pre animation and illustration

entirelymadeup  asked:

I'm taking pre-animation and illustration at Algonquin currently, planning to go into animation. >_> Any general advice?

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no but seriously , thats my advice. Draw - draw in class , draw what your teachers ask , draw what your teachers tell you not to draw , draw things you want , draw things you’ve never drawn before.  Pre animation is a great course but only you can really experiment with your style. The Algonquin courses do well at giving you a great base for your art and animation , a very solid foundation - but you always have to push yourself and experiment outside of the course otherwise you will come out with a bunch of other people having the same style. Theres nothing wrong with that style , but its kind of a trademark of people who have been through a school who just followed direction well rather then really understanding WHY the direction was given in the first place. You have to ask questions , understand the thought process behind what you’re doing , and push past your boundaries :) 

Anonymous asked you:hello, i was wondering if i could ask for some advice. i’m currently a 20 year old college student majoring in science and as each year passes, i’m becoming more and more unhappier with my classes, major, etc. my true happiness and passion lies within art. but the only thing that frightens me is being unable to financially secure myself in the future as being an art major is risky. do you ever feel this way? i don’t mean this offensively at all, i just want to know if my happiness is worth more than a (not even guaranteed) successful future. i’ve loved your art btw and have been following you since back in 2008 on DA with your “fiona” or “IDfracture” art and comics. you’re truly an inspiration to me. :) thank you and i apologize this is so long! Hello Anon! I feel flattered that you would ask me for such personal advice 8) Will do my best to answer/help you out: for me (like many other artists), art as a career was never really a conscious choice. When i was younger my parents were really pushing me towards a degree in music and were hoping i would become a musician/teacher in the future. I do love music, but i just could NOT ever see that as something i would do for a living. I pretty much knew drawing is the only thing that I would always enjoy. I feel that just like in any other profession: if you exceed in your craft you will make a living. I guess at the end of the day becoming a great candidate for employment basically means scoping out your competition/being aware of what your employer needs and making sure that you have more to offer than your competitors. Personally, i don’t think it’s too difficult to make a living as an artist because there are a lot of different industries that need artists all the time! Mobile games, animation, illustration, graphic design, advertising, book covers, children’s books illustrations, tv animation, various pre-production for live action films etc. It’s not easy, but definitely possible. It pretty much all boils down to skills and knowledge. I only get paranoid when i overthink things, but generally i never find myself worried about that kind of stuff. I suppose i’m pretty full of shit hahaha, but i do think i have enough to offer to secure myself an average income lol. (Which worries me not cause i’d rather be content with an average income, than a miserable asshole livin’ large.)
However, being an artist is pretty complicated and involves a lot of stress and emotional turmoil sometimes (i am only speaking from my own personal experience, but from what i’ve seen it’s also pretty much the same for most artists i know haha.) So that’s the downside. The upside: it’s worth the struggle if you truly enjoy it. There’s a working formula for being an artist: 40% confidence, 40% self loathing and 20% forgiveness. Sounds like bipolar disorder i know haha, but it works! You need the confidence to keep going and feel good about yourself, self loathing and doubt is just a normal thing that is healthy to experience in order not to lose your head and become delusional, and forgiveness is for when you fail so that you can let go and soldier on. 
As cheesy as it sounds, you only live once haha! Being an artist is probably the best occupation, because it becomes part of your job to observe, live, romanticize life and take it all in. And then put it down on paper and create something from nothing. Isn’t that a dream come true? 8D