Name: Desmond Creighton Simmons
D.O.B.: 08.25.82 [Virgo]
Personality Type: INFP / INFJ-A (depending on which online quiz I take that day)
From: Detroit, Mi
Lives In: Eastpointe, Mi (East Detroit) with my wife + 2 fur-babies
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, pineapple on pizza, 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, RoughAnimator, 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 this isn’t part of my day job so, it’s pretty much everything I do when not at the 9 to 5.
So, what is my dream job?
I used to think that being a creative full time was the dream & it still might be, but I worry that if people give me money there’d probably be some kind of expectation attached & I’d lose the fun of the creative part because I’d be pressured to deliver a product for a certain demographic/for mass consumption within certain guidelines or I’d be a part of a team that works on a product that I’m not personally invested in so it wouldn’t be very different than punching the clock at any other job. As long as I can do what I’m passionate about and there’s an audience that’s willing to let me experiment then I guess that would be cool.
What else do I want to do creatively?
I’d still like to create a show (maybe a puppet show?), comic, or story book some time. I used to want to make video games as a kid so, maybe I’ll tackle that someday…?
I rarely, if ever, take photos of myself but during vacations and other hang outs, other people will. So, here’s a bunch of photos of myself in case you’d like to recognize me on the street.