Storytime 1 – The Burning of Elm Terrace

Here we have another kinda doodle / video experiment / me reading the first chapter of my novel The Burning of Elm Terrace which I started long ago and am going to try and finish through these videos. It’ll take a while. Its a big story. And the video is kinda weird but I hope you like it. The sound effects in the background are from the sound experiments I’ve been doing for use in my animated series Surreal Orange.


Cyberpunk Dreads Doodle Video

And here’s another doodle for you- this time with me rambling a bit. Talking about my process for doodling and the future impact of AI art on artists. I really hope you enjoy!


Boheme Opera NJ Hansel & Gretel Demo Reel

I’m so glad that things have opened up and we can enjoy live performance again! Here’s the demo reel for the animated backdrops I did for Hansel & Gretel which was performed on Dec 4, 2022. Went a little more painterly on this one. Trying to carry on the tradition of wonderful painted illustrations to go with our favorite fairy tales. Its been ten years now working with Boheme Opera NJ and its always a joy.


New Doodle Video Dec 17, 2022

Pretty self explanatory. I do love free style doodling. I think I’m gonna do lots of these 🙂

Obviously it doesn’t have to be single layer or no undoes but that helps it feel more like drawing and painting with traditional media which forces you to think ahead a bit more then you might if you can just undo stuff easily. Not that I have anything against the undo button. I love it! But I’m trying to keep my intuition sharp and my creativity can flow without tripping over itself. Its possible I’m over thinking that. We’ll see. 🙂

I hope you enjoy the video!


J Matthew Root – VLOG #004

Welcome to a little walk through tour of my sketchbook from 1996 to 2006 covering my time at art school and the beginnings of my career. I hope you like!