A Perfect Way to Market Yourself

There’s no limit to the creativity you can use to create the perfect marketing aesthetics. There are no coincidences. If something is near you, use it. Think about things from a new perspective, like Absolut did with their bottle campaign.

If I took all of the things around me and exaggerated them a little with some creative freedom, I might be a self-made superhero who has the power to control people through the use of sound waves and cymatics or an illusionist with the ability to summon worlds with a thought to trap any entity.

Dream big. Start small. Gain momentum. Be consistent. Never give up.


What have I been up to none of you might be wondering?

I’ve been trying to work on my voice acting so I can progress with my larger animated projects. The pixel art thing I took a break from but I miss it so I’m gradually picking up where I left off. As a musician, I’ve been seeking places to play my music with a little bit of luck. Business-wise, I’ve been doing more graphic design.

I’m selling my pixel art now. The first of many can be found here: https://www.zazzle.com/nyc_night_pixel_art_canvas-192923688101761229

I Forgot I Made This Animated Music Video 4 Years Ago

In 2012-2013 I was doing more networking than I am now, and that led to me doing business with the Collinz Room, a Los Angeles punk band with a unique Hollywood flair.

Lew Nottke and I came up with the music video for one of the Collinz Room’s original songs.

Since then, the band has gone to perform at venues around Los Angeles county and it appears they have new albums in the making.

For those interested in watching Sweet Sober by the Collinz Room, you can find the animated music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dlr4ndapkpo 


35 Uses for Pixel Art

* For the rest of 2016, any donation to Patreon.com/animationandwhatnot gets you a FREE original pixel art piece. *

1. Handheld Consoles

2. User Interface

3. Web Design

4. Icons

5. Compressed Graphics

6. Casino Games

7. Brochures

8. Forms

9. Collectibles 

10. Toys

11. Murals

12. Scaled Graphics

13. Isometric Blueprints

14. Buttons

15. Stickers

16. Animation

17. HUD

18. Intros

19. Outros

20. Education

21. Music Videos

22. Pattern Design

23. Advertising 

24. Blogging 

25. Comics

26. Clothing Design

27. 2.5 Dimensional environments 

28. Browser games

29. PC Games

30. Avatars

31. Canvases

32. Caricatures 

33. Editing

34. Tabletop Games

35. Models

Donate today to receive your pixel art asap! 



Tricks for Animation

As a seasoned independent animator with over 8 years of experience and 70+ cartoons, I’ve learned so much and I refuse to stop learning.

If you have an interest in cartoons, independent or not, these tips may or may not do you some good. (I have not attended any schools for the arts. )

  • Keyframes are everything
    • Good in-between animation is usually needed when you have a budget.
    • Focus on your keyframing for a more solid animation
  • Drawing isn’t everything
    • It does count, but being good at drawing does not make you good at animation.
    • Some of the best animation has subpar drawing.
  • Anticipation
    • This goes so far as being absolutely essential to any good animation.
    • Look up the 12 Principles of Animation.
  • More is more
    • In animation, more animation is more animation.
  • Reusing Animation
    • Reuse wisely and always reuse creatively.
  • Backgrounds
    • Backgrounds don’t have to be animated.
  • Color
    • Color creates emotion, but too many colors can be pricey.
  • Easing
    • Another essential principle. Parabolas are used in g00d animation.
    • But really, look up the 12 principles of animation.
  • Audio
    • Going mute in cartoons only serves two purposes.
      • Imitating old cartoons and
      • Exaggerating

That’s enough for one blog post. I started to make a cartoon for this, and maybe I’ll finish it someday. More likely though, I’ll probably do a live stream about it and then upload the highlights.



Catch my livestreams at Twitch.tv/animationandwhatnot and my cartoons at Youtube.com/animationandwhatnot


Still Here; Here’s Where I’ve Been

I am “Animation & Whatnot”. It captures what I do with most of my time. I dabble in many things but other than music, none more than cartoon animation. You can catch me doing other things like writing, drawing, playing guitar, traveling or just hanging out in different settings. 
On Instagram  (username: animationandwhatnot ) I post original  pixel art pieces I draw. Examples below.
On Twitch (username:animationandwhatnot ) is where you’ll find me unedited. This is the rawest you’ll find me unless I become an actor of any sort.

On YouTube (username: animationandwhatnot ) I post finished, edited and highlighted videos for those who love higher quality productions. You’ll find hours of cartoons mainly. 

On WordPress (username:mmautrey) I have my primary blog, takethatstupidpeople.wordpress.com, where I come to rant about American things and post Californian reviews as well as helpful content for happier living.

Here, unfortunately, I’m not nearly as active as I could be. Maybe that’s not bad. Everywhere else, I appear to be shitting out new content every second.
I’ve got a lot of good ideas that go without seeing the light of day. So, I’ll do my best to share the best ones here and leave the fluff to the linked accounts above. 
Thank you for following! 

My Graphic Design Portfolio

My Artwork / Photography Portfolio


Halloween Fun Time! Find Frankenthomas


Keep coming back to http://joshuaas.elementfx.com/ for updates, fun and new quirks.

“Get Your Own Spot” button coming soon. Until then, try contacting me to get your own spot or service. .

Find Frankenthomas is the “Where’s Waldo”-esque game embedded into the website.

Y’all come back now ya hear?!