We all start here don't we? We all painted and drew and scribbled when we were kids, but most of us stop for some reason. I try to teach my students at the museum how amazing it is they are even there. The fact that they decide to spend their Saturdays with me in a museum is really special to me.
Imagine how much better they have become since being a little kid with a piece of crayon. Imagine how much better they will become in only a year if they stick with it.
my students artwork - I only gave them 5 minutes to paint these.
They did a stellar job!
I have to keep these things in mind so I don't get lost in my own expectations, personally. If I think about all the talented people in the world, I'll never get anything done, and won't get any better.
I've made a big decision to pursue working in the animation industry. It's a plan for down the road, maybe 4 years or so, after I complete a few graphic novels, some personal projects, and put together a whole new portfolio. But I really enjoy the collaborative process, and story-telling.
It's hard being here, mostly alone in my studio working like a hermit. I make a breakthrough, look around and go "AM I RIGHT??...." but no one is there. Just the dog.
And she doesn't offer any real feedback.
So my dream would either be to work in the art development department as an assistant art director or matte / background painter. Making color/lighting/inspiration boards and work with concept artists. I have no real animation experience, but I have faith that my illustration background is still worth something. And I'll learn whatever I have to learn.
Andy got me a fab Pixar book for Valentine's Day, and Lindsay and Alex lent us their other Pixar concept art collections, so it's been a visual buffet this week:
Gotta keep making new work! Later gators!