Patrick Davidson

May 23, 2024

Ten Inspiring Self-Improvement Quotes

I finally finished another Initiate Improvement episode called "Ten Inspiring Self-Improvement Quotes". This one took me quite a while as I had to animate ten new faces and a few other things, like a man diving into a pool. I am falling behind in making these episodes because I like to add new animation to every episode, which is proba...
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May 3, 2024

7 Hours in Nicaragua

I just returned from the fastest trip to another country in my life. Fellow Traveling Gringo Eric and I shot up to the Nicaraguan border for the second time in a month. This time was to finish up some business from the first trip. We were in and out in seven hours! The border agent looked at us funny as we went through twice during his...
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April 24, 2024

Behance Portfolio

I just launched my new Behance portfolio centered around my 2D animation and motion graphics work. There are 12 projects up there now, and I hope to add more soon. Each project will have at least one video, so scroll down if you don't see any. Here's the link:
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April 10, 2024

Boost Freelance

Yesterday, I launched a new website for my freelancing business: Boost Freelance! This website will be the home for all of my freelancing offerings, including Boost Animations and Boost Grafix. I filmed a new short video that talks about the services I offer. I also talk about my history as a graphic designer and animator. There is eve...
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April 8, 2024

Trip to Nicaragua

I just got back from a week-long trip around Costa Rica's southern zone and then up North to Nicaragua. I went with Eric, the other half of Traveling Gringos. I haven't been to Nicaragua since around 2016. I lived in San Juan Del Sur way back in 2004 and haven't been back since. Back then, the town was not that well known, and there we...
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March 28, 2024

We Are Indy Profile

I just created a profile over at We Are Indy. The freelancing app looks great and I think I might need to switch over to it.
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March 15, 2024

Boost Grafix

Do you need a full-time or temporary graphic designer with over 20 years of remote work experience? I can help! Check out my new Website for Boost Grafix and see how easy it is to get started working with me. See how I work remotely, find my design portfolio, and see the "Book Time" feature. You'll also find a short video of me explain...
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February 16, 2024

1,000 Subscribers

My Expat Animator YouTube channel reached 1,000 subscribers this week! I made a short video commemorating the occasion. Thanks to everyone who has subscribed.
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January 20, 2024

View my portfolio

I recently updated my graphic design and animation portfolio. It is now available online as a free downloadable PDF that you can access with this link:
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January 19, 2024

We have another lot for sale in Costa Rica

Along with our house being for sale, we are selling another lot around the corner that my wife owns. It is 674 square meters and has two structures on it that I built as offices over the last decade. Check out a video tour and find out more information on our ad:
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January 18, 2024

Buy our house in Costa Rica

I have been forgetting to update this blog for the last few months. But one major change is that we are selling our house! We built this house ten years ago, and it is finally time to move on. You can watch a video tour of the house on our ad, it's in the photos section:
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January 17, 2024

Contact me

Click this post if you can't see my email address below. For spam protection purposes, I am posting it as a graphic, so you will need to type it into your own email client. Thanks for reaching out!
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May 30, 2023

An Update on My Skillshare Animation Courses

I want to give an update on what is happening to my disappearing Skillshare courses on today's episode of the Expat Animator! My New 'Rough Animator: Beginners Course' (2023):
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May 24, 2023

I'm Using for My New Website, Blog & Newsletter

I recently switched my Website from WordPress to which is made by 37signals, the makers of Basecamp. The service is great and provides three services in one - an email account, a blog, and a newsletter. Find out why I switched on today's episode of the Expat Animator!
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May 17, 2023

Why You Should Storyboard with Large Markers

If you are making storyboards for your animation, you should consider using large markers. I'll tell you some reasons why in today's episode of the Expat Animator!
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May 9, 2023

100th Episode Celebration!

