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Jason Watson is a designer, illustrator and animator who lives in the Kansas City area. He is married to the beautiful and amazing Megan and dispenses theology, philosophy and history at blog.deviantmonk.com

From Mac to PC

This past week I finally made the switch. After over a decade on Mac, I’m moving back to PC.   I’ve really enjoyed the Apple products I’ve used these past years, but the company’s approach to creatives has, in my opinion, seriously languished, especially in respect to those who need more powerful equipment.   My first Mac was a 2005 Mac Pro, of the cheese grater variety. It was a heavy...

Of Rote, Ritual and Rhythm

My first foray into learning to play music was a painful one- especially for others!- as my chosen instrument was the drum set. And wow it was bad, both the drum set and my, ahem, “playing” of the drum set. At the time I had not really had any musical training whatsoever, with little niceties like rhythm something I had to learn along the way. In the beginning, I would either crank up a metronome...

Reckless Love Isn’t Good Enough

In recent weeks there have been mini-furors in the worship music world concerning the song Reckless Love which has been making the usual rounds. Front and center are primarily reactions to the appropriateness of the term “reckless” vis-a-vis God’s love, and whether such terminology has its place in corporate worship. The author has weighed in, explaining the meaning behind his use of “reckless,”...

Don’t Be Comforted

In many of the ancient Greek literary masterpieces, the tragic hero was often defined by his hubris, a certain overreaching of his state or abilities that inevitably ended in disaster. Mortals strive for something more and nearly grasp the heavens, only to have them tumble into ruin among them. Yet for all the tragic comedy that the reader can tease out from the beginning, there is something...

Urine and Transfiguration

During the Gospel reading for today concerning the Transfiguration, I confess to being myself somewhat transfigured by a thought somewhat ancillary yet wholly related to the subject matter. This was occasioned by the use of the translation of the Revised Standard Version which retains some archaisms not readily found in more modern versions. The reading goes as such (in part): And after six days...

Album Review: The Hillbilly Thomists

If there’s one certain way to ensure that I will be parted from my money, it would be to combine Thomistic theology with bluegrass. Such an implausible mashup has indeed manifested itself in at least one instantiation of the multiverse in the form of the newly released album The Hillbilly Thomists. Produced by the Dominican House of Studies, known for other more traditional works, The...

The Character Animation Script Guide

After Effects can be a great tool for creating all sorts of character animations, but sometimes it’s great to have a little help. In this guide, we’ll be looking at some must-have scripts to help you take your character animation to the next level. These are all scripts I personally use and have found helpful, and I hope you will as well! DUIK (Free!)   DUIK is one of the best scripts for...

Bigger is Better!

The bigness and ubiquity of things obviously demonstrates their importance. The proof of this axiom is evident in that we treasure huge rocks that sit in the ocean more than a single faded photo of a long-deceased loved one. Or perhaps because of how giving someone a rough, plentiful and thus easily attainable rock out of the garden is a more important gesture than a precious stone that is...

Worship in the Right Clothes

Many years ago when I was a teenager, I was asked by a friend if I would be interested in helping him film a wedding. He had a video production business and needed a second camera operator for the day, and even though I had no real experience, I guess he assumed I caught on to things quickly. Or perhaps he just needed a warm body to push the big red “record” button. You can probably safely assume...

Fast Food Worship

The other day Megan and I went to Sonic to grab some slushes. We brought both of the puppies along, with the idea of getting them what I call “Puppy Tots,” which are basically just tater tots that become fodder for gaping puppy maws. Of course, they loved them. Curious as to Sonic’s version of tater tots, I tried one for myself. Of course, it was terrible. At first it has a reasonably good taste...

The Poverty of Digital Art

Sometimes I look back over the multitude of projects I have worked on over my relatively brief career as a designer, and it makes me tired. Half of the time I don’t even remember working on this design or that animation, and after time they begin to blend together. Most of them I remember with a bit of a cringe, while at best my favorites elicit a “oh, that was kind of cool.” At the beginning of...

Sonic Mania Review

If you are somewhere between your mid-20’s or mid-40’s, then you have played Sonic the Hedgehog. It doesn’t matter if you actually had a Sega Genesis or not; perhaps you had late night gaming sessions at your friend’s house (and let’s be honest, you no longer remember their names…), or maybe you were doing speed runs on Green Hill Zone on the demo system at...

Hyper Light Drifter Review

We all have our demons to face down, and sometimes words fall short of expressing what is existentially wrought. In fact, often times words would only muddy what otherwise exists in a state of perfect and serene clarity.  And even 16-bit sprites can’t always outrun the shadows. Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine is a hack-and-slash pixel art adventure that offers no words but instead...

Moon Hunters Review

Does every story have just one interpretation? Or does one learn something new with each telling? The answers to these questions form the crux of the story in Moon Hunters: The Personality RPG.  This beautiful pixel art based RPG is deceptively short and sweet, veiling a deeper story and exploration-based unlockables behind multiple play-throughs. In fact, this game is intended for lots of...

Seasons After Fall Review

If you were an innocent forest creature suddenly possessed by a spirit intent on jettisoning the cycle of seasons in favor of her own misguided ends, what might you be feeling? And if that disembodied spirit looked down over your now lifeless body, would you wish for it back? These are a few questions not exactly posed by Seasons After Fall, a 2D puzzle-platformer released by Swing Swing...

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