Name: Desmond Creighton Simmons
From: Detroit, Mi
Lives In: Eastpointe, Mi (East Detroit)
Careers I wanted As a Kid: scuba diver, ninja, (mad/super) scientist, video game maker, adventurer, puppeteer, person that makes stuff
Likes: video games, animation, comics, (b-)movies, pixel art, kaiju, sci-fi+fantasy, bicycles, tokusatsu, folklore, nature, cool people, creativity, myths, nonsense, vespas, podcast, dreams about flying, other eras, plants & animals, wire frames/vector graphics, people that can draw, syndicated/classic television, science, design, cel/flat shading, imagination, low poly, Spring + Fall, local programming, mid-century design, public libraries, broadcast edits of movies, retro-futurism, puppetry, lazy days, lofi, wandering, wondering, papercraft, watercolour, nostalgia, cool looking buildings and houses, & a bunch of other rad stuff.
Inspirations + Influences
Tons of 60's-90's cartoons and works of artist/brands such as Masaaki Yuasa, Akira Toriyama, Sanrio, Rumiko Takahashi, Jay Ward, Charles Schulz, Rodney Alan Greenblat, UPA, Jim Henson, Keita Takahashi, Mitsuru Nakamura, Kiriko Kubo, Yujiro Koyama, Ryo Inoue, and many, many others.
60's-70's sunshine/vocal/psych-pop, 90's hip-hop, City Pop, Shibuya-kei, Underground Rap/Indie Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop, 80's-90's R&B, Funk, 80's Boogie, Disco, 90's-early 00's Alternative/Indie, Chillwave, Lo-Fi, Electronica, Beat Scene
Tascam PortaStudio DP-02CF, Akai Pro MPKmini, Roland Voice Transformer VT-3, MXL V63M condenser mic, LMMS, Audacity, Refurb PC (O/S: Windows 10)
Konica C35MF, Ricoh AF-5, Superheadz Black Slim Devil, Kodak KV250, Polaroid OneStep Close-Up, Fujifilm Instax Wide 210, Lomo'Instant, iPhone, VSCO Cam app, Epson Perfection V300 Photo scanner
iPhone, VHS Camcorder app, Spark app, SuperSlo app, Flow app, Reverser app, Filmora
Autodesk Sketchbook Pro, MediBang Paint Pro, Aseprite, GIMP, Wacom Intuos small tablet, HP x2 10-inch detachable laptop (OS: Windows 10)
Why's the site called 'Everything But Work'?
Simple: I like doing creative things. Whether it's drawing, making music, coming up with stories, collaborating with friends, or just daydreaming about future things I'd like to try. I don't consider it work at all because I actually enjoy it. Plus, doing these things aren't part of my day job (although I'd rather they were) so, this is pretty much everything I do when not at the 9 to 5.
So, what is my dream job?
Just let me make stuff! I'm totally fine with working alone (at my own pace) or with cool people & pay me a livable wage. I wouldn't mind working forever if that was the case, but if somehow I got ridiculously rich, retire, & move to some beautiful locale - I wouldn't fight against that either.
What else do I want to do creatively?
I'd like to continue making stuff in every medium that I want to experiment with & tell stories in. I'll keep making songs alone or in some collaborative capacity too.