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.
Hello again! A bit late but here’s the #klanceweek2017 Day Seven! Free theme. I hope you like and yeah, I’m seriously gonna work on some new material for the Partners in Crime one, since you liked it so much! I feel very grateful you like what I do, sincerely, thank you very much!
I’ve been inactive lately since life has been pretty busy. Thanks for sticking with me. 💖 Hopefully I’ll be able to work on some new material soon. For the mean time here’s a painting I’ve done recently. Gouache on watercolor paper, enhanced in photoshop.
BK: Villains are always fun to create and write for, so Book Three was a blast in this regard. Mike, Tim, Josh and I got to dream up a team of baddies who represented each of the four elements, but with rare and deadly skills. The designers and I hastily cranked out concept designs so the storyboard artists would have at least rough materials to work with at the start of the new season.
Designs by Bryan Konietzko, Christie Tseng, Angela Song Mueller, and Ki-Hyun Ryu. Color by Sylvia Filcak-Blackwolf.
What do you think Ouma would have been like if he survived to the end of the game? Or what about just outside of the game, like in an au where this game didn't happen? (I'm sorry I just love his character and I want the next game(?) that says no one ever died and they're all living happily)
There’s no need to apologize! I
really love these particular questions, and it’s not exactly a secret that Ouma
is my favorite DR character—I would honestly have loved to see him survive,
moreso with what an important, vital character he was to the whole game even
after his death. The fact that even after dying, Ouma was essentially “present”
at both the Chapter 5 and Chapter 6 trials (first because of the Exisal plan
with Momota, then because of all the clues, hints, and mysteries surrounding
him that led to them finding out so much of the truth) has always struck me as
very, very interesting. And he had so much potential as a survivor, especially
with his cover blown and his plans against the mastermind made clear.
I’ve actually talked a little
bit about my ideas on this before, in a post here a while back! And some people
like @klepotmaniac and @ouma–kokichis have also expanded on the idea and been
interested in it! I still feel like there was real potential to take the Exisal
plan in Chapter 5 and take it in another direction entirely. It was still
incredibly amazing with how well done it was in-game, of course, but I feel
like there was definitely a very noticeable opening there where Ouma could
actually have been one of the survivors.
What was the wake up call for you guys that this is the album you wanted to make? Was it more of a groundbreaking realization or did it just come naturally into view as you were working on new material?
Alex: We knew we wanted to make something different but how it actually ended up was much more of a process. We experimented with a lot of different sounds and this is what came together!
Hey Nina. This is kinda a depressing question, but my prompto cosplay is not going how I want and I have to wear it in two days to my school. But I'm really questioning that because 1. it just looks funky and 2. I don't want people making fun of me. Though it is only the 3rd cosplay I've made, I'm losing my confidence in all of my cosplay plans for the future. I'm a perfectionist and I compare myself to others so much. Since you seem like a really helpful & nice person, how do I deal with this?
First off: I’m very sorry for likely replying after the fact. It’s extremely difficult for me to keep up with my inbox on this site (especially for messages that need a lengthier answer like this), so I don’t always get to respond to inquiries with a quick turn-around. I hope your event at school ended up going well, though!
Secondly: I’m so proud of you for tackling a project outside of your comfort zone to push your skills! It’s important for artists to do that; it’s what helps us grow and learn and most of all, improve. The worst thing you can do as an artist is never push yourself or try new things. It’ll make you stagnate and cause your progress to plateau. So good job for attempting such a difficult costume so early in your cosplay journey!
Thirdly: Yes, Prompto is an extremely challenging costume. It involves a ton of little techniques and details that aren’t apparent at a first glance, and as a result, it’s a project that can get easily overwhelming. (Trust me: been there, done that!) So it’s no wonder you’re feeling frustrated, especially as a novice cosplayer! In which case, my recommendation from here on out would be that the next time you feel frustrated with your progress, take a step back. Evaluate what you don’t like and assess what you need to change in order to be happier with the final results. Don’t like the plaid you chose? Rip it off and find something else. Not happy with the paint job on the shirt? Start over. Take your time and use a different method. Unhappy with your wig styling? Wash out all the hair product and try again. There is no shame in remaking something two, three, four, or more times. Keep remaking it until you’re happy with it, even if it takes 10+ attempts. You will have so much more fun wearing something you’re proud of rather than something you just “settled” for or finished half-heartedly. (Also, on the note of budgeting: budget for this. Set money aside as a “back-up” fund in case things go wrong and you need more materials. That money should always be included in your original estimations! And if you end up not needing it? Cool, treat yourself in the Artist Alley.)
