All The Same

Old doodle playing around with the WACOM tablet.

A poem I wrote a while back and just dusted off. I think its not half bad. I hope you like it too.

All The Same

by J. Matthew Root

Until a red-faced man walked in
And laughed at my green skin
And spat right in my face
And called me a disgrace
So I beat him to a pulp and before I left him there for dead
I pulled him close and with his dying words he said…
“In your next life- be me.
And see if you do it differently.”
So I stepped in and pulled on his red skin
And looked out through his eyes
and did it same as him

Thinkin’ I’d done it different.

Until a blue-faced girl walked in
And laughed at my red skin
And spat right in my face
And called me a disgrace
So I beat her to a pulp and before I left her there for dead
I pulled her close and with her dying words she said…
“In your next life- be me.
And see if you do it differently.”
So I stepped in and pulled on her blue skin
And looked out through her eyes
and did the same again

Thinkin’ I’d done it different.

Until a green-faced man walked in
And laughed at my blue skin
And spat right in my face
And called me a disgrace
So I beat him to a pulp and before I left him there for dead
I pulled him close and with his dying words he said…
“In your next life- be me.
And see if you do it differently.”
So I stepped in and pulled on his green skin
And looked out through his eyes
and did it same as him

Thinkin’ I’d done it different.


Prologue

Recently I finally got all my music stuff set up again so I can work on music and sound for my new animated series, Surreal Orange, and I needed to test everything out so I wrote an easy one part song and ended up really liking it so I made it into a Portfolio video. Plus its been a while since I updated my portfolio and recently captured some awesome footage of my creations in Second Life so I cut everything together in a nice video for everyone. Oh- and I added a little introduction teaser for Surreal Orange at the end. All of the video is 100% me. Art, music and all.


TLG Pretties!

Knick Knacks N Stuff Gacha set by J. Matthew Root as Marcus Inkpen

Brick-a-brack! Knick-knacks! Trinkets! Baubles! STUFF!!! Ohhh- how I love things!!! Especially fancy things with intricate frilly bits and stories to tell. And thus- I give unto you…


Boheme Opera NJ

Boheme Opera NJ production of Aida. April, 2019

Joe and Sandy from Boheme Opera NJ first contacted me in 2012 to create animated backdrops for The Magic Flute. It was a fascinating challenge. Its by Mozart and happens in ancient Egypt so you get all those cool Egyptian bits I love so much! So I dove in. Also there’s a nice family connection. My dad’s parents actually met while they were pro opera singers and I’ve been aware of opera from an early age.
So it worked wonderfully and we keep doing it! Every year since I’ve done animated backdrops for their main yearly production. We’ve done Carmen, La Boheme, Faust and Aida (More Egyptian YAY!!!) just to name a few. We keep trying to vary the style and do something new with it every time. Here’s a few examples of the loops and a bunch of pics.

The Magic Flute was way back in 2012 and I was in the midst of trying to adapt to Blender from 3D Studio MAX and was also fairly new to video editing so I was still learning. I’m very proud of the result but check out the Aida backdrops too- they’re WAY better.


Fantasy Faire

The Shrine Tree at Fantasy Faire 2019
by J. Matthew Root as Marcus Inkpen with Sharni Azalee

Second Life’s biggest event of the year. Benefiting Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. We’ve been involved with the event for 10 years now. Each year we not only sponsor our sim for the event but also design it completely just for the event. Its always an amazing show involving some of the most talented and imaginative designers in Second Life and we’re very proud to be a part of it. Here’s a taste of what we’ve done!


Old Man on the Mountain

Old Man on the Mountain by J. Matthew Root – Digital Image 2009

Another oldie! 🙂 Chill. This is my happy warm safe place. OOOOoooooooommmmm…. I don’t know why he’s bald. I’m not bald. What! I’m not! Just a lit– Anyway- it works. Wizard on his day off. Chill.
He looks a bit like Ralph Bakshi don’t he?


TLG Buildings!

If I wasn’t an artist then I would have either been an auto mechanic or an architect and that would have been one impossible choice! I can’t really explain it but I’ve always been fascinated by buildings of all kinds. Something about the whole inside/outside space and how much it alters your perception. I like it. 🙂 and in Second Life its all virtual anyway so designing something and building it are the same thing- and I’ve been busy. Building stuff is fun!


Abnormal Attraction

Bernie the Cyclops from Abnormal Attraction – Effects by J. Matthew Root
Fuzz On The Lens Productions – www.fuzzonthelens.com

More FX than you can shake a stick at! I was so lucky to get to do the visual effects for this film and I loved doing it but it was a LOT of work! I handled about 90% of the effects shots you see here- and the ones you don’t see too. Everything from adding muzzle flashes and bullet holes to doing the whole top quarter of Bernie’s head. I’m so proud of the work I did but also its an AWESOME movie! A ton of fun! Check it out. I know you’ll love it.
Tons of thanks to Michael Leavy and everyone at Fuzz On The Lens Productions– You guys were wonderful to work with!

Demo reel coming soon!

Or better yet go watch the movie! Its available now right HERE and its AWESOME!!!


And more wallpapers!

Here’s another batch of free wallpaper art. If you like just Save Image As..


Mr. Toad

Mr. Toad by J. Matthew Root – Digital Image 2016

Is he kinda creepy? I mean- I guess it all depends on what his magic hand does. I’ll ask him the next time I see him- but he’s a rare one on the scene.