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My family stayed on vacation in Washington without me. I miss them. Especially at dinner time. The most interesting things happen at our dinner table.
What are studios looking for? How can I get into a good animation school? What should I be studying?
I get a lot of these types of questions now and again, and I never know how to answer them. I can’t be sure of what studios are looking for, I don’t control admissions policies to schools, and I have little idea what makes for a current and relevant curriculum. There are a lot of variables in your bid for a career in animation, and it’s kind of impossible to control most of them. You must be crazy to want this job!
I find it helpful to focus on the things I can control. Among those things are your study habits and how you spend your personal time. It’s good to work hard and have goals—without them we would get nowhere. Study hard and make decisive strides towards achieving your art goals. But in the heat of that pursuit, don’t forget to go out and live your life!
If you spend any amount of time looking at artists online, you’ve probably figured out by now that there are about a million dudes and dudettes in internetville who draw better than you (I relive this realization daily). Once your have done your best to rise to their level, the only tool you have to compete with these crazy talents is your background, your personal character—is you!
Consider developing your whole self with the same raw focus and intensity that you develop a particular skill set. Get focused. Go out, have adventures. Run, jump, skin your knee, fall in love, root loudly for the away team at a baseball game, barely escape a crash of stampeding rhinos, live to see another day. Experience things big and small. Go for a walk. The world is full of wonders.
I know this advice is not particularly animation-specific, but maybe that’s for the best. At any rate, it is something I feel strongly about. Animation is great, and there are few things that I enjoy doing more than drawing and storytelling. But in order to have stories to tell, first you have to live them.
Be good, and see you soon!
PS, if you were looking for advice on draftsmanship you should probably be reading this.
This is great. Especially with the currently huge cost of college that kids out of high school can’t really comprehend the consequences of, I say take a few years to grow up and experience the real world before you bet your entire financial future on a school. Get your own place, or just bum around the country, or join the peace corps. There are limitless possibilities out of high school that become impossibilities when you have 100k student loan debt. Rack up a 5k credit card having fun before college and as you struggle to pay it back you’ll probably realize a cheaper college would be a better idea.
Reblog if he’s been in your childhood too!
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shewashonestanddonuts said: my roommate had a teacher that was similar… enough people complained that he was confronted about it and then tried to brush it off in class… was your class supposed to start at 8??
Yeah, it starts at eight. I get up at 5 everyday just to get to class on time and it’s so frustrating because this class is so EXPENSIVE and its so useless. You can learn more going on youtube. I don’t see anybody confronting him about it ever, and what sucks about this is that these are important classes. It’s digital ink and paint and half of these students don’t know how to use photoshop to the best of their abilities because a ton of them are new to digital medium. The first day of class he says there was a previous teacher who taught it and he taught digital painting in FLASH. I understand going through digital drawings on flash since it’s an animation program but learning how to digitally ink and paint on flash for 11 weeks is just??????? But I suppose you’re expected to have previous knowledge but this school says they’ll teach anyone how to draw step by step so why isn’t this happening?? Why aren’t they going over the basics and over the important stuff??? there needs to be a bigger standard, it’s really sad to see people settle for mediocrity.
It’s 8:31 and the professor isn’t here. He’s always late??? Did he forget to get up or…??? This is what students are paying for.
Not one to complain but???? at least show interest that you want to be here and want to teach something but no. All he does is tell us what to draw and then sits down I just…think it’s such a big flaw that these institutions have. We make an effort make it here on time, we pay 1500 dollars for an eleven week course for EACH class, and the least a professor can do is show up on time instead of being 30-40 mins late EVERYDAY. There’s awful traffic all the time but there’s really no excuse, I live about an hour away, commute to school, have morning class, and I get to school about 10 mins early EVERYDAY.
Some people are meant to be teachers and some aren’t, you’ll always have those nice people who are, unfortunately, not meant to teach and I wish they knew that but it’s all about the paycheck.