Quick speed paint tonight (about 45 minutes).  Just trying to get back into the swing of things.

Quick speed paint tonight (about 45 minutes).  Just trying to get back into the swing of things.

Stu got me Pokemon X and I’m addicted.

(Pardon the inaccuracies. I sketched this on my iPhone during church today with no reference.)

Stu got me Pokemon X and I’m addicted. (Pardon the inaccuracies. I sketched this on my iPhone during church today with no reference.)

galaxynextdoor:

Guardians of the Galaxy Joins Disney Infinity 2.0

Star-Lord and friends are joining the already Marvel rich Disney Infinity 2.0. The Guardians are joining the Avengers and recently announced Amazing Spider-Man playset. 

Seeing my Groot design come to life in the Disney Infinity world is such a dream come true. Many thanks to the incredible modelers and animators at Disney Interactive who made it happen!

Continuing in the spirit of what Stu made for our proposal, I designed our wedding invitation/announcement to resemble the Adventure Book from Pixar’s Up.

Tomorrow’s the big day!

Tomorrow’s the big day!

Thanks for all the support and prayers, everyone.  The surgery went very well and I’m recovering smoothly.  That was the craziest thing I’ve ever been through, physically and emotionally, getting surgery just 10 days before our wedding.  But with each day that passes, I feel significantly better!  And I’m just so grateful we caught the problem when we did and got it taken care of.  It feels great to be able to move forward into our wedding without having to worry about my spleen rupturing anymore!  This has definitely been a huge blessing.

This is going to seem totally out of the blue to most of you, but I’m going into surgery tomorrow to have my spleen removed. I found out about four months ago that I have a cyst on my spleen and unfortunately it has continued to grow over time. It wasn’t causing me any problems before, but about a week ago it started causing me pretty consistent pain, so my doctor decided it needs to come out now. (Which is probably good, since it’s roughly the width of A TENNIS BALL now.) Luckily, it’s a relatively simple laparoscopic procedure, and the expected recovery time is no more than a week. (So don’t worry, the wedding is still on!) But I sure would appreciate any extra prayers anyone would like to throw my way in the meantime. Thanks guys!

doctorcello:

Two former classmates see each other on a train. One of them is cheerful and friendly, perhaps a bit pushy. The other has a tendency to have strange, explosive anxiety attacks that terrify the people around her. This is a story about their encounter.

A short film I directed about my own experiences with social anxiety and how it affects others. Despite it being a very personal film, I wouldn’t have been able to make it without the numerous people contributing, so I recommend looking up all their names in Google and finding their blogs, because they deserve the clicks. Thanks!

YouTube version

I had the opportunity to do some animation on this film just before I graduated about a year and a half ago, but I never got to see it finished until now. I gotta say, it turned out even better than I was expecting! And I think it sends a really powerful message about insecurities, and how even though they may vary dramatically from one person to another, and some people’s are definitely more apparent than others, we all have them! I’m proud to have my name in the credits of this film.

You guys have gotten me thinking a lot about life lately, and how quickly it can change. After I posted the story of Stu’s proposal to me, I received a lot of comments and messages about how “perfect” my life seems, many of you describing how you dream that you might one day find yourself in a similar situation to mine. I appreciate these comments immensely. They have helped remind me of just how blessed I am and have made me even more profoundly grateful for my relationship with Stu and my career at Disney. But I also worry that the very limited information I present online about my life may be misleading, and I just want you all to know that things have not always been so perfect and enchanting.

I made this comic just one year ago. Though not directly autobiographical (obviously, since I am not a guy…), it very accurately reflects where I was emotionally. Struggling to recover from the most devastating breakup of my life, I wondered then if I would ever find a truly good relationship. I started to doubt that the kind of guy I dreamed of marrying even existed. And I feared that I had been hurt too deeply to ever really open myself up to someone fully again.

Now, just a year later, I’m about to marry the most amazing man I have ever known, a man who has every characteristic I ever hoped to find, and who is perfect for me in ways I never even knew to look for. I’ve never loved anyone so deeply or felt so at home with another person. It really is a dream come true.

Now please don’t misunderstand my intent. I’m not sharing this to gloat. I’m sharing this story because I think it is important to remember that no one’s life is perfect, that everyone faces struggles you may not know about, and that life can change! Things can turn around more quickly and more completely than you ever thought possible! So if you’re feeling anything like I did a year ago, please just know that there is hope. No matter how dark and heavy and inescapable your current circumstances may seem, there is always hope for a brighter future. Your dreams CAN come true. You CAN find what you’ve always wanted. And it may come to you sooner than you think. You just have to have faith and press forward. Hold on to that hope. Never give up. And know that fairy-tail endings don’t always result from fairy-tale beginnings.

I just want to thank all of you for the overwhelmingly kind comments and well-wishes Stu and I have received in response to our proposal story. You guys are amazing.  I wish I could respond to each of you individually, but with the wedding approaching in just a few weeks, I just don’t have the time.  I will however try to answer as many of your questions as possible in the near future.

Several of you asked to see real photos of me and Stu, so here you are!  The top photo is from last weekend when Stu and I returned to the spot where we got engaged to celebrate his moving here and the end of the long-distance chapter of our relationship!  And the gifs are of course from our actual proposal.

Thanks again for being awesome, you guys.  I’ll get to the rest of your questions soon!