A year ago, I finished my junior year at CCAD with one of my finals, from Layout and Timing class, looking like this:
The summer came around and I carefully revised thumbnails. I kept drawing dozens and dozens of puppies and kitties in space helmets to prepare for senior year. In the fall, I punched up my new thumbnails into digital storyboards. Over winter break, the storyboards and keys were timed out. My friend Kevin busted out the backgrounds. By spring break, rough animation was finished. I was done the first week of May. The place I just got hired on at let me use their sound library and microphone. I made lots of alien screeches and whatnot.
There were some little slaps-to-the-face here and there, but I got done. There was flak from from the start - but it was definitely outweighed by supportive friends, family, and faculty. Basically, all I'd like to say is that if the internet finds you here today reading this ranty little post, take it as some inspiration to shut up and go do what you want to do with your time. Whether it be kill 1000 aliens, finish a short film, or write a kinda tacky blog post, who cares! You can do it.
Here's a picture of me after working over a year on one idea:
The past semester was dedicated to my short film - there wasn't much of a chance to draw anything but space puppies, kitties, and aliens. Before I got heavy into animation, I used to spend lots of time making drawings that had lots of little details that could lead to tangents of thought, like a conversation that you don't know how to get out of at 3am. There was a call for entries to a local gallery with the theme "sameness", and I used that as an excuse to draw something I'd been thinking about. The pieces would be printed enormous at Kinkos. The show was great, and even though I didn't make it in, I was happy I got to get what was left of my teen angst out of the way by means of the largest Photoshop file I have ever made.
What do you do when you have a huge Photoshop file but nowhere to go? You spend 10 dollars in your school's print lab - something you haven't really used, as an animation major, and roll-print the thing half it's original size.
Here's a picture of me at our "Directions Career Fair" with my table obnoxiously filled with sketchbooks and things... I used it as a slightly offensive table cloth.
My favorite thing about this: while working on it, I was loosely basing the two cats on my best friend and I. This submission was due on a Friday. The next day, I definitely got a crazy nosebleed. Did I predict the future?? I don't know. I do know I drew this the next day while my face still was hurting.
Haven't posted jack-anything in awhile. Here's to finally graduating college, finishing a 3-something minute animation, and starting a full-time where I was once interning. No complaints. I met some seriously talented artists over the past four years - not to mention handfuls of amazing people I can call my friends.
My goal, after this week, is to post once a week.
This one's about side-projects.
A month ago, I posted a flyer for a show that I pulled together. I'm happy to say that this is probably the last time I will ever miss being present at one of these gigs - no mas colegio.
I had to add a headliner - so I popped some heads off. Two more flyers are underway.
(aw yea, quarter prints)
Also, here's some Rad Fortress gifs I worked on. More on the way (and hopefully some new toons).