This video marks my 100th episode since I started posting to my Expat Animator series. And I wanted to celebrate the occasion!
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April 19, 2023

Film Titles Animation Backstory for 'Her Minor Thing'

In 2004, I was hired to animate the opening titles for the film "Her Minor Thing". It's a romantic comedy that is starring Estella Warren, Christian Kane, and Michael Weatherly among many other stars. This is the backstory from my time working on that project.
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April 11, 2023

Why I Bought a 2017 2nd Gen iPad Pro in 2023

I wanted a big screen iPad for animating with Rough Animator. Ever since I sold my 2015 iPad Pro I have wanted another 12.9" iPad for animating. I finally found a good deal on Swappa and bought it. BTW, this used iPad Pro is way better than what I animated Traveling Gringos on. Here's the lowdown on today's episode of the Expat Animato...
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April 4, 2023

Support Denver Jackson's Animated Feature Film - The Worlds Divide

I stumbled on this Canadian animator creating an animated feature film all by himself! His name is Denver Jackson and I will talk about his film, The Worlds Divide, and his Kickstarter to help him finish the film on today's episode of the Expat Animator! -Patrick
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April 3, 2023

My rotoscope course was featured in Uplyrn's newsletter

If you ever wanted to learn to rotoscope this course is for you. Uplyrn created a nice blog post about my course: Rotoscope Animations with RoughAnimator Thanks to the team at Uplyrn for the write up! -Patrick
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March 30, 2023

Do you need an animated explainer video?

I am now offering my services over on Fiverr, with prices starting as low as $250 for a 30-second animation. I am using three different animation styles, so there are three different Gigs. There are sample videos for each Gig starring yours truly. If you know anyone who needs an animated video for their business please pass this along....
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March 28, 2023

Rough Animator Transparency Export

I recently realized that there is a new option for exporting Quicktime movies with transparency. This is specifically for .mov files only. This didn't used to be a feature as far as I could tell. So I am going to show you how to export your own animations with transparency on today's episode of the Expat Animator!
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March 22, 2023

My New Rough Animator Beginners Course is on Udemy!

I have been secretly working on a new course for Rough Animator over the last few weeks and it’s finally ready. It's called "Rough Animator: Beginners Course". In fact, it was just accepted as my first official course into the Udemy platform. This course is for anyone that wants to get into animation. It's also for someone wanting to p...
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March 21, 2023

Rough Animator v3.04 Bug & Workaround

I was having an issue opening existing Rough Animator files on my Mac. I found a workaround and I'll show you my quick tip of how to do it in today's episode of the Expat Animator! -Patrick
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March 14, 2023

My Best Advice for Completing Large Animation Projects

I give my best single piece of advice for completing large animation projects on today's episode of the Expat Animator. -Patrick
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March 7, 2023

Rough Animator v2 to v3 - My Initial Reaction

I know I am late to the party when it comes to Rough Animator's new interface with v3. But I wanted to show my initial reaction when I first saw it. If you haven't upgraded from v2 yet, what are you waiting for? -Patrick
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February 28, 2023

2023 Channel Update

I wanted to make a video explaining where I've been the last five months and give an update on the future of this channel. My "Expat Animator" video series is where I help beginners, hobbyists, and independent animators create 2D animations. -Patrick
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February 22, 2023

Filming new episodes

In the last two days, I have recorded eight new episodes for my “Expat Animator” YouTube series. I have been waking up around 3am to start filming each morning. You might notice my eyes are pretty red in these videos. Now, I still have to edit these and that will take a lot of time, but these should be able to allow me to post for the ...
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February 17, 2023

My YouTube Channel Update

I am trying to get back into the swing of things in regards to making YouTube videos for my channel again. I want to have a few videos ready to go before I post any though. It has been over 5 months since my last video! That is the longest time without making a video since I started back in April of 2020. I have actually made a few vid...
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February 10, 2023

My new Website for

This is my first blog post here at Hey World, my new home for But why would I want to switch from my colorful, image and video heavy previous Website? Because I want more simplicity. I was previously using a Wordpress site that I built back in 2016. Every time I wanted to post something I would need to make a thumb...
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