things i learned from disney

Hiccup and Astrid dancing at their wedding (using Stoick and Valka’s dance as a reference) :)

Things I learned at the Barnum Museum:

- Imaginers from Disney are helping to rebuild the museum into what Barnum would have wanted.

- Barnum was a Temperance leader. In fact, people would give Temperance lectures in his museum in New York.

- Barnum’s original museum in New York was burned down by Southern sympathizers after the Civil War.

- He was the mayor of Bridgeport, CT.

- He created the first family entertainment for people of all classes (his New York museum).

- Barnum’s circus was his retirement project. The circus just wanted his name, they came to him to promote it.


This Is Who I Am - Ross Lynch

You have to let the love of music drive you. When you love it, and you’re playing it, and you finally get it…that’s where, like, the soul comes from. You’re feeling it. [x]


What I Learned From Disney

amberwriter  asked:

Hi Lexie! So I have this friend. We were in a class together and the first thing he asked me was "Can I see your sketchbook?" We've been buddies since and I've learned so much from him. We decided to join an art class together, but where I'm thriving in a stricter environment, he isn't. The teacher dislikes him anime-esque, superheros and villians, characters and style. My friend struggles with conceptual art and trying just makes him want to stop. It's not fun anymore! How could I help him?

Here’s the thing : my answer to this question depends on the teacher, but also on your friend’s level and style characteristics. A lot of people who draw “animeesque” or “supers” don’t have a style that is fully “theirs” yet. If you look at published manga, you have a generic formula style, but you also have a few creators that have shaped the style to be more unique (such as Kaoru Mori, Urasawa, Hiromu Arakawa). Usually someone who is good at “anime” or “supers” very young is mostly drawing in the formula style. A lot of professors encourage you to “break” that because the formula is a mold. It does limit the development of your style. But that’s the thing, once the mold is broken, you can take what you like from various styles and create your own. From 14 to 19 I drew nothing but anime-esque when before all my influences were European comics. I was encouraged to break that mold by my then boyfriend (now husband). And now I have a style I adore. BUT it’s a mix of things I loved from the various styles I liked, including manga (from which I learned things like beautiful inking), Disney and European comics.

I recommend talking privately with the teacher, asking why he wants the friend to change, and what are the weaknesses and the strengths of his current style so the friend can know where and how to break that mold to be greater. If the teacher is really trying to get your friend to break their mold to be better, stay in the class. It’s going to be frustrating, but the results in a year or two are going to be EXTRAORDINARY. However, IF the teacher is only opposing the style because he hates it on a personal level and refuses to acknowledge there are elements to keep to a style, find another teacher. Someone who lets his personal opinions of a style rule his class is not a good teacher. A good teacher is a guide that helps you take what you know and add to it elements you may have never considered.