here is Artful Raven Studio’s Second Annual Collaborative project- Drip, Drip, Drop:

Click here for the full project page on our site.

Thanks for reading,


Storytime! Collaboration Adventure: Time to Share

Last night’s ASIFA event was a wonderful experience- I saw this project on the big screen and everyone there enjoyed it. I spoke about how it came about and things I learned along the way. It was great to look back on the last few months and see how this project came to be. The biggest thing I learned was that I loved seeing what others were inspired to create with little direction from me. I feel this style of animation lets you just let loose and play- which is huge. I already have people interested in the next one, and I’ve got possible themes written out. It’s gonna be great to keep doing this year after year.

So without further ado, here is Artful Raven Studio’s First Collaborative project- STORY:

Click here for the full project page on our site.

Thank you, Enjoy, and on to the next!