Baker & Hill

Baker & Hill

We communicate visually through animation and interactives. We are for hire.

We communicate visually so you don't have to : http://www.bakerandhill.com We create content and deliver as animation and interactives.

Mission: To do what we love, for money.

James Austin at Crosstown in Memphis #jamesaustinjr #crosstownconcourse #crosstownarts

Working on some illustration styles for the inside of a cell. Even after doing this stuff as long as we have been, it’s still surprising how difficult it can be making a script or concept look as good as it is imagined. (Not sure how close we are getting here, but apparently close enough to want to share it.) @ Germantown, Tennessee

Working on some illustration styles for the inside of a cell. We’ve been doing this kind of thing for a good while and it’s still surprising how hard it can be to make a script or concept look as good as it’s imagined. #animation #illustrations @ Germantown, Tennessee

A few sketches from the James Austin Sextet show at Smalls in Greenwich. These guys are coming this Friday to Crosstown in Memphis. See’um!
#smallsjazzclub #crosstownjazz #crosstownjazzseries #crosstown #crosstownconcourse #jamesaustinjr @ Smalls Jazz Club

uxdesign.cc

Why some designs look messy, and others don’t

https://uxdesign.cc/why-some-designs-look-messy-and-others-dont-1755b8ce22ff
(Thanks Brian Cordyack for the article!)

uxdesign.cc Use this incredibly simple rule that is, somehow, never taught in school or design courses

Stinky Drink

After a sweaty workout, these gym rats rehydrate with a "Weird But True!" recycled refresher. Check out this week's #WeirdButTrue video we did for @nationalgeographickids #WeirdButTrueWednesday https://vimeo.com/315519758/4f00961355

An episode from National Geographic’s “Weird But True!” series

What does the water you drink have in common with the water ancient people, mammoths, and dinosaurs drank? Find out in this "Weird But True!" video. @nationalgeographickids #WeirdButTrue #WeirdButTrueWednesday https://vimeo.com/263905317/77b5a54578

What’s the valuable treasure this supercrook is after in this "Weird But True!" clip? Check out the video we did for @nationalgeographickids to find out. #WeirdButTrue #WeirdButTrueWednesday https://vimeo.com/239180562/45629b2cbf

Find out how four generations of hens lay eggs in this @nationalgeographickids Weird But True! video we did. #WeirdButTrueWednesday #WeirdButTrue https://vimeo.com/263905359/74b630d9e5

Welp, it's Wednesday again! One woman loses sleep over this #WeirdButTrue noise that lyrebirds make.
@nationalgeographickids #WeirdButTrueWednesday
http://bit.ly/2nLjEpA

Natural creepy light shot. A Sunday late afternoon view with a cell phone - no touch ups. Looks like an opening for a suburban Nosferatu.

Recently we worked on developing a character for an educational show and this concept came out of the effort. It wasn't chosen, but now we want to create our own educational show with it. Maybe putting it here will remind us to do it some day.

A buddy and colleague of ours, Casey Sattler, just finished this music video for Hilton Valentine, original guitarist for The Animals! https://eclecticgorillastudios.com/behind-the-scenes-1

How do you think a house fly can help you carry a tune? Check out the "buzz on flies" in this @nationalgeographickids #WeirdButTrue video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo42uDPPpb8 #WeirdButTrueWednesday

Did you know that the first edition of @Photoshop (Photoshop 1.0) was released in February 1990? It was created in 1988 by American brothers Thomas and John Knoll. Today there's Photoshop 20! How many "Now That's What I Call Music" albums are there again? #FunFactFriday #FactFriday #design

What's the difference between drawing and design?

A minute on the difference between drawing and design.

Bad Design: Face up or face down?

Bad Design: Front Side Up or Up Side Down?
Sure, I am in a hurry, but then I just need to know whether I put my document up or down to copy. Man, I must be in a real hurry because I can't focus enough to read this stuff -- oh wait -- it's camouflaged with bad design.

Bad Design: How many do I take?

Bad Design - How many do I take?
At first I feel stupid when I can't find how many pain relievers to take and then I realize, while I am often stupid - this time that's not the problem. It's bad design.

Youth In Government 2019

Sketch from photo of this year's Youth In Government in Nashville, TN.

Just launched this site and interactive with WETA/PBS. The show airs tonight!

Baker & Hill making new graphics out of old things.

https://vimeo.com/328723899
A two minute example on how we make new graphics out of old inspirations.

Using old visuals to create new graphics (that look old).

