My name is Emmett Crass and I’m 19 years old. I currently live in an apartment with my cat, June, and occasional roommate, Ernesto. I work in a group home for disabled adults during the nights and attend school during the day. I’m going for an Associates in Multimedia Design as well as an Associates in Graphic Design. I know I want to work on animated films and cartoons, but I’m not quite sure what position I want to work as. Good news is I have plenty of time to figure it out and explore!
Some background on myself is I grew up in the deep south of southeast Texas near Beaumont and the border of Louisiana. I moved to Redmond, OR in 2015 and then moved to Eugene, OR in 2017. I went to 3 high schools and graduated from Ridgeview High School March 2016. Afterwards I started going to Central Oregon Community College and moved out on my own. This proved to be more difficult than expected so I spent the last 2 years or so of college just trying to find my way and I believe I have finally found it in Media Arts.
On another note, I enjoy binge watching shows online, cooking, drawing, meeting new people, and sleeping. My cat is the light of my life and I really like going on road trips and long drives.
This past week I went on a search for a professional blog to write about and to share in class. This proved harder than expected as I either couldn’t find professional websites that interested me, were more than just the first Google Search result to come up when typing “Professional Animation Website Portfolio”, and were in English.
Eventually I located Zac Gorman’s website. I found Zac Gorman interesting because he was one of the Storyboard Artist’s website from “Over The Garden Wall”, a Cartoon Network mini-series about two brothers and the paranormal. I also found out that he works as a writer and artist for “Rick and Morty”, an adult cartoon about a genius grandfather and his grandson’s adventures through the universe and different realities.
Just as I enjoyed a couple of his shows, I really like how fresh and organized his blog is. I am a big supporter of minimalist style choices for websites used for work because it looks clean. Less is more is a pretty good rule to follow. His first page layout is easy to
follow and he only has color on the preview images in his portfolio to direct attention to his work. The pages on his work show are creative as well. He mainly did storyboards for “Over the Garden Wall” so that is what he displays and he shows a few pages from the official “Rick and Morty” comic he created. The “Great Lakes Avengers” didn’t take off
as much as the other projects he worked on so he doesn’t spend a lot of time on this page but he does provide a creative introductory illustration of the main characters and some background information.
His “About/Contact” page is where I think he could have improved a little. It would have been nice for him to include a small picture of himself and his statement “For some reason, his webcomic Magical Game Time was archived by the Library of Congress.” lacks confidence. Perk up, man! You can’t sell yourself short on your blog, this is where you’re trying to sell yourself.
As far as resources I think it’s nice he gave an email for himself and his agent to get in contact with him. You can also see where to buy his work at his “Buy My Books” page.
1. Sign of the Equipment Checkout counter for Media Arts students to access gear and equipment; located in Bldg 18
2. Worm’s eye view of the “Blue Cyc Wall” and studio ceiling/lights; located in Bldg 18
3. The Center for Student Engagement’s greeting table at the entrance; located on the second story of the Center building
4. The lights in the main Art Gallery in Bldg 11
6. The knobs of the Art-O-Mat; located in Bldg 11
6. Bookshelf in the upper level of the Library; located in the Center Bldg
7. Bottom of the larg silver sculpture at night outside the Health & Wellness building
8. Mary Jo Kreindel’s, The Arts division Office Specialist, office wall and decorations; located in Bldg 11
9. Media Creation Lab TV hanging on the wall; located in Center building through the Library
10. Judy Gate’s office sign and door in Bldg 11
11. Statue men escaping Professor Teresa’s office in Bldg 18
12. Flags on the ceiling of The Students First Building
13. Turkey flapping away on school grounds