Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Justin Wright (1981-2008)


It wouldn't feel right for me to go on with a new post without addressing my friend Justin's passing.

This past week has been a sobering one, as the animation family has lost a very special member and talent. Justin Wright, who did story work at Pixar, died suddenly of complications of a previous heart condition. We went to school together, cubed together, worked out at the gym, roomed together, and even tried to bite each other's heads off for a job (Justin won).

As much as I thought I understood, this has been the quintessential moment in my life where I didn't quite realize someone's value until he's gone. I think many of my friends felt this way too and made sure we expressed our appreciation of one another when we reunited at Justin's memorial service.

Everyone who knew him seems to agree that he's a guy that made it worth it. He did the most he possibly could with the time that he had and surrounded himself with great people, great stories, and great experiences. He was the one guy that showed me that if you want something bad enough, you'll get it - he wanted his time on earth.

Justin, I am grateful that you kept insisting on being in my life. It's time for me to pay it forward and do some insisting of my own.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Blackbirds


Some images for a gallery show in Astoria tomorrow. The theme of the show is birds. I set out to draw finches (since a friend of mine observed that I move like one), but I ended up with crows.