Memory-lane

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HONESTLY ITS TIME FOR MEMORY LANE

A flip book I made in the summer of 1990, between 8th and 9th grade. This was also done for the animation class I took at the Louisville public library. While there, another student introduced me to VHS clips of Nausicaä and Akira, blowing my mind. In 1995, I transferred to RISD and met Scott Clark, a student a few years older than me. We quickly realized we had both taken that class in Louisville, albeit at different times, and I had even seen one of Scott’s short films there. Scott and I are still friends, over 20 years later. He was in Pixar’s first internship program, and has been an animator and directing animator there ever since. Anyway, before all that we made silly little films and flip books as kids like this one!

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More old, OLD artwork, this time from freshman and/or sophomore year of high school, so ‘90–'91. I was very lucky to attend DuPont Manual public magnet school in downtown Louisville for the first half of high school, where I majored in art—in high school! I was deeply into fantasy novels back then, and a friend from another school and I tried to write our own fantasy novel together—very influenced by the Dragonlance series. We came up with a premise, characters, and the major plot beats, but writing-wise we didn’t get much further than that. I did do this watercolor illustration (part three of a triptych) and this dragon design based on the story. I had all but forgotten about this story and artwork by the time I made it out to LA in ‘98, but it is interesting I ended up creating another fantasy series with a friend there. I guess I was headed in that direction for a long time…
After sophomore year, my dad was transferred back to Atlanta, so I moved to Roswell High School for my junior and senior years. When I got there, the counselor saw all of my art credits from my previous magnet program and said, “You have way too many art credits. No more art for you.” Obviously I was upset, but my mom was even more so. She took my portfolio to the principal. Apparently this large fantasy triptych was instrumental in convincing him to let me take art for both years. My mom is awesome.

You know how Facebook gives you the “walk down memory lane” thing with your posts every day? I stumbled upon this post from exactly one year ago. I made this blog about one month later. It was when I was still in the beginning stages of Japanese and in the context of this post I couldn’t understand the use of 「と」 and は vs. が. At the time I hadn’t discovered memrise or MaggieSensei or all these language blogs yet so my only structure to learning a language was extensive research all over the Internet to try to understand (+Tae Kim’s confusing Guide To Japanese). Obviously, I’ve come a long way since then.
It’s so crazy how much we can learn in a year!
I wanted to share this with you guys to show that progress may come slow and it may come fast, but it will always come nevertheless. The whole reason I created this blog was for other people to not have the same exact problem I posted about on Facebook. I wanted to provide structured (but fun) learning for free without the hassle of trying to scour the Internet for resources. This just goes to show how much you can accomplish in one simple year.

おはよう!がんばって!また後でね!
[good morning, and good luck! Have a great day!]

More walks down memory lane… This is the star of one of my first animation projects, from a class I took at the Louisville public library in ‘89/‘90, so 7th/8th grade. Back then we called this “claymation”—although I guess no one calls it that anymore. I have no idea why I sculpted a caricature of Hank Williams Jr., but I was and still am proud of my solution of using packing tape for the Les Paul’s strings. As you can see, he melted under the lights while I shot the film, but he has held up fairly well in the subsequent 25+ years.