Archive for July, 2011

My Sweet Studio

July 16th, 2011


Last night when I came home I had to laugh at the sight of our basement living room/ office/ toy/ exercise room. The kids had taken just about every toy they could find and walled in our dog Diesel’s bed. After the kids went down for bed I came downstairs and there was Diesel all snuggled in tenderly loving Gem’s teddy bears. So that was a funny site, but the other funny part is related to my last post.

It seems just about everywhere I turn on the internet creative types are sharing their design or work space with the world. I don’t know if it’s we feel like sharing our creative space will make us more legit or creative, but there are countless blogs and websites dedicated to just showcasing amazing workspaces, and home studios that look beautful, and inspiring, and like one person lives there. And so I thought it was funny to compare the photo above of our crowded little basement room that serves the whole family, to some of the other office space I’ve seen recently (photos below).

It just goes to show you don’t have to have a great studio space to create great work. Would I have any of the spaces below over our crowded basement? Yes, but for now I work a couple hours a day from it and it’s always too early or too late for anyone else to be awake, or else I’m on the go with my laptop finding 15 minutes here and there to get projects done (like today while I waited for my pediatrist). I do wish Susan would let me get ride of the “Cabin in the Woods” fireplace though. That thing is so out of place in our home, and a hugh DIY fail by the previous home owner.




Studio Sweet Studio

July 13th, 2011

I have to admit today I’m feeling a bit blue. Not sure exactly why. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I woke up early to finish my latest Flashden project and got hung up on the iPhone alternate version (damn you Steve Jobs), or maybe it’s because last night I watched ABC’s Extreme Makeover Weight loss edition and the guy just end up getting fat again (done that). Maybe it’s part mid life crisis (can you have those at 31+?).

But one thing that usually cheers me up is looking at other creatives’ spaces, and today I stumbled across Studio Sweet Studio. I haven’t had a chance to read much on the site, but I did sneak a peak at a few of the studio tours they have on the site, and it picked me up a little.




The Skooler Legacy: I want one

July 12th, 2011

I need to get one of these. Our cooler is only part skooler (it only has 2 wheels). This video also made me want to go back to SF, but I think this year we’re going east instead.

Everyone owning a DSLR that shoots video is really stepping up the production game on home vids. This video looks amazing, but was probably home brewed. Love it. I need to get my camera skills and video editing back up to snuff.

Envato Elite

July 9th, 2011

Three years ago I was doing my monthly home teaching (in the Mormon church we visit an assigned family or person in our neighborhood), and my friend that we were visiting with told me about an acquaintance he knew that made his living selling illustrations on stock websites. My mind was blown. Could people really make a living selling stock!? The thought of mailbox money consumed me and after a few internet searches I discovered flashden (it’s now call activeden). I was a flash developer. It was a stock flash website. It was too good to be true.

It still took me 3-4 months to get my first file up and since then I’ve got a pretty large portfolio of small to large web components.

It hasn’t always been easy breezy though. It definitely requires attention and if you neglect it your sales tank. Yesterday I passed a pretty big mile stone though. I have reached Envato Elite status (Envato is the Australian based company the started flashden and now a massive web empire of stock and tutorial websites). Elite status is a goal I’ve had from the start, and it’s been a long 3 years getting here. To finally pass the $75,000 mark and 70% commission feels pretty great though. From here on out it’s 70% commission on all sales, and considering I started at 25% it’s a big upgrade.

Honestly I feel my stock design and web business is just starting to take off. Last month I stepped out of the comfort zone of stock flash and released my first html site template, and this month I have a site that has a smorgasbord of flash, javascript, htm5, and wordpress that I’m hoping will be a hugh success. It’s pretty addicting once the sales start coming in.

If you’re a designer, artist, photographer, musician, coder you should really check out the marketplaces. And if you’re a regular person, small business, whatever, you should get yourself some web templates.

Next stop Power Elite.

Learning to Ride

July 8th, 2011

Awesome. Our little Gem is pretty great. After the 4th the kids stayed behind in Payson, and I guess Gem learned how to ride a bike. Susan just sent me this video and I couldn’t stop smiling.