Many students, teachers and family told me studying 2D animation in school from 2009- 2013 was foolish because there were already no more 2D animation jobs, and that I should study 3D animation. But I hate rigorous, technical work, I honestly hate computers all together. I’m not built for that kind of thinking, and I’m not interested in it. I was and am far more interested in drawing and film making than mastering technology. I’m almost four years out of school now, and have now had far better career opportunities than many of my 3D classmates because I am passionate about what I do.
My senior year of college, I narrowed the parts of the animation process that I am most interested in to writing and storyboarding. But, I was afraid to pursue those jobs because I knew from interning in studios that they were highly coveted positions. So, I went for cleanup and animation jobs, hoping to work my way up. I even got lucky and landed character design work down the line, though I’m not particularly interested in design. It was only when i started taking storyboarding classes, making storyboards in my spare time, pursuing storyboarding jobs, calling myself a storyboard artist, that those opportunities started to become available to me. And it turns out, I’m far better at storyboarding than I was at those other positions, because it’s the thing I enjoy the most. This is not to say “don’t take that cleanup job that pays the bills.” Take that job, and do online storyboarding classes at night, and read storyboarding blogs on your lunch break, make storyboard samples and comics in your free time on nights and weekends… Then, ask for storyboard tests, and test and test and test. It might take a while, no worries. Go ahead and put ‘storyboard artist’ on your website in the meantime instead of ‘illustrator’ or 'cleanup’ or whatever your more accurate fallback job is.
Don’t work in a studio in your fallback job and wait for someone to give you the opportunity. You might think because you are hard working at your compromise job, the management will reward loyalty with the job you politely asked for, or maybe were even too polite to actually ask for. They won’t give you that job. They probably won’t even help you get that job. So test within that studio if they’ll let you, and apply other places in the meantime while you keep paying the bills with that job.
There’s no excuse to me. Even people who want to direct can direct their own animated shorts in their spare time and build up a commercial directing portfolio from those shorts. You can do the same thing making crappy live action films with borrowed equipment in your spare time. It’s costly and time consuming, but you can throw your musician friend a couple bucks for the score, get a compositor buddy to throw effects on your short in exchange for some animation she needs, and buy a bunch of friends pizza to help you clean up scenes or hold lights or whatever. I’ve done it before.
I used storyboards as an example above, (read blogs during lunch, etc.) but apply that same tenacity towards whatever you want to do: vis dev, character design, comic penciler, stop motion fabricator, 3D modeler, whatever. I want to be a writer now, that’s the next hurdle for me. I’ve written two pilots and I’m taking it seriously, going to writing events, talking to people, refining my work and writing new material, and generally conducting myself as a writer. I have no idea how long, or even if this will take, but I’m pursuing it like it’s real because I enjoy writing, so I think I’d be good at it. Please don’t be one of these people that talks about all the stuff you’re “working on”, when you are really just thinking about working on that stuff. Too many of those in the world, please just go and get things done. “There are those who write, and those who talk about writing.” An adage I like. Apply it to whatever you like “There are those who design characters, and those who talk about designing characters…”
So please, everyone, go for what you want, don’t stop short now. You’ll be a lot better at your job when you’re doing the thing you like.
So last night my MU had a magical lesbian baby with this other MU. One day you’re visiting each others’ My Castles and exchanging gifts and the next you’ve got an unexpected magical baby together.
I am happy about this but I’m also salty. (Like Goldfish: The Snack that Smiles Back.) If the game universe can materialize magical gay babies between MUs by the sheer force of bonding alone, then why can’t we have magical gay babies with Niles/Zero or Rhajat/Tharja/Syalla? (Spoilers about child units under the cut.)
Anyway, I will cherish my magical daughter and bring her to visit her mom routinely.
So I know a lot of ppl ship Gabe/Peggy and I was wondering if it was canon or just a headcanon? Plus when shipping characters like these (one white, one black, pre-Loving), do you go for historical accuracy or just say fuck it and ship them together?
It’s comics canon! Gabe and Peggy got married after the war. The mcu just chose to ignore it and go their own way. There’s no good reason why they didn’t follow their arc.
As far as interracial relationships, just because they were illegal doesn’t mean they’re historically inaccurate. In fact, it’s been legal since the late 1800s in the northeastern US where Gabe and Peggy would probably end up. It became legal in all 50 states in 1967, which is well within Gabe and Peggy’s lifetimes. Gabe and Peggy being in love in the late 40s and early 50s would have been absolutely plausible.
But seriously, black and white people didn’t just not fall in love because they couldn’t get married. That’s like saying gay people didn’t exist before 2012. My dad’s best friend in the late 1950s was mixed. So there is no saying “fuck it”, because it’s not a fabricated comics-world thing. It’s a fact.
dropping this here to encourage me to keep going! unforunately I probably wont finish this tonight because I have actual work to do :( But, omg, I’ve gotten so much accomplished in a weekend! Usually it takes a week of all my free time to get a page done in Photoshop, but Manga Studio is a total dream to work with!
Sorry no dialogue - I’m pretty terrible at writing it so it takes me a long time to get to something I like. (still not an overall good writer, but I am getting better)
Okay, so… I don’t know what to do about this, probably nothing I can do, but I’ve been going through the tag for In A Heart Beat and for Johnathan/Sherwin for like five minutes and all I’ve seen are posts talking about not fetishizing this beautiful work and others which are stupid AUs for people’s own ships. And it’s really annoying me. I wanted to see some cute little comics or edits of these two beautiful characters and all I see is people comparing them Sherlock and John or turning them into anime characters. Look I get it the co-creator ran a Johlock blog. So freaking what? People can create OCs that have no connection to their interests. I for example have written fabrication for comic book characters but have also written short stories about characters completely unrelated to anything comic book. So don’t say that In A Heart Beat is some stupid Johnlock AU which I already saw someone do. It’s a completely original work of art that is meant for the LGBT community to relate to. Anyways, no one’s gonna listen to me anyways but I just wanted to say something mainly Sherwin and Johnathan are not interchangeable characters for your queerbaiting OTP, they are their own characters with their own autonomy.
I wrote this at work in the Tumblr app when I realized it was April 11th. Happy (late) birthday, Commander. (Sorry for any typos).
“You better not be peeking,” Samantha Traynor growled as she padded over to the bed, trying to make as little noise as possible. The collection of stuff in her arms had already crinkled more than once on the walk up the stairs to Commander Shepard’s apartment.
Shepard squawked indignantly, her hand still clasped over her eyes. “I’m not! I already banged my shins on the damn stairwell. What more do you want?”
“Oh, I want lots of things,” Samantha hummed back as she led Annelise over to the master bedroom. “But right now I just want this to be an actual surprise for once.”
Desperate to preserve said surprise, Sam had also forced the woman to tighten the cords of her hoodie as much as possible. The soft black fabric comically hugged the curves of Shepard’s forehead and face.
There’s a possibility Sam also might have taken several pictures of the hooded Shepard and posted them to social media. (Allers responded immediately with [”No one wants to see pics of your freaky foreplay, Traynor. …video, though ^_~”]. Joker had seconded.)
“I promise I have no idea what’s going on right now. Although… with ‘Get upstairs now’ and ‘close your eyes,’ I admit my expectations are getting pretty high at this point.” A slanted grin appeared beneath Shepard’s fingertips, her head turning toward the sound of Sam’s voice.
…Annnnd I’m surrounded by perverts.
Takes one to know one, Traynor.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Yet.” Sam led Shepard over to the bed in the dark room, tugging at the woman’s sleeve to indicate she should sit down.