Resources for Creatives

Posted on Mar 23, 2020

Last Updated: July 16, 2020 at 12:25 p.m. CST

Below is a link with tons of resources for the creative industry, particularly those who are freelancers/contractors. Will add to the list as more are found.

If you have kids at home, there are many resources via the links on this post:

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List of Resources for Creatives:

Spreadsheet of Opportunities and Candidates:

Anita (Santiago) Castellar created a job share spreadsheet for opportunities and candidates to list themselves (Post on LinkedIn):

I created a #jobshare database on Google drive! I don’t have much but I have my platform and a strong #network to help my friends and colleagues that are #OpenToWork. Many have been displaced due to #COVID. I’m asking you all to share, post, and participate no matter if you are a #jobseeker or if you are #hiring. Let’s get people connected with #opportunities!

Go to the Spreadsheet : Google Sheets Spreadsheet

Many Resource Links at:

Resource Link Categories:

  • General Preparedness
  • Quantifying Economic Impact of Cancelled Work
  • Advocacy, Legal & Financial Information
  • Emergency Funding
  • Community Care & Mutual Aid
  • Working, Gathering, & Teaching Online
  • Health & Mental Heath Resources
  • International Resources (Outside United States)
  • Other Lists & Miscellaneous Wisdom
  • Events (Online Learning & Webinars)
  • Interrupting Racism Resources

This list is specifically designed to serve freelance artists, and those interested in supporting the independent artist community. This includes, but is not limited to, actors, designers, producers, technicians, stage managers, musicians, composers, choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers, craft artists, teaching artists, dancers, writers & playwrights, photographers, etc.

What this list IS: an aggregated list of FREE resources, opportunities, and financial relief options available to artists of all disciplines.

What this list IS NOT: a place to promote individual artist practices (we love you, but we’re not equipped for that); a place to promote fee for service work; or a place to seek direct emergency funding.

This link was found via a post by Lance Curan:

Via a post by (SCBWI = Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) : “Kidlit creators! We know you’re looking for resources to get through COVID-19 and we’ve got them coming. (Stay tuned. 🙂) Here’s a list of financial help for freelancers to get you started by #SCBWI member Nancy Castaldo”

Via a post by Laurie Schacht : “Women in Toys, Licensing & Entertainment (WIT) is offering complimentary 6-month memberships to those experiencing unemployment or loss of income due to the spread of the novel coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. The offer is presented in the spirit of WIT’s mission to “advance women through leadership, networking, and educational opportunities.””

Direct Link to Form:

Via a mention on NBC 5 DFW news : “Coffitivity recreates the ambient sounds of a cafe to boost your creativity and help you work better.”

Via a shared post by Brilliant Ads : “The UN asks creatives to help fight #Covid19. Read the open brief and share. Let’s put our skills to a noble use!”

Via a post by the Anna Goodson Illustration Agency website : “How to Survive as an Illustrator during the COVID-19 mania”

Via a post by AOI (Association of Illustrators) and a post by Georgia Luckman : “Some excellent advice for Illustrators and other freelance creators working from home #StayInReachOut ⭐” | “What steps can we take next as Illustrators in these uncertain times? I’ve brought together tips and advice that we can use to improve our situation, and continue doing the work we all love”

Zoom Backgrounds

Via a post by WB Games : “Looking for a DC themed virtual background for your next ZOOM call?”

Via a post by Eric Calderon : “For everyone doing Zoom calls from your home, here’s a link that let’s you choose a background from a few of Fox’s animated series to use as your virtual background. Pretty fun and keeps your clients/colleagues from seeing your messy house!”

Via a comment by Billie Tucker Volpe : Pee-wee’s Playhouse

Via a post by Sonic : “Looking for a fun way to add flair to your Zoom meetings? Download our virtual backgrounds and give your coworkers the SONIC they crave!”

Via an article by Forbes : “DoorDash wants to help consumers feel like they are eating in a restaurant despite them not being able to go out during the coronavirus outbreak. The company is offering virtual backgrounds from popular eateries that can be uploaded to video platforms to remind you what going out used to feel like.” | “Hungry for lunch with friends? Same. From your favorite restaurants? Yep. With all your favorite tunes? Delivered! Share a complete (virtual) lunch when you order from the DoorDash Lunchroom. Download video-chat backdrops (at McDonald’s … or on the moon) and music to set the (food) mood. Share the experiences with (virtually) everyone—friends, family, and even some familiar faces you never thought you’d miss.”

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day 2020!

Posted on Mar 16, 2020

Whether at the end of a rainbow or the bottom of a mug, may luck be with you to find your pot o’ gold.

Leprechauns, Pots of Gold at the Ends of Rainbows, Four Leaf Clovers, Horseshoes, and other St. Patrick's Day and Irish Illustrations by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™ |

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Perhaps it is the 1/4 Irish in me, but I’ve always delighted in the ideas of following rainbows to get to pots of gold (does a rainbow come from the pot of gold or does it start elsewhere and find its way to the pot of gold?), the leprechauns that guard it or are stumbled upon out-and-about, and the luck a four-leaf clover may bring.

