Wednesday, March 31, 2010

2 Earlier peices *Hundreds trick challenge

This was in another site, blip tv. but their embedding sucks and it moves to the next clip automatically. So I loaded up on Youtube to post it here to show.. Enjoy

Do your thing.. "Persistence"

One of the biggest obstacles to overcome for me on my path to being an Animator was the "Hater's" and "Jealous" folk.
Sound familiar? " People can't make living or money from art" or " You will make money from your paintings, only when you have died". What kind of stuff is that to tell someone that found something they are good at and have fun doing.

Since they see you happy, focused, and dedicated pursuing your dreams in life and working to make it a reality..
They must sense that super energy (You get when finding what you love to do " Direction") and positive vibe. And they will try to crush it, because it challenges, and questions their life, future, and being a loser. Their existence basically, so they might see you consciously or un-consciously as a threat to their superiority, or what's twisted. So I set out on proving these "Jerk's" were wrong. It's all about "Going above and beyond anything you set out to do" and " Sincere effort". Never worry, when practicing this.. it leaves them all behind..

A great proof I've received was getting to work in an Art School with these Teachers that were Industry Pros. This was revealed to me by going up to Mike Butkus's studio, on the school premises. His work was a who's who in the business and movies. The man was an Art machine, seeing his family, gadgets and stuff. And he showed me Storyboard revision crits from Robert Zumeckis on his work.
So it "Clicked" you can make money, support a family, afford expensive things and have fun with art, it is all totally possible and real. I learned so much from him, a good one was preparation, he would set up his desk project for speed and efficiency. He would tape his pencil sharpener next to his drawing and in an angle in the best place to stab, and get back to drawing, to rock his deadlines.

Armed with this knowledge, now I was determined to be a great Animator. What to do? Simplify your focus, write down 1 or 2 small (too many will not be as effective) goals toward the big goals and make a strict deadline. Ignore those who don't approve on what your doing, a good one I heard was " It's gonna take that long?" well.. that time is going to pass anyway, after that time you will have that knowledge, and the other person is still in the same place just complaining, rotting, useless.

Fill your head with great ideas, projects, list them, and line them up to do. Never allow negative thoughts of naysayers in your mind or they will win. These mindset skills was shared in Bobby Beck's blog .
I thought this was just me, but it happens to a lot of goal achievers. I wanted to give back, to the community, and to help the true.. annoyed by this.

Keep that all or nothing mindset " If your gonna do it, do it right, or don't do it at all" No half-ass work, your just cheating yourself. Trust me it shows, when you don't push yourself, the time you put in especially. Stay strong, motivated and always encourage people to do their best and *keep doing your thing. See what happens when you don't give up.

Here are posts to keep you on point and effective.
-How to deal with Dream Zappers part 1 and part 2
-How to get past "where do I start" *this is really good for goal reaching


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Character Animation Demoreel 2010

Yahoo! Another wrap on this ticket to the industry. I learned to really polished this one out, and now I'm much relaxed to drop this off and send out to the studios. Wish me luck, the next reel is already shaping up its been roughly storyboarded out. It's gonna be a Smasher..

Hammer Blow #8 of the 100's Challenge

Woah.. Kinda under estimating these copies I would think I'd be quick but, it kinda took forever. I'm glad though cause, where others give up I persevere. I gave it more acting what I thought he would feel taking a whomp at it. Really tweaked out on it, polishing it nicely. On to more....

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Basic Walk # 7 of the 100's Challenge

From the words of Eric Goldberg " You gotta crack the walk". So in my little Bootcamp 100's Challenge I've set for myself. Ive prepared simple rigs like this and another with no face, to really condition my mechanics. This was really deceptively simple, took a bit to make it look right (I gave it a good push off, straight leg kickout, and an appealing weight with squash and stretch). So this was the end result I was happy with.

p.s It' may look like I'm slow but actually working on my DSI with 2d exercises as well since I have more time in my non art job at the moment. This will be speeding up now, just the preparation is key too.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Learn from the Masters

Take advantage of "Knowledge from Experience" and don't re-invent the wheel but add to it and use as a jumping off point.
Here is a Priceless clip from the late great Last of the " Nine Old Men" Ollie Johnston sharing his words of wisdom.. You can see and feel the passion he has for this craft it is so invigorating. This is what happens when you tap into that unlimited energy when you find what you love to do, and make a living out of it.