Occasional Email began as a way to keep people updated about doodle.zone & recommendation.zone, but has turned into more of a journal about the art stuff I have been working on lately. Thanks for reading! ✌️Mastodon
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When we lived in Seattle I started getting into woodworking. We lived in apartments for a while, so I never really had many tools.
Longtime occasional readers know that a few years ago I got really into 3D printing. I really liked making little toys, and always wanted to get back into it.
I decided to stream a recap of everything I made in 2022. It was fun to go back and see it all in one place.
doodle.zone turns 5. I was talking to a friend of mine about doodle.zone and realized that I was coming up on the 5 year anniversary of this project.
It’s been about a year since my last email. I got so wrapped up working on different characters & modeling different stuff, that I totally forgot to send an update of what I’m working on.
Character animation has always been a thing I’ve wanted to do, but was always intimidated by. Either I wasn’t confident enough in my abilities in some software, or never felt like I could wrap my head around rigging a complex character.
I’ve never really had a public portfolio of my design work. I think for the most part, that was because I’ve had a job that I liked. As I’ve been thinking about it lately, I have realized its actually because I want to do so much more than just design work.
I started doodle.zone because I used to draw something before going to bed and then send it to Kaitlin. Then I started sending it to a handful of people. Eventually I realized “wow this is a lot of work, I could probably automate this somehow”.
One of the best things about that studio was having access to a 3D printer. Kaitlin asked me to make her a tiny microphone, and then I just started making a bunch of little things.
Over the last six months I have been working out of a studio, and a couple of weeks ago I took over managing it.
After many years of kind of hating email, I turned a corner about them recently.