Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Come At Me, Future!

Here's an article I posted recently on LinkedIn.

This last year of mine has been full of pratfalls and gifts. It's been a year like no other. While I miss my past adventures and relish their memories I look forward to the next big thing in my career... whatever the hell that is.

Being an artist means to expect change. It seems to be a blessing and a curse of the creative communities. I don't know a single artist who hasn't been expendable in the eyes of their employers. I once had a boss who told a fellow artist, "artists are a dime a dozen." Yes, he actually said that! He treated his artists as if they came by the dozen too. Actually he treated his entire company that way. He's not the only employer I've worked for who radiated that attitude. Employers need to be wary of how they treat their people since it molds their reputation but that's a conversation for another day. The point is that artists need to be able to move on when you-know-what hits the fan.

My career is nothing like I had planned but it has always worked out. This is something I wish I could have told my younger self as I'm sure many of us wish. I still have to remind myself of this and often. I'm not a plumber with a new job every day to keep me secure. I'm just a blissfully ignorant artist who can't imagine doing anything else. I create not because it's my job. I create because I must. So when bad things happen... and they happen often... the calluses build and I move forward.

I created the above and following cartoons to express my frustrations about how hard it is to convince employers that I'm the one they're looking for. Noodling these cartoons is like therapy. I've found small job opportunities to keep me active and creative but for now the next Big Gig is evading me.

So I diligently seek my new creative thing. I'm anxiously searching for a new adventure. It's out there. I'm not expendable. I'm who you're looking for. Check me out.

Come at me, future!

- Jeff Willis

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Portfolio Website

Hello dear surfer!

If you found your way here looking for my website you can find it at Jeff Willis Artist Portfolio

And thank you for stopping by!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Goofing Off

Just messing around.
Wasn't going anywhere.
Keeping loose.
A gazebo, resented allegation and a hoopo.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

McDivot Full Cartoons Set #2

In the following set I didn't actually animate but I did develop the story and story boards. I worked with Calabash in Chicago who did the animations and again audios are by Clean Cuts/Cerebral Lounge.

There's a bit of a story overlap between 3 and 4 since it's how it's show in game. It's sort of a recap. "Previously on the McDivot Show..."

This is my favorite McDivot story. I hope you enjoy it too.
The preview images on these don't seem to want to show but I assure you they are playable.

Morning Bite


Meet Sandy Mulligan

In the Belly of the Beast

Love Gopher Style

McDivot Full Cartoons - Set #1

When "Fairway Solitaire" first launched we needed a set of cartoon videos as a reward to players and also just to give him a backstory.

There was so little time to get these done. I spent many weekends at the office to produce these little cartoons. No one pushed me into OT but I knew that's what it was going to take to get the job done. I didn't complain though since this was something I wanted to do. I mean I really wanted to do this! It was a genuine labor of love.

I wrote, storyboarded and animated these myself since... well... there was no one else to do it. I created the character so it was left to me to follow through and complete the cartoons.

Backgrounds were painted by Bill Meyer and Rhonda Conley.

Audio by Cleancuts and Cerebral Lounge.

Blueprint for Disaster

Rodent Robbery

Drive-By Snooting

In The Lab



The Golfinator!