Animation for the Medical Field

What do talking animals and anthropomorphic pills have in common? They are both showing up in commercials and training videos produced by Timbuktoons.

Timbuktoons visual developed the main character, and we are producing the animated segments for a national pain management awareness video in partnership with our friends at Orion Vega Media.

We have also produced a series of commercials for our friends at Memorial Medical Center, the latest of which was a spot for their new pediatric unit. Timbuktoons used their existing character designs and brought the animals to life and handled animatics, production, and post-production.

Stay tuned for more project updates!

Project Highlight: New RightNow Media Series

The past few months we’ve been working on some fun projects including character designs, background designs, nested animation, and asset rigging for Phil Vischer’s team to use in-house to produce his new series on RightNow Media called “What is a Christian?”

I don’t know much about the series but we have designed several characters, backgrounds, and props. The two characters above are the main characters of the show.

More to come! Stay tuned!

Sorry! We’ve been busy!

So it’s been a year since we posted anything on the studio blog (OK, one year, one month, and 23 days. Don’t judge). We’ve been super busy working on some really fun projects.

We’ve been producing an all new animated curriculum for the Salvation Army’s Junior Soldiers program. It’s a 4 year animated curriculum with lesson plans, activities, and an app. Timbuktoons developed the concept from the ground up and we’re currently halfway through production on season 2. We’ll be able to post some artwork and more information once the project is officially launched. It’s been over 2 years in the making and we can’t wait to unveil it!

We’ve also been working on visual development for an upcoming show that Phil Vischer (creator of VeggieTales and What’s In the Bible?) is working on. We’ll also share more on that as we’re able to.

Oh yeah, and I’ve been writing and illustrating a book for Harvest House Publishers which will hit Christian bookstores and all the online outlets in the Fall of 2018.

Sean has been busy managing 2 full animation teams, a few strategy and branding projects for some great ministry organizations, the Junior Soldiers curriculum, and his cold press coffee brewer.

Stay tuned and look for more updates soon…and I’m not just saying that. C’mon…I said don’t judge. We’ll be sure to come up for a breath of air to give more updates soon.


kidsQuest Wallscapes

kidsQuest Wallscapes

During the branding process for kidsQuest, the kidmin of Quest Church, Timbuktoons developed a story and art direction for the environment design.

Using those as a springboard for illustrations, we created a series of unique wallscapes that visually express the personality and heartbeat of the kidsQuest ministry: “kids can be part of the on-going amazing journey of faith that connects us all.”

“kidsQuest sends families on an exciting adventure through God’s big story.”

The story and style of the ministry reminds families that kidsQuest is an excursion, a destination…not just an environment.

Each environment captivates with an ancient-future feel that communicates the importance of “then, now and next.”

Project Challenges:

  • Translating a verbal brand story into visual environment design
  • Create an art direction that works for preschool through 5th grade
  • Connect ancient stories with the next generation
  • Communicate key messages about the kidmin

Our Solution:

  • Develop characters that represent the children at kidsQuest
  • Action comic look and feel with colors that match church brand guide
  • Add easter egg “story starters” to each wallscape


Services: Concept Development, Branding, Visual Development, Art Direction, Illustration
Software: Sketchbook Pro, Illustrator

Spot Illustration Project

This is a sample illustration we developed for text book RFP. It was for a large single color management training text book.

Though that may sound about as fun as watching paint dry, sometimes limitations actually help to force creativity. We had to develop a visual style that read quickly, conveyed the message, had humor, and looked current. Since we were limited to a single color, we used tonal textures and patterns, bold iconic outlines, and strong silhouettes.

This is the style frame sample (and rough sketches for you to see the initial phase) we produced. The final is a vector illustration so the client can use it for any potential future need including oversized printing, web, motion graphics, etc.

The caption reads. “Employees and supervisors should work together to set goals.”


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LifeKids Project Launch


Timbuktoons recently had the privilege of producing a show intro and several animated music videos for LifeKids next project which officially launches tomorrow!

On Friday, April 1, Mr. Music is back, now with Emily and Guy the Bible Guy to bring you the latest LifeKids album, Bible Adventure Worship! Sing along with your kids to 14 of their favorite songs like “You Are Awesome,” “My BFF,” and “Count on Jesus.” Mark your calendar to get it on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, and Apple Music.

See animation sample on Timbuktoons FaceBook page.

Monster Crash


NorthPoint Monster Crash

Timbuktoons was asked by NorthPoint Ministries (specifically KidStuf, their K-5th Grade Ministry) to create a series of monster characters for a series they were developing for all of their campuses.. The series created by BigStuf usually focus on a single “big idea.” In this case the big idea was self-control.

The concept for these monsters centers around the idea that normal kids turn into monsters when they don’t exercise self-control.

Project Challenges

  • Make four distinct characters that were monstrous but not scary to the younger grades
  • Budget and Time constraints
  • Getting concepts approved that met the needs of every NorthPoint campus

Our Solution

  • Timbuktoons established the art direction as fun, colorful but not too scary
  • We created bumper videos, coloring pages, stickers as well as a “Monster Cage” series logo


KidStuf is the place where kids and parents learn together about God’s Big Ideas! It’s a 45-minute fun, digital, interactive experience that happens once a month from September through May. Because our goal is to partner with parents, we launch the Big Idea that K–5th graders are learning about in UpStreet all month long. We also provide each family with a KidStuf Take-Out so that parents can help their kids apply the Big Idea at home—where it matters most! We also provide an Encore performance of KidStuf on the Friday following KidStuf Live.

Services: art direction, visual development, character design, ink and paint.
Software: Sketchbook Pro, Illustrator, After Effects, Flash

Top 5 Reasons to Collaborate

5 reasons creative collaboration is great for multi-site and single-site churches
Here are 5 reasons creative collaboration is great for multi-site and single-site churches:

1. Good Stewardship
It doesn’t make sense to crew up for short term or “one-off” projects when the talent is already available on a contract basis.

2. Quality Work
We’ve found that each creative team has different strengths and weaknesses. Pulling on an outside resource to fill a gap always increases the overall quality (and timeliness of completion).

3. Unity of the Body
Churches shouldn’t be silos or feel like competitors. Working together for THE Church (capital “C”) is what we should all aim for.

4. The Best Artist Is All of Us Together
If the indie entertainment industry can effectively collaborate to get the job done (as was the case with Secret of the Kells and other indie films), how much more should churches and likeminded creative shops be able to collaborate to make a project better than if we tried to pull it off alone?

5. Impact
Not only do you get a bigger bang for your buck when you pull on creative team members to work in their strength areas, but you also get more creative thought, intuitive networking, passion and creative synergy, momentum, higher quality product, and overall larger impact. Bigger vision comes from getting outside of our box. Also, someone out there NEEDS your talent! The world misses out if you and I don’t network and collaborate for larger impact!