I recall searching for four-leaf clovers as a child (not as much as an adult…) but alas, I never found one (probably because I don’t think we had clovers of any sort in our yard…). Large rainbows tantalized, yet, my parents frowned upon going on long adventures to reach the end, and I never saw tiny pots of gold at the end of the rainbows I often tried to create from the garden hose.

I’ve always been a fan of leprechauns, fairies, brownies, elves, imps, Smurfs, and the like. Maybe that’s why I’ve always super loved action figures as perhaps they provided a connection to a world of miniature, humanlike supernatural beings. I’ve taken the tricky, crafty, mischievous, selfish nature of leprechauns to heart (I suppose too much so if one were to ask my wife about my behavior). While I never saw them as mean, cruel or evil, it has always seemed that as much as they may not trust humans, we ought to place no trust in their words. Thus, I’ve always preferred representations of leprechauns to have at least a wee bit of naughty to their look. Cute and kind looking leprechauns never seemed to capture any of the leprechauns I’ve met. Of course, one could say that they are surely to be the worst offenders by feigning a trustworthy persona through charm & flattery — us extraordinarily cute people know a thing or two about this.

I guess none of this really has anything to do with foundation of Saint Patrick’s Day as a commemoration and celebration of the missionary, from which the day derives its name, and arrival of Christianity to Ireland — a day to rejoice in for sure. However, with all these fun mythological creatures and stories, how can one resist not enjoying them too?

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Game Assets Added

Posted on Aug 12, 2019

More game assets have been added — Valentine’s Day, Easter, St.Patrick’s Day, Flowers, Balloons, Beer, Chocolate, Gold, and more!

Go over to the assets section and see them at larger size. More to come soon!

QuietYell & Scott Monaco : New Game Assets Added

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The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster

Posted on Jun 15, 2019

A new painted illustration added! : The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster

A poster celebrating the joyful story and achievements of The Animoodles™ plush toys by Marissa Louie & team, including two successful Kickstarter campaigns, the prestigious Women In Toys recognition & award of Marissa Louie, many industry & retail accolades, and many more, not to mention simply bringing the innovative, fun, cute, and diversity-focused dream into reality.

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The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™ for Marissa Louie, founder of The Animoodles™ Plush Toys :

Vintage and Grayscale Variants
Vintage and Grayscale Variants of The Animoodles™ Celebration Poster by Scott Monaco of QuietYell™ for Marissa Louie, founder of The Animoodles™ Plush Toys :

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Plum and Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Milk Flavored Lays Chips

Posted on Mar 10, 2019

What beautiful packaging for interesting flavored potato chips by Lays. I’ve always enjoyed the diversity of flavors in the Lays chips I see when visiting family in Taiwan and am so glad to see more of them now at our Asian groceries in Dallas, TX. It is hard to tell from the photo, but both the Plum and Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Milk packages have a nice metallic sheen to them.

Plum and Sakura (Cherry Blossom) Milk Flavored Lays Potato Chips

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Funko KFC Colonel Sanders (And Golden Girls Sophia)

Posted on Mar 4, 2019

Yay! My Funko KFC Colonel Sanders arrived! He makes the perfect mate for my Funko Golden Girls Sophia. Cheer for Chicken & Cheesecake Charm!

Funko Pop KFC Colonel Sanders

Funko Pop KFC Colonel Sanders Figure

Funko Pop KFC Colonel Sanders and Golden Girls Sophia Fiigures

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Funko :

KFC : |

I also picked up another Funko treat: Rick And Morty Cereal via Target! I hear that the trick to it is keeping 70% of it above the milk.

Funko Pop Funko's Cereal Adult Swim Rick And Morty

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Sumo Joe Pre-Order Available Now

Posted on Feb 21, 2019

Ahhh! Here is the book I’ve been waiting for with excitement. Two people I admire and delight in have come together to make “Sumo Joe”. Congratulations to Mia Wenjen and Nat Iwata on this book; it’s sure to be wonderful! And congratulations to Lee and Low Books for bringing all of this to the world.

Pre-order on Amazon here (Out May 14th):

Sumo Joe Children's Picture Book by Mia Wenjen and Illustrated by Nat Iwata

About the Book

On Saturday mornings, Sumo Joe is a gentle big brother to his little sister. But on Saturday afternoons, he and his friends are sumo wrestlers! They tie on makeshift mawashi belts, practice drills like teppo, and compete in their homemade dohyo ring. They even observe sumo’s ultimate rule: no girls allowed! But when Sumo Joe’s little sister wants to join in the fun, Sumo Joe is torn between the two things he’s best at—sumo, and being a big brother.Fists, feet, and martial art forms collide in this sweet yet spirited rhyming story by author Mia Wenjen and illustrator Nat Iwata.

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More Info

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More About Mia Wenjen

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Specialty versus Mass Market Package Design

Posted on Feb 16, 2019

Here’s a great article by Matt Nuccio of Design Edge:

Specialty Versus Mass Market Package Design (of toys, board games, and more) by Matt Nuccio of Design Edge

Matt Nuccio:

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Super Tony Guys!

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

This was a fun micro-game spoof done for a private event. Would be fun to expand it to much more.

Super Tony Guys Game, Video Game, Gamification

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Happy Chinese New Year 2019

Posted on Feb 4, 2019

My son is ready for his second Chinese New Year!
What a difference a year makes! Happy CNY2019!!!

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