Lastly, and perhaps the most importantly: be more forgiving and let yourself make mistakes. You’re still learning. You’re still teaching yourself these skills. You have just started making costumes. Yaya’s first costumes were not perfect. Kamui’s first armor build was not flawless. Jessica started out with a Pikachu bikini and now she’s making stuff like this. Heck, look, here’s my first real cosplay that I made versus my most recent:
It’s taken me ten years to get this far. Why? Because for a lot of those years, I didn’t push myself. I stayed in my comfort zone. I chose projects that didn’t teach me new skills or force me to work with new materials. It wasn’t until the last 4 years that I’ve really been focused on my craftsmanship and improving my skills, and that is what has allowed me to finish costumes like Sheik, Rapidash, and yes, Prompto too.
I know it’s hard. I know it’s frustrating. But you’re doing the right thing by attempting more difficult projects. Just remember that the frustration is part of the learning process. It’s good to get frustrated because it means you care and want to push yourself harder. It’s good to have high standards for your work because it means you’ll always strive to do your best.
However: it’s important to not let this frustration stunt your growth. Acknowledge your frustration, accept it, and learn to manage it. Take breaks while working. Don’t be afraid to revisit the drawing board. Set the costume aside and practice the skills you need to finish it before making another attempt. And again: forgive yourself for making mistakes. Yaya, Kamui, and Jess make them all the time. And you can bet your patootie I do, too. (Anyone who’s watched my livestreams knows that I mess up quite a bit, haha!)
Whether or not you ended up wearing it to school, I hope your Prompto cosplay turns out in a way that makes you happy! Don’t give up; work smarter, not harder. You’ve got this! <3
Bts Reaction to Their S/o Covering Themselves because of Insecurity!
Seokjin would be stunned as your hands wrapped round your hips to cover them, he would take your face into his palms and bring your gaze up to meet his before telling you how beautiful and perfect you are; reassuring you of how your hips are one of his favourite things about you.
“You’re gorgeous, the effect you have on me is ridiculous. You really have me under your thumb; one swing of your beautiful hips and I would do anything, so use your power!”
When you began to cover your thighs to stop Yoongi from viewing them he would sigh deeply and pull you into a tight hug so as to give him an extra couple seconds of thinking time to work out how to make you feel better. After breaking the hug he would firmly put his hands under your thighs, picking you up by them and leaning you against him as he talked to you.
“You know I think you’re perfect, your thighs are alluring and gorgeous. All I want is you to love them as much as I do.”
Hoseok would begin to blame himself the second you tried to cover your stomach with your hands, had he not been praising you enough? He would look like a kicked puppy for a second before remembering that he needs to cheer you up, he would put that aside before removing your hands and bending down to you stomach level. He would place soft, sweet kisses leading from your stomach all the way up to your lips.
“You’re so beautiful. All of you… is so beautiful”
Namjoon would be so caught up in the moment that it would take him a second or two to realise that you were looking at the floor and covering your thighs with crossed arms. He would bite his lip in sadness, why couldn’t you see what he saw because if you did you would love yourself too. He would sit you down on the bed across from him and talk to you, wanting to convince you of your perfect body.
“I could write hundreds of songs but I could never explain how beautiful you really are; they could never compare to the person sitting in front of me right now”
You had helped Jimin become more confident in his body by praising him and telling him how much you love him every single day but he would realise in the moment that your palms moved to hide your hips that he hadn’t been doing the same. He would put his hand on his hip and pull at the thin sheet of skin that laced over the bone and show you that everyone had padding there.
“You tell me how amazing you think I am all the time even when I have this so why can’t you allow yourself to have the same padding on your gorgeous hips, it makes my hands fit even more perfectly?”
You couldn’t bring yourself to even look at Taehyung once the clothes has come off, you held your stomach in protection, wanting to hide from his gaze. He on the other hand couldn’t see a single flaw that you thought you had and the fact that you saw the most beautiful things about you as ugly. He would tackle you onto the bed tickling you and screaming praise at the top of his lungs as the loving and loud person he is.
“Admit you’re perfect. Admit that you’re the most gorgeous person ever or I won’t stop tickling you.”
