1 year ago
4 months ago
I wanna be cool too!
1-I met my wife through MySpace. We had a mutual friend and he has actually seen my profile before and wanted to introduce herself but she was too shy. One night, when I was bored, I came across her profile by random chance and introduced myself. The rest, as they say, is history.
2-I have a black belt in martial arts. I'm about a decade out of practice at this point and would like to get back into learning a new style.
3-I'm a pretty shy person and can sometimes seem aloof. I'm fairly introverted when it comes to social interactions. Although I also don't mind them. In fact, I very much enjoy working with people on projects as I love multiple inputs.
4-A lot of people pronounce my username as Rog-zilla, with a hard G. This isn't really wrong, given the spelling. However, I pronounce it with a soft g, like my name, Roger.
5-I just booked my trip to CTNX (Creative Talent Network Expo) this November. It means, unfortunately, I won't be coming to RTX this year, but I'm hoping to go next year. But its a great opportunity for me to network with people in animation and get my portfolio review. I might even land/get a lead on a job, but that might be getting a little ahead of myself.
4 months ago
I am having so much trouble with the start of my story. I know the characters, I know the progression, but its getting the ball rolling.
I'd like to share with you guys an quick version of what I have right now and see what you think. Any suggestions you guys have would be greatly appreciated.
We meet Celeste Brody, 25 year old young woman who works as the social media manager for a company. She spends her days at work and her nights watching TV or playing video games, just sort of waiting for life to happen. For a couple months, however, she's been having disturbing dreams about houses burning and a voice calling out to her for help. She's spoken with friends, family and even a psychiatrist about the dreams but no one is able to help her understand. Desperate for help, she turns to a local psychic, Jasmine Renee, 47 and works as a biology teacher at a high school.
Together, they determine that what Celeste is experiencing isn't just dreams, but visions. An immense psychic force is exerting itself onto Celeste, something powerful that is somehow contained. Just before Celeste leaves, she notices some clippings on Jasmine's wall and points out that a picture of the house is the one from her dream. Jasmine says she'd been investigating increased energies at this area and they decide they should go and investigate.
At the house, they discover some bizarre cult going through some sort of ritual focused around a young man contained within a magic circle. Jasmine, revealing herself not just a psychic but a wizardress, attempts to stop the ritual. Celeste attempts to help and succeeds, but creates a massive magical feedback that nearly tears the house down. As they attempt to escape the burning building, Celeste sees the young man, freed, trying to escape. She doubles back and pulls him free of the building as it collapses.
They take the young man back to Celeste's apartment, uncertain what to do with him and eager to question him. When he awakens, however, he has no memory of the event or even who he is.
So that's where I am right now. I more or less have it figured out from there but this first act is just...bugging me. I dont' know if I feel like its too slow or if there needs to be more action. But I'd love some thoughts from you guys.
5 months ago
What can you say about a man who was a legend? How can you express loss for someone you've never met? Why is it that you can never truly grasp the depth of impact a person has had on you until they are gone?
I never met Monty Oum, but I really wish I had. Aside from being immensely talented, the stories I've heard reveal a man of passion, of love and of great humor. Supportive to everyone he met. A philosopher of the arts and of the world.
When I first heard he was ill, I was concerned. But I told myself he would pull through. Today, when I heard of his passing, I was shaken to my core. He couldn't die, he's only three years older than me. He couldn't die, there was so much he had left to create. He couldn't die, I never got a chance to tell him how much he inspired me!
I tried to express my feelings on Twitter, but I ended up loosing it. I actually separated myself from my coworkers to cry quietly. I took myself off social media for bit and just reflected. I thought about the man he was and why he was so important to me.
Monty was a man who, as they mentioned on the podcast tonight, always moved forward. He was two years younger than me when he joined Rooster Teeth. He was one year older when he RWBY premiered. He created so much that touched so many people. And where was I in my career? Processing disability claims.
That's a shot to the gut.
So I thought about Monty's philosophy on life and work. I thought about how he always kept moving forward. I thought about how he pushed on through to get to the next project, no matter what was going on. How he lived and breathed his art.
And I thought about a statement left with Matt's journal. About how, in lieu of flowers, we should just create.
That's what I'm going to do tonight. I've got some projects to work on, including (and I totally forgot to mention it here) a PAID GIG. But I'm also going to work on a personal project. Tonight, I'm going to sit my ass down and write my webcomic. No more over thinking it, I know the story I want to tell. So I'm going to write it. Then I'm going to draw it. And then...I'm going to fucking release it. And I will be forever pushed by the simple phrase..."Keep moving forward"
I will Monty. I will.
RIP Monty Oum.
6 months ago
2014 comes to a close today and its got me thinking about the year as a whole. And what a bizarre year its been.
It's been a rough year. Money has been tight as Xander has been in daycare for most of it. We then had our washer fail completely about half way through the year. A month or two after that, our TV started having issues although it seems to still work. A month or two after that, our dog got really sick and we had to take him to multiple vets to get him all better. Then, a month or two after THAT, a wind storm came a nearly blew over our fence, meaning we will need to get it repaired soon. We also had to get new brakes on our car and are going to need new tires really soon (probably this week). It shouldn't be that surprising that I had to spend Christmas Eve at the doctor's office because of a high pulse and blood pressure.
But these bad things had a way of working out. My parents gave us money to buy a new washer. Our TV, while it has a distracting vertical stripe, still works otherwise and will hopefully continue to work until I can scrape together enough money to get a new one. My parents also helped out with the dog, although this is money we will need to pay back (by means of less Christmas/birthday presents of course). I also got some help from the community to by having people commission me to do art (and I'll come back to this in a minute). The fence that got damaged is a shared fence with our back neighbor and they have propped it back up. If I can ever get over my social anxiety long enough to talk to them, we could probably even split the cost of the repairs. The brakes weren't cheap but they could have been a lot worst and only the front tires need replaced and I've worked out a financial strategy for that too.
