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Teaching Sailors about Animation

Fleet week 2024 is here! And this year was special because our guest of honor was a real Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier! The U.S.S. Carl Vinson CVN 70 is here! And with it over 3000 sailors who want to visit LA

The wonderful people at the battleship Iowa who host fleet week asked me if I wanted to teach the sailors about animation on board the carrier! Turns out, sailor love Rick and Morty, and a lot of them like to draw too! It was truly humbling! Check it out they even made me a sign!

I love aircraft carriers, so it was super excited to be on one. They are SO huge, its hard to fathom! We boarded the ship and got a little lost! but then we found the class room!

I got to show them some concept art, and then they wanted to learn how to draw a plane! some of them even drew along with me!

They were good artists too! This girl helped me finish the plane I was working on! I did an animation demo too, and showed them how to do a bouncing ball!

After the demo some of the sailors wanted photos with me!

Afterwards we got to tour the flight deck and I got to meet a real E2 Hawk Eye Pilot! I love these planes!

And then I hung out and looked at all the rest of the equipment, and got to spend some time playing with machineguns on a Huey!

Over at the battleship Iowa, I have two new shirt designs in their gift store. I’ve been volunteering here for over a year now. I help them out with merchandise. I get to draw T shirts, and make stickers for them. and it all goes to support the museum ship.

They also made a special Fleet week shirt out of my sticker design and my new friend Wes wanted me to sign it for him! Wes is kind of like a PR person for the Navy! Whelp that wraps up Fleet Week 2024! I hope we’ll be able to do this again next year!

New Years Camping in Joshua Tree

This year my friend Clay rented out a whole Campsite in Joshua tree for us animators to ring in the new year. and let me tell you it was freakin’ cold. Also lots of fun too!

I arrived at about 3 on new years Eve, with just enough time to pitch my tent and look around. It gets dark so early out there.

My plan was to use my new Vivatar Flash to take photos of people! I had no clue if they would be in focus, since I couldn’t see a thing, but they ended up working perfectly! Maybe its because I stopped down to F11, and just got the focus kind of right? Either way, the 40 year old flash worked and I am so happy!

We also had wonderful hot cider provided b Brittany and Neisje!

Somehow we made it through the night, even though it got down to 35, then we had sooo much coffee! I think coffee was brewing consistently for 6 hours!

It got a little bit warmer, and we did some rock climbing, I didn’t get to far away from the camp site because I really wanted to be around for lunch!

Lunch was provided By Luciano, who drives this really cool vintage Jeep Cherokee!

Christmas in San Antonio 2023

This year for Christmas I flew back home to Texas to spend some time with my family and enjoy the San Antonio Festivities! We went to downtown San Antonio on Christmas eve to walk on the river and enjoy the lights!

The River walk was all lit up! We watched the brightly lit boats go by on this magical evening. I convinced my mom and my brother to stand in the light for a second as well so I could get a picture of them.

My mom has saved all of my K’nex from when I was a kid, and everything including all the motors still work! So I also spent Christmas even building the Power Tower Crane, which is something I got as a Christmas present, maybe in 2003?

My dad is really into shooting targets, so on the 26’th, he took us out to a ranch to test our aim on some steel targets. I got to use the M1 Garand.

Here is my brother testing out his new pistol, And these last two I took with my 35mm Canon Ae-1P

I also visited my cousins, and we played a game that is like werewolf, except Donner Party themed! Also plenty of spiked eggnog to be had there as well!

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