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“What’s Your Malfunction?”
Music Video Project

Want to be in our next music video? Well we want you in it! The Steam Powered Giraffe fandom is filled with a diverse amount of people from all walks of life. We love showcasing all the talented, beautiful people that come to our shows and inhabit our corner of the web.

Here’s what we can tell you about our new music video: It deals with diversity and using the robot metaphor “malfunction” to apply to things that society may consider flawed or quirky about someone. It’s sort of like the message in our song ‘Wired Wrong’ but putting a more positive spin on that idea. That’s the theme here: A positive spin on being “broken.”

Granted, this can be a sensitive area for many folks. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea. So if you’re willing to participate, please know we will not disclose personal information or names (even if you want us to). The internet is filled with jerks and we want you to be safe.

Please understand our intent is to paint our subjects in a positive light and to have fun! That said- we can only select a few of these to showcase, so there’s no guarantee your video will appear in the final project.

But, if you do end up creating something- we encourage you to share it on #whatsyourmalfunction via Tumblr or Twitter!

Lets get started!

You have until March 31st 2014 to submit your video to us.
After that date we won’t be accepting anymore entries.

Things You’ll Need:

-11 x 17 White Poster or Bristol Board
-Black Sharpie pen
-Video device

Create a sign to hold up for the camera on a piece of 11 x 17 white poster or bristol board paper. Whatever you choose to write on the sign should be in black ink with thick letters.

On one side, write down what people might perceive as your “malfunction.” (i.e., “gay,” “furry,” “androgynous,” “fat,” “nerd,” “obsessive compulsive,” “can taste colors,” etc, etc.)

On the other side of the sign, write something positive about yourself. It could be a positive spin on the “malfunction” trait or just an unexpected positive aspect of yourself. (i.e., someone who wrote they’re a nerd might put “really smart.” A furry might put “CEO of Digital Distribution Company, or someone who said they were ocd might put “great cuddler”) It could be almost anything really!

Next, create a short video in a well lit area. You can wear whatever you’d like. Maybe it’s just beautiful casual you in a t-shirt and jeans. Maybe you feel better as your fursona. Maybe cosplay represents you better. However you want to appear- do it (of course…nudity isn’t advised if you want a chance at appearing in the music video).

In the video, simply hold up your sign for a few moments with your “malfunction” written on it. You shouldn’t smile. But don’t look sad. Just a nice neutral expression. You can look down at your sign and back up if you wish as Bunny shows. Wait a few moments- and then flip it around, take a look down at it and give a big ol’ smile.

That’s it! Short and sweet.

Once you’re happy with it, you can send it to us.

1. Label the E-mail “ Malfunction Video “
2. Attach the video file to the email (no links!)
Attach your signed and completed Video Release Form.

Link to Download The Video Release Form: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4Nsbfn3gC4ROEp6WmdxVWZwS1E/edit?usp=sharing

Remember to fill out and sign the form completely! If you need to print, sign, and scan the document- do it! If you are a minor we do need your parents permission.

Your video will not be considered without a signed Video Release Form.

By submitting you understand that while we wish we could showcase all of these- only a select few will be used due to the time restraints.

However, we do encourage folks to post their videos (or jpgs or gifs) on #whatsyourmalfunction via Tumblr or Twitter.

Now get out there and do your thing! Have fun!



The Spine | photo by trekkiebeth


The Spine | photo by trekkiebeth

I still do art I swear! These are some assignments from Character Design, such a good class everyone was so awesome supportive and we’re despised by other departments but we stick together like family. ;A;

I’m a big dumb and forgot to post the last video of SpineRaptor, enjoy!






My old student portfolio for Visual Development (Character Design) based on “Wicked” - PART 1 -

Because I often receive questions about portfolios, I thought, well, maybe it would be helpful for some to share my own personal experience accompanied by some visuals. Namely, my own portfolio I submitted to transition from the Animation department to the Visual Development department of Disney Feature Animation.

Now one thing that I will mention here as a disclaimer, and something that will probably be reiterated through out this post is that this is only my personal experience, and there is definitely not any sort of “formula” to make a portfolio for the Disney’s Vis dev. Portfolios that look nothing like this, share no common element, is just as likely to get you into the vis dev department. The acceptance is made by a committee of people, and not just one person’s personal taste or criteria.

Way back in the summer of 2007, I was an artistic intern at Disney. (Mainly 2D character animation, but also some story and vis-dev on the side.)

I was having lunch with one of our mentors at that time, Claire Keane, in which she gave us some advice on structuring a visual development portfolio.

One of her suggestions that stuck to me was to take one story, and dedicate the entire portfolio to it, as if you were developing that into a feature film.

This idea sounded good to me, because it made sense. It’s a semi-simulation of the kind of things you would be doing as a professional artist at Disney anyway, (which gives the reviewers a much better, reliable idea of how you would perform as a contributor) but it also gives the spectator a slightly more immersive viewing experience, as they are taken through one continuous story, with characters they understand, rather than having to adjust to brand new content with the turn of each page.

The many times I have reviewed portfolios, I have also found it a slight handicap to have to ask the artist, “Now, what is this thing from?” 4 or 5 times in one portfolio. 

So in 2008, while I was working on Princess and the Frog, (still as a full time student at Calarts), I started on this visual development portfolio. I chose my story to be Wicked, the musical, which I am sure many of you are familiar with.

When I look back at this portfolio, obviously I see so many flaws in terms of draftsmanship, design choices, character choices, taste etc, and I want to fix them all. But again, the purpose of this post isn’t to show who I am as an artist right now, but to dig up my past and say “Well this is how it happened for me in the past.”

Here is part 1 of the portfolio. I know for some it may be frustrating to have this divided into 2, but the nature of tumblr posts seem to want things kept short. So I’ll try and post part 2 of the portfolio as soon as possible. I want to say within the next day or two, but there’s just never knowing with when I’ll get another free moment.

I think what is probably most important to show in your portfolio is a strong draftsmanship, a good taste in design choices, and a special intuition for characterization.(I’m speaking for my own criteria when I review portfolios, and I don’t claim to represent anyone else’s.)

As you can see I also tried to pay attention to the presentation of the portfolio, which is why I tried to design the layout of it with the theme of “drawer of a Shiz student”.

I’ll probably try to address some of those things that I mentioned in future posts perhaps.

I hope this old student portfolio of mine gave you a better idea on who to shape your own. One thing I would recommend is to not copy exactly the method I used to form a portfolio, but see it more as a solution that will hopefully help you come up with your own solution on how to structure a portfolio.

Next up is Part 2, with some development designs of Fiyero, the Wizard, the Flying monkeys etc



The Spine’s new Spine by periwinklepaints

I don’t think I have enough electronic devices strapped to my belt quite yet.I am going to add another. o_o



The Spine’s new Spine by periwinklepaints

I don’t think I have enough electronic devices strapped to my belt quite yet.
I am going to add another. o_o



what if that rebuilding rabbit thing was for bunny to change genders and make rabbit a girl


they only had enough money for spare parts and they had to change rabbit’s gender

that would be so freaking cool

Spine: “Sorry, all we had was this chest…

SpineRaptor meets Michael Reed! 8D

Seriously though, I love being able to entertain and please people so when I watch footage like this and see their positive reactions it’s really something I cherish. ;u;

Thank you to everyone and the band for the love and support! <33