What about the high pulse/BP? Well, the doctor said part of that may have been due to me not using my CPAP. We'd been fighting a cold and I've been sleeping on the couch. Since my wife wasn't out there, I didn't both with my CPAP because who cared if I snored? Well, apparently not using a CPAP when you need it can shoot your BP up like crazy. Add to that a stressful year and not eating anywhere near as healthy as I should have been, and it shouldn't be surprising.
But, I'm working on that too. I'm sleeping with the CPAP again, making my nights a lot more restful. I'm eating better. Not great yet but I'm making a transition since this isn't so much going on a diet for a while as much as it is changing my diet permanently. I've already cut down on sodium and a week later, food I used to really enjoy tastes WAY too salty to me. We were having sushi the other night and I couldn't stand the soy sauce.
I'm also working out more. A friend is going to start working out with me. We did some baseline stuff yesterday and I'm setting some fitness goals. I've also started peddling on a recumbent bike for 30+ minutes at 10 mph+ on days I don't otherwise workout. Hopefully, not only will this help me lower my BP and pulse, but also get rid of this guy and maybe get my jaw line back.
But this hasn't been a completely bad year. I completed one year of being a dad and its been so amazing. My son walks and is starting to talk. He is the hit of daycare, with teachers from other age groups actually spending their brakes playing with him because he's so cute and affectionate.
I also had my wife to help me through it. She's been supportive and patient, taking care of both our child and me. And when Christmas came around, she knew what I wanted most was an Xbox One. So, while shopping with her mom, Nyssa asked her if, instead of getting a present for both of us, if she would be willing to pay for part of an Xbox One for me. That's right, she gave up her present from her own mom so I could have an Xbox. Her mom, being awesome, bought it for us out right and even got Nyssa a really nice pair of boots while they were out. I am still blown away by all of this. My wife is so incredible and self sacrificing. I'm so lucky that she agreed to spend our lives together.
I also started this year with the high goal of getting work in animation. And while I didn't quite reach that goal, I've made such great headway. I've started to get to know people in the industry, made a portfolio that I've gotten compliments on and even a couple offers of future work from it. So, while its not regular work yet, its more progress in one year than I've made in nearly a decade! And I got little ego boosts here and there, like @burnie making my sketch of him his profile image or a couple RT employees following me on Twitter and Tumblr and even some who don't retweeting/reblogging my stuff (@Lindsay in particular does that...and renders my phone nigh unusable for a couple hours while I get notifications).
But my artwork did something else. I've been a member of this community for 9 years but I was never really active on it. I tried a couple times but, as I mentioned before, I can be a little socially anxious. I so often was on the outside, looking in.
But then I broke free of my shell a little and shared my artwork more. And people liked it. So I started sharing it more and something incredible happened. I started not just to have people watch me but I'm getting to know people and I feel like I'm actually starting to make friends here. Like, if I ever get to RTX, I feel like there would be some people who would be legitimately excited to see me. And that has been a major part of making this year still be a positive one. As cool as it has been to get noticed by some people at RT, its been the community that has really made the difference. You guys helped me when I was in need. You supported my artwork and me. And you all mean the world to me.
So thank you all. I love you guys. I'm looking forward to building our friendships more and, whenever I can get the money together to go, seeing you at a future RTX. Here's hoping for 2015!!
7 months ago
I hate teasing this stuff...but I'm so excited about something I just finished. ^_^ I can't post it yet, but I promise I will soon. I did part of a larger project that needs to be wrapped up and sent out but as soon as I get confirmation it is live, I'll post what I did hear.
Augh! I can't wait.
8 months ago
Did I just submit my portfolio to another animation studio?
Why yes...yes I did.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?!?!
8 months ago
So...I did it.
Its just a first step. I am sure nothing will come of it. But I submitted my portfolio to a production company and that is what's important.
I'm still panicking a little about it. Should I have done that? Is it too late to take it back? Did I actually do it? (I took a picture of the confirmation screen so I can be sure I did.)
Why did I do it? Because at the start of this year, I made a resolution. This was going to be the year I did it. I was going to get a job in animation production. It took me way too long to figure out what I wanted to do and now that I did know, I didn't want to waste anymore time. At the very least, I wanted to make good headway. I did some freelance work for a friend who is producing an animated music video. I finally made my portfolio. I went to a Comic Convention and met with artists (I even got a lead on a webcomic job that I'm still working on sorting out). And now I've submitted my portfolio to a production company (one I honestly never really considered until recently).
What do I do now? Well, I start by allowing myself to calm down. This might take some time. But then I gather my thoughts, assess where I am and keep going. Look at other production companies with either open positions or that allow portfolio submission even when they don't have an opening. Keep working on improving my art to make it even better. I'm going to keep working on my webcomic for a launch sometime next year.
But I did it. For better or worst, I did it. If you need me, I'll be under my rock. *hides*
8 months ago
I am Roger and I am an artist. I love sketching and doing concept art/character design. I hope to make a career of it.
I don't have a lot of free time at the moment, between being a father, a husband and working on my art (having a full time day job to support my family). When I get the chance, I love movies, hiking, playing games (video, DnD and others) and reading.
What else...I'm a pretty easy going guy, quick to laugh. I'm pretty open to friend requests. But if you're shy, feel free to follow me here, on Twitter or on Tumblr (therogzilla.tumblr.com).
Artwork for my own, original characters.
RT Fan Art
Artwork related to Rooster Teeth.
Me! Usually my art, sometimes others.
Random art that I felt like sharing!
Submissions for #IDARB