My Never Ending Story

Alas, the time has come for my next product release over at vinylsmack.com. This is my ode to The Never Ending Story. “The Auryn” is a leather textured envelope package with a separate silver and gold multilayer decal on the inside.

Fight against the sadness! No other film from my childhood impacted me more than this. It equally spurred my imagination and terrified me beyond belief. The unforeseen enemy, a disappearing world, 2 heros; both my age, and an empress so beautiful I blushed every time she appeared on the screen. And Falkor, that majestic dog of a dragon; hope delayed, arrives just in time. As the title suggests, The Never Ending Story continues to play out in my life. Be brave. Fight against the sadness.

Now available at vinylsmack.com.

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Updates for VINYLSMACK | Much More In The Works

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Last August I started up a new business venture making creative multilayered decals over at vinylsmack.com. It started with the Flux Emancipator, a decal inspired by Back to The Future’s “Flux Capacitor.” Since then I’ve got some good feedback and demand for my product. I’ve also developed many new ideas on the type of products that I will produce. Moving on from just decals, I plan on also making papercraft collectibles and other products. I also have a new focus on developing packaging that reinforces the theme of every product. I want every package to be an experience in itself. Something that just blows you away. Something that’s fun to even hold in your hand. I love this new venture because it allows me to have a creative outlet without the boundries that I have in my day-to-day design work that I do in Moving Pixel Media. Please stay tuned to exciting new stuff around the corner over at vinylsmack.com.

The Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Slide Out Tray Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Intricately Cut 2 Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Intricately Cut 1 Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Car 3 Set Papercraft Time Travel Kit - Car 1 Set
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 Watch Screen Time Lapse and thoughts on design & video

Apple Watch Screen Time Lapse from Moving Pixel Media on Vimeo.

Every time Apple releases a new product, I’m amazed at how much better each successive video is. I think at this point all video is probably CG just like IKEA is doing. There is so much fine control over the various aesthetics and they control it well. The motion, focus, lighting and other areas are downright amazing. It really pulls you in. Pretty remarkable, considering the thing is about a square inch. I love their products but am equally inspired by the level of production they put into selling it.

Introducing “The Flux Emancipator” decal by VINYLSMACK

 

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I just started up a new small business called VINYLSMACK®. My goal is to design some high end decals that have depth or complexity to them. Think multiple layers, colors, and materials. My 1st release is inspired by one of my favorite movies of all time, Back to The Future. I’m taking advantage of the glowing apple from the Macbook laptops. After several versions and shopping for different materials, I nailed the look and feel I was going for on the final product. It features over 5 layers, transparent film and a clear polyester window to give it a glass effect like the real box. I have a limited run of 25 for my first production. Once I figure out how to activate the time circuits and make it transport me to another time, you’ll probably find me in the 1940’s; it’s a nice round number.

For now, you can buy them at my etsy shop over at: vinylsmack.com. If I end up selling a good amount, I’ll create a dedicated site for sales. Thanks for the support. Your my density!

Flux Emancipator on Outdoor Table - Light

Flux Emancipator on Outdoor Table - Dark

Drawing inspiration from my interactions with my son Noah, this is Inspired Illustration project #13, “Michael Jackson’s.”

The other day when we were out, Noah said “I want to go to Michael Jackson’s.” Des and I look at each other a little puzzled not knowing what he’s talking about so I asked him, “Where is Michael Jackson’s?” He said “it’s that place we went the other day when I got chicken remember?” The other day we went to Jack In The Box. I got the connection. He was calling it Michael Jackson’s. I love it! Of course we didn’t correct him because he’ll get it on his own. He’s a super quick learner but a trigger word will get him mixed up sometimes and he’ll connect things that aren’t at all related . The word was “Jack, as in Jackson.” The connection was made and he ran with it. If you’ve ever been around a 3 year old, you know this happens often as they are learning. Whenever Noah does this, my mind also goes racing to visualize the connection he’s made. So this is Michael working the drive thru in his own fast food joint. Interestingly, whenever Noah hears a Michael Jackson song come on, we ask him who’s singing and his reply is always, “Captain EO.” As a little bonus, he calls the golden arches “Uncle McDonald’s.” These are drawings for another time though.

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Inspired Illustration project #13, “Michael Jackson’s.”

The other day my son Noah was playing with a new Batman toy he got. I told him how awesome it was because it had an articulating cape. I asked him if I could have it; it was a little test of his character. Of course he said no. I then told him I would give him $100 for it. Again he said no. So then I asked if I could have it if I bought him a donut. He then said, “OK dad” and he gave it to me. I them told him “Wow Noah thank you so much for being willing to give me your toy but I was just joking, you can have it back. We’ll just share it and play when we get home.” Almost immediately after, I saw a sadness come over him and he began to cry a little. I asked what was wrong. He said I don’t like Batman anymore. It was in that moment that I realized that he was having a crisis in his own little heart. He didn’t like Batman anymore when I gave it back to him because he was certain it meant he wouldn’t get a donut because that’s what the deal was. He gave up the toy for that donut but also was devastated to lose the toy. He really wanted both. After I figured out what was going on, I explained to him that we were very proud of his decision to share with me and I helped him sort through what had just happened. What started out as a joke on my part, ended up being a real test for my son and got me a little emotional too. After this, we hugged and 7eleven was down 1 chocolate donut that night. I told him he could eat half because it was late so he did; he ate the top half! Just as he is learning something new every day about life, I’m learning about his.

Inspired Illustration Project #12, “BATMAN.”