This year when I accepted a silver medal at the Society of Illustrators, I was a nervous wreck. I thanked the Society and the especially the judges who deemed Creosote as worthy. I am pretty sure I botched the rest of my little speech and omitted my proper thanks to everyone involved.
Overwhelmed by the fact that the short animation Creosote for which the award was granted took a couple years to complete. That it not only took me several months to build and animate, but it took lots of folks who offered encouragement, advice, and most importantly didn't tell me to quit. Especially my family, who never questioned why I was up late at night animating a story about a chance meeting between stranded driver and centaur with a drinking problem.
Brian Krueger helped with the story line and the gag with the cyclops at the end is based solely on his input.
Terry Border helped with lighting advice and how i could turn my garage into a makeshift filming stage with only about 4 lights.
Sam Weber who was kind enough to give me some advice on musical direction.
Scott Martin of Hobbledeions AKA That__Tho who was gracious enough to allow his track Teller to be paired with this odd story. His music allowed the animation to be transported out of the known world of sound effects and into a jarring, dream-like state of memories that I could not have achieved on my own.
Which brings me back to why I am writing this post. Creosote is a personal project that I am proud of, but the relationships that have grown and continued to grow because of this project show me that no one project is personal, it truly takes friends.
One other note about the exhibit, I was delighted to have my alphabet series DUET also selected into the show. It's pretty cool to share a wall with Brian Stauffer (left) Gary Kelly (right) and Frank Viva (below)