Jungkook would understand you feelings of insecurity because he used to be less confident than he is now but he has fought and become a stronger person so he would know exactly what to do when he saw you hiding your hips in your hands. He knew is was a long process to gain confidence so he would start slow, by telling you he understands what you feel.
“I know its hard to love yourself but just know that I’m here for you and I think that you are beautiful, every single bit of you is gorgeous. I promise I will help you learn to love yourself.”
A request from an anon <3
I have a LOT of requests in so it will take a while for any that have been submitted but I’m not going to close my submissions or asks because I always like new material to work on :)
As one of the shows featured in our April First Thursdays, Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Bell’s upcoming solo show ‘Mixed Feelings’ will featured 400 works using materials such as french paper, coroplast, and mixed media. Self described “introverted over thinker with a design background,” Bell expresses himself through the painted word, or rather words –a whole lot of them. Through experimenting with “language, typography and aesthetic,” Bell’s work focuses on thoughts, ideas, wordplays, inside jokes, reflections, all of which he has been creating for the last two years!
We’re excited to feature him on Art School where we find out more about his works and words! From working with new materials to his process to what we should expect in his solo show ‘Mixed Feelings,’ which opens Saturday, April 22nd at Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles.
Negative Entropy is a series of abstract Jacquard woven portraits of industrial and information production.
The subject of these portraits are factories that employ industrial textile Jacquard looms (a precursor to digital technology) and computer data center sites that comprise the new economy infrastructure. These works are simultaneously images and material records of their own making.
Trying some new giffing techniques, so it’s nice to have new material to work with.
I love love love hearing the actors talk about their characters with such passion.
As a fan, it’s a real treat to see how into getting that portrayal just right these actors are. Because it’s important to the fans, it’s important to them, and in studying the characters they begin to fall in love with them themselves. :)
It’s clear to me how excited Matt gets talking about Alec and his progress. :D Can’t wait to see him in Season 2 utilizing his new-found freedom.
Since we’ve been getting some news about Kingsman 2 and Taron has decided to tease us all a bit I thought I’d better let you all know this blog’s spoiler policy.
I won’t be reblogging any unofficial news, and will be unlikely to reblog anything official besides trailers and posters unless it’s particularly exciting news. Anything like this will be tagged with kingsman 2.
When we eventually get a trailer and clips I’ll try to hold off using any caps from them for at least one week after they’re posted. Any posts made with new material (ie, trailers and clips) will be tagged with:
kingsman 2 spoilers
until the release of the DVD, then they’ll just tagged with the usual kingsman and kingsman 2.
Prompt: Clarke meets her favorite porn star, Bellamy (you can make him have a
pseudonym for his movies or not; the choice is yours). So, yeah, run
wild with this. I just demand a shit ton of smut. I don’t care what
happens. Just Bellamy and Clarke getting it on.
Clarke is an exhausted, overworked resident. She’ll be the
first to tell you, residency sucks. Especially when she’s worked six nights in
a row. It’s the same routine every morning she comes home after a night shift…
She kicks off her disease-covered shoes at the front door and immediately
strips out of her hospital-issued scrubs and tosses them into the pile of dirty
ones that sits by the door. She should find a better place to put these, but
it’s easier to find them if they don’t make it to her room. Not to mention, her
room is her sanctuary. Work does not get to invade her
bedroom. She stands there in her tank top and underwear and stares at the heap
of greenish colored garments, then realizes she’s been standing there for a
while. Shit, she’s forgotten why she’s even staring. Her brain really needs to
She desperately wants to flop down on the couch and pass
out, but she’s sure she’s covered in MRSA, and really doesn’t want disgusting
bus- and hospital-contracted microbes all over her furniture. Must
shower… With a tired sigh, she shuffles to the bathroom. She smirks
when she sees that she’s still got her phone in her hand, and feels a familiar
heat building up between her legs. She turns the hot water on and lets it run,
and it takes fucking forever to get hot because this apartment
is shit. Because she’s a resident and the salary is shit (Yet another reason
residency sucks)… Wait, what’s she doing? Oh right, water. Shower. Phone. Ooooh,
phone… As she waits for the water to heat up, she strips off the rest of
her clothes, then searches for the zip-lock baggies she keeps in the bathroom
so she can take her phone with her into the shower and watch her favorite
naughty video while she gets herself off under the running water. Just as she
finds one under the sink, she hears the telltale chime of her phone telling her
that the battery is nearly dead. Goddammit.