Thursday, July 24, 2014

Animating August

I really ignore this thing, huh? Well I'm going to try something here. tl;dr For the month of August I am going to attempt an animation per day... Traditional animation none the less! 

I have been wanting to do traditional hand draw animation for as long as I can remember. I think now is as good a time as any. No more hoping for an opportunity to learn it. No more thinking about how will it help me find work. No more pining over cool equipment or software thinking, "if only I could get that, then I would be able to be the artist I want to be." This is just me drawing and animating for the fun of it. Which is something I just don't do often enough.

I'm not sure why I don't animate or draw as much as I'd like to. I suppose part of it is fear of not producing something of value, or not achieving the look of really good professional work, or artwork that I admire, and I'm sure part of the reason is probably some laziness. Combine that with the hurdles of CG; always having to have a rig for what you want to do, the limitations of that rig, the limitations of my technical skills at this point, the sterility of the computer environment, etc. It all adds up to just enough to give me an excuse to not animate. And that fucking sucks!

I have been starting to draw more lately just for fun and it feels great. I always wanted drawing to be a part of my life. It's such a huge part of who I am and who I've always been, and I haven't made it enough of a priority in my life. I've tried doing exercises from tutorials, sites and books, I listen to advice from all my favorite artists, hell, I've even taken classes with artists I admire, but none of it has had the same impact as just putting down my thoughts into a sketchbook a couple times a week. I want to make that a part of my life every day. Fun drawing, not just plain practicing.

I'm so stoked to try this out and draw a bunch. I've already ordered my animation lightbox
And I've got a pegbar and some punched paper. I intend to keep the animations manageable by keeping them to about 12-24 images, probably on 2s or so, unless I'm just particularly inspired to do more. Some will also probably be all digital based on what I have access to at the time. For digital, I will most likely do them on my nexus tablet with a Wacom Bamboo stylus, and try out a few different softwares. I don't plan on cleaning them up too much or coloring them, again, unless I'm particularly inspired to, or maybe if some of them are good, I may do some cleanup later.

To me the whole goal is just to have fun and live up to the name of this blog, i.e. make my drawings live. 

Wish me luck!