I was honored to be a guest on this lovely new Kate Bush podcast, Strange Phenomena, created and hosted by Cecilee Linke. We spent over an hour discussing, dissecting, and enjoying Kate’s first big hit, “Wuthering Heights.” It was so much fun! Check it out here: http://kbcast.linkemedia.com/podcast/s01e06-wuthering-heights/ or on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/s01e06-wuthering-heights/id1297828201?i=1000395159821&mt=2
Finally tackling one of my favorite tracks from Enya’s latest album, “Dark Sky Island” – the pulsing, earnest, and instant classic – “Even in the Shadows.” Watch above or by clicking here: https://youtu.be/lwEiRocuzr8
My incredibly sweet husband joins me for this holiday classic (written by Frank Loesser) to celebrate New Year’s Eve! Thank you to all my subscribers for being so supportive and engaged in 2016. I’ve got big plans for 2017, so stay tuned! 🙂 Thanks for watching above or by clicking here: https://youtu.be/GC6xo1UMdIQ
We were treated to wonderful Kate Bush news today! She is releasing a live album of her fantastic show, Before the Dawn, later this year! I got to attend this show with my husband, and it is one of my most cherished memories. To celebrate this occasion, I sat down at my piano and came up with a quick arrangement of the beautiful (and I think, appropriate) Prologue from Before the Dawn (and Aerial). Hope you guys like it! Thank you for watching! Watch above or here: https://youtu.be/smVwWZQ4eQE
Today, I celebrate my Dad on what would have been his 64th birthday. I miss him every day. Art and music have helped me to heal and remember. We shared a love of Enya, among many things, and I’ve been working on this song for a couple of weeks in honor of him. Watch above or by clicking here: https://youtu.be/_rUiD4Ta-cE
After being sick for two weeks, I am back!!! I’ve been wanting to produce animated parodies ever since having such a blast with my Kate Bush Christmas video! Well, this Charlie Puth song has been stuck in my head, and it lent itself perfectly to singing about my favorite subject: CATS! Haha. Enjoy, guys!
Everyone goes through times of self-doubt now and again. This beautiful little song not only captures those feelings perfectly, but also reminds us that believing in ourselves again is possible, with a little patience and faith. This song has been reverberating in my head lately as I have attempted to get back into YouTube and couldn’t find the inspiration. I’m getting there though, and who knows, I think this song helped. 🙂 I hope you guys enjoy it. Watch here: https://youtu.be/UgB0wMye1Pg
Hey guys! So excited to share the second installment of Sketch the Music! Dynamic illustrations and a new piano-based pop arrangement combine to tell a simple and sweet gay fairytale based on the fantastic Walk the Moon song, “Shut Up and Dance.” LGBT representation is an important part of my work and I proudly reflect my world in my art. Please share if you agree! Click the image above to watch or here! https://youtu.be/Eywew7aK8Xs
Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting the first installment of my new music series on YouTube, “Sketch the Music!” What is that, I hear you ask?? It’s where I take a song, give it a new arrangement, and draw a series of sketches to tell a story based on the song! I’ve been dreaming this up for awhile, and I’m so excited to finally share it with you guys! 🙂 Who better than to launch a new series with than Kate Bush? That’s right. No one! Haha. Enjoy, guys!
So, today is great for two reasons. 🙂
1) I just posted all kinds of rewards for my awesome patrons over on http://www.patreon.com/lukemcquillan – MP3s, videos, concept art, etc. I post things like this once a month as a thank you to my patrons. You can join in the fun for as little as $1 per month and help an artist work to pursue his dreams for less than the price of a cup of coffee! And…
2) This comment from a fellow animator, Steven Cooper, has made my day.
…I don’t think in 4 years of school I ever produced something with this much finesse, even during group projects with several cohorts.
The form/anatomy does need work but believe it or not those are fairly easy skills to acquire if you just have time and dedication. What truly impresses me is the pacing and attention to details like foley sounds and nuances in character behavior. You’re expressing many competencies that I’ve seen senior animation students fail at or just avoid (Unafraid to let your character use the z-axis, pacing is succinct and characters don’t linger or morph awkwardly).
Keep up the good work, this is pretty astounding for a single person and really just in general.
As a self-taught animator who quit his job to persue this dream, I’ve got to say that constructive criticism like that keeps me going. Thank you, Steven!! Speaking of animation, I’m working on a brand new music/visual series to bridge the gap in between Whitcomb Wisp episodes (hey, working alone, it takes a long time!). More news on that very soon!