How to Make Digital Paintings Look Traditional

A video worth watching on how to paint digitally with traditional results...https://youtu.be/0Dbf63YnkeA

Digital painting is really versatile. You can make anything and work in any style, but what if you want your digital paintings to look like traditional paint...

Titles and graphics for an upcoming show!

Designing an icon.

https://vimeo.com/bakerandhill/water
A short video of us designing an illustrating an icon from a series for St. Patrick Church.

Designing an icon and finishing it in a sloppy screenprint style.

A behind-the-scenes on how we designed and illustrated a series of icons for St. Patrick Presbyterian Church in Collierville. And here's a video of the process with another icon from the series: http://vimeo.com/bakerandhill/water

For our friends (both furry and non-furry) over at the Piperton Pet Hospital!

Way back in 2003 when we were all of about 4 years old, we worked on a good bit of Animal Planet projects, including quite a few for Steve Irwin's show. Thanks to all the folks at Animal Planet for including us on your team and all those great Crocodile Hunter projects!

Today, office doubles as band practice. So, if you call 'It Might Get Loud'.

We got a little carried away yesterday art directing one of our illustrators and figured we might as well just turn this into a share. Here's a visual conversation on the nuances of controlling style in terms of whether it communicates old, young or funny.

A new series of sandblasted bowls Mark is working on. You should hear him explain his thinking and process - it's extremely interesting. Maybe we can do a little mini-documentary on it sometime.

Tickets for the Westminster Academy Dessert Concert on February 22 at 7p.

Flyers for the Westminster Academy Dessert Concert on February 22 at 7p.

Posters trumpeting the Westminster Academy Dessert Concert on February 22 at 7p.

Doing some t-shirt testing and so did color on an earlier sketch from last year. We like birds

Trash Dash | Weird But True! Shorts

There’s a race track where pieces of junk move faster than any car. Where is it? Start your engines for this National Geographic Kids "Weird But True! Shorts" video: https://bit.ly/2qMqNUw This was a fun one to produce! #WeirdButTrueWednesday #WeirdButTrue

There’s a race track where pieces of junk move faster than any car. Where is it? Start your engines for this "Weird But True! Shorts" video. Catch a new Weir...

Just how long can hiccups last? Follow a record-holder’s journey one hic at a time in this National Geographic Kids' "Weird But True! Shorts" video, produced by yours truly - https://bit.ly/2FlUFAW #WeirdButTrueWednesday #WeirdButTrue

Inspired by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon's inking - a 45 min sketch and ink of one of our favorite movie stars, Brigadier General James Stewart.

Elephant Power | Weird But True! Shorts

The beetles are ready to rock, but they need a place to plug in. An unlikely elephant saves the day in this electric "Weird But True! Shorts" video. #WeirdButTrueWednesday #WeirdButTrue Thanks to National Geographic Kids for the opportunity to produce these animations! https://bit.ly/2RWkr0j

The beetles are ready to rock, but they need a place to plug in. An unlikely elephant saves the day in this electric "Weird But True! Shorts" video. Catch a ...

Looking Good ... And Gross! | Weird But True! Shorts

Baker & Hill brings the GROSS to life in this National Geographic Kids video! Discover the "Weird But True!" ingredients inside a woman's cosmetics as she gets ready for her day. https://bit.ly/2OJhGgS #WeirdButTrue #WeirdButTrueWednesday

As a woman gets ready for her day, discover the "Weird But True!" ingredients inside her cosmetics. ➡ Subscribe for more National Geographic Kids videos: htt...

Born In Africa Titles (long)

Wrapped up titles and graphics for an National Geographic show: https://vimeo.com/306059400?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=29220

Titles for a National Geographic Wild show.

If you took your family on a road trip to outer space, how long do you think it would take you to get there? Get the facts in this National Geographic Kids"Weird But True! Shorts." We had a blast creating this video ….pun intended. https://bit.ly/2OIKtlu #WeirdButTrueWednesday #WeirdButTrue

[12/11/18]   Playing around with an iPad.

Mark is in the process of creating some more outstanding glass pieces. This is right after the sandblasting.

Our brains work hard to get us through the day! Check out this National Geographic Kids "Weird But True! Shorts" video, produced by yours truly at Baker and Hill: https://bit.ly/2QGH1d2 #WeirdButTrueWednesday #WeirdButTrue

Office detail: The first cobweb-generating toy.

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What's the difference between drawing and design?
Bad Design: Face up or face down?
Bad Design: How many do I take?
Youth In Government 2019
A drawing set up
Some animation in progress for the centipede head.
Baker & Hill at NPR

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