Remembering Doug B. Horak
Life is an unpredictable thing. Time, something that must always be valued and respected. A few weeks ago, I learned just how true these statements are when I discovered that a very close friend had unexpectedly passed away. While I and so many knew him as a friend, others called him brother or son. Whether we would be at the cinemas, admiring the stunning animation of Pixar's latest film, or having a drink as we discussed the future of art, that stinging pain that comes with the realization that someone you have known for so many years will no longer be with you still burns. It hurts even more to know that the world will never see the full potential of such a talented artist.
Not only did he have a kind heart, a distinct smile, and a genuine laugh, but he was supportive and proud of all of his friends and their endeavors. Though his skills were impressive, notching up such recognitions as the Grand Prize for the 2011 Lucasfilm "Man versus Nature" Concept Art Award (which led to an internship at Lucasfilm Studios in California) and placing second in a competition sponsored by Animation Magazine for their poster pitch contest, he would always brag and swoon over the talent of others, most especially his friends. His passion, motivation, and unconditional selflessness served as a source of inspiration for all who knew him.
Rest in peace, my friend. I, along with so many others, will carry your memory with me, striving to honor it every step of the way on my journey through life. I hope that one day, you, I, and all of our friends and family will be able to share the fun that can be had at "Saint Peter's Gates."
Doug's impressive portfolio can be seen at http://www.dbhorak.com. For a glimpse into his creative process, be sure to check out his blog.