Category Archives: People

Softball makes the world go round

For the past 5 weeks, we here at DHG have been playing in a local, novice, co-ed softball league every Wednesday.  We played our best and last game of the winter season last week and now…*le sigh*.

Granted…we came in last place and failed to win a single game.  But that’s beside the point!  Most of the players on our team (and by most, I mean ALL my ladies) have never touched a softball, yet alone charge toward a screaming softball to make a play. But hey, we got better and better with every game.

So now it’s over.  Next season starts in April…feels like an eternity away.  Tuesdays (today) is always fun because we discuss positions, strategies, post-game drinking plans…fun stuff!  Now it’s gone, and I don’t think I’m the only one feeling the remorse.

For the love of softball–we anxiously await the next season.

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Dogs of Digital Harmony – Mixy

Meet Mixy, a rambunctious little boxer who is as sweet as the valentines we used to receive in elementary school.

Happy Valentines Day/Single Awareness Day!

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Dogs of Digital Harmony – Honker

Our prayers, good wishes, and high hopes go out to Honker, a fellow canine of the Digital Harmony Team; who was bit by a rattlesnake (possibly multiple times).

Hang in there Honker!

Thank goodness Honker’s parents administered the rattlesnake vaccine a month ago!  Get better soon Honker!!!

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Meet the Team – Jeff

Name: Jeff Lujan

Role: CEO & Co-Founder

Nickname: SALT (sad, angry, lonely, tired)

Song that reminds me of him:

Beatdowns: closing on the hundreds…all by Keren.

Man Crush: Tom Cruise, Ryan Gosling

*Disclaimer* Jeff refuses to be interviewed.  Therefore, I’m writing edition of “Meet the Team” from my perspective of Mr. Lujan.  Enjoy!

Humble beginnings

Jeff was born and raised somewhere in Arizona and is a diehard fan of all things Wildcat.  Whether it’s women’s volleyball, or men’s golf, here’s there, rooting them on from afar and loving every minute of it.  He got his bachelors somewhere in Arizona where he joined a fraternity and was eventually elected Social Chair.  He had his first entrepreneurial experience fairly young, making hand-painted dog collars and selling them for pennies.  He was a natural born artist, joining Fox animation where he drew for one of my favorite heroine animated movies – Anastasia.  He also worked on Iron Giant (or Titan A.E. i keep forgetting which).

Making it Big Time

At Fox animation, Jeff claims his company softball team was 2nd place in the league, and took it very seriously.  He pushed DHG to join a league (which I will get into later), and is constantly comparing the two.

After Fox, Jeff got into gaming (I think).  He worked at Midway, Namco, and K2.  He is always talking about the people he loved and of course, those who sucked.  Tells me of the ugly side of business and the shitty people involved…Tells me of the Rolex watches, and Louis Vuitton purses he used to have to provide as kick backs…it’s all very ugly.

A Dog Named Jesus

Startups are tough!  Jeff’s currently selling his Mark Ryden Artist Proof #4 to fund the company.  He has already sold his pristine Harley Davidson.  It was a very sad day for Mr. Lujan.

That’s dedication.

“20 Years of Experience…For Free!”

Jeff’s our token ‘old guy’ around the office.  Old not because of age, but because he’s been in the industry the longest–20 years.  There are certain things about business one learns after 20 years, and Jeff’s always adamant about pushing these learnings onto us.  Unfortunately, our generation is skeptical. We need to learn by experience, not by listening.  After refusing to believe him, he provides us with the same warning: “you’re getting 20 years of experience for free right now…Just sayin'”.

Needless to say, he is usually right.  Perhaps one day we will not take his ‘free 20 years of experience’ for granted.

Refer-a-friend

Jeff is always telling me that he’s been asking for a Refer-a-friend system for over 10 years but has never received it…Our goal is to push this to 11 years of asking but never receiving.

Wild Turkey

Jeff is banned from drinking Wild Turkey.

“Southbound and East”

This is Mr. Lujan’s way of referring to ‘Eastbound and Down’, one of the greatest comedies on TV lately.

Embras

Jeff has a love/hate relationship with Embras.  Based on stereotypes that are actually (and unfortunately) true, there never goes a day where I don’t hear this faux-word at least 3 times a day.

Badassery

Jeff’s the most modest person I know.  Despite all the ups and downs (more downs than ups), he is always our pillar of knowledge, our confidant, our fearless leader.  He always finds a way to make things work, and always in the way that works best for all of DHG.

We would not be here without him.

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Meet Us: Andrew, Lead Artist

Name: Andrew Southern

Role: Artist extrodinare

Nickname: “Country”

Song that reminds us of him: “I’m a country boy”

Beatdowns: 7

When did you first know that you were destined to be an artist? 

I have been drawing ever since I can remember.  My brother and I would sit and draw posters for our rooms and for our friends.  My mom is awesome, and would always bring home coloring books and buy me painting kits.  I remember I could never take notes in high school because if I had a pencil and paper in front of me I would inevitably end up drawing instead of writing, and I had a few teachers who told me I should become an artist (maybe so I would take art class instead of their class!).  I come from a family of artists.. However, I never considered being an artist until after my first year of college… I hated all of my classes except art!  I thought about what I wanted to do everyday and after I enrolled full-time in art classes there was no turning back.

 

Who/what inspires you?

Looking at other artwork and seeing other artists sketchbooks gives me the motivation and courage to keep pursuing art.  People like Skottie Young, Creaturebox (Dave and Greg), Sean Galloway, Stephen Silver, Mel Milton (and all the guys at Avalanche Software) are some of my favorite artists today.  Attending life drawing class and researching ateliers always gives me new reference and the urge to push my skills past what I think is possible.  Drawing from life is the most important thing you can do to develop as an artist and keep inspired!

What was your very first job?  Like, age 15, introduction to the world of the workforce?

I remember helping my older brother on his paper route when I was a little kid, It was kinda fun.  I also was lifeguard and detasseled.  For everyone who is not from the midwest and doesn’t know what detasseling is… Google it!

 

You listen to music while you work…tell me what’s on your playlist.

mmmm.. now that’s a great question.  I listen to a little bit of everything… it helps me focus while I work.  Some days I listen to Tupac, Girl Talk, Skrillex, Paul Oakenfold or some other gangster rap/  hip hop / techno music.  But my true roots are in late 90’s – 2000’s Punk Rock.. so I’m usually bangin’ my head to some MXPX, Mayday Parade, Paramore, Relient K, Anberlin… or anything on Tooth and Nail.


You won the dream career lottery.  Who would you assemble for your team and what kind of projects would you work on (also, hammocks or bean bags for the office breakroom)?

Man… where to start.  Well, I would definitely keep the current team at DHG, I love them ALL!! They are the most talented group I’ve ever worked with.. I would also bring in my other artist friends and EVERYONE from my list of inspiring artists (above).

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Xmas at DHG

For our office party this year, we did a Secret Santa before we went downtown to the Alamo Drafthouse Master Pancake Christmas Show!

No tree (it was budget Christmas decor this year)….but a pile a gifts!

“So-Simpo!”

Gift card….Secret Santa’s best friend.

I’m not sure what this is about.  Somebody is excited about a tiny unicorn.

Hooray for all things vintage Nintendo!  (It’s actually a gift card to GameOver, an Austin favorite).

(This is why I stay behind the camera.  I almost always look confused.)  Awesome wallet/purse combo!

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