Continually Moving Forward

CirqueDuSolitudeMainCharacterAs Walt Disney once said, we must “keep moving forward” whether or not the public can see our effort. Though I’m working hard as ever, people still ask if I’m developing anything at all, so here are some previews:

Actually, before my own updates, I ‘d like to share this video essay  by my acquaintance Adam Westbrook. It really somes up how my work has felt for the past year, and it’s also something every artist should see:

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And now for my own “painting in the dark”:

1. My professional animation career has taken off. I’ve created animation for the upcoming Barbie Spy Squad DVD, the Emmy winning series All Hail King Julien, and now the exciting, upcoming feature film Henchmen. All this work has meant less time for personal projects, but I keep working on them slowly and steadily.

Vink2. Vanishing Ink has been opening doors all over the place. As I’ve been pitching the project as a feature film at four studios and counting, there’s been so much to learn and so many possibilities. No studio has optioned Vanishing Ink as a film yet, but my next project is becoming much stronger due to the lessons learned.

3. Cirque Du Solitude, my next book, is currently in the outline stage and the next step in this project is to flesh out the cast of characters. This project is constantly in the back of my mind, and would be my prized side project if it weren’t for …

4. Layers, the short film I’m creating with Nimble Collective. Nimble is the brain-child of former DreamWorks talents who want to empower filmmakers to create projects with unique voices not typically heard in Hollywood. The project has been an incredible learning tool, and with my collaborators Lauren Chaikin and Tegan Clancy, we have some great concept art and an animatic that should be finished in the coming months with music from the fantastic Ryan Leach. Once we receive funding, we’ll get to produce the full animation and finally share this story with the world!


This may seem like a tough balance, but it’s pretty simple. I just work in the morning on one project at a time and then log a full-day’s work at the animation studio. Patience is the real challenge, but when we enjoy the journey, the wait is manageable.

So what about you all? What projects are you working on this year?

  • Lauren Crest

    I’m so excited for you and your projects. I can’t wait to see them when they are completed! Congratulations Scott.

    • Thanks Lauren! What are you working on lately?

      • Lauren Crest

        basically started over with my work. I got really focused (obsessed
        really) on moving forward and showing progress that I took on too many
        projects, a lot of which weren’t even good or purposeful for making
        progress and were definitely not good
        business moves, and got bogged down. After the new year I de-cluttered
        my to-do list and now am starting over.

        So I’m
        currently working on a web comic. It was a bit rushed last year so for
        this year I’m taking time to start over and get the style right (and
        more professional) and enough pages in the queue to keep me going after
        baby #1 gets here in July. We will probably relaunch in early 2017. I’m
        also taking time to build my illustration portfolio and get some
        practice in with backgrounds and perspective before really starting to
        work on a personal project. This should help with future jobs (my
        portfolio is seriously lacking in non- fine-art artwork) as well so that
        is a plus. Hopefully I’ll have my website redone before May/June with
        all the changes and updated work. 🙂

        • That sounds great! Have you ever looked at ? It’s a fantastic resource that I’ve been tapping into for years!

          • Lauren Crest

            I actually just found out about Chris Oatley as well as Will Terry this November! They are both partially to blame for my 180 in how I’m changing my approach to making art and accepting new work.

            I’m currently saving up to take Chris’s class as the 30 minute preview has already helped my work progress by leaps and bounds.

  • Magali Mebsout

    This is great ! you’ve already accomplished so much ! I am very curious to see what you’re cooking 🙂

    • Thanks, Magali! You’re in painting drama right now aren’t you? I can’t wait to see what you cook up as well.

      • Magali Mebsout

        Yes, I finished PD1, and am hopping to get into PD2.
        Alright I’ll let you know what’s cooking ^^

        • Awesome! I haven’t found the time to do PD2 yet. 🙁 But I’m still involved in the Storyteller’s summit. I look forward to seeing your work!

  • Ashley Houser

    So happy for you Scott. You just continue to grow and develop your talent even more. I get excited to see what you are working on. Keep up the great things!

    • Thanks Ashley! I just have to keep reminding myself that slow and steady wins the race.

  • Monica

    So proud of you! I’m a fan for sure! Can’t wait for your next story!

    • You’re so sweet. Thank you for your continual support!

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