Show notes: Devin Hodges is a Memphis artist who graduated from University of Memphis with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.
Since childhood, Devin has always had an interest in art. One of his earliest art experiences was creating paper dolls of some of his favorite cartoon and video game characters because no official action figures were made for them. When he was 11 years old and in the 6th grade he attended a long summer class about film making with a heavy emphasis on stop motion animation. That course inspired him to one day pursue a career in art and animation.
Founded in 2016, DIAST Cartoons is a small brand he formed for displaying various animations and comic strips found on this website, social media platforms, etc. “DIAST” is an acronym for “Devin’s Improving Art Studio“.
The acronym was originally “Devin’s Independent Animation Studio“, but he came to the realization that he didn’t exclusively produce animations, and also wanted to replace “Independent” with “Improving” to better reflect the quality of work being released. Although most works produced under this brand have been internet only releases, Devin is looking into creating products for stores and film festivals.
Some of the early human designs for “The Common Days of Cade“. Cade’s parents were originally going to be his uncle and aunt instead. The character named “Crescent Moon” was scrapped for the current books.