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.
4 Wanted criminals who may or may not be psychotic fight a guy who probably is psychotic, and most of the loot you find is shit so you sell it.
a raccoon a turtle and a hippo steal things from people that already steal things like wtf is even the point
you go to the future to fight a bunch of shit, losing all your friends who either never grow up or die, only to go back to the past and and follow another friend that leaves you just to have the same guy fuck everything up again.
you literally just shoot holes through the wall and walk through them while a lady with a crappy voice yells at you
and occasionally there’s beans or a box or two
that’s it, that’s the game
There’s this city and you go to it and you end up killing people there and there’s scuba divers with little kids I guess.
Wow look it’s a Cameron doodle! Trying to de-stress from everything this helped
Please bring me a Dimir Planeswalker.
Scarfs for Autism
Leo Chao, a student at Emily Carr University, designed the Beagle, a scarf that people can wrap around them. Texture, sounds, and even smells create a calming cocoon that will distract and soothe an autistic person when they’re feeling over stimulated. It’s the electronic version of a blankie that has actual health benefits.
I know people in my life who need this.
Honestly, I bet it could help with anxiety too.
it actually looks like it’d be nice for someone to wear even if they don’t any form of notable mental disability. and aside from the buttons, it looks kinda stylish imho.
THANK YOU FOR FINALLY ADDRESSING THE FACT THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH PEPPERMINT BUTLER. THANK YOU.
because i want to know the butler’s story. so many questions.
Penguin falls down resulting in best sound ever [x]
GAHHDAMMIT PHIL, YOU’RE DRUNK
I rarely laugh this hard at things I see on the internet. I just peed a little.
go home penguins, you sound frustrated.