Inspirations + Influences
Tons of 80's/90's animation & anime (e.g. Muppet Babies, Bobby's World, Dennis The Menace, Inspector Gadget, Heathcliff, The Littl' Bits, The Adventures of the Little Koala, Ranma 1/2, Sherlock Hound, Mighty Max, Popolocrois, Disney's Gargoyles, Kyatto Ninden Teyandee, Grimm's Fairytale Classics, etc.), 60's/70's animation (e.g. The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, Schoolhouse Rock, Hanna-Barbera, Peanuts, Animal Treasure Island, Panda Go Panda, etc.), the works of: Masaaki Yuasa, Satoshi Kon, Hiroyuki Imaishi, Keita Takahashi, Kaz Ayabe, Kiriko Kubo, Ko Takeuchi, UPA, Michel Gondry, Mamoru Hosada, Junaida, Emma Sky, Rodney Alan Greenblat, Richard Hogg, Charlie Nozawa, Akira Toriyama, Rumiko Takahashi, & many others, fairytales & folk tales, children's books (e.g. The Attic of the Wind, The Witch's Cloth, The Three Robbers, & so on), Highlights magazine, Sanrio, elementary/middle school text books especially the Houghton-Mifflin books from when I was in elementary school (Carousel, Bells, Discovery, Journey, etc.), old cartoon blocks (Fox Kids, USA's Cartoon Express, KidsWB, every Saturday morning lineup, Liquid Television, etc.), Nick Toons/90's Nickelodeon (Weinerville, The Adventures of Pete & Pete, Doug, Rugrats, Rocko's Modern Life, Hey Arnold, As Told By Ginger, etc.), CBC/PBS/TVO shows I watched as a kid (Mr. Dressup, Reading Rainbow, Fred Penner's Place, Sesame Street/Park, Zoobilee Zoo, The Polka Dot Door, etc.), Tonkatsu DJ Agetarou, Shirokuma Cafe, Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, Mushishi, The Dairy of Tortov Roddle, Project A-Ko, Space Pirate Mito, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Kino's Journey, Windy Tales, Kamichu!, short form anime (e.g. Ai Mai Mi, Magical Somera-chan, etc.), a lot of slice of life/relaxed-style anime (e.g. Shin Atashinichi, Mainichi Ka-san, Flying Witch, Denki-Gai, Ano Natsu de Matteru, etc.), Magic Knight Rayearth, Medabots, Super Mario-kun, Magical Circle Guru-Guru, Crayon Shin-chan, Slayers, Magic Users Club, Chibi Maruko-chan, lots of those 80's/90's OAVs (e.g. Dragon Half, Photon, Koryu Densetsu Vilgust, etc.), Peter Pan, Little Nemo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pepper Ann, many animated shorts I've seen over the years
60's/70's sunshine, vocal, & psych-pop, 90's hip-hop (e.g. A Tribe Called Quest, Warren G, DJ Quik, Snoop, Nas, Outkast, The Roots, De La Soul, Digable Planets, Camp Lo, Mountain Brothers, The Pharcyde, etc.), city pop, Shibuya-kei, underground rap from the late 90's-early 00's (e.g. Shinsight Trio, Count Bass D, Five Deez, Nujabes, Madvillain, Slum Village, etc.), trip-hop (e.g. Esthero, Portishead, Soulstice, Sneaker Pimps, and so on), 80's/90's R&B, funk, 80's boogie, disco, 90's/early 00's alternative (in the vein of Beck, Cibo Matto, Luscious Jackson, Res, Kelis, N.E.R.D., Santigold, Corner Shop, Gorillaz, Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Stereolab, High Llamas, etc.), chillwave/lo-fi/electronica/beat scene (Washed Out, Toro y Moi, Neon Indian, Memory Tapes, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Lovelife, Tokimonsta, Flying Lotus, Dam-Funk, etc. )
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
Adobe 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, retired, & moved to some beautiful locale - I wouldn't fight against that either.
What else do I want to do creatively?
I'd like to grow the "In Marjoram" project & make it a series filled with music, animation, & puppetry. I'm warming up again to the idea of making a video game some day if the right concept comes along. Otherwise, I'll keep making music from time to time and possibly doodle a comic or two.