Out with the Old and in with the AWESOMENESS!

2019 is just around the corner, and things are getting REALLY exciting!  Of course we have to survive New Years Eve first.  But right after, everything get’s kicked into high gear here at the studios.  Not only do we have a great schedule coming up for conventions, but in Feb, we kick off our “tour” with our very first Pop Up Cartoon Art Gallery featuring art never before seen by Jeff Balke Studios.

January 1st is a WHOLE new chapter for the studio.  Since I started the studio in 2015, I was trying to work on two careers.  Comic book coloring (which I’ve worked in for over 12 years professionally) and animation.  To say the least, it didn’t work.  I was being pulled away from the studio and my characters focusing on “superhero prints” and making sure I get sales.  But not anymore.  Of course I still want to make sales but with my own characters and art.  I want to let the world know that we’re here.  One way to do that is to go to different conventions across the country and have a presents letting people physically see and buy our art.  Outside of conventions, I do have a few ideas up my sleeve which are being worked on, such as our first Pop Up Art Gallery coming in February (I’ll talk about that in more detail in another blog).

I also want to say THANK YOU to all of you who has supported us.  With all your comments, shares, likes and so on, it really means a lot to me.  Without you guys, I wouldn’t be able to do what I LOVE.  2019 is going to be that year where we BOOM and come out of our shell.  We’re going to cross over our comfort zone and just “DO IT”!

Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing you in 2019.

Gearing up for 2019

This past weekend was our final convention for 2018.  Now it’s time to get things ready and going for 2019.  Next year we’re stepping over the boundaries of our comfort zone and going all in, doing then asking questions later.  That may sound kind of odd, but sometimes you need to do the scary things in order to get things going.

In addition to the conventions we’re attending next year, we’re going to have a pretty big year on our YouTube channel.  We have a couple of different series we’re creating including moving our popular Sketch Coloring™ LIVE! episodes from our Facebook page to YouTube.  If you haven’t already subscribed to our channel, please click here: JEFF BALKE STUDIOS YOUTUBE CHANNEL and subscribe so you don’t miss out on any of the shows.  This also includes any animations we have and commercials.

So much changing and coming next year, we need this time off from conventions to get it all organized.

I also want to say THANK YOU to all of you for a great 2018.

PopSockets

Popsockets are the most popular gadget for your phone.  They make it easier to hold (taking the pressure off your wrist) while talking on it, texting, video chatting or even propping it up so you can watch videos.

They work for all phones and you can switch them out easily to showcase your favorite characters.  Like our little guys.  We’ve teamed up with Amazon and have been accepted to start selling our very own Popsockets featuring our characters.  Below is what one of them looks like (there are 9 different ones to choose from).

Order your very own Jeff Balke Studios Popsockets today on our Amazon page.

If you have Amazon Prime, shipping is FREE!

Bringing the Imagination to Life

For years, as far back as I can remember, I’ve watched cartoons and absolutely fell in love with them.  I remember one of the first ones I watched on VHS (yeah, I’m old..lol) was Disney’s Skeleton Dance.  That one to this day still sticks with me.  After that one I got introduced to more of Disney’s Silly Symphonies and loved them.    Throughout my entire childhood I always watched cartoons whenever I got the chance.

Fast forward many years later, I got accepted into Disney’s College Program (1999: Walt Disney World).  I got to meet some of the animators on Mulan (being created at the time) and see how they put together an animation.  My mouth dropped to the floor and my eyes bugged out and got so huge.  This was when I figured out I wanted to animate.  Throughout the entire College Program, we got to know how about animation and the “business” of it.  At the end of the program I did graduate with the highest honor, I earned my DUCKtorate degree.  That whole program and being on my own for the first time in my life, I had a real eye opening experience.  It woke me up.

My entire life I’ve been drawing.  One day about 15 years ago, I’m sitting at my desk drawing one of my own characters (who now is Stanley Squirrel).  In my head I saw him moving around the paper and animated.  My imagination just caught on fire.  But I didn’t know how to animate.  I didn’t know how 1 person can do it all.  I remember the College Program and what the all the animators said to me “it takes a team to animate even a character”.  So I went online to MySpace (it was the biggest social networking site then) and started looking for animators.  Instead of finding animators, I found comic book artists who I started collaborating with and building my art portfolio with.  I then became a comic book colorist.  Taking a little detour from animation, but working in another field I loved.

Now lets fast forward to just about 3 years ago.  I was in Orlando attending MegaCon as a comic book guest.  One morning before I went off to the show, almost 3 years ago, I woke up and remembered what I really wanted to do with my life.  Make my characters come to life.  For years I’ve seen them come to life in my imagination.  But now, it’s time to “bring my imagination to life, one frame at a time”.  That’s exactly what I’m doing.

I recently just opened up a careers page here on the website.  Looking for interns for 2D Animation.  It’s a wide spectrum of talented people I’m looking for.  From storyboard artists to the animators, background artist and so on.  If you or someone you know is interested in creating 2D animation and wants to bring the imagination to life, I ask that you please contact me here on our careers page or just email me at: jeff.jbstudios@yahoo.com

Let’s create magic together and create a whole new